Drapac Professional Cycling only recently became Australia’s only Pro-Continental team. With this, they earned themselves a wildcard entry into the 2014 Santos Tour Down Under and have been consistently aggressive in getting into breakaways.
We caught up with Jonathon Cantwell, one of Drapac’s new sprint recruits coming from team Saxo-Tinkoff. He spoke to us about his commitment to the team and further association with Swift Carbon in Australia.
Cantwell is the Australian agent for Swift, and so his business success is closely tied with his teams racing successes. Swift sell through concept stores and Cantwell has ambitious plans to expand across Australia. His first store is just weeks away from opening, just opposite of the popular St Kilda Beach, Melbourne.
We’ve previously taken a look behind the scenes of Swift Carbon; it’s a global company with the owner based just an hour away from the place of manufacture. For Swift, the signing of Drapac signals a move into the pro ranks and a chance to greatly grow awareness.
BikeRadar previously tested the Utravox Ti and it proved worthy. For 2014 it has received a further improvements with a full carbon PF30 bottom bracket shell and improved cable routing. Made of T800 and T1000 carbon, the Ultravox Ti is designed to be stiff and provide direct handling, the large headtube junction and square section tubes confirm this.
Ti stands for Team Issue, and although slightly in jest, Swift have included a titanium derailleur hanger. This hanger is stiffer and stronger than normal aluminium replaceable hangers, Swift says, and helps to provide a crisper shift and less chance of a mishap after a tumble.
Except for the fi’zi:k saddle, Speedplay pedals and Vittoria tyres, Drapac’s rides are dominated by SRAM, with SRAM-owned Zipp supplying wheels and cockpit.
Cantwell’s bike is what one would expect of a tall and lean sprinter: fast wheels and a low position. Click through the photo gallery for a detailed look at what this fast Australian rides.
Complete bike specifications
- Frame: Swift Ultravox Ti Medium
- Fork: Swift Ultravox Ti tapered
- Headset: FSA internal tapered
- Stem: Zipp Service Course SL 120mm, -6 degree
- Handlebar: Zipp Service Course SL-80 42cm
- Tape: Zipp Service Course
- Front brake: SRAM RED 22
- Rear brake: SRAM RED 22
- Brake levers: SRAM RED 22 DoubleTap
- Front derailleur: SRAM RED 22, with chain catcher
- Rear derailleur: SRAM RED 22
- Shift levers: SRAM RED 22 DoubleTap
- Cassette: SRAM PowerGlide 1170 11-25T
- Chain: SRAM RED 22
- Crankset: SRAM RED22 Quarq 53/39 172.5mm
- Bottom bracket: SRAM PF30
- Pedals: Speedplay Stainless
- Wheelset: Zipp 404 Firecrest tubular
- Front tire: Vittoria Corsa Evo CX 25c
- Rear tire: Vittoria Corsa Evo CX 25c
- Saddle: fi’zi:k Arione K:ium rail
- Seatpost: Zipp Service Course SL 20mm setback
- Bottle cages: Arundel Dave-O (2)
- Computer: Garmin (not pictured) with SRAM out-in-front mount
- Rider’s height: 1.74m (5ft 9in)
- Rider’s weight: 69kg (151.8lb)
- Saddle height from BB, c-t: 737mm
- Saddle setback: 59mm
- Seat tube length (c-t): 540mm
- Seat tube length (c-c): 505mm
- Tip of saddle to center of bar: 560mm
- Saddle-to-bar drop: 89mm
- Head tube length: 147mm
- Top tube length (effective): 553mm
- Total bicycle weight: 7.20kg (15.84lb)