The Mega Week Roundup - Canyon Sale, Gore, Specialized & More
Monday, July 16, 2018 - 11:39
Last week was pretty crazy.
We've had an insane Canyon Takeover where they showed up with some brilliant bike deals. We've also seen savings on bikes from Specialized and DeRosa and plenty of kit too.
Canyon Breakaway Takeover
To celebrate the Tour, Canyon are here for another brilliant Takeover. They've got loads of bikes on sale so this is definitely not one to miss!
Canyon Ultimate CF SLX 9.0 Di2
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Canyon's Ultimate has developed from a pure climbing bike into one of the most well-rounded race bikes we've even seen.
The lightweight carbon frame has subtle aero tubes to keep this bike fast on all gradients. This version, the SLX 9.0 Di2 gets all the high-end components you'd want on a dream bike.
The Dura Ace Di2 groupset is flawless while the latest Mavic Cosmic Pro Carbon wheels have been redesigned to be wider. This gives better aerodynamics but also improves comfort with a better tyre profile.
Canyon Ultimate WMN CF SLX Disc 8.0 Di2
Canyon were one of the first manufacturers to offer their bikes in women's specific geometries. There's no "pink it and shrink it" here, the bike looks incredible in that smoky carbon blue!
While a men's frame might be ok for ladies, the WMN models give the best handling, making the riding experience much more fun.
This model comes with our favourite groupset, Shimano's Ultegra Di2 with hydraulic disc brakes. The lack of effort required to maintain this system leaves more time to simply enjoy riding.
Canyon Aeroad CF SLX 8.0 Di2
One of the most recognisable bike silhouettes has to be that of the Aeroad.
The deep tubing, flat toptube and low front end scream race bike. It's certainly a popular model with amateur road racers and triathletes.
Shimano's Ultegra R8000 groupset and Reynolds Strike SLG wheelset give a brilliantly fast package at a rather sensible price of £3,649!
Canyon Endurace CF SL Disc 8.0
If longer miles are your cup of tea, a more relaxed geometry will help you whizz through the miles.
The difference between Canyon's Endurace and other endurance bikes is that the Canyon still looks seriously fast. That's because the tube shapes have been subtly influenced by Canyon's race bikes.
We'd be ridiculously happy with this model as it gets a Shimano Ultegra hydraulic disc brake groupset with mechanical shifting. That means miles of reliable performance is all weather conditions.
Canyon Roadlite CF 7.0
A more casual way of getting out on the bike is with a flat bar bike.
They give a more upright position which many riders feel more confident with. That's not to say that this is a slow bike. The frameset, wheels and superb 105 groupset give a nimble ride that makes it perfect for commuting too.
The wheelset is also perfect for wider city tyres, with a tubeless rim that's 20mm wide.
Canyon Exceed CF SL 5.0
Ah MTB'ers, fear not! Canyon hasn't forgotten you amongst all the action on the road.
This Exceed CF SL 5.0 is ideal for riders who are looking to transform a passion for mountain biking into more than just a hobby.
The carbon frame is well complemented by a RockShox Recon Gold RL fork and a 2x11 Shimano XT groupset.
Evoc Bike Travel Bag Multicolour
If you want to travel with your bike in style, this is a brilliant option.
We love Evoc's bike bags for their nifty design features and packability.
Evoc Road Bike Adapter Disc
Getting to your destination and finding chips in your fork's paintwork isn't fun.
What's even worse is arriving with a knocked brake calliper. That really will stop you from riding! This additional padding is easy to install and fits well in the above bags.
Evoc Road Bike Adapter
If you've got a rim brake bike, it's tempting to use some foam piping to protect your forks.
From our experience, this isn't as good of a solution as this specifically designed protection. This is so easy to use, you can even pop in on when taking your bike in the car.
Gore C7 ShakeDry Stretch Jacket
Gore's latest jacket is already going cheap.
The jacket is totally waterproof with amazing breathability. It's also now got Stretch panels for added flexibility.
The first Gore ShakeDry jacket was pretty revolutionary. Gore simply took the membrane of their rain jacket and made it into a material that could be used on its own.
That gave us a super lightweight jacket with amazing breathability.
This latest edition was only launched in the spring so we're surprised and delighted to see the price already dropping.
Liam Cahill has been testing this jacket for road.cc and he has been really impressed at just how hard you can ride in this jersey without the usual 'boil in the bag' effect.
The jacket fits very well and it's construction justifies the slightly hefty price.
Get the latest Shadow technology for just £49.99!
There are two options, with short and medium cages available. We've found the lowest prices on both.
Shimano Ultegra R8000 Rear Derailleur SS
The new R8000 mechs from Shimano are both aesthetically and mechanically very different from the 6800 predecessor.
People have commented that this look much more like an MTB rear derailleur than before, with sharp angles. We really like the look.
Mechanically, Shimano have introduced their Shadow technology, from their MTB groupsets. This puts the derailleur directly under the cassette for better shifting.
It also protects the derailleur from crashes and knocks.
The short cage option is perfect for close range cassettes. 11-30 is the biggest that you can officially go, but we've found the short cage will accommodate a 32 without too many issues.
The medium cage is needed for ranges up to 11-34. When paired with a 34t chainring, that gives you a gear to tackle the steepest climbs.
Shimano Ultegra R8000 Rear Derailleur GS
Shimano Ultegra Di2 6870 Shift Kit
This is a great way to go electronic.
We love a deal on Di2, especially this 'older' 11-speed Ultegra stuff. The shifting is seriously worth the upgrade.
If you're already running a Shimano groupset, it's easier to switch to Di2 than you think.
You can get this kit and simply swap out the mechs and shifters and you're sorted!
Cables will depend on your bike setup. We use 300mm cables from the shifters to Junction A, under the stem on a 40cm handlebar.
The best thing about Di2 is that it's so simple to set up. Just plug it all together and set the limit screws. We rarely need to adjust the shifting.
Shimano Ultegra R8000 Groupset
Merlin's custom groupset builder is brilliant.
You can pick your prefered crank length, chainring size, cassette ratios and bottom bracket!
This level of customisation isn't usually found at this price point.
For us, Ultegra is the perfect balance of high performance and a sensible price.
You get super light shifting, powerful braking and parts that don't break the bank when you need to replace them.
This makes the Ultegra groupset an excellent option for people looking to upgrade their groupset.
Firstly, Merlin's price is brilliant. Secondly, the ability to choose the front and rear mech types along with all the other options mean that this is will fit most bikes.
There is even the option to buy this for a CX/gravel bike with the 46/36 chainrings offering a lower gearing.
20% off Specialized Tarmac Bikes
They've got a range of Tarmac SL models from 2017 and 2018 from £1,200 to £4,000.
Specialized Tarmac SL Sale
The Specialized Tarmac is one of the longer running ranges of bikes and is designed for the climbers.
That said, it was, for a long time, the race bike that was used by the sprinters too.
That's due to the Tarmac's high stiffness in the bottom bracket and headtube.
Depending on your budget, you can get this excellent carbon frame with groupsets ranging from Shimano's 105 through to Sram's eTap.
Specialized Tarmac SL Sale
De Rosa King XS Dura Ace 9100
This De Rosa King XS is a thing of beauty.
The frame is a head-turner for all the right reasons and it climbs like a dream.
De Rosa have used full mechanical Dura Ace 9100 for a really lightweight build and one that works superbly.
While some would be inclined to use Campagnolo on an Italian frame, we prefer the functionality of Dura Ace over the aesthetics of Campagnolo.
Finishing kit comes from 3T with the Ergonova Pro bars and Arx Pro stem. The wheelset here is a pair of Fulcrum Racing Zero, shod with Vittoria Rubiano Pro 25mm tyres.
This bike was designed to climb and as such, De Rosa has used a semi-compact 52/36 crankset paired with an 11-28T cassette for a spinnable climbing gear.
At a whopping 41% off, this is a brilliant chance to own an Italian superbike.
Kask Mojito Helmet
This helmet is massively popular for its great fit and ventilation.
We've had a couple of these helmets. They provide an excellent fit and loads of colours for matching to team kit.
Kask's Mojito was initially developed with Team Sky, way back when the team was first launched.
Since then, the helmet has been tweaked to add an ECO leather chin strap and updated graphics.
What hasn't changed is the excellent fit that the helmet gives.
That fit means no mushroom look as the sides sit very close to the sides of the head.
The retention system is also brilliant and we've found a load of head shapes that fit the helmet.
The antibacterial padding stops the helmet from getting all stinky.
Specialized S-Works 6 Shoes
These high-end race shoes have amazing heel retention and a stiff carbon sole.
This is last year's model, but that just makes them a brilliant deal!
When Specialized introduced this radical design, it had us scratching our heads about how such a fit could be comfortable.
Well, having owned these shoes, we can safely say that they're brilliant.
The heel retention is the headline feature and this works really well to eliminate heel slip.
That means you get better power transfer without having to overtighten the shoes.
It is a feature that has been carried over to the newer S-Works 7 shoes along with the other fit characteristics.
Those new shoes cost £324.99 so the S-Works 6 at £209 looks like a bit of a bargain!
Park Tool DAG 2.2
A tool that you'll have for life is worth some investment.
A derailleur alignment gauge is well worth the cash. It'll probably solve any shifting issues you're having.
Ok, so £60 for a tool that you'll use only occasionally might seem a little steep.
But when you consider the fact that a hanger adjustment and the resulting derailleur indexing at a bike shop will cost around £40, you'll quickly make your money back.
Recently, we've been having some shifting issues. After scratching our heads for a while and spending too long indexing, we've realised that the hanger is slightly out.
The choice is between investing in the tool or taking the 2 bikes that need sorting to the shop. The £60 really doesn't look like much now!
The DAG 2.2 is a very well made tool. Cheaper version have seen complaints of play in the system, hardly great for a tool that requires accuracy.
Park Tool's version is perfect, with a solid build and great functionality. Need to learn how to use one? They have a video on that too!
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