SwiftCarbon HYPERVOX the biased review
Before you read any further I would love to tell you that this review was under no circumstances biased and that my constructive opinions where not affected by my emotions towards this frameset. However that would a lie, as after more than 10,000 km in the saddle with this frameset it has grown deeply on me, It has become a part of my routine, my daily life. But I promise to give the truth and do my very best to not be as biased as possible.
I now struggle on how to actually begin this review, my approach should be different and let tell you from a riders perspective. Not a professional rider, nor as a bike magazine reviewer but as a weekend warrior, a guy who has a day job, a family and simply loves to ride his bike and on occasions even hit the local one day races, the local criteriums around empty streets at night with his mates and just going for 250km rides for fun.
After a long negotiation with myself and my bank account I finally decided to take the plunge and purchase a full racing road bike, hence came the SwiftCarbon Hypervox. Previously I was riding a more relaxed carbon frame, which by no means was a bad bike. On the contrary it was a brilliant piece of engineering, however it lacked the aggressiveness that I wanted in a full on racing bike. Sadly I had to sell it off. The Mrs. did not even want to hear about the N+1 argument.
The first time I took the Hypervox out for a ride it was exhilarating but yet slightly uncomfortable, I had never ridden a stiff machine before and sure enough my ass and body took a bit of a beating. Never had I felt the road so clearly read out to me in the form of vibration through the handlebars which were no even carbon, thankfully. The response however was something else, every pedal stroke seem to transfer all my energy thought the bottom bracket without waste. Each corner was taken with higher speeds that were fulled by confidence that the bike gave me. The numbing sensation were shaken away after about a week as I grew custom the feel of riding a high end carbon bike.
According to SwiftCarbon the Hypervox was a result of pressure from their then sponsored team Drapac to have an aero bike. The sponsored riders were very pleased with the Ultravox however the sprinters felt that there was something lacking in the lineup. Which was a machine that could climb well but perform really well during the last km where aero was key. The result was the Hypervox, an aero bike without the compromise of ride quality and handling.
If it really matters to you then yes the UCI has given this bike the thumbs up. However for the most of us who actually will purchase the bike, we are not to concerned about it.
To conclude my unbiased biased review, I have to say that frame lives up to likes of the more mainstream competitors. In the months of riding the Hypervox I have had the chance to test the new Scott Foil 2017, Willier Cento 1Air and the Stork Aerfast and I have to say there is not much to separate the frames. Bare in mind my judgement does not consider wind tunnel testing travelling at 45km/h for 1 hours. Every bike comes with some baggage and the Hypervox is no exception. However the slight rattling of the cables inside the top tube or the rusty bolt int the seat clamp is a small annoyance that can be fixed with a little effort. So my advise to you is buy the bike it might not be as famous as Specialized, Fuji or Scott. But that also means you do not have to pay premium money for a premium grade racing bike.
*Update for 2018*
I recently upgraded my entire groupset to the latest Shimano Dura Ace 9100, and I’m also proud to say that I am one of the earliest customer to be rocking the latest crank-based power meter by Shimano the R9100P. Stay tuned for more information and review.