Pro bike: Alban Lakata's Canyon Lux CF

2015 Absa Cape Epic bike of Team Ergon-Topeak

This article originally appeared on BikeRadar 

As a Leadville 100 course record holder, World and European marathon champion and multiple Austrian marathon-champion, Alban Lakata is often seen on the podiums of the world’s largest single- and multi-day marathon races.

Lakata raced the 2015 Absa Cape Epic with Topeak-Ergon team-mate Krystian Hynek. Lakata and the rest of the team race on Canyon Lux CF dual suspension bikes in team livery.

The Canyon Lux CF is a 29er with 100mm travel front and rear, and has been near purpose-built for marathon events like the Cape Epic. This full carbon model has a claimed frame weight of just 1,850g.

Canyon's Flex Pivot replaces the need for a more traditional bearing or bushing pivot

The effective single-pivot design employs a vertically flexible seatstay as part of the one-piece rear triangle, instead of having a pivot point at the rear-axle. This removes a common wear point and in turn reduces weight and increases rear-end stiffness.

Usually the Lux frame features a neat bumper behind the headset to prevent top tube damage from a swinging handlebar. However in an effort to reduce weight, Lakata’s bike just shows the bare holes where this feature normally sits.

Full suspension lockout is available with the push of a button

Both front and rear suspension shocks can be manually locked out using the RockShox XLoc Full Sprint lever at the left-hand side. This sealed hydraulic push-button lever simply opens or closes the shocks together.

Like Jaroslav Kulhavy, whose bike we profiled earlier this week, Lakata also raced the Cape Epic with a power meter – a SRAM XX1 SRM, to be specific. Given Lakata's nickname, the 'Albanator', we’re sure this SRM saw enormous peaks in its data more than occasionally.

It's a testament to SRM to see its power meters ridden in the conditions of the Cape Epic

It’s quite astounding how many top teams were on SRAM’s single-ring, 11-speed XX1 groupset. Lakata's 10-42t cassette is matched with a 34t chainring, a little smaller than what he rode with last year and what Kulhavy was riding this year. When we asked about his chainring choice, Lakata joked: “I’m getting old.”

Topeak-Ergon were the only team at the Absa Cape Epic using the new SRAM Rise 60 carbon wheels. At a claimed 1,430g, this tubeless wheelset is one of the few off-the-shelf options to feature the new ‘predictive steering’ front hub required by RockShox’s RS-1 fork.

These SRAM wheels use a hookless bead for a simpler, stronger and lighter rim design that retains tubeless compatibility, a concept first introduced by Specialized’s wheel brand Roval.

Lakata is kept comfortable with Ergon’s GS-1 ergonomic marathon race grip, a model he helped develop. The right grip has been cut in half to fit with a SRAM gripshifter, despite there already being a shortened version available in the German brand’s catalogue. Out back sits the new Ergon SMR3-M saddle – another product that Lakata helped develop.

Just about every top athlete at the Cape Epic races with tubeless tyre plugs in case of puncture. Lakata's are hidden

Hidden behind Ergon branding within the downward-swept carbon handlebar is the Sahmurai Sword tubeless puncture repair kit.

Despite the addition of a SRM power meter, Lakata’s bike was the lightest we weighed at the 2015 Absa Cape Epic. This is achieved through a few ultra-light components from Carbon-Ti and potentially AX Lightness too. Excluding the SRM Power Control computer (but including a GoPro), Lakata’s Cape Epic setup weighs 10.95kg (24.07lb).

Full Specifications

Complete bike specifications

Frame: Canyon Lux CF, size 19in (large)
Rear shock: RockShox Monarch XX, with XLoc Full-Sprint lockout remote
Fork: RockShox RS-1 100mm, shared XLoc Full-Sprint remote with rear shock
Headset: Canecreek integrated
Stem: Canyon V14, 115mm
Handlebar: Canyon H21 carbon flat, 700mm (turned upside down)
Grips: Ergon GS-1
Front brake: SRAM XX, 160mm rotor
Rear brake: SRAM XX, 160mm rotor
Rear derailleur: SRAM XX1
Shift levers: SRAM XX1 gripshift
Cassette: SRAM XX1 10-42T 11-speed
Chain: SRAM XX1
Crankset: SRAM XX1 SRM power meter, 175mm, 34T chainring
Bottom bracket: GXP pressfit
Pedals: Crank Brothers Candy 11
Wheelset: SRAM Rise 60 29in
Front tyre: Continental Race King ProTection 2.2in
Rear tyre: Continental Race King ProTection 2.2in
Saddle: Ergon SMR3-M
Seatpost: Unbranded, likely AX Lightness Europa Premium
Bottle cages: Topeak Shuttle CB
Other accessories: Sahmurai Sword plug kit, Topeak Co2, SRM Power Control 7, GoPro Hero 4

Critical measurements
Rider's height: 1.84m (6ft)
Rider's weight: 78kg (172lb)
Saddle height from BB, c-t: 810mm
Saddle setback: 0mm
Tip of saddle to centre of bars: 540mm
Seat tube length (c-t): 490mm
Head tube length: 115mm
Top tube length (effective): 606mm
Weight: 10.94kg (24.07lb) as pictured, with GoPro, without SRM head unit

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