EN­DURANCE $3,000-$6,000

Pedal Magazine - - Buyers Guide 2017 -

Bianchi In­finito CV Ul­te­gra

Us­ing Coun­ter­vail tech­nol­ogy, the all-new In­finito CV in­cor­po­rates vis­coelas­tic, vi­bra­tion-can­celling prop­er­ties within the car­bon-fibre layup of the frame and fork to smooth out the road. While the ge­om­e­try of the In­finito CV is de­signed to place rid­ers slightly more up­right than tra­di­tional race ma­chines, the bike is still more than ca­pa­ble of han­dling fast-paced group rides. An 11-speed Shi­mano Ul­te­gra driv­e­train, Reparto Corse al­loy cock­pit and car­bon stem and Ful­crum Rac­ing 5 LG wheels com­plete the build, which has an SRP of $5,499.

Norco Va­lence SL Disc Ul­te­gra

The Norco Va­lence SL Disc brings a ver­sa­tile plat­form to the world of En­durance bikes, with a sub-1,000g high-mod­u­lus car­bon frame that's ca­pa­ble of han­dling both long ad­ven­tures or rip­ping around the lo­cal race cir­cuit. The En­durance ge­om­e­try of the Va­lence SL Disc brings sta­bil­ity and in­creased con­trol to rid­ers, while the 11-speed Shi­mano Ul­te­gra group, Shi­mano hy­draulic disc brakes and DT Swiss R24 Spline TR disc wheels pro­vide am­ple per­for­mance. The Va­lence SL Disc Ul­te­gra has an SRP of $4,199.

Kuota Kryon

The Kryon is a full-car­bon mono­coque bike that com­bines Kuota's rac­ing ge­om­e­try with En­durance fea­tures such as 25mm tire clear­ance. The frame is Di2 ready, and has fea­tures such as a hid­den seat­post clamp and in­ter­nal cable rout­ing. The Kryon is built with an 11-speed Shi­mano 105 driv­e­train, a Ritchey Comp cock­pit and American Clas­sic Vic­tory 30 wheels. The SRP is $3,159.

Merkcx Sal­lanches 64

The Sal­lanches 64 is named af­ter Eddy Mer­ckx's 1964 am­a­teur World Cham­pi­onship win in Sal­lanches, France, which sparked his in­cred­i­ble ca­reer. The bike com­bines per­for­mance and com­fort, us­ing full-car­bon mono­coque for the frame and fork. A trusty Shi­mano Ti­a­gra 4700 group will re­main re­li­able through all sorts of ad­ven­tures. With Shi­mano R501 wheels, the SRP is $4,330.

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