Beautiful RB1000 AZK! How does it ride in comparison to your Aeroad?
The Aeroad feels more forgiving and does absorb the buzz of the road much better. The Canyon changes direction with very little input leaving the bike feeling lighter than it is especially when standing and climbing. Overall it feels more contemporary and civilised.
The builds are very similar the Aeroad has full SR EPS with de-badged Dura-ace brakes, due to Movistar being sponsored by Campagnolo, at the time Shimano only had direct-mount brakes.
The RB1K has SR Mechanical & both have Bora 50s running on latex tubs (Corsa G+ vs Conti Pro Ltd). Ultimately the RB1K was just a bit better fit for me
with the Stack and Reach combo allowing me to flatten my back. Not being slightly compressed between the bars and saddle when riding with my arms bent on the hoods, it just felt more natural.
The rear brake on the Canyon would also catch the rear of my left leg now and then. A small discomfort but something I never had on the Cipollini.
Canyon also only offer the H11 handle bar stem combo up till '130mm' meaning I would have to ditch the integrated setup on the Aeroad to try a more stretched out position. My experience
with 140mm -12* stems on certain bikes have also left me with a rear wheel skipping when standing or leaning forward & awkward handling on descends.
The RB1K is raw and the ride is more visceral when you get on you just wants to go. It has helped me get a step up in my racing which could also just be due to a better winter of training. Is it just placebo or is it actually faster? Will I ever actually know? At the end of the day even sold my TT bike and have beat all my PRs in 1 year on a roadbike.