Canyon Ul­ti­mate Wmn CF SLX DISC 9.0 team CSR 2017 £5,499

Cycling Weekly - - Focus On Women’s Bikes -

evel­oped in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Canyon-sram Rac­ing Team, the range-top­ping Canyon Ul­ti­mate WMN CF SLX Disc 9.0 Team CSR is an out-and-out thor­ough­bred road race bike, com­ing equipped with wire­less SRAM Red etap Hy­dro groupset, deep-sec­tion car­bon wheels and in­te­grated car­bon bar and stem cock­pit.

In­no­va­tively, this disc-brake bike has been specif­i­cally de­signed for fe­male rid­ers, en­gi­neered around size XS, which ac­cord­ing to Canyon’s data is the size most re­quired by women cy­clists. With two sizes sit­ting ei­ther side of XS, the range now caters for rid­ers that mea­sure from just shy of five feet, all the way up to 6ft 1in.

The Canyon Ul­ti­mate uses the slim­mer tub­ing pro­files of the women- spe­cific en­gi­neer­ing, al­low­ing the use of less frame ma­te­rial, mak­ing it lighter and more aero than the male-equiv­a­lent Ul­ti­mate CF SLX Disc and en­abling rid­ers on the two small­est sizes to ben­e­fit from en­hanced han­dling, thanks to 650b (27.5in) wheels.

The in­clu­sion of smaller than stan­dard wheels on the 3XS and 2XS sizes en­sures that the en­tire range of the Ul­ti­mate WMN CF SLX Disc de­liv­ers crisp, swift and re­spon­sive han­dling by main­tain­ing a steep head an­gle, short wheel­base and re­duc­ing the tyre-to-road con­tact patch (trail). To counter the smaller wheels, these two mod­els also come equipped with semi­com­pact, in­stead of a com­pact chain­set, to give the same ef­fec­tive gear range on the road.

Canyon’s sup­port for the women’s pro pelo­ton is un­wa­ver­ing, and the 2018 model will be launched at the Canyon-sram train­ing camp at the end of Novem­ber, where we are likely to see sub­tle spec up­dates, and a new team paint de­sign, and with the Ul­ti­mate WMN CF range start­ing at just £1,199, there’ll be some­thing for ev­ery­one to be ex­cited about.

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