This article originally appeared on BikeRadar
Team Katusha's Alexander Kristoff won the 2015 Tour of Flanders aboard a Canyon Aeroad CF SLX, and the Norwegian is eager to do exactly that this year, too. For the 2016 edition of Belgium's biggest race, Kristoff and his Russian team are again on the German aero bikes, but this time with SRAM's new wireless shifting group instead of last year's Shimano Dura-Ace Di2.
Other significant equipment changes for the 2016 season include a move to Zipp 303 wheels and Continental tubulars (from Mavic and Mavic-branded Veloflex), Look pedals (from Shimano) and Quarq (from SRM).
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Despite the change from Shimano to SRAM, Shimano direct-mount calipers (unbranded) remain, for a simple reason: SRAM doesn't yet make direct-mount brakes, which the Canyon frame requires.
BikeRadar was given access to Kristoff's third bike. Each of the three are identical in terms of geometry, and most of the parts. Notable differences are the absence of the Quarq power meter on this bike, different Elite bottle cages, and stock SRAM chainrings on this bike — Kristoff's primary bike is equipped with blacked-out chainrings.
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