Review: Outside Magazine Relishes Our 14.3lb Kanan
By: Franco Bicycles | August, 15, 2017
We recently had the guys at Outside Magazine test a Kanan fully equipped with SRAM Red, Zipp SL Speed Components, and HED Ardennes Black.
They had a lot of things to say including:
"The most immediately noticeable difference between this bike and the Allez is its weight. At 14.3 pounds, it’s lighter than UCI regulations. People will forever debate whether it’s worth spending extra money for such a feathery machine, but it is incontrovertible that such a light, snappy bike feels worlds apart from something five pounds heavier. As far as feel, if the Allez is a souped-up Honda Civic, the Franco is an Acura NSX.
But it’s not only about the weight. Billed as an endurance racer, the carbon frame was stiff and responsive enough for the highest level of racing but still had compliance built in to blunt the road chatter. You also get high-end parts, such as a full SRAM Red groupset, with impeccably fast and clean shifts and surprisingly solid rim braking, silky HED Ardennes SL wheels, and a compliment of Zipp carbon parts in the cockpit. Taken together, the bike feels like a rocket ship: It carried momentum incredibly well on the flats, charged to the front of the pack when sprinting, and felt like cheating on the climbs. This is a bike that could easily compete at the world’s highest level of competition."
Check out their full review here