September 6, 2011 on 6:00 am | In Employee Adventures, From the shop, Product Information, Tech Tips | 6 Comments
Its always a challenge to be on the cutting edge. Like the mad scientist, your results can make you a hero or an expensive failure. When Trisports.com was asked to build one of the first Scott Plasma Premiums with custom internal Di2, we cautiously jumped at the chance. Judging by Facebook comments and comments from coworkers who witnessed the bike in person, the TriSports.com service team came out with hero status with one of the country’s first Scott Plasma Premiums with custom routed Shimano Di2.
What made this project a challenge is the fact that the stock Plasma Premium frame is not set up for internally wired Di2. For this build we didn’t want exposed wires running along the outside of the frame. Everything would have to be routed internally, which meant heavy modifications both to the inside and outside of the frame.
There is a saying in the medical field, “Do No Harm”. That applies just as much when modifying a $4000 carbon fiber frame. Literally hours were spent drilling, grinding, sanding, and soldering in order to make this frame a reality. Great care went in to keeping the structural integrity intact and untouched.
The result is one of the most satisfying bike builds to come out of TriSports.com. Since there is no manual for this type of build, everything was planned and executed by us. We are not afraid to brag that it came out beautifully. The Di2 is integrated seamlessly inside and outside of the frame. The bike is as clean as anything you’d see in the pro field and is a perfect example of what Di2 is capable of. We look forward to doing more cutting edge builds for you in the near future.