After two weeks of international racing in the U.S., we have reached the conclusion that yellow is in this fall season. Last month, we looked at the bright yellow Telenet Fidea Trek Boones, and at World Cup Waterloo, we espied Steve and Lucie Chainel's yellow Canyon Inflites.
The Canyons caught our attention thanks to their unique kinked top tube design and they have been on our radar thanks to the direct sales strategy the company is pursuing. Canyon, a German company, recently started selling their bikes in the U.S. using a direct-to-consumer model via their website.
The Chainels are riding the top-end carbon Canyon Inflite CF SLX this season. In Waterloo, we looked at Lucie's setup, which is similar to Steve's, albeit a little more compact.
The Canyon Inflite available to consumers comes with SRAM components, but like many European riders, Shimano is a sponsor of Chainel's Chazal Canyon team and thus it is equipped with Dura-Ace R9170 Di2 components.
Her rig also has a fitting French flair with Maxwheel carbon disc wheels and a Specialties T.A. X110 42t outer chain ring. Lucie is running the Maxwheel 45mm deep 45B model while Steve is using the 35mm deep 35B model.
See the photo gallery below for a detailed look at Chainel's Canyon Inflite.
Specifications: Lucie Chainel's Canyon Inflite CF SLX
Frame: Canyon Inflite CF SLX carbon disc; kinked top tube; 12x142mm rear thru-axle; yellow and black; size XS
Fork: Canyon One One Four Inflite CF disc; full carbon, 12mm thru-axle
Brakes: Shimano Dura-Ace BR-9170 hydraulic disc
Rotors: Shimano Ice Technologies 140mm Centerlock RT99-A-SS
Shifters: Shimano Dura-Ace ST-9170 dual control levels; 2×11-speed
Crankset: Shimano Dura-Ave R9100; 172.5mm crank arms
Chain Rings: Outer: Specialties T.A. X110 42t; Inner: Shimano Dura-Ace 11-speed 36t
Derailleurs: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2; Front – FD-R9150, Rear – RD-R9150
Cassette: Shimano R9100, 11-speed
Chain: Shimano HG901
Pedals: Shimano XTR M9000 SPD
Cockpit: Canyon H31 Ergocockpit CF; integrated stem and handlebars; 90mm stem
Seat Post: Canyon S13 VCLS CF
Saddle: Pro Turnix carbon
Wheels: Maxwheel 45B carbon disc tubular; 45mm depth; DT Swiss 240S hub; 12mm thru-axle; 24 spokes front and rear
Tires: Challenge Chicane Team Edition tubular; file tread; 33mm