Scott Plasma RC


$7,000, Scott-sports.com

The draw: Top-of-the-line frame

The Plasma RC sits one rung down from the top-of-the-line Premium, only substituting full Ultegra Di2 components and in-house Syncros brand wheels for the Premium’s Dura-Ace components and Zipp wheels to lower the price. That means you get the same high-end HMX carbon, highly integrated but still adjustable front end and aero shapes that make this bike go fast. A custom front hydration system and storage box from Profile Design keep what you need at the ready. If you are looking for a proven weapon against the clock, the RC is great choice. If you are looking for a lower price, the Plasma 10 and 20 models are also available, spec’d with Shimano Ultegra mechanical and Shimano 105 for $3,700 and $2,800, respectively.