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Canyon Endurace: Actual Weight of Frame, Fork, Handlebar

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Even before I got the Canyon Endurace CF SLX Disc 8.0 Di2 bike, the final plan was to upgrade it to the latest Dura-Ace R9170 groupset, which has hydraulic disc brakes and Di2 electronic shifting. However, at that point in time (July 2017), the latest R9170 groupset was not available yet, while there was a 20% discount on this Canyon bike which was very enticing. Therefore, I decided to get the full bike that was equipped with Ultegra Di2 and hydraulic disc brakes first, before upgrading later.

Now that my Dura-Ace R9170 groupset has arrived, I can begin upgrading the bike! Since I will need to disassemble 90% of the components from the bike for the upgrade, I might as well disassemble it 100% to check out the actual frame weight. This is a good chance to compare and see how it differs from the claimed weight on the Canyon website.

This is the top level Endurace CF SLX Disc frameset, which is designed for Di2 shifting. The mechanical shifting version of the frame is slightly different t…

Canyon Endurace: Dura-Ace Di2 R9150 Front and Rear Derailleur

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I first started using the Shimano Di2 electronic shifting system on the Dahon Boardwalk, with the Ultegra Di2 6770 groupset. From there, I have installed quite a few more Di2 systems on my bikes.

Dahon Boardwalk Ultegra Di2 6770
Dahon Boardwalk Ultegra Di2 6870
Dahon MuEX Ultegra/XTR Di2
Wheelsport Fantasy Mini Velo Ultegra Di2 6870
Merida Scultura 5000 Ultegra Di2 6870
Avanti Inc 3 Alfine 11 Di2

Once you have tried electronic shifting, it is hard to go back to mechanical shifting, as the shifting force is so light, and the buttons are easy to activate with just one finger.

The Canyon Endurace comes with the Ultegra Di2 6870 groupset, which is a great Di2 groupset. However, my intention all along was to upgrade the components to the latest Dura-Ace R9170 when they became available. Let's take a closer look at the Di2 rear derailleur and front derailleur to see how different it is from the previous generation.

For the rear derailleur, the main difference is the new construction design. From…

Canyon Endurace: Dura-Ace R9100 Cassette and Crankset

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After introducing the new Dura-Ace road hydraulic components, it is time to round off the groupset with the rest of the parts. Although the new Dura-Ace comes in four different "flavours" for shifting and braking (Mech/Mech, Mech/Hydraulic, Di2/Mech, Di2/Hydraulic), the crankset, cassette and chain are the same for all of these different setups.

For the chain, there is nothing new about the new Dura-Ace chain, the CN-HG901. It is actually a Dura-Ace/XTR grade chain that is also compatible with the 11 speed MTB drivetrains from Shimano.

Let us now look at the Dura-Ace 11 speed cassette CS-R9100, followed by the new Dura-Ace crankset FC-R9100.

For this new R9100 generation of Dura-Ace, there is an additional cassette combination that is available, which is the 11-30T cassette. This cassette has just a little bit more low end gearing, as compared to the most commonly used 11-28T cassette.

This is the cassette that I chose to get, in order to get a good low gear that will help me in…