Recently I found myself with out a bike to race on in 2013, I had a few frames but still needed a new groupset and components. So I came to the logical conclusion of trying to find a bike that would cost around the same as re-building a frame. Set with a budget of around £2000 I trawled the internet looking for something that would serve me well in Belgium next year. But all I could find were cheap carbon frames, of which I’ve had plenty of bad luck with this year, or mid range carbon frames with low end componentry. Until, I stumbled across the German brand ‘Canyon‘. They only sell via their website and also have an outlet store. On which I found a 2012 Ultimate AL 9.0 Di2 bike for £1685. £400 cheaper than the RRP. A few conversations with my parents led to us buying it within half an hour of finding it! Ordered on a Thursday it was delivered by UPS on the Tuesday. Pretty quick! That’s German efficiency.
I’ll run through the spec briefly (ish)…
Frame – Aluminium – 60cm – I prefer aluminium, it feels stiffer and it’s studier than carbon. Well, that’s my view at least!
Groupset – Ultegra Di2 Electronic groupset – Full groupset, no cheap brakes – I hope I never have to go back to mechanical! I wont have to worry about snapped SRAM levers or cables from now on.
Wheels – Mavic Kysrium Equipe – Sturdy for training, good enough for race days and hopefully strong enough for the occasional cobblestone.
Tyres – Continental GP4000s – Top end race tyres – The 2013 model comes with cheaper tyres!
Saddle – Came with a cheap Selle Italia which I swapped out for a ProLogo.
Bars & Stem – 3T Rotundo Pro bars – 44cm – Ritchey stem – 130mm
Pedals – Carbon Ultegra PD-6700. Only because they match the frame. Anything in matte black is good.
Here’s some pictures of the bike and of it and I in action!
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year ! ! !
And Thanks Mum and Dad.