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Sebastian Kienle's Scott Plasma 5
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Posted on: Thursday 11th December 2014


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Germany's Sebastian Kienle entered the 2014 season as the two-time and defending Ironman 70.3 World Champion. While he may not have had the race he wanted in Mont Tremblant preventing his making that three titles, he still produced phenomenal performances in winning the Iron man European Championship in Frankfurt and then the big one, the Ironman World Championship in Kona.

The key weapon in the Kienle arsenal is his powerful bike leg, and in 2014 his speed has been 'upgraded' courtesy of the brand new Scott Plasma 5 bike. It was an adapted version of the Plasma 5 that Austrian Matthias Brändle used to break the Hour record recently in Aigle, Switzerland.

Sebastian was hoping to combine his cycling strength with the aerodynamics of the Plasma 5 last weekend at Challenge Bahrain, and hopefully add another $100,000 to his Kona winners check of $120,000. As we now know, it was countryman Michael Raelert who took that win. For Sebastian, his race cam to a premature end around the 35km mark following a puncture.

Sebastian Kienle - Scott Plasma 5

While in Bahrain last week I took a closer look at the Scott Plama 5 speed machine of the reigning Ironman World Champion.

All ready and racked, race #1.

Sebastian Kienle - Scott Plasma 5

Sebastian's stem carries his lucky charm, a ladybird given to him by his girlfriend.

Sebastian Kienle - Scott Plasma 5

Pictured from the rear, Kienle's perch is a Prologo Zero TT with carbon rails. Of note, look how close together the aerobar pads are in Kienle's aero position.

Sebastian Kienle - Scott Plasma 5

The Scott Plasma 5 was designed to include a top tube mounted aerodynamic fuel storage system for gels and nutrition. Ahead of the stem is an integrated drinks system. Both of these are removable, which leaves the residual bike as a fully UCI compliant machine, suitable for use by professional cycling teams.

Sebastian Kienle - Scott Plasma 5

Sebastian uses a 11-speed SRAM Red (mechanical) drivetrain.

Sebastian Kienle - Scott Plasma 5

Matching SRAM Red chainset with aero chainrings.

Sebastian Kienle - Scott Plasma 5

It's all in the details - notice the black SRAM chain catcher attached to the front mech to prevent the chain slipping from the small chain ring into the frame. Not that the small chain ring would have been used on the Bahrain course!

Sebastian Kienle - Scott Plasma 5


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