Wednesday's Mid-Week Roundup: Canyon, Specialized, Continental & More
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 11:21
It's been a busy start to the week with 2 great takeovers.
There's plenty more too, with deals from Continental, White Lightning and LifeLine.
We're starting with an incredibly fast race bike. Unlike other race bikes, though, this one won't break the bank.
At £2,999, we think that this Aeroad represents brilliant value for the performance level it provides. It is decked out in a full Ultegra R8000 groupset with the direct mount rim brakes providing exceptional stopping power.
The bike rolls on Reynolds Strike SLG Carbon Clincher wheels shod with Continental GP4000S II 25mm tyres. It really is the complete bike without compromise.
The bike isn't just for the sprinters though. We've seen this used by the Movistar climbers on really hilly days too.
Canyon Aeroad CF SLX 8.0
If having a dedicated climbing machine is more your style, then this Ultimate is perfect.
This Campagnolo Record equipped bike knocks a whopping 800g off the Aeroad above with the Campagnolo Shamal wheels helping to keep rotating weight down.
Not only will this climb like a dream, but the low weight means this will also be brilliant in a criterium, accelerating with ease.
The Canyon H36 integrated bar/stem combo makes this a really stealthy-looking bike with aero touches to keep it going fast.
Canyon Ultimate CF SLX 9.0 Pro
While we do love a bit of speed, not every bike needs to be designed for full-on racing.
This Endurace is designed to eat up massive miles whilst keeping the rider comfortable. That's not to say it's slow, oh no. We've ridden these at the road.cc BikeLive Demo Days and they're a nippy bike and fantastic fun to ride.
The geometry of the Endurace is a little more relaxed and the addition of Shimano's hydraulic disc brakes is perfect for this kind of bike.
Canyon Endurace CF SL Disc 8.0 SL
The S-Works Turbo tyre is one of the best performance tyres out there. It's fast, light, and supple, making it the fastest tire Specialized has ever made.
It features extremely low rolling resistance and high cornering traction that helped Chantal Blaak and Peter Sagan win Worlds. So no matter if you're climbing with the best of them or descending like a rider possessed, this is the tire for anyone who demands nothing short of the best.
These are available in sizes 24, 26 and 28mm with our preference being the 26mm option for road racing.
S-Works Turbo Tyres
The Roubaix Pro 2Bliss Ready is an endurance road tyre that's well suited for smooth and rough roads alike.
That's because it's fast like any competitive road tyre, only it features a unique Endurant casing with bead-to-bead puncture protection. The casing smooths out poor roads and keeps you fresh, while the tread handles responsively. Add to this the lower pressures and natural pinch-flat protection that tubeless setups provide, and you'll be hammering over the rough stuff easily.
As this is a tyre designed for the pave, the size options are 30 and 32mm. We'd pick the 30mm option for general UK riding and the 32mm if we were off to do a little gravel riding.
Specialized Roubaix Pro 2Bliss Tyre
Amazing visibility at an incredible price.
Lights with an external pack usually come with a hefty price tag.
On full power at 1500 lumens, the light will last for 3 hours. That's more than enough for our daily commute.
To be honest, we'd be more than happy at the lower 330-lumen setting which will run for 11 hours. That'll mean we only have to charge the battery once per week.
At only £60, this is a real bargain!
LifeLine Ara 1500 Lumen Front Light
Save money on these essential spares.
Inner tubes are something you should have multiple back-ups of. Otherwise, a double puncture could leave you without spares for the next day.
This is especially true if you're off on holiday. Taking a number of tubes prevents a disaster when you find out that the nearest bike shop is 20 miles away.
The tubes are made well with better valves than cheaper tubes.
The 60mm option is ideal in our experience as it'll do if you have to lend one to a mate with deep section rims.
The valve cores are removable, allowing you to pop some sealant in or extend the valves further if required.
Continental Race Inner Tubes
At only £10.99 per tyre, these are an affordable upgrade.
The silica-based compound gives pretty good grip and great wear. If you need a light tyre for general riding, these are perfect.
The tyres don't get the fancy Black Chilli compound of their GP4000S II bigger brother, but the tyre is still grippy and also lasts really well.
We'd recommend these tyres for training and general riding. If your riding takes in some poor road surfaces, try a larger 25mm, or 28mm option and let a little air out.
The difference is really astonishing!
Continental Ultra Sport II Clincher Tyre
Perfect for summer road and MTB riding.
This wax-based lube picks up less dirt, keeping your drivetrain cleaner for longer.
Lubes like this need to be applied to a perfectly clean system, but once they're on, they're brilliant.
We can usually use this lube for a week on the road without seeing any real dirt collecting on the drivetrain.
This type of lube does increase the noise from the chain, but if Ceramic Speed's research is true, this is a good thing as it also means a faster chain.
White Lightning Clean Ride Lube
At only £397.99, this is a smart smartphone deal.
The S8 is a seriously powerful unit that kicks out stunning video, packs enough juice for the whole day and quite soon will be able to support a little Zwift too!
While the newer S9 might be offering a slightly better camera, we really can't see what was wrong with the S8.
By now, all the little bugs that plague new phones have been fixed, leaving you with a brilliant phone that just works.
The curved edges give a bezel-free screen that is really beautiful. That design has also allowed Samsung to make this phone waterproof, preventing quite a few 'oopsie' moments!
Samsung Galaxy S8 64GB
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