The Ex­tras

Triathlon Magazine Canada - - Front Page -

(Al­though the 9.9 is sold with Di2 9070 (see re­view on p. 36) our test bike came specced with Cam­pag­nolo Su­per Record eps 11-speed com­po­nen­try. The bar- end brake levers save triath­letes time and en­ergy, but more im­por­tantly, the shift­ing is seam­less, smooth and un­be­liev­ably pre­cise. In fact, on my test rides I re­peat­edly tried to mis-shift and couldn’t. The eps re­sets it­self to cor­rect over or un­der­shift­ing – a con­fi­dence en­hancer on hilly cour­ses.

The wider crank of the Cam­pag­nolo setup trans­fers power ef­fi­ciently. Ul­tra- light with an ul­tra-fast de­sign, the crank set is also es­thet­i­cally im­pres­sive. Its mar­bled car­bon has an art deco look hear­ken­ing back to 1933 when Cam­pag­nolo started out.

Our test bike also came with Bon­trager’s Ae­o­lus 9s, but the bike is sold with the Ae­o­lus 5s. This up­grade for race wheels is worth it for strong rid­ers able to man­age the deep wheels. The ul­tra light oclv Car­bon rim is 90 mm deep, which makes them sleek and fast, but the stacked lac­ing in the spokes makes for a stiff wheel, al­low­ing rid­ers to stay in con­trol on fast de­scents or windy con­di­tions.

Al­though sad­dle fit is highly per­sonal, I needed zero ad­just­ment time on the Hilo rxl Speed Dial Sad­dle with hol­low Ti rails that came on our tester (slightly dif­fer­ent from the rxxxl which comes on the 9.9). The ad­justable nose of the rxl made this rider happy. For rid­ers who tend to sit for­ward, this sad­dle is worth try­ing whether on the 9.9 or not. Sold with the rxxxl sad­dle, how­ever, rid­ers will be treated to in­creased flex and com­fort from the lighter car­bon rails.

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