Bike Talk – Mathieu van der Poel’s new Canyon Inflite CF SLX | SHIMANO

Bike Talk – Mathieu van der Poel’s new Canyon Inflite CF SLX | SHIMANO


I’m Mathieu van der Poel and
this is my new cross bike… …the Canyon Inflite CF SLX. It’s a new model from Canyon. It looks a little bit
strange, as you can see… …but it really is
a great cross bike. Of course it took
some getting used to. Like I said before, especially this
takes a bit of getting used to. I’m very satisfied
with the bike. It’s a very stiff cross bike… …and it’s a very
predictable bike… …and I really like
that when riding. Predictability is
very important to me. A very stiff bike,
that feels as a whole. There are a lot of cross bikes where the
fork and the frame don’t feel as one. And with this bike
I do have that feeling. And to me that’s a
really big advantage. I’m riding with the
latest DURA-ACE groupset. Still with electronic shifting… …because to me it’s still
the best you can get. With the new groupset, I’m especially
very happy with the shifters… …because the
previous shifters… …they were the first
hydraulic disc brakes… …and they were
less elegant. These are really nice hoods. They are the same as on my road bike,
where I don’t ride with disc brakes. I like that a lot, because you really
have a lot of feeling when steering. The groupset also shifts
faster, you really feel that. I get the brakes set so they
start braking very early. That’s very important to me, because
I have a lot of control like that. I’m a big fan of the
electronic groupset… …ever since it was
first released. I’m someone who shifts a lot between
the inner and the outer ring. And with the electronic groupset
it’s completely different from before. Back in the days when you had
frozen hands, it was very hard. And now it’s just a flick. I’ve always ridden
with DURA-ACE… …but not at any price
I would change… …because I’m so happy with it. I always ride with a
46-39T up front… …that’s practically
always the same. In the rear it’s a bit
different sometimes… …most of the time
I ride with 25-11T. Once in a while I use 28-11T… …and when there’s a lot
of climbing involved… …I even use a 30T in the rear. I’ve said it a couple
of times before… …but I think disc brakes are the best
innovation since I’ve been riding cyclocross. I think it caused a lot of change,
also in terms of riding style. You have so much control
over the bike… …you can brake later… …you can regulate
the braking better. To me that’s one of the best things
to ever happen in cyclocross. That’s what I’ve always
missed with cantilevers… …with them it was a bit of a guess… …and with disc brakes you just stop
wherever and whenever you want… …it really made me appreciate
cyclocross even more.