Monday, March 4, 2024

6x Global Champ Mathieu van der Poel’s Canyon Inflite “CFR”: CX Professional Motorbike Take a look at


Mathieu van der Poel’s motorcycles are close to the highest of our most-covered Professional Motorbike Tests’ record, and he will get every other one with a brand new Canyon Inflite “CFR”. MvdP had an entire fleet of white Inflites to race for a sixth UCI Cyclo-Go Global Championship identify in Tábor, Czechia over the weekend – at the similar path the place he earned his first Elite rainbow stripes nearly a decade previous.

However whilst his motorcycles undeniably were given the built-in cable routing improve of the most recent evolution of Canyon’s carbon pass Inflite, van der Poel’s frames gave the look of they had been having somewhat of an id disaster – each and every categorized Inflite CF SLX at the facet in their seat cluster, however CFR at the most sensible in their toptubes…

So what offers?

Canyon Inflite CFR of 2024 Global Champ Mathieu van der Poel

Canyon formally presented a higher-spec, extra built-in CFR spec in their carbon Inflite pass motorbike at first of this pass season. All constructed round their ultralight Canyon Manufacturing facility Racing carbon building.

And Mathieu van der Poel was once racing on it from day one.

However at the out of doors, this nonetheless seems so much like MvdP’s Inflite CF SLXes that we featured in 2018 & 2019. He’d already received CX Worlds in this similar motorbike in 2019, 2020, 2021, 2023, and now provides a 2024 win. Handiest his first Elite win, additionally in Tábor again in 2015, was once on a distinct motorbike – a camouflage Stevens Tremendous Status.

So, why the Inflite CF SLX vs. Inflite CFR id disaster?

My first wager would had been that the brand new CFR body was once merely no longer but at the UCI Listing of Licensed Fashions of Framesets for street/pass/monitor racing. A minimum of no longer as just lately because the February 1st replace – the day ahead of CX Worlds kicked off.

And all of van der Poel’s motorcycles featured a UCI-approved decal with the quantity R059 – the quantity authorized for the CF SLX again in July 2017.

In truth, no Canyon motorcycles appear to have been added to that record in any respect in 2023.

However it sort of feels that all the CFR fashions on Canyon’s personal website online have that very same R059 designation. So there actually is not anything other between a CFR & a CF SLX body, it sort of feels

The large new function at the just lately presented Inflite CFR type was once its blank totally interior cable routing. Now with cables directed within throughout the Aerocockpit borrowed from the street, and by means of the headset into the fork. So the CFR frames shouldn’t want exterior cable routing ports, however there nonetheless are 3 of them at the aspects of the headtube.

What’s new although is the CFR fork.

The usual CF SLX had a 1.25-1.5″ tapered steerer. However the CFR makes use of a 1.125-1.5″ tapered steerer with a gap on the most sensible to permit the rear brake cable to go into the body internally. After which a 1.25″ sleeve extending down from the cockpit (kinda like an outdated quill stem) fills within the hole to the similar 1.25″ higher headset bearing within the CFR/CF SLX body.

Race-ready CX motorbike

So possibly, that’s a minimum sufficient exchange not to warrant going throughout the trouble of having the UCI to approve a complete new body. And it appears, the UCI doesn’t ask too many questions on this fork – with Zwift trademarks and no exterior cable ports – no longer being one at a time at the authorized record.

So, necessarily the similar carbon Inflite as for his earlier 4 championship titles whilst driving Canyon.

And, the similar Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 2x 12-speed wi-fi digital groupset that Mathieu van der Poel has raced since its advent again within the summer season of 2021. He’s been on the most recent disc brake Di2 groupsets ever since his first Elite Worlds identify 9 years in the past.

All of it is a troublesome system to argue with. And Mathieu van der Poel continues to dominate skilled cyclocross racing in this Canyon Inflite CFR. And particularly so, in tricky stipulations just like the unrelenting dust of the Czech path for the 2024 Global Championships.

A large assist falls to an enormous fleet of motorcycles and a fortify personnel with a recent, blank motorbike each and every part lap. See van der Poel with a blank motorbike right here mid-race, after having simply exited the pits.

And dust-ready tires!

And naturally, dependable dust traction. Like fellow Dutch Global Champ Fem van Empel, Mathieu van der Poel was once additionally racing on Dugast Rhino tubulars.

What’s other, his tires don’t have any labeling on them. Possibly, that’s to assuage legit Alpecin-Deceuninck tire provider Vittoria, despite the fact that they if truth be told personal Dugast. Anyway, and not using a trademarks, we will’t make sure that if his tires function Monsoon rubber or neoprene sidewall remedy. However they’re the max 33mm width allowable for pass racing by way of the UCI.

Van der Poel’s mechanics glue his tires as much as deep Shimano Dura-Ace C50 carbon tubular wheels, the similar he ceaselessly races at the street.

Muddy sufficient to get a recent motorbike each and every part a lap

And sure, there was once numerous dust right through the race, when mechanics needed to be fast getting the motorbike wiped clean and waiting to move out once more. However right through coaching, that they had somewhat bit extra time to spare. So we stuck up with motorbike #1 getting a bathtub, for a more in-depth glance.

The most recent Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 groupset sees the R9270 levers fastened to the 3-piece adjustable-width Canyon Aerocockpit handlebar + stem + built-in carbon quill combo. It’s a tidy, aero setup. And no shows to distract Mathieu whilst racing – or warming up it appears.

His Inflite CFR will get a vintage professional cyclocross 46/39T Dura-Ace double chainring crankset setup there below a complete lap’s dust. An a trusty set of XTR SPD pedals. (Accept as true with us, they’re below there.) No energy meter although. When you’re swapping motorcycles each and every part a lap – or more or less each and every 1.5km – amassing knowledge throughout a number of motorcycles would merely be a large number.

So van der Poel sticks with a easy Whoop wristband health tracker, as an alternative.

The whole thing will get clogged up with dust & grass in a correct pass race. So when time permits ahead of the racing, MvdP’s mechanics use a Morgan Blue pulley that slides onto the 12mm thru-axle to actually get in and blank each and every nook-and-cranny with the wheels off. There’s additionally a ton of dust caught up in that saddle. And with its ergonomic cutout – additionally van de Poel’s bottom.

He rides possibly the saddle with the longest identify within the business, the Selle Italia Flite Spice up Package Carbonio Superflow MVDP version. And no, this isn’t a customized saddle. We noticed a number of different racers sitting on Mathieu van der Poel’s initials to race.

Muddy kicks, and professional cleansing guidelines, too.

Mathieu van der Poel has long term the highest sneakers in Shimano’s line-up. And ceaselessly will also be noticed dressed in building prototypes that don’t at all times make it to manufacturing. His sneakers this 12 months are Shimano’s newest S-Phyre XC903 iteration in their most sensible mountain motorbike shoe. Now with a redesigned laser-perforated higher, the most recent Ultread rubber sole, and tweaked lacing guides. And naturally, for muddy racing van der Poel is working a suite of the not obligatory toe spikes.

His professional group secret right here, but even so having a whole lot of recent sneakers to become whilst coaching? Workforce mechanics drive wash his muddy sneakers after a path recon pre-ride. Then, they use an air compressor to blow the entire water out of them right away after. With their artificial building, they arrive out strangely dry when the mechanic is completed with them.

2024 UCI Cyclo-Go Global Champion Mathieu van der Poel

And with that setup, MvdP stomped his approach to every other emphatic Global Championship win aboard his Canyon Inflite CFR.

And now with racing for the Dutch Nationwide Workforce performed, he can return to a recent rainbow-striped Alpecin-Deceuninck skinsuit. And perhaps, it’s time for Canyon to determine a brand new rainbow-themed paint task for his Inflite CFR race motorcycles. It’s the fifth Global Championship win in this Inflite platform. So, Canyon’s graphic designers are going to have to return on with some ingenious new concepts.

Any design theme ideas?


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