Unlike Van Der Poel, who was participating in the UCI Road World Championships, Meeusen and countryman Gianni Vermeersch (who was also a temporary privateer) made the trip to start in America’s World Cups.
We took the opportunity to get a closer look at the Belgian’s Canyon Inflite CF SLX he had to largely tend to himself during the trip.
Meeusen rides for the Corendon-Circus team and uses the same Canyon Inflite CF frame as his teammate Mathieu Van Der Poel. Well, not quite the same frame. The 5'9" Meeusen rides a Size Small. The former BMXer has gotten used to riding smaller bikes.
The frame, which we reviewed last year, is noteworthy for its distinctive seat cluster which provides a larger main triangle without limiting seatpost extension. The fork is Canyon's carbon One-One-Four full carbon fork.
Corendon-Circus is a Shimano team, and Meeusen uses flagship Dura-Ace R9100 components. At Jingle Cross, his bike was equipped with a 2x11 drivetrain with pro-only 46/39 chain rings.
In the back, an R9100 rear derailleur moved an HG-901 XTR chain across the cassette. Unlike Teammate Van Der Poel, Meeusen was stuck with product XTR M9100 SPD pedals and not mud-clearing prototypes. Life is tough in the pack.
Shimano also provides wheels to Corendon-Circus, with rolling stock in the form of Dura-Ace C40 carbon tubulars. For the conditions at the Jingle Cross World Cup, Meeusen chose Dugast’s mixed condition Typhoon tread.
The Inflite, like many Canyon bikes, uses a 1 ¼” steerer tube, which limits the choices available for stems. Meeusen chose one of several Canyon H11 offerings, which gave the reach of a 120mm stem and a 41cm compact bar. Interestingly, Van Der Poel rides a much larger bike but uses the same width bar and a centimeter shorter stem.
Canyon also provided a seatpost, the Canyon VCLS CF. It measures 27.2mm and offers variable setback from 15mm to 35mm. Meeusen mounted a sponsor correct Selle Italia Flite series saddle with carbon rails. He also utilized bar tape from the Italian brand, even though Canyon offers its own gel tape.
For a closer look at Meeusens Inflite CF, see the photo gallery and specs below.