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Alexander Kristoff's Canyon Aeroad CF SLX

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Alexander Kristoff's Canyon Aeroad CF SLX proved to be the winning bike last year at Flanders. Could it again in 2016?

Alexander Kristoff's Canyon Aeroad CF SLX proved to be the winning bike last year at Flanders. Could it again in 2016?
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Look Keo Max 3 Carbon pedals

Look Keo Max 3 Carbon pedals
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The Aeroad fork's aero lines are most noticeable with the fork turned

The Aeroad fork's aero lines are most noticeable with the fork turned
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SwissStop pads do the job on the Zipp 303 wheels

SwissStop pads do the job on the Zipp 303 wheels
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Continetnal Competition tubulars are a popular choice in the pro peloton

Continetnal Competition tubulars are a popular choice in the pro peloton
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Shimano Dura-Ace direct-mount calipers are used for a simple reason: SRAM doesn't yet this style of brake that the frame requires

Shimano Dura-Ace direct-mount calipers are used for a simple reason: SRAM doesn't yet this style of brake that the frame requires
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The front end of the cockpit lives up to framset's name

The front end of the cockpit lives up to framset's name
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Canyon's integrated bar/stem

Canyon's integrated bar/stem
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For the cobbled hills of the Tour of Flanders, even the strongest riders often opt for an 11-28 cassette

For the cobbled hills of the Tour of Flanders, even the strongest riders often opt for an 11-28 cassette
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As his third bike, this Aeroad lacks the Quarq power meter of his primary race bike. Also, it has standard SRAM rings unlike the blacked-out rings on his race bike

As his third bike, this Aeroad lacks the Quarq power meter of his primary race bike. Also, it has standard SRAM rings unlike the blacked-out rings on his race bike
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This is Kristoff's third bike

This is Kristoff's third bike
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SRAM Red eTap has interchangeable batteries for the derailleurs

SRAM Red eTap has interchangeable batteries for the derailleurs
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SRAM Red eTap wireless shifting is still pretty hard to lay hands on, unless you just happen to race at the top professional level

SRAM Red eTap wireless shifting is still pretty hard to lay hands on, unless you just happen to race at the top professional level
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SRAM has its own chain catcher

SRAM has its own chain catcher
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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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Frameset: Canyon Aeroad CF SLX
Stem/handlebar: Canyon Aerocockpit CF, 130mm x 41cm
Front brake caliper: Shimano Dura-Ace Direct Mount
Rear brakecaliper: Shimano Dura-Ace Direct Mount
Front derailleur: SRAM eTap
Rear derailleur: SRAM eTap
Shift levers: SRAM eTap
Cassette: SRAM 1170, 11-28T
Chain: SRAM Red22
Power meter/crankset: SRAM Red 22, 53/39T [Quarq with blacked-out rings on race bike; no power meter on third bike shown here)
Pedals: Look Keo 2 Max Carbon
Front wheel: Zipp 303
Read wheel: Zipp 303
Front tubular: Continental Competition Pro LTD, 25mm
Rear tubular: Continental Competition Pro LTD, 25mm
Saddle: Selle Italia SLR
Seatpoost: Canyon S27 Aero VCLS CF
Bottle cages: Elite (2)
Critical measurements

Rider's height: 1.81m (5ft 11in)
Rider's weight: 78 kg (172b)
Saddle height from BB, c-t: 79cm
Tip of saddle to center of bar: 62cm
Saddle-to-bar drop: 14cm