The versatile Australian rider headlines his new team at this month’s Santos Tour Down Under, where Haas finished fourth in 2017. The WorldTour opener will be Haas’s first race aboard a Katusha-Alpecin Canyon.
Haas has been training on Canyon’s top-of-the-line aero model, the Aeroad CF SLX, which is paired with a SRAM Red eTap groupset and Zipp 454 NSW wheels.
Canyon’s Aeroad CF SLX comes with the frame-specific S27 Aero VCLS CF seatpost, and the team opt to further improve the bike’s aerodynamics with Canyon’s integrated H11 Aerocockpit CF.
The wheels are paired with the popular Continental Competition ALX tubular tyresDaniel Benson/Immediate Media
Selle Italia provides comfort at the contact points with an SLR Team Edition saddle and Smootape handlebar tape, with Look providing the team’s pedals.
SRAM does not yet produce a direct-mount brake — the only option for the top-of-the-line frameset — so Katusha-Alpecin use de-badged Shimano Dura-Ace 9000 series brake calipers at the front and rear of the bike.
Katusha-Alpecin are one of the eight WorldTour teams that use Continental tubular tyres. The common trend among those teams for regular road racing is Continental Competition ALX 25mm tubulars, and Haas is no exception here.
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