Relative newcomer Swift is upping the ante for 2013 with a brand new TT bike. The Neurogen is Swift's all new (yes it's proprietary) frame design. This is the bike Swift wanted to have ready for a 2012 release but didn't quite have all their ducks in a row. But, they are ready and have been debuting the Neurogen since Interbike.
We are scheduled to get a demo bike shortly after Kona and should have a full review following our testing. Below you can enjoy some pics and a mix of marketing mumbo jumbo with our comments.
Neurogen is our no-compromise Time Trial (TT)/Tri frame. It's designed to meet UCI regulations for TT frames, but triathletes - who don't need to worry about UCI regulations - can also use our innovative front end setup for even lower drag. With carefully designed aero tube profiles and concealed brakes, Neurogen is ready to beat the clock.
The design constraints of narrow aero tubing make building a stiff TT frame a challenge. We've used a special carbon layup with layers of high-modulus T1000 and MR40 carbon filaments at key areas to stiffen the frame. Even though the deep aero tube profiles require more material, we've kept the weight of the Neurogen low - a complete bike, with 2013 SRAM Red, Rotor Flow TT chainset, 3T Vento bar/stem (or SwiftCarbon integrated bar system) and SwiftCarbon Hemoglobin 90mm wheels weighs in at +/- 7.7kg (size S frame).
Full TT aerodynamics with aero road stiffness and weight, the Neurogen offers a sensational ride. Stable, stiff and slippery.
- Down tube, seat tube and seatstay profiles with NACA aero sections, modified to be effective at greater angles to the wind
- Seat tube shaped to follow the rear wheel to manage airflow
- Shimano Di2 battery mount on the seat post
- Paint and graphics kept to a minimum to shave off weight
- UCI approved
- A matrix of filament layers for added stiffness
The front brake is tucked away nicely behind the fork. Now if only those cables weren't so exposed. The Neurogen also features a super long 160mm head tube which maximizes aero advantage within UCI regulations. -Supposedly, if you don't have to meet UCI regulations (aka - you are competing in a triathlon), then you can use the Swift front end setup (which we have yet to see). Below you can see the Profile Design bars, but the final kit is spec'd with the 3T Ventus bars.
Custom stem and spacer design offers maximum fitting flexibility without compromising aerodynamics. -We don't have the full details on the custom front end for the Swift, but will have more in the final review.
A view of the beefy chainstays with horizontal dropouts.
The bike is very clean from the rear view.
Full carbon Press-Fit 30 bottom bracket (BB) shell is compatible with all other BBs including BB86, Campy Ultra Torque and regular BSA.
You can also see the TRP rear brake hidden nicely under everything.
Pictured below with the SRAM Red crank, the final build kit for the Neurogen utilizes the new Rotor FLOW TT crankset. (which can be seen in the video at the bottom of the review)
The integrated bottom bracket and chainstays are designed to give optimum power transfer in an aero package.
Stay tuned for our final review once we get some miles on the new Neurogen.