German Patrick Lange stormed to a podium spot at the 2016 IRONMAN World Championships in Kona aboard a Canyon Speedmax CF SLX. Lange is of course famous now for his course record breaking run, but if you are not near the front after the bike a fastest run is not that helpful. Before coming to the Big Island Lange spent time with fellow Canyon athlete Markus Fachbach aero testing on the track with STAPS and GeBiomized. We published his Kona Strava numbers before, but here now is a closer look at his bike.
The Canyon Speedmax CF SLX is recovering in the warm afternoon sun after a hard effort the day prior.
Up close wit the cockpit of Patrick Lange. However a picture further down of Lange in action shows that his arms were not always in the up-pointing position.
A few custom spacers allows Patrick Lange's arms to be narrower together and also have his bars tilted up.
Another perspective of the customized front end of Patrick Lange's Canyon Speedmax CF SLX.
Lange clearly beat his bib number with a 3rd place finish, but he got a penalty relatively early on, and the red slash on the number shoes it. The bottle mount is unique to this Canyon.
Lange spent 4:37:49 during the race day in this Cobb JOF Fifty-Five saddle.
A single aero bottle on the downtube.
Lange rode 170mm Rotor 3D+ cranks with 54 / 42 Rotor Q rings with an SRM power meter.
The Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 components were enhanced with CeramicSpeed OSPS pulleys and a CeramicSpeed UFO chain.
And yes, let us not forget that Lange won the IRONMAN North American Championships earlier this year.
Lange had a 23mm Continental GrandPrix 4000 S II tire up front on a CITEC 8000CX 63 wheel. CITEC is a German brand.
The rear 23mm Continental GrandPrix TT tire is a special edition version for selected athletes, indicated by the 111 number.
The rearbrake of the Canyon Speedmax CF SLX is tucked neatly away under the chainstays
Another angle of the Speedmax CF SLX standing still but looking fast.
Lange in action during the IRONMAN World Championships in Kona.
A day later kindly obliging the wishes of a fellow German journalist.