Swift Carbon Ultravox Ti - first look

Flagship carbon race bike for 2013

Introducing the all new Ultravox Ti from Swift Carbon, a no-compromise flagship racer that sits above the company's Ultravox RS-1. 

Swift set out to make a frame that retained the ride quality, stiffness and handling of their previous Ultravox chassis but in an altogether lighter package. The claimed figures are impressive – a size small frame is said to tip the scales at under 900g. Swift have even dropped paint in favour of a semi-matte clear coat complete with minimal graphics. The result is a finish that holds a weight penalty of just 37g.

The confusingly named Ti contains none of the titanium its name suggests. Instead, it's a full carbon construction, with the 'Ti' referring to 'team issue'. The first half of the name is more obvious: Swift co-founder Mark Blewett is a fan of British band Ultravox. If this means nothing to you then we're guessing you were born in the wrong decade.

Power transfer and efficiency is what the Ti is all about, and Swift's use of large box-section tubing, a press-fit BB30 shell and asymmetric seat tube and chainstays show it means business. As you'd expect, it's also fully UCI approved.

The Ultravox Ti is being brought in as a frameset in the UK by distributors C3 Products, and will retail for £2,300. To give you an idea of its potential, Swift claim that a complete bike with SRAM Red and their own Trillium carbon clinchers hits the scales at just 5.83kg (12.85lb).

We'll be putting the Swift through its paces over the next few weeks, so stay tuned to BikeRadar for a full review. Meanwhile, for more information see www.swiftcarbon.com.

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