Alejandro Valverde’s Canyon Ultimate CF SLX World Champion’s Bike

Alejandro Valverde’s Canyon Ultimate CF SLX World Champion’s Bike


– I’m here in Saitama, in Japan, and I’ve managed to get my hands on this, Alejandro Valverde’s Canyon
Ultimate CF SLX road bike. Just check it out, what a piece of beauty. Now, it’s not the bike he
actually piloted to victory back at Innsbruck, back in September. However, this one is ever so special. Let’s take a look at just why. Well, Valverde himself,
he stands at one meter 77, which is five foot 10
roughly, there or thereabouts. And he’s opted for a size small frame, which does actually surprise me, ’cause I would have thought
he’d go for a medium, just being a couple of
inches shorter than myself. But, well, Valverde, his palmares, it speaks for itself, doesn’t it, so I’m not gonna advice him on
a bike fit, that is for sure. So the Ultimate CF SLX from Canyon is in fact their kind of standard bike, so it’s not an aerodynamic
all-out race machine, it is the lighter addition
of the two options available for the Movistar riders. But, the frame colors, wow. This has been truly and utterly customized for a world champion, including some gold stripes
here on the top tube, as well as his name, and
also, if it needs reminding, the fact that he’s world
champion in Innsbruck in 2018. Then mounted into frame, we’ve
got a Canyon S13 seatpost that has quite a bit of layback on it too. Fitted into the seatpost
is a Fizik Antares and this one is ever so special too because it’s got some
really thin stripes there, just a reminder again
that he’s world champion and I do like a white saddle. And importantly, as well, in my opinion, it’s got carbon fiber rails on there, just keeping it a little bit lighter too. Moving forward, we’ve got a Canyon H36 integrated handlebar. Now the width of them, they are 41 cm, and that comes with a 12 cm stem. Wrapping the bars, we’ve got
the Lizard Skins bar tape, which is really sticky,
it’s a little bit grubby, but we’re not gonna hold
that against Alejandro, because well, he’s made
it all the way to Japan to race this, so I bet
he’s looking forward to it. Mounted onto the bars are the
Campagnolo Super Record EPS brake levers/gear levers. Stopping power on the rims, so that’s provided by Campagnolo too, and it’s the Super Record calipers. And interesting here, a
little interesting fact even, is that the rear caliper is a single pivot and the front is a dual pivot, ’cause most riders, they
tend to actually use the front brake for the
majority of the time, probably about 90% of the
braking goes to the front, believe it or not. Fitted in there are the red
pads from Campagnolo as well, and they’re specific for the carbon rims. Moving on to the carbon rims, well, we’ve got Campagnolo Bora Ultra 50s, and they’re fitted with ceramic bearings. What is so cool about these wheels though are those rainbow-colored decals. They finish off this bike
absolutely brilliantly. But, we’ve not finished yet, have we. Let’s move on to the drive train. Well, we’ve got Campagnolo
Super Record EPS derailleurs, by front and rear, and those derailleurs, they are electronic, of course. Cassette-wise, we’ve got an 11 to 29, which is pretty much
standard across the teams using Campagnolo. And the tires fitted
onto these rims, well, they’re the Continental
Competition Pro LTD ALXs, which have a latex inner
tube fitting inside of them. Chainset-wise, well,
we’ve got a power meter integrated into the unit, and the chainset is a
Campagnolo Super Record, with a 170 mm cranks. But the power meter, that’s
courtesy of Power2Max, and it’s the NG model. Now, if you look here, as
well, we’ve also got some World Championship colored
bands on there as well just to finish it off, I do like that. And chain rings are 53/39 combination. Pedals-wise, again, we’ve
got some customizations, because we’ve got some
Look Carbon Keo Blade. Check out that, Valverde
with some, wow, I think, really cool modern-looking
stripes on the bottom there. Now, if you’re interested in
Valverde’s release tension on those pedals, it’s 16 newton meters. So what about the finishing
touches on this bike, then. Well, first up, we’ve got some spiral band wrapping material here, so that’s to join the EPS cable along with the rear brake cable, where it goes into the top tube, always nice to keep those
things nice and tidy. Then, we’ve got a pair of Elite Custom Race Plus bottle cages, making sure he’s nice and
hydrated along the way, too. And then, one of the really nice things I like about this bike is
the chain catcher here, on the front derailleur. It actually mounts onto the
water bottle cage bosses, on the seat tube. I love that, I actually want
to get one of those on my bike, ’cause I think it really
tidies up the front end, you don’t need to mess around adjusting your front derailleur
to actually get that fitted. Also, not forgetting
here, we’ve got a couple of Movistar logos too, just to remind everyone who he races for. Fitted on the underside of the
integrated handlebar and stem we’ve got a mount here from Canyon too, and that’s for the GPS
unit to be fitted into. And then, one of the things
which we don’t normally see on any pro bikes like that, are actually these little
locking nuts here on the valves. Why though? Well, they’re actually
gonna prevent those valves from rattling away inside of the carb and giving a very irritating sound that they sometimes can do. So, slight weight penalty,
but for the piece of mind and the OCD lovers out there, you will certainly agree that
those things are a necessity. What about Valverde’s measurements, then? Well, from the top of the saddle to the center of the
bottom bracket is 76 cm. And then from the tip of the saddle to the center of the bars, 56.5cm. Now, take a quick look, and you’ll see how far-forward his saddle is, absolutely slammed on those rails. Also, there’s no setback at
all on the seatpost there. He’s got that all the way forward too. And interestingly as well, the drop from the saddle
to the handlebars is 13 cm. And the weight to the bike,
including an empty water bottle, I must just add, is 7.03Kg. Right, the moment you’ve all
been waiting for, I know. The freehub sound check. Let’s have a listen. So there we are, Alejandro Valverde’s World Championship colored
Canyon Ultimate CF SLX. Let me know what you think of it down there in the comments section below. I absolutely love it, because
I love custom paintwork. Now, as ever, remember to
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