Thanks for all opinions. This has been very informative
The Canyon frame should be more than enough for my needs (daily exercise and some long ride for the weekend, and probably a college level race), according to most reviews around that's why I'm not going to worry about the comfort and stiffness of the Canyon frame.
To the OP. The price of Canyon's in the UK are very good and they got a very good write-up some time ago in Cycling Plus magazine.
The price is so good that it's a lot more expensive to build the bike exactly like their spec if you opt for frameset only.
You can build better spec'd and cheaper bike if you get just frame with other brands, than their own completed bike which usually come with cheapo house-branded saddle, cockpit etc.
The Canyon AL 8.0 (the one that I want) will comes with;
- Full Athena group, not sure what crank it comes with, probably AL but that's more than enough stiffness i'm sure.
- Mavic Ksyrium equippe ( might sell these for something else, gotta try first).
- Ritchey WCS cockpit
- Selle Italia Race SE saddle
I will get a Shimano 105 pedal, and try the shoes at the store, then get a cleat+ bike fit. Handlebar will be changed out if proved uncomfortable. Gotta spare some cash for good bibs too i guess.
Price is £1200ish
Buying a frame and Athena group myself will cost almost as much as the complete bike.