Marcel Kittel’s Canyon Aeroad CF SLX Disc | Team Katusha’s Pro Road Bike

Marcel Kittel’s Canyon Aeroad CF SLX Disc | Team Katusha’s Pro Road Bike


– This is the Canyon Aeroad
CF SLX Disc belonging to Marcel Kittel of Team Katusha-Alpecin. Let’s have a close look at the bike which he’s literally just climbed off of, here at the UAE Tour. (electronic sounds) Let’s kick off with the
frame then, shall we? Now the Aeroad Disc was released
back at the end of 2016. And this is the first season we see the disc brake bike being
used heavily by the squad. In 2018, it was a fairly even selection of rim and disc brake bikes being used. This is the frame that guys like Kittel and his sprint-trained
choose when chasing victories as it’s been designed with
total aerodynamics in mind. But not compromising too
much in terms of weight, in my opinion. The tube profiles are what
Canyon call Trident 2.0. And they are optimised
to cut through the air. Whilst the geometry of
the frame gives a nice low riding position and
the curved seat tube allows a short wheel base to
also help with the handling. (drum beats and record scratching music) Canyon have designed the
rest of the components around the frame too. For instance, the S28 seat post
is specific for this frame, and Kittel has opted for one with a lay back of 32 millimetres. So seven millimetres more than the standard of 25 millimetres. Fitted on top of it is a selle
Italia team edition saddle with a cut out centre
and carbon fibre rails. Also, I just want to
mention the big selle Italia badge on the back. That’s done for maximum sponsor exposure. And also his race number, 141, is fitted onto the back of
the seat post there too. (electronic music) The cockpit is a Canyon
H36 integrated bar and stem with a stem length of 120 millimetres. And bar width of 41 centimetres. And I know you can see
the fresh stage notes here on the top of the stem. That’s from Stage Two of
the UAE Tour that Kittel is just finished in eighth place at, before we took his bike away from him, almost as soon as he
crossed the line, in fact. Fitted to the centre
of the bars is a mount for the Wahoo GPS that the team use. We’ve also got fitted, the
SRAM Access Hydro Etap Levers. Now it’s gonna get interesting, because Kittel has got some
sprint shifters fitted. I thought possibly SRAM blips minus their rubber housing at first. But having used Shimano
DI2 for a number of years, I’m almost certain that
is exactly what they are, some Shimano sprint shifters. I do know that you can
splice into the wires and fit them up with a SRAM group set. So I think that’s what’s been done here. The Shimano units are
much slimmer in profile than the SRAM ones. So, it’s likely to be a
personal preference here. Both gear levers control
the recently released SRAM Red Etap Access Front and Rear Mix and they use a 12 speed
cassette with a ratio of 10 to 28 paired up
with 50 to 37 chain rings on the newly redesigned
chainset configuration complete with a Quarq Power Metre. Kittel’s cranks, they’re
175 millimetres in length. And they’ve got some Look
Keo Carbon blade pedals with a release tension of 12 newton metres which surprises me as he is a sprinter. Wheels wise, Kittel has opted
for the Zip 454 NSW wheels, that have the sawtooth technology on the innermost edge of the rim. Apparently that helps reduce drag, as well as being more
stable in crosswinds, something the riders face here
pretty often in the UAE Tour. The wheels are bolt on thru
axles to fit in with the frame and the rear wheel has a SRAM XTR Freehub to accommodate the 10-tooth cassette. And finally those wheels
that finish off with Continental Competition Pro Limited tyres that have got a latex inner
tube fitted within them. Saddle height from the top
of the padding of the saddle to the centre of the bottom
bracket is 81 centimetres. Reach from the tip of the
saddle to the centre of the bars a whopping 63 centimetres. And while the drop from saddle
to bars is 15 centimetres. And the weight of the bike
comes in at 7.75 kilos. Right, let’s have a listen
to that XTR Freehub. (wheel spinning) Nice and quiet that one. There we are, the bike of Marcell Kittel. Let me know what you think of it down there in the comments section below. Personally, I’m a big fan
of whatever’s been done to those sprint shifters. Now remember as well to
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