This one is in since last Friday, spent a good 120km (74,5miles) in 2 different rides. More on that later. Weight
as pictured is around 7.8kg
. Set up is with full Sram Force 22
with the Shimano Ultegra pedals
of my former bike. Specialized SL Sworks Stem
(120mm), Specialized Toupé Sport
and Specialized Aerofly bars
are cheap Veltec 42mm AL
, with 25mm Continental Grand Prix 4000 II's. I'm waiting to upgrade to full carbon next year. Buying houses & becoming a parent are more important to my wallet right now.On the ride:
I am not a professional cyclist, I haven't been on a bicycle since I crashed the Canyon in an accident July 2016. I live in Belgium, my usual rides are 30k flats from Ghent to Oudenaarde and back.
Around Oudenaarde, I tackle some legendary Flanders classic hills (Berendries, Koppenberg, Kapellenberg, Ladeuze, Molenberg, etc etc.) and loads of small short ascends, descends & cornering.
First impressions: this is stiff. This is really effin' stiff. To put things into perspective: I come from a Canyon Ultimate CF SLX 9.0, one of the mid-range carbon Canyons.
On the flats & going downhill there is a giant difference in what I have to put in to gain & maintain speeds, it's waaaay easier, this thing goes fast... wow. Uphill: probably my pancake legs but punching through small uphill climbs feels harder maintaining speed/gear.
Still getting used to & dailing the SRAM Force to perfection, I come from a full Ultegra set-up so double tap shifting uphill still feels a bit weird. Paint scheme on this is spot on. When it hits the sun, it's impressive to say the least. Wheels are boat anchors, 42mm full alloy coming in at about 1,8kg (3,96832 lbs) but do their job well, all reviews online state 2000km before the anodized rim starts turning silver... forget about that, I managed to do that after about 100km, it's full on silver now after the rainy 2nd ride.
First ride was 28°c sunshine all the way. Loved every second of it. 2nd one was a early morning rainy ride with over 3h of rain. No idea if this is normal but turning my bike up to fit in the elevator made the frame lose a small amount of water from the back end?