Road Gear

Reviewed: SwiftCarbon Hypervox

If you want all-day comfort, look elsewhere. But if you want a standout in bunch sprints, the Hypervox is calling. Loudly.

Lab data: 17.4/20 (.58mm head tube deflection; .76 BB deflection)
Build: 13.5/15
Value: 10.6/15
Handling: 13.9/15
Pedaling response: 12.3/15
Aesthetics: 4.3/5

Overall: 79.4/100

No one can accuse the Hypervox of being a “me too” design. From the love-it-or-hate-it paint job (it grew on us) to the unapologetically race-bred handling and premium price, SwiftCarbon definitely went its own way here.

Lab scores for the Hypervox were lower than we expected, though they were far from poor. Frankly, it rides stiffer than the lab seems to reflect. Perhaps that’s a function of the burly Zipp stem (the same one used by Marcel Kittel, though his is unbranded) and handlebars, or the aerodynamically shaped seat post, which isn’t particularly comfortable.

Front-end stiffness is excellent. A stout cockpit and head tube will let you thread the needle at full gallop. You want race geometry? Here it is. Short, 170-millimeter head tube, 999-millimeter wheelbase, and a 58.7-millimeter trail figure are all designed to get you to the finish line in a hurry. Too many brands fall into the trap of building “race” bikes for non-racers, elongating head tubes and adding slack geometry — SwiftCarbon doesn’t.

The build is quite good for $7,500, as one would hope. Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 and the aforementioned Zipp cockpit are top-notch. Our test bike came with a pair of Zipp 30 wheels, and not the Black Inc wheels pictured, and we dug those as well.

There was a slight rattle from the rear brake cable inside the top tube on very rough surfaces. While not a deal breaker, we’d need to figure out how to get rid of it (often a simple zip-tie on the cable will do it) before logging any more miles.

If you want all-day comfort, look elsewhere. But if you want a standout in bunch sprints — both in results and appearance — the Hypervox is calling. Loudly.

Price: $7,500
Component highlights: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 drivetrain with 52/36 crankset and 11-28 cassette, Shimano Dura-Ace brakes, Black Inc wheelset
Weight: 15.60 pounds (size L)

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