Hi. Martin from Norway here. I’ve been riding road bikes for about 7 years now. Three years ago my bike was stolen (cheapo Giant Defy) in Oslo, so I had a year off then. Other than that I’ve been riding pretty much every week for the last 5 years.
After riding the CAAD10 for a year-and-a-half I decided to treat myself to a new frameset. For months I was torn between a SwiftCarbon Ultravox Ti, secondhand Colnago C59, Cipollini Bond and this; a Canyon Ultimate CF SLX.
Long term lurker, now ready to show my beaut. I’ve had it since mid June, but I ordered it early March. The thinking behind this build is to get a lot of bang for buck. I have chosen components that I feel balance weight, quality, functionality and price quite well.
I'll start with the pictures, because that's what most are interested in, right? Full-res pictures can be browsed here: http://imgur.com/a/0wTAF#0
I’ve added a couple of pictures showing the paint with the Ultegra brakes.
The makeshift quarter-turn mount isn't a beautiful thing, but it works great.
The frameset (frame, fork, seatpost clamp, Di2 battery mount, headset, stem) came in at 1310 g in a size small. Certainly not Addict SL light, but fair.
I had the choice of either Dura Ace 9000 or Ultegra Di2 for the same price, or Athena EPS for a little more when I started the build. I went with Shimano 6770 Di2 in the end. Mostly because I wanted to try it out and got a good deal on it, but also because I read the reports and reviews about it shifting as well as Dura Ace Di2 at the time. I swapped the pulleys for a set from Hawk Racing. The battery is housed inside the downtube and clamped in place by two bolts and is accessible from under the bottom bracket after the crankset has been removed.
I chose a compact Rotor 3D+ crank (ordered 3DF, but it was out of stock, so I got the 3D+ for no extra charge). I’m not a big sprinter (61 kg climber), but I like things as stiff as possible.
This build is also my first experience with a power meter. I went with the Power2Max after reading DC Rainmaker’s review and because it’s consistent, cheap (this was before Powertap slashed their prices) and compatible with my crankset. Due to the Power2Max battery compartment I can only get a 50t big Q-Ring, but I haven't outpedalled the 11t cog yet. 38t granny Q-Ring.
I fitted a Rotor chain catcher, but it hasn't had to do its job yet. The Di2 has been flawless for me.
To keep the e-tube wires from touching the crank spindle I used a few grams of Sugru and stuck them to the inside of the frame.
I'm running a 6700 11/28 cassette for now, but I plan on getting an Omni Racer Ti or SP!N Unobtanium cassette for when spring returns. I have dropped the chain once, but that was due to not setting the high gear adjustment on the front derailleur properly.
The Mavic SL Ti pedals were a nice eBay find for $45 + postage (NIB).
I put Planet-X's CNC brakes on it, but I'm not a fan. They gave me a lot of grief setting them up properly, and the modulation is rather poor. I’m currently debating with myself and Mr. Bank Account if I should save up for eeBrakes or get some 6800 brakes.
The handlebars are a 40 cm centre-to-centre aluminium Deda Zero100 that I got cheap. The shape fits me nicely, but they have an inkling of flex when really hammering, and they’re not exactly the lightest bars available. They’ll do for the time being, but I’m waiting for Fizik to start selling their Cyrano line before I put something new on it. I've stuck with the 90 mm aluminium Ritchey 4-Axis stem that came with the frameset. I got the alternative expander from Canyon today, but it turns out the inside diametre on my steerer tube isn’t consistent enough to let it down far enough. Therefore the spacer stack on the remains for now.
I'm still using the stock Canyon VCLS seatpost, but the setback doesn't suit my femurs, so I have a new seatpost coming in from Russia - a Garbaruk straight 138 g CF ‘post.
My behind is resting on a carbon braided Fizik Antares. It fits me very good and came in just shy of the claimed 155 g.
I had some matte black Elite Custom Race bottle cages lying around, so I bolted those on with cheap and light bolts from Planet-X ($2.50/3 g for 4 bolts).
Barfly 2.0 for the Navi2Coach computer. The mounts that came with the computer are, well, crap. So I again used a bit of Sugru to fashion a quarter-turn SRAM mount to the back of the computer.
I really like the wheels on this build, they’re also quite expensive. Expensive compared to the rest of the componentry, not expensive compared to Zipp, Bontrager and the likes. I ended up paying $~1550 for the set. They're put together by hand in England by a family owned and run company called Spin Cycle Works. They also make some pretty titanium frames that I'm thinking of maybe putting money down for. Obviously I could’ve paid less if I bought them directly from the Far East from dealers who could be using the same rims, hubs and spokes for all I know.
The wheels are their lightest offering, the 38 mm deep, 23 mm wide K2 Carbone SLR-T. They advertise these at 1160 g, mine came in at just above that, 1186 g. Sapim X-Ray and Laser spokes are laced to their own Hyperdrive R50 hubs. The braking surface is still good, the rims are plenty stiff and they're still true. The brake pads the wheels come with look and feel a lot like Reynolds Cryo Blue pads, but they leave a bit more residue on the braking surface. They’re also softer and have a shorter life-span.
I glued a 9-month aged set of Veloflex Arenberg 25 mm tyres to them. After about 4000 km they are still in pristine condition. Granted, I haven't ridden across the worst gravel roads, but the roads in remote Norway aren't great.
The skewers are USE Spin Stix Ti. They're not the lightest around, but I prefer these to external cam skewers, and they're cheaper and lighter than Dura Ace skewers. I’ve had no problems with these.
I've weighed every component on my kitchen scale (except for the 50t Q-ring) prior to installing and cutting. The complete build-list can be viewed in a Google spreadsheet [link below]. The total weight is 6,853 grams. The numbers in white are estimations.
As of now it tips the scales at 6.83 kg (as I ride it). With the Garbaruk 'post and some new handlebars it should be UCI illegal by a mini-can of coke.
Overall, I'm very happy with the build. Whenever I’ve been out riding, it’s been on this one; in good weather and bad. Disclaimer: I'm no expert, but I find it handles great, especially on medium-fast technical descends (~50-80 km/h). It is plenty stiff for me, but then again, I’m no 2,000 W sprinter. It's not a super-comfortable ride, but I've had no problems on 4-hour rides. A looker, this is not, but I really like the colourway. It is painted in a sort of Ultegra grey, matching a 6700/6770 groupset very well. I may have gone overboard with the stealth-ish look, but the red pieces balance it nicely, I think. The finish on the frameset is sub-par what I’d expect of a frame this price, but onboard with what you find in super-light frames. It makes BMC's matte black finish look... matte black. The paint is very thin and quite a few places where the CF sheets have been overlapped can be seen through the paint. From afar, it looks good.
All suggestions are welcomed. Looking to shed another hundred grams or two off it wherever possible at a fairly reasonable cost. I’ll update this thread when I get some new parts fitted.
Link to Google spreadsheet: [link]