EN­DURANCE ROAD BIKES

Canadian Cycling Magazine - - CON­TENTS -

Trek Do­mane S 6 Disc $4,000

The Trek Do­mane S 6 Disc might look like most other disc-equipped road bikes, but the com­pany’s Isospeed de­cou­pler sys­tem sets it apart from that crowd. Isospeed ef­fec­tively sep­a­rates the front and rear tri­an­gles of the bike by adding a pivot where the seat­stays meet the seat tube, pro­vid­ing a small de­gree of rear-end flex to min­i­mize road chat­ter and re­duce rider fa­tigue. There’s also a rocker cup in the head tube to al­low fore-and-aft flex at the front. Trek has paired this tech­nol­ogy with a full Shi­mano Ul­te­gra 11-speed me­chan­i­cal driv­e­train, hy­draulic disc brakes and a healthy dose of Bon­trager com­po­nents for a bike that is ready to tackle the rough­est roads around. ( trek­bikes.com)

Spe­cial­ized Roubaix Ex­pert UDI2 $6,869

The Roubaix Ex­pert udi2 takes its name from the fa­mous Paris-roubaix race in North­ern France, which is marked by long and ex­ceed­ingly rough cob­ble­stone sec­tors. The bike is de­signed to han­dle these types of tor­tur­ous roads and brings with it the tech­nol­ogy to do so. Spe­cial­ized worked with Mclaren Ap­plied Tech­nolo­gies to de­velop the Fu­ture Shock sus­pen­sion, which pro­vides 20 mm of ad­justable travel in the steer­ing tube to smooth out rough roads. The spec on the bike is ex­cel­lent: a full Shi­mano Ul­te­gra Di2 11-speed elec­tronic driv­e­train, in­clud­ing crankset, with Spe­cial­ized parts at the con­tact points and DT R460 disc wheels. ( spe­cial­ized.com)

Cervélo C3 Ul­te­gra 6800 $4,500

Cervélo has been carv­ing out a name for it­self on the pro cir­cuit for years now. The Cana­dian-born brand def­i­nitely at­tracts a loyal fol­low­ing. The C3 may be the com­pany’s more “value-con­scious” model of en­durance bike, but that doesn’t mean it is any less ca­pa­ble than the top model. The C3 Ul­te­gra 6800 com­bines a full car­bon frame and fork, a mix of Ul­te­gra 11-speed me­chan­i­cal driv­e­train parts, hy­draulic disc brakes, Ro­tor cranks, fsa com­po­nents at the con­tact points and Hed Ar­dennes Plus GP Disc wheels into a well-rounded pack­age that will give you the bou­tique-brand ca­chet and per­for­mance with­out putting you in the poor house. ( cervelo.com)

Felt VR2 $7,299

Felt launched its new VR line this past Au­gust, adding an­other set of en­durance bikes to com­ple­ment its Z line. The vr2 is the top model in the line. The full car­bon frame sports a Shi­mano Ul­te­gra Di2 driv­e­train, an fsa SL-K crankset and Mavic Ksyrium Elite Disc All­road wheelset. Cock­pit parts are from 3T; the sad­dle is from Prol­ogo. Shi­mano calipers and Ice Tech­nol­ogy ro­tors – 160 mm in front, 140 mm at the back – mod­u­late your speed. When you hit a tough climb, you’ll re­ally like the su­per-com­pact 46/30-tooth gear­ing matched to the 11–32 tooth cas­sette. (felt­bi­cy­cles. com)

Garneau Gen­nix D1 Elite $4,200

Garneau is a fa­mil­iar name to gen­er­a­tions of Cana­dian cy­clists. The Gen­nix D1 Elite is the com­pany’s sec­ond-tier en­durance road bike. The 52/36-tooth crankset, how­ever, seems to be aimed more to­ward road rac­ing than en­durance rid­ing. The bike com­bines the ben­e­fits of hy­draulic disc brakes with the cost sav­ings of a me­chan­i­cal driv­e­train. The bike has been spec’d with full Shi­mano Ul­te­gra com­po­nents. The bar and stem are from 3T, and are paired with a Fizik sad­dle. The frame has enough clear­ance to let you run 28c tires on the Shi­mano rx31 disc wheels. Sizes run from ex­tra small to ex­tra, ex­tra large, so there’s likely a Gen­nix for ev­ery­one out there. ( garneau.com)—stu­ar­tk­er­naghan

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