After getting a new job it was time to get a new bike. With this purchase my 3-year (31000 km) old Canyon Ultimate CF SL 9.0 Di2 becomes my bad-weather road bike (because it is in a way too good shape to be sold, and I still really love it), and the new Canyon Endurance CF SLX DISC 9.0 SL takes the role of a good-weather, epic-ride machine. (While the Canyon Inflite AL SLX 8.0 Pro Race is now only for off-road riding.) It took me again quite some time to make the decision about the exact model, for a short while I even fancied getting a nice titanium frame and build up a bike myself with the SRAM RED eTap wireless electronic groupset, but maybe I am not “old enough” for that. At the end I went for a more relaxed geometry because I am definitely not going to be racing with this bike, but I want it mainly for long days in the saddle instead, and a bit more comfortable frame is definitely welcome for that purpose.
To complete the bike I got a SRAM RED DZero Power Meter, a K-EDGE Wahoo Splayd Race Mount, and Look Kéo 2 Max Carbon pedals. The total weight is ~7.8 kg with the pedals, Canyon bottle holders, and the Wahoo EDGE Bolt and its mount included. Unluckily I could not ride with the bike yet, because the winter really does not want to leave Belgium yet, which means that there is still a lot of salt on the roads, even in the rare dry periods. Hopefully this was the last cold spell this year, and soon I can have the inaugural ride of this beauty.
There is a good old rule in cycling which states that “The correct number of bikes to own is n+1. While the minimum number of bikes one should own is three, the correct number is n+1, where n is the number of bikes currently owned. (…)” Until now, I had only a road bike, and a mountain bike, so I desperately needed a third one. Living in Belgium, I had no doubts that it needed to be a cyclocross bike, which I can still ride almost as fast as a road bike, but I can also ride it on any surface (gravel, grass, mud, etc.), and in any weather condition without feeling bad about the bike. And because you can only be a real Belgian cyclist if you do cross in the off-season.
So from now on I will ride mostly with this bike in the cross season (October to February), and only use the road bike during these months if the roads are perfectly dry, salt free, and I really need my fastest bike to keep up with somebody (e.g., group rides with the team). I have only ridden a few kilometres with it so far (to the photo location and back), but I can already tell that it feels great!
I got my new road bike, a Canyon Ultimate CF SL 9.0 Di2. I promised myself more than a year ago, that if I get the FWO postdoctoral fellowship, then I will spend my first actual tax return on a new road bike. Since all requisites were met, and I even turned 30 in the meantime, I ordered the bike as soon as I got my tax money. Originally I wanted to go for a slightly different model (from the same Canyon series), but I enjoyed the electronic shifting on my rental bike last month so much (more about that in the next post), that I went for this one at the end. I assembled the bike yesterday, and even managed to take some pictures before it started raining (see below), but the actual first ride is yet to happen… It definitely looks awesome, and based on my experience with Canyon bikes, I am quite sure it also rides great.
This bike replaces my exactly 5 year old Canyon Roadlite 7.0, which retires (at least under my ownership) with an odometer position of 31753 km. Thanks to the low Canyon prices (compared to other brands), even a Garmin Vector S power meter did fit in my budget, so the dream of having power-data is also coming true. The bike is officially 7 kg, and with the Vector pedals, Garmin speed sensor, bottle holders, my Garmin Edge 800 and its front mount I measured it to be still below 8 kg. It’s outfitted with a full Shimano Ultegra Di2 group (electronic shifting, internal battery placement, 52/36 – 11/28 gearing), Mavic Ksyrium Elite S WTS wheels (I actually had these a few years back, until a bad crash…), Canyon’s own seat post and stem (very pretty cockpit), and a Fizik Antares saddle (I had the same on my old bike already since 2011, so I really like that saddle). Hopefully I can start riding it very soon!
Let me unveil my new mountain bike, a CUBE LTD 29. This was my birthday present from myself, and I have to say I must know myself very well, because it made me very happy :) I hope to have the first ride with it tomorrow. Wish me luck!