An in-depth look with video at Scott’s latest super bike, the Scott Plasma 3 Premium.

Scott Plasma 3 Premium

Scott drew on Formula One aerodynamic expertise to design their record-breaking flagship bike

Most bike manufacturers are pleased to be using similar CFD software to Formula One teams; Scott went one better and employed an ex-Formula 1 aerodynamicist, Simon Smart, who already had the Giant Trinity tri bike on his CV and would go on to design the Scott Foil and the Enve-Smart range of aero wheels.

“While our primary focus was aerodynamics,” says Smart, “we also paid attention to ride quality to help triathletes in long-distance events and considered handling and stability for technical courses. We also evaluated integrated braking systems but came to the conclusion that the compromise in braking power was too much for the negligible gain in aerodynamics.”

Prototypes were tested with a rider on board in the wind tunnel at Mercedes AMG Petronas’ headquarters in Brackley, where Smart Aero Technology is based. “Our dynamic testing with a rider helped to identify advantages on the chainstays,” says Smart. “The biggest breakthrough was the deep seat tube section above the rear wheel, which we pioneered.”

Among the Plasma3’s many successes, one in particular stands out – Marino Vanhoenacker’s astonishing 7:45:58 official Ironman world record set in July 2011 at Ironman Austria.


Weight 7.43kg
Frame Plasma3, HMX-Net carbon
Fork Plasma3, HMX-Net carbon
Gears SRAM Red
Brakes SRAM Red
Wheels Zipp 404/808
Finishing kit Profile SVET/ZBS bar/stem/extensions combo, Fizik Arione Tri2 carbon saddle
Price £8,299

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