Two-time Ironman World Champion Patrick Lange may have flown slightly under the radar for the last two years, but the 37-year-old German will still be a dangerous player on Sunday’s Ironman World Championship in Nice. In the last two years Lange has run two 2:30 marathons (at Ironman Israel last year and again this year at Challenge Roth). Lange is also planning on being very dangerous on this bike this weekend, as he’s been training in the Alps and in a camp around Nice to prepare for the climbs and technical descents of this year’s World Championship bike course. As such, his team has put together a very specific setup for the unique bike course—shaving grams wherever possible and adding a few special touches to give him every advantage possible on the bike.
Read below for details on some of the interesting specs on Lange’s Canyon Speedmax CFR.
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Patrick Lange will be racing a very “weight optimized” version of his size small Speedmax CFR. His team tells us that the total weight of the complete bike (including Co2 cartridge and spare tube) hovers right around 21 pounds.
Lange is using a THM crankset with 170mm cranks and a Carbon TE 56/42 chainring attached to a rarely seen (in North America, anyway) SRM PM9 power meter. Lange’s team also meticulously rebuilt the internals of the PM9 to shave 30-40 grams off of its weight.
Lange is leaving no aero stone unturned, and will be using Speedplay Aero pedals with a dimpled, aero texture on the bottom.
The German is using a 12-speed Shimano Dura Ace DI2 9200 groupset with a waxed Shimano chain and a CeramicSpeed bottom bracket.
In the rear, Lange will run a wide 11-30t cassette and a extra-custom CeramicSpeed oversized pulley that further reduces the bike’s overall weight.
Like many pros, Lange will use a disc wheel in the back (the Swissside HADRON² Disc); he’ll use a Swissside HADRON² Ultimate 625 in the front. On race day Lange will run unreleased prototype Schwalbe Aerothan 28mm clinchers/tubes with 74 psi in the front and 77 psi in the back.
Lange’s cockpit has a few unique features, including a 3d printed riser, bottle attachment, and extensions on his Canyon integrated front end.
Lange’s team has helped him prepare for the very technical Nice bike course with 3D-printed “nubs” beneath the base bar grips. They’ve also removed the standard Canyon grips and replaced them with a much thinner, tackier tape for better control.
Like a few other pros, Lange has opted for a highly grippy modification, given Nice’s intense descents.
Lange can refill his Speedmax’s internal 500mL Hydrapak hydration bladder via a very clever one-way port valve in the top tube.
The two-time Ironman World Champion has earned a few special touches.
For this weekend’s race, Lange has chosen to use a Sellle Italia Watt saddle with additional behind-the-seat hydration storage.