CANYON EN­DURACE CF SLX DISC 9.0 LTD

c£7500 › Edi­tor Rob has grown rather at­tached to his L’Étape du Tour ride

Cycling Plus - - FIRST RIDE -

My Canyon En­durace CF SLX Disc was de­liv­ered straight from Ger­many cour­tesy of Alpecin – I was the least im­por­tant mem­ber of the reader team we’ve fol­lowed in the magazine – and I, like all other Canyon ‘cus­tomers’, had some sim­ple span­ner­ing to do to get it ride-ready.

But me and sim­ple span­ner­ing don’t go, and I for­got a shim be­tween the stem and steerer and crushed some car­bon. Luck­ily, Canyon was very un­der­stand­ing and re­placed my fork with­out fuss. Since then we’ve got along swim­mingly. My CF SLX LTD isn’t quite stan­dard – the Zipp 303 wheels aren’t an op­tion on the full bike avail­able in the UK, and the SRAM Red eTap HRD groupset [1] is aug­mented by a Quark DZero power me­ter [2]. There’s so much to like about this bike, but for me the eTap has proven to be the cherry on a very tasty cake. I’d never run a long-ter­mer with both elec­tronic gears and disc brakes, but I’ve been hugely im­pressed. The eTap has been fault­less - bat­tery life is !ne and, once you get used to it, shift­ing is sim­ple and fast. The me­chan­i­cal numpty in me loves that you can mi­cro-ad­just in­dex­ing on the road. I’ll also strug­gle to go back to rim brakes. The con!dence the SRAM discs gave me on Alpine de­scents was price­less.

The En­durace’s chas­sis is ex­cel­lent too. The 820g frame o"ers plenty of long ride com­fort, but is a nifty climber and nim­ble han­dler. I wasn’t ini­tially sold on the Zipp 303s after early cross­wind catches, but shod with 28mm Con­ti­nen­tal Grand Prix tyres I’ve come around to their com­bi­na­tion of speed and com­fort. I don’t want to give it back!

It got me through L’Étape, and I love the elec­tronic shift­ing, hy­draulic discs and sorted frame

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