As much as Canyon continues to develop all-new bikes like the XC Lux we saw earlier this year, the direct-to-consumer bike maker also keeps dropping more affordable, alternative material versions of their most popular premium bikes. The latest to get this treatment is the Aeroad now with a second lower spec CF SL carbon frameset under the top-level CF SLX models.The Aeroad CF SL isn’t an isolated, affordable update. In the last year we saw Canyon drop an alloy version of their Inflite cyclocross bike, plus a more affordable CF SL carbon version there too, even an alloy version of the World Cup DH Sender. As recently as last week we also got a sneak peek as the upcoming aluminum version of their Grail gravel bike.2019 Canyon Aeroad CF SL trickle down carbon aero bikesTrickling down more affordable versions of existing carbon bikes can be a relatively logical step for a big company like Canyon. Working with the same external frame molds, Canyon just has to re-engineer a carbon layup using less costly materials. That’s not exceptionally easy, as they still have to end up with mostly the same stiffness in the revised construction, the only real penalty being typically 100-200g extra due to the lesser grade carbon.Looking at the new CF SL version of the Aeroad vs. the previous CF SLX version, you’d be hard pressed to identify and difference besides the extra X on the toptube. That’s because from the outside the framesets are effectively identical, which means you’ll get all the aero performance of the original in the new, more affordable CF SL versions.2019 Canyon Aeroad CF SL Disc affordable carbon aero road bikesThe new CF SL frame is available in a disc brake option if that’s what you’re after. For 2000€ you can pick up an electronic drivetrain ready frameset including frame, fork, headset, seatpost & aero cockpit (mechanical shift frames are only available as complete bikes.)Starting at 3200€ you’ll find the Aeroad CF SL Disc 7.0 complete bike with a 105 groupset and Reynolds carbon wheels. Or up to $5000 / 4700€ you’ll find the Aeroad CF SL Disc 8.0 Di2 complete build with an electronic Ultegra Di2 drivetrain and DT Swiss ARC 1400 tubeless carbon wheels, even in a WMN women-specific build at that top-level too.2019 Canyon Aeroad CF SL affordable carbon aero road bikesRim brakes are still an option for the Aeroad CF SL too. 2000€ will again get you a rim brake CF SL frameset with either mechanical or electronic shift routing, and here including frame, fork, headset, seatpost, aero cockpit, and a pair of Shimano Ultegra direct-mount rim brake calipers already installed.Complete bikes are also available from the $3000 / 2700€ Aeroad CF SL 7.0 (or WMN) with 105, up to the 4200€ Aeroad CF SL 8.0 Di2 again with electronic Ultegra.Canyon Aeroad CF SL availability vs. the Aeroad CF SLXThe question then remains, what benefit is there to buying the CF SLX versions, other than a hundred grams here or there? One reason may just be availability. In the US so far, it looks like only two CF SL complete bikes are available each in rim or disc brakes, and no frameset options.Then, if you pay close attention globally there are actually some SLX versions that look to offer the lighter, stiffer frame for less money. For the most part that appears to be due to discounts on 2018 spec’ed bikes with different wheelsets. But it would pay to look closely at the build specs before you pull the trigger on a new carbon Aeroad.Canyon.com
Related Triathlon Business International (TBI), the industry organization dedicated to promoting the sport and the business of triathlon, announced its award winners at the TBI/ACTIVE Network Awards Celebration dinner last night as part of TBI’s 5th annual conference in Marina del Rey, California.Awards were given to: the Top 10 Multisport Retailers, the ‘Triathlete’s Choice’ Best-of Events, the best published triathlon article and picture, and the Ron Smith Award winner.Ron Smith Award – The award, named after Ron Smith, one of triathlon’s earliest pioneers, recognizes a person in the multisport world who helps advance and promote the sport of triathlon, who is a true influencer and who exemplifies a passion for advancing and promoting the sport. TBI’s Ron Smith award winner for 2015 is International Triathlon Union (ITU) President Marisol Casado.Marisol Casado – Ron Smith Award Winner (background)Marisol Casado has been President of the International Triathlon Union (ITU) since 2008, when she was elected at the ITU Congress in her hometown of Madrid, Spain. Casado is also a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), elected in February 2010 as the first representative from triathlon to serve on the IOC.She also is one of the founding members of the Spanish Triathlon Federation and currently serves as a Vice President of that Federation. She served as Secretary General of the Spanish Triathlon Federation (1989–1994 and 1997–2008) and as ITU Treasurer from 1992–1994 and from 2000–2008. Marisol was also involved with the formation of the Mediterranean Triathlon Federation and Iberoamerican Triathlon Association.She was a member of the Coordination Commission for the 2nd Youth Olympic Summer Games in Nanjing 2014, and is a Council Member of the ASOIF, the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations.Representing ASOIF, she was nominated Co-Chair of the International Sport Coaching Framework Project Group in 2011 and since 2013 she has been a SportAccord Council Member. Since 2014 she joined the IOC Women and Sport Commission and the IOC Radio and TV Commission. She also has been included in the Good Governance and Autonomy Olympic Agenda 2020 Working Group.Casado served as President of the Women and Sport Commission for the Spanish Olympic Committee from 1992–1994 and from 2000-2009. A former President of the European Triathlon Union (ETU), made up of 41 federations, from 2002 to 2008, she received the gold medal award, ‘Real Orden del Merito Deportivo Español’, for her service to sport and the Olympic Order of the Spanish National Olympic Committee.Best Triathlon Published Article and Image in 2014:(Photo) IRONMAN Kona, women’s age groupers start by Rocky Arroyo, Endurapix, published in Lumina Magazine (Japan)(Article) ‘Does Not Play Well with Others’ by Brad Culp, LAVA Magazine, September 2014Top 10 Retailers for 2014 — The Top 10/Top 50 retailer list was compiled by Slowtwitch.com publisher Dan Empfield through a voting process that is weighted 80% on suppliers’ votes (run, bike, component/accessory, wetsuit and apparel manufacturers and/or distributors) and 20% on consumer votes, specifically the Slowtwitch.com readers.To be considered, the retailer must have a brick and mortar presence.Top 10 Retailers for 2014:Trisports.com, Tucson, AZGear West Bike and Triathlon, Long Lake, MNAll3Sports, Atlanta, GANytro Multisport, Encinitas, CAAustin Tri Cyclist, Austin, TXR&A Cycles, Brooklyn, NYT3 Multisport, Indianapolis, INMoment Cycle Sport, San Diego, CAAthletes Lounge, Portland, ORSpeedy Reedy, Seattle, WA‘Triathletes Choice’ Best-of Events of 2014 – Nominations were made by triathletes from around the world through an online survey. More than 2,700 votes were received in the following six categories, with the winners as follows:Large event (1,000+) = IRONMAN Lake PlacidSmall event (less than 1,000) = Pumpkinman Triathlon, South Berwick, MaineToughest = IRONMAN 70.3 St. George, UtahUrban = New York City TriathlonFor Beginners = Pumpkinman Triathlon, South Berwick, MaineScenic = Challenge Wanaka in New ZealandAll winners and the Top 10 retailers were presented with specially-designed crystal awards from TBI corporate partner Ashworth Awards.The TBI Conference continues through to lunchtime on Tuesday 27 January and provides wide-ranging and timely information and discussion for everyone involved in the business and sport of triathlon, and the related sports of cycling and running.business of triathlon. Founded by a coalition of industry leaders, Triathlon Business International advocates for the interests of triathlon businesses, provides educational and informative programs, and encourages increased participation in the sport.www.triathlonbusinessintl.com
EAST JAPAN Railway has announced plans to order a new fleet of 10-car EMUs to operate Tokyo’s busy Chuo suburban lines. The first of 688 Series E233 cars are expected to enter service in December, starting the replacement of 710 Series 201 vehicles.The E233 trainsets are derived from the Series E231 designed used on the Yamanote loop, with a lower floor height to permit easier boarding and improved priority seating. The stainless-steel car bodies will be stronger, and fitted with modified air-conditioning. Improved information displays are planned, with full colour external destination displays and internal LCD screens providing travel information and news.JR East plans to introduced 10-car Series E233 sets on services from Tokyo to Otsuki and Ome, with six-car units working the Hajima – Musashi-Itsukaichi route. The lines from Otsuki to Kawaguchi-ko, Hajima to Komagawa and Ome to Okutama would be worked by four-car sets. The 10-car sets will have six motor and four trailer cars, using AC motors and VVVF inverter controls. Maximum speed will be 120 km/h, compared with 100 km/h for the Series 201 sets.
RED SEA: Ambitious proposals have been revealed for a bridge across the Bab al-Mandib, or Gate of Tears, between Djibouti and Yemen. The US$20bn Bridge of the Horns would be 28·5 km long, with three 2·7 km suspension spans, the longest in the world. It would carry four railway tracks, a six-lane road and pipelines for water and oil across the strait, which is up to 300 m deep.Danish firm COWI has been chosen to provide engineering designs. Providing clearance to over the busy shipping route to Suez ‘will mean at least 10 km of multi-span suspension bridge’, according to Head of Major Bridges Henrik Andersen. ‘The concrete pylons will have to be supported up to depths of 300 m and at the same time tower 400 m over the water’s surface to support the ultra-long span suspension bridge. Each pylon will be 700 m. It will be enormous.’The scheme is promoted by Al Noor Holding Investment, a UAE-based firm owned by Sheikh Dr Tarek Awad Mohammed bin Laden. Memoranda of Understanding have been signed with the two governments, and Djibouti’s Prime Minister Dileita Mohamed Dileita attended the formal launch of the scheme in July. A 12-year constuction timescale is envisaged, although the legal framework and funding are still to be finalised.The bridge is part of a US$200bn vision to create a new city at each side of the strait. Each city will have ports, power stations and transport hubs.Links to the outside world would be required, and a rail link through Yemen to Dubai is proposed, as well as connections to Addis Abeba.
ViaLite is providing their innovative RF over fiber links to assist Capricorn Space’s new Australian teleport for targeting the growing low/medium Earth orbit satellite market. A teleport is a center providing interconnections between satellites and ground-based communications. ViaLite’s lossless, high-bandwidth links will be used to connect the teleport’s main equipment room with the outdoor shelters located next to the S/X-band antenna dishes.Working with their UK-based antenna systems supplier, the ViaLite solution uses leading-edge technology to carry three bands (L-band, S-band, and IF-band) across the same ViaLite Wideband RF over fiber link. The antenna systems supplier also integrated the ViaLite Blue2 dual modules for the antenna end of the links. The Blue2 provides a highly efficient way of integrating two modules in a single compact enclosure and is available in three basic options: dual transmit, dual receive and transceiver. This saves space and cost, and also has very low power consumption. The main equipment room uses ViaLite 3U rack cards and chassis, again utilizing the dual-module approach, making the system highly integrated and expandable as the teleport grows its operations. The Capricorn Space AGN-W site in Western Australia went live in October and is now in the process of on-boarding customers needing access to the recently commissioned S/X Band antennas and also provisioning leased services for customers to install their own antennas on the site.Click here to see RF over Fiber Solutions from the leading companies on everything RF.