Canyon Aeroad CF SLX Disc 8.0

The rim brake ver­sion was good, but will Canyon’s Aeroad CF SLX Disc be even bet­ter?

Cyclist - - Canyon | Bikes -

For some, Canyon is a devil, killing off dis­trib­u­tors and in­de­pen­dent bike shops with its di­rect-to-con­sumer sales strat­egy. For others, Canyon is an an­gel, with a busi­ness model that al­lows it to of­fer good bikes at great value in a heav­ily price-driven mar­ket. What your own view is rather de­pends on where you stand in the whole bike re­tail sys­tem.

What’s not up for dis­pute is the qual­ity of Canyon’s bikes. The lat­est ad­di­tion to the range is the Aeroad CF SLX Disc, which is a re-en­gi­neered ver­sion of its pre­vi­ous aero road bike to ac­com­mo­date the ad­di­tion of disc brakes.

The ad­di­tion of discs ap­pears to be mainly be­cause it com­pletes the set – all of Canyon’s other top-end road models al­ready of­fer a disc ver­sion – but the com­pany ad­mits that the discs do noth­ing to help the Aeroad’s aero­dy­namic pro­fi­ciency. How­ever, the ex­tra drag is min­i­mal, with Canyon claim­ing it amounts to less than a watt of ex­tra ef­fort com­pared to the rim brake ver­sion.

That’s scarcely go­ing to be per­cep­ti­ble, while the ad­di­tional half-kilo or so in ex­tra weight is likely to be more no­tice­able. Re­gard­less, I had high ex­pec­ta­tions of the Aeroad CF SLX Disc, as I was a big fan of the pre­vi­ous ver­sion, and I’m gen­er­ally in favour of the more pre­dictable brak­ing of­fered by discs.

On the money

Be­fore I get onto my ex­pe­ri­ences out on the road, I can’t just brush aside the money is­sue. There’s no get­ting away from the fact the Aeroad CF SLX Disc 8.0 Di2 is great value.

The savvy shop­per will likely do their own bit of mar­ket re­search, and a quick web trawl for equiv­a­lent Ul­te­gra Di2 aero disc bikes in the same tier re­veals the fol­low­ing: Spe­cial­ized’s Venge VIAS Pro Disc costs £6,000; Cervélo’s S3 Disc is £6,199; BMC’S Road­ma­chine RM01 is £5,799; and Pinarello’s Dogma F8 Disc frame­set alone is £3,899.

THE SPEC Model Canyon Aeroad CF SLX Disc 8.0 Di2 Groupset Shi­mano Ul­te­gra Di2 De­vi­a­tions Shi­mano ST-R785 Di2 shift levers/br-rs805 disc brake cal­lipers Wheels Reynolds Strike car­bon clincher Fin­ish­ing kit Canyon H11 Ae­ro­cock­pit CF in­te­grated bar/stem, Canyon S27 Aero VCLS CF seat­post, Fizik Ari­one R5 sad­dle Weight 7.70kg (medium) Price £4,499 Con­tact canyon.com

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