Canyon spee dmax cf 9.0 SL

Price £5,999 > Dis­tance to date 1,394km

Procycling - - Road Tested - Jamie Wilkins

After lots of fid­dling, I’ve now re­ally got the Speed­max di­alled in. The lower sad­dle height that came out of June’s bike fit ac­tu­ally cost me 20W so I’ve put it back. Like­wise the for­ward cleat po­si­tion and in­sole wedge, which led to some knee is­sues. I gave the changes six weeks to al­low for adap­ta­tion, they just didn’t work for me. Both were worth try­ing as my legs cer­tainly look too straight but the power loss was clear. It cost me some places in a few races and an even bet­ter 50 PB than the 1:46:52 I set on a fast course in July but it was still a valu­able learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. I’ve also fit­ted ski bend ex­ten­sions; they’re sim­ply far more com­fort­able for me.

Hap­pily I got it all sorted just in time for the Na­tional 25-mile (40km) TT Cham­pi­onships in early Au­gust. I had a good ride and will never be more sat­is­fied with a 32nd place. This photo is from the Som­er­set Road Club’s 2-up Open 10, which team-mate Robin Coomber and I won. There was only one other pair but we were pleased to record 19:54. It was my first ever 30mph+ TT. Now I just need to work out how to do it on my own.

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