First look: SwiftCarbon Evil Twin

Waiting for riders to make their way back to the finish on Stage 6 of the Absa Cape Epic, I had some time to have a closer look at SwiftCarbon's Evil Twin short travel, 29er race bike. Dressed in the latest and greatest from SRAM and RockShox this build represents the pinnacle of what's available to pro and amateur riders alike.
The goal from the onset was a sub 2kg frame, but with unparalleled lateral stiffness. In their quest to achieve this they turned to Mitsubishi-Rayon and Toray high-modulus carbon fibre and seems to achieved their goal.

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With it's geometry based on the Detritovore hardtail the Evil Twin has fast and aggressive steering and handling. The frame's short headtube will help riders find a low, attacking setup without sacrificing too much or resorting to a radical setup. It is worth noting that there are 4 size options available running from XS to Large with the XS running on 27.5 wheels. A longer top tube and reach means even tall riders should be able to find a fit.

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To ensure the frame is marathon and multi-stage race happy Swift fitted two bottle cage mounts inside the front triangle - even on the XS although you will need to use a smaller bottle and fit a side entry bottle cage. Internal routing for a dropper seatpost shows Swift is happy for the bike to tackle some trails and single track, but all other hoses and cables run external for ease of maintenance. Added to this are replaceable thread inserts in the rear, post-mounts.


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The Asymmetric rear tri-angle features some twists and turns in the carbon lay-up to increase stiffness and strength where needed and reduce weight in others. The down tube / seat tube / BB junction is especially impressive and allows enough clearance for a direct mount front derailleur. Ample mud and tire clearance comes courtesy of chain- and seatstays void of bridges.


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From the Manufacturer:

Professional riders obsess about equipment, which is exactly why we take their input so seriously. We based this bike around what pro mountain bikers consider as one of their greatest dilemmas: “Hardtail or full-sus for race day?” We want their answer to be the Evil Twin, nine times out of ten. We designed it to ride just like the Detritovore hardtail, just with the control and traction that 90mm of travel offers. When designing the kinematics, we wanted the shock rate to ensure pedalling responsiveness, plushness in mid-stroke and progressive near the bottom of the travel. It’s a true competition bike.

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40 Comments

GoLefty!!, Mar 24 2015 07:42

I like the ideas in this design.Well thought out. Where can one find a demo to test? Canyon lux cf looming large in my headlights

TNOSE_E, Mar 24 2015 08:06

Drooool...

Johny Bravo, Mar 24 2015 09:38

Good looking bikes. I would however like if you guys could give us pricing on these bikes you feature. This one looks like R100 000 plus.

Donovan Le Cok, Mar 24 2015 09:44

Good looking bikes. I would however like if you guys could give us pricing on these bikes you feature. This one looks like R100 000 plus.

 

This review has some pricing.

 

http://www.bikeradar...n-frame-49302/ 

 

$3,600.00 for the frame.

Hilton., Mar 24 2015 10:47

Yeah, I asked the guys at the SwiftCarbon stand at LifeCycle Expo a few weeks back about pricing. They indicated around R36k - R37k for the frame (set?)

Odinson, Mar 24 2015 11:09

From a technical point of view, it looks like a brilliant bike. However, I'm not sold on the saggy looking top-tube. 

 

The price also pushes it straight into S-Works territory.

GoLefty!!, Mar 24 2015 11:13

So...?

Mr X, Mar 24 2015 11:17

From a technical point of view, it looks like a brilliant bike. However, I'm not sold on the saggy looking top-tube. 

 

The price also pushes it straight into S-Works territory.

 

What you mean is overpriced territory. Momsen Vipa frame is much better value about 10k cheaper, yet still not cheap.

Odinson, Mar 24 2015 11:27

So...?

 

It's a helluva big ask for a yet unproven bike that has virtually no unique design features that can justify its price. 

ChUkKy, Mar 24 2015 12:23

Nice looking bikes but how nicely do they ride or feel?

GoLefty!!, Mar 24 2015 12:27

It's a helluva big ask for a yet unproven bike that has virtually no unique design features that can justify its price.



An s-works epic doesn't have any unique features either and please don't go down that brain route because it's just a damping circuit with a spring loaded tap.
The swift fits two bottle cages.

All these top level bikes are over priced. I'd rather spend the cash on an anthem, occam, or lux cf for a lot less.

Cav', Mar 24 2015 12:30

Mixed feelings on this frame tbh

Stoffies1, Mar 24 2015 12:37

From a technical point of view, it looks like a brilliant bike. However, I'm not sold on the saggy looking top-tube. 

 

The price also pushes it straight into S-Works territory.

Not really S-Work territory...New S-works goes for R61k frame only. must agree with ugly Top tube & colour too.

Johny Bravo, Mar 24 2015 12:46

Not really S-Work territory...New S-works goes for R61k frame only. must agree with ugly Top tube & colour too.

3600 dollars for this frame. Lets say thats about R40 000. S works frame is about R60k, but, the s works frame includes the front shock and carbon seatpost. 

 

Go lefty is going to hate me. But the Epic frame is a proven design, like it or not. 

 

Move away from Specialized and into other brands or better value, and I think these Swift guys might struggle to sell big numbers.

 

I think it looks very nice, also love the colours.

Captain Fatbastard Mayhem, Mar 24 2015 12:46

Not really S-Work territory...New S-works goes for R61k frame only. must agree with ugly Top tube & colour too.

Surely not... That must be a frameset with the RS-1 fork and a seatpost... 

Captain Fatbastard Mayhem, Mar 24 2015 12:47

3600 dollars for this frame. Lets say thats about R40 000. S works frame is about R60k, but, the s works frame includes the front shock and carbon seatpost. 

 

 

Bam

Hilton., Mar 24 2015 01:44

R37k for frame + R21k for RS-1 fork + R2k for seatpost = R60k

 

Right on target for S-Works pricing. As much as I like this bike, that's gonna be a hard sell.

Brian Fantana, Mar 24 2015 02:05

From what country does the Swift brand originate from?

Johny Bravo, Mar 24 2015 02:07

R37k for frame + R21k for RS-1 fork + R2k for seatpost = R60k

 

Right on target for S-Works pricing. As much as I like this bike, that's gonna be a hard sell.

S works frame comes with a SID with brain. But ja, this Swift is still quite expensive and finds itself priced against some big players. 

Moridin, Mar 24 2015 02:15

The Canyon frameset is 1999 Euros, so landed here we are probably looking at about R32K. The Canyon has proven itself.  For a new frame R37K is a bit much.

GoLefty!!, Mar 24 2015 02:17

From what country does the Swift brand originate from?

 China, started by South African Mark blewitt

Moridin, Mar 24 2015 02:17

From what country does the Swift brand originate from?

 

Saffa design.  Probably made in China.

Mongoose!, Mar 24 2015 02:19

From what country does the Swift brand originate from?


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Johny Bravo, Mar 24 2015 02:20

The Canyon frameset is 1999 Euros, so landed here we are probably looking at about R32K. The Canyon has proven itself.  For a new frame R37K is a bit much.

 

A Canyon is my next bike for sure. Hard to beat their pricing and looks.

Brian Fantana, Mar 24 2015 02:30

 China, started by South African Mark blewitt

 

 

Saffa design.  Probably made in China.

 

 

China

and lets all sing together ..." all frames are from China...lala la"

 

 

Thanks for the replies.  I knew that the frames would be from the far east. Now I know that the brand originates from SA.  

 

I also think that the frame is very expensive for a brand that is not that established yet.  However the two bottle cage compatibility in the front triangle does give it an edge over many other marathon frame options.

 

I think a demo tour all over SA will be very good for the brand.