Cervelo ZHT-5 vs Canyon Exceed CFR

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by hansotto089

Hi friends

I am building a hardtail not for XC racing but for offroad ultra cycling, think Atlas Mountain Race or the Tour Divide. I am in between Cervelo ZHT-5 and Canyon Exceed CFR (unfortunately the CF SLX is not an option / not available to me at the moment).

I have two things on my mind right now that still hold me back :)

1) the Canyon CFR is marketed as “unapologetically stiff” - maybe too stiff for my use case?

2) the Canyon PF92 bottom bracket is really a poor choice in my opinion to use it with DUB cranks (small bearings). Reliability problems are to be expected or do I make it too much of a concern?

3) What would be your recommendation?


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by boots2000

Since Specialized did away with the S-Works level hardtail, I think the Ceverlo is the best choice going. Crazy light, good geometry and nice component spec.

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by kervelo

In case you are from the EU: the German shop gocycle still has some ZHT-5 framesets for 1500€.

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by robbosmans

The bb alone would be a dealbreaker for me on the canyon, the acros headset is also shit. Bearings on MTB’s need regular servicing, especially when doing ultra’s, a threaded bb is a big plus. I would also look at the Factor Lando HT because you have the option of not running the cables through the headset

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by hannawald

If you buy something like BB Infinite you can service it as well...

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