A new bike brand has entered the UK market with SwiftCarbon set to offer their full range of bikes via a combination of direct-to-customer online sales and through select retailers.
SwiftCarbon is a relatively new brand, having only been founded in 2008 by South African former professional cyclist Mark Blewett. The company was acquired 9 years later and has been steadily growing into more markets.
The move to the UK market will see SwiftCarbon base themselves at the Silverstone Sports Engineering Hub (SSEH). Situated directly opposite the famous motor racing circuit, the SSEH features a cycling-specific wind tunnel that Swift Carbon says will be used for testing both bikes and components for aero efficiency. The SSEH is also home to companies that specialise in “material research and highly advanced CFD and 3D scanning and printing facilities” which SwiftCarbon says they’ll be looking to work with.
If you’re not familiar with the bikes of SwiftCarbon, here’s a brief look at some of the highlights.
SwiftCarbon’s aero race bike is offered in both rim-brake and disc-brake models with the focus on aerodynamics shown by the deep tube shapes that get flat trailing edges.
The frame is “comprised of Mitsubishi TR50, MR60, HR40 fibres” and interestingly results in a lower frame weight for the disc-brake model at a claimed 7.4kg for a medium without pedals.
The range tops out with the £6,140 Dura-Ace Di2 Disc model that gets an Easton Carbon front end along with Reynolds AR58 wheels. That certainly makes it quite competitive in terms of price and we’ll be looking to get one in for testing to see if the performance matches.
Again offered in both rim-brake and disc brake models, the Racevox aims to put the aero performance into a lightweight design. The bike features the tech trends that we’ve been seeing a lot of in 2020 with dropped seat stays and a fully integrated front end.
Both the disc-brake and rim-brake models are able to accept Di2 and mechanical shifting with the disc-brake range starting with a Shimano 105 R7020 groupset at £2,690.
The Ultravox is claimed to offer “near-telepathic handling, greater stiffness and magic-carpet-ride compliance with bridgeless chainstays.”
There are no aero claims to be found here, the focus seems to be more aimed at handling and weight with a bit of comfort thrown in too.
Again, you can get the Ultravox in both rim-brake and disc-brake builds with an Ultegra R8000 mechanical rim-brake build costing £2,450.
Away from pure race bikes, the Attack G2 features space for 30mm tyres and slightly more relaxed geometry for all-day comfort.
The lowest-priced in the SwiftCarbon range, the Attack G2 comes in at £1,350 for the Shimano 105 rim-brake model with mechanical shifting or £1,750 for the disc-brake version.
Head of product Pierre de Tarde said:
“SwiftCarbon has always been about our bikes’ ‘exceptional ride’ and using the technology available to make sure all our bikes have it. Now we are positioned to take this to the next level, and with these facilities, we can explore the ideas that till now have only existed on paper. With us being right here, with such close access to the ‘brains trust’ at the SSEH, it closes the gap. It’s that day to day dialogue which is often where the magic happens.”
CEO of SwiftCarbon’s parent company S2 Bike Industries, Henrique Ribeiro spoke about the successful sponsorship of the UK-based UCI Pro Continental team Swift Pro Carbon:
“We have seen good support of the brand here so far and are very excited to now have access to such R&D, plus a solid base in the UK to better serve our customers and create new ones. The bike market here is highly developed of course, yet the global figures suggest there is still so much potential, especially in the mountain bike and eBike segments.”
Son of a Marathon runner, Nephew of a National 24hr Champion, the racing genetics have completely passed him by. After joining the road.cc staff in 2016 as a reviewer, Liam quickly started writing feature articles and news pieces. After a little time living in Canada, where he spent most of his time eating poutine, Liam returned with the launch of DealClincher, taking over the Editor role at the start of 2018. At the weekend, Liam can be found racing on the road both in the UK and abroad, though he prefers the muddy fields of cyclocross. To date, his biggest race win is to the front of the cafe queue.