Now winter month's are coming, it's time to give the Scott some rest and use something other. But, my 'old' Canyon don't feel right anymore, especiallly after loving the great handling and responsivness of the Scott : to twitchy and not stiff enough front end (not what you want for winter training...), and overall less great feel.
So, time for something new, and I though : why no disc's? Problem: a lot of the new disc race bikes are on dispay for shows, but are only available beginning 2017. After I read some great reviews (to take with a serious grain of salt, as my previous Canyon proved me), some geometry analysis, the hope the handling would be a little more tame, as it's more of an indurance bike, and, being in stock, I puled the trigger for the new Endurace, size M, DA Disc.
Few day's after the order, the box was already at home.
Bike in the box:
After 30' build up and rough setup, it looked like this:
Thing weights exactly 7,3 without pedals as shown
The reach of the frame being shorter as my 2 other bikes, and with the stock 10cm combo, the overall reach was way to short. Time to re use the 1 1/4 12cm stem of the previous Canyon, together with a temporary longer reach Ritchey Evolution handlebar I had laying around to see how it turns out. Result : almost perfect! As I was busy changing parts, I also changed the porky post and sadle combo for a trusty Superlogic / Toupé combo, the 28mm tyres and matching big innertubes were also swapped for 23mm conti's (came out to almost 26 mm on the 18mm internal wide rims) along with some latex inner tubes.
Result : a little under 6,8kg as shown.
Took it out for a short spin for a first validation of the position and I'm more than happy with my choise : bikes feels planted and stable, yet very responsive out of the saddle. All I wanted. Of course, I have to put some serious rides on it, but first impressons are very positive. Only negative, but easy fix : I hate that DA 11-28 cassette with it's huge gear gaps.
Later this week, bike will be finalised in this iteration. To do : Deda bartape, steering tube will of course be cut a few cm, Barfly incl DI2 mount to clean up the wiring (same as my Scott) , expander removal (never used one on my previous Canyon), Edco monobloc 12-25 (should arrive tomorrow...) and the DT swiss through axles will be replaced with some lighter ones. Final weight with everything on (bottle cage, garmin mount + 520 + speedplays) will be around 7kg I guess. Oh yes : any tips to remove the grafics of the stem? I've tried some different stuff, such a nail polish remover from the wife, without succes
If the bike really meets my expectations, I will change the handlebar to a matt UD one and shorten the brake housings and get rid of the easy mount couplers at the same time.