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Road cycling is one of the most physically demanding sports in the world and to reach glory, you have to push yourself, time and time again. 2017 Time Trial World Champion Annemiek Van Vleuten knows what it takes to reach the highest level. You have to sacrifice, you have to overcome pain and training loads for years but in the end, walking away with those coveted rainbow stripes is one of the biggest achievements for any pro cyclist.

In 2016, Annemiek was leading the Olympic Road Race in Rio when she crashed heavily in a descent, hitting her head and suffering a severe concussion. But she didn’t give up. A year later, she was back stronger than ever to take that TT World Champion title aboard her Plasma 5. Special achievements deserve special honors. Check out Annemiek’s custom TT bike in the video above.

Next level frame aerodynamics, adjustability, and integration make the Plasma 5 the perfect bike not only for time trials, but also for any triathlon, thanks to its clever fuel storage options. Riding the Plasma, you will realize it’s not just a bike, it’s a well-oiled machine with one intention and one intention only- the top step. Find out below what makes the Plasma 5 stand out.

Gaining the Upper Hand

The Plasma 5 was designed to enable an aerodynamic fusion between rider and bike.

Be it an aerodynamic frame design that takes into consideration the interaction between a moving rider and the bike, an ergonomically and purpose driven handlebar that offers a wide range of adjustability or the practical implementation of food storage, the Plasma 5 takes extra steps to make bike and rider one.


The Plasma 5 has been designed to be faster with the rider than without.

A moving rider creates a substantial influence on the airflow around the bike and ultimately on the aerodynamic performance.

Despite the extra effort required to examine this complex phenomenon, it was closely considered during the development process of the Plasma 5 and had a major influence on the frame design.


To a large degree, the position of the rider on the bike determines riding performance.

The position of the rider directly influences the force distribution during the pedal stroke and consequently determines pedaling efficiency while the position of the rider’s upper body directly affects aerodynamic drag.

An aerodynamically positioned torso will lower drag therefore improve aerodynamic performance.

Saddle and handlebar adjustability were in effect a major topic during the developmental phase.

Considering the idea that this bike would be ridden by riders of all shapes and sizes, from World Tour riders to long-distance triathletes, the Plasma 5 offers a wide range of adjustability to follow suit.

Fuel Storage

Long distance triathletes spend several hours on their bike before switching to the running segment.

While aerodynamics and ergonomics are key factors for a fast and efficient bike split, nutrition and hydration are essential to maintain a high pace during both the bike and running legs.

With this in mind, the engineering team developed a sophisticated storage system that stands above the rest due to its high degree of usability, while not hampering the aerodynamics of the bike nor the ergonomics of the rider.

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