This $5,000 race bike reconnected me with what I love about cycling

This $5,000 race bike reconnected me with what I like about biking

Welcome to Riding Nerdy, TNW’s fortnightly dive into bicycle-based tech, the place we go into an excessive amount of element and geek out on all issues associated to pedal-powered devices.

Over the previous few months I’ve been aboard the Canyon Final CF SLX, a no-holds-barred race bike, as my day by day coaching and street driving machine. I wrote my preliminary ideas down after a joyous few weeks of driving the iridescent magnificence, however now, I’ve put over 2,500 fun-filled miles (4,020 km) on the machine and it’s time to determine how I actually really feel about driving a $5,000 race bike 5 days per week. 

By now, you ought to be sensing that I actually fairly prefer it.

If that wasn’t clear, although, I’ve discovered driving a top-end race bike — one which’s gentle, responsive, strong as a rock, appears nice, and urges you on at each twist and switch within the street — to be a joyous expertise. Given its price ticket, I’d be involved if it was something different. 

Again in April, after a few hundred miles on it, I said that it was kind of expensive, but you get what you pay for. In hindsight, I really feel that assertion now sounds just a little underwhelming. Regardless that the Canyon prices $5,000, you get loads in your cash, and it has by no means left me wanting extra. Actually, it’s fairly good worth for cash. 

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I take into account the Final CF SLX probably the most feature-complete race bikes in its class, and it does so at a worth that’s, 9 occasions out of ten, extra alluring than the competitors. Related bikes from rivals come out 5% to 10% dearer, or aren’t spec’d fairly as extremely because the Canyon.

The structural bits (body, forks, handlebars, and seat put up)

Moreover placing the bike collectively and promoting it, Canyon’s important duty is to fabricate the body, forks, handlebars, and seat put up. On this explicit bike, Canyon has opted for Sram’s Power ETAP wi-fi gears and brakes — try my ideas on that right here.

After dwelling with the Final for a number of months, I applaud Canyon for making a motorcycle with a practical method to border design. The brake hoses are internally routed by the body, however enter on the downtube. It’s turning into de rigeur to don’t have any cables exhibiting in any respect, which suggests they must route by the handlebars, by the headset, into the downtube, and onward to the element they management.

canyon, bike, headset, cables
Credit score: M Beedham