On the right track with Canyon

The Cy­clist Track Day is the per­fect place to try out a new Canyon road bike. Here’s what you can ex­pect from the lat­est Aeroad, Ul­ti­mate and En­durace

Cyclist - - Esteban Chaves | Profile -

CANYON AEROAD CF SLX DISC 9.0 DI2 When flat-out speed is all that mat­ters

When Cy­clist first rode the Canyon Aeroad on its re­lease in 2014, we said it was a bike ‘so me­chan­i­cally ad­vanced, so aero­dy­namic and so ef­fi­cient that it’s al­most fright­en­ing’.

With a design honed in a wind-tun­nel, ev­ery­thing about the Aeroad is ded­i­cated to the pur­suit of speed. But that doesn’t mean that it’s a harsh ride, as Canyon be­lieves com­fort is an im­por­tant part of go­ing fast. So the Aeroad rolls on 25mm tyres as stan­dard, and can even be fit­ted with 28mm tyres.

This lat­est ver­sion comes with disc brakes, which have been care­fully in­te­grated to of­fer all the ad­van­tages of hy­draulic brak­ing and in­creased tyre clear­ance but with barely any loss in aero­dy­namic ef­fi­ciency.

The Aeroad is a favourite with many pros on the Ka­tushaAlpecin and Mo­vis­tar teams, and you can dis­cover its se­crets for your­self at this year’s Cy­clist Track Days. Canyon Aeroad range, from £3,199, canyon.com/aeroad

CANYON UL­TI­MATE CF SL DISC 8.0 AERO The Ul­ti­mate is fast, light and born to race

The Canyon Ul­ti­mate has be­come a true classic in the world of race bikes, with mul­ti­ple Grand Tours and World Cham­pi­onships to its name. Yet it’s also de­signed to be com­fort­able for long rides.

‘By low­er­ing the clamp­ing point inside the frame by 11cm we in­crease the seat­post’s ef­fec­tive bend­ing length, al­low­ing it to flex more over bumps and ab­sorb vi­bra­tions for a smoother ride,’ ex­plains Daniel Hey­der, prod­uct en­gi­neer at Canyon.

The disc-equipped frame weighs just 820g yet still of­fers fan­tas­tic aero­dy­namic ef­fi­ciency, sav­ing 13 watts at 45kmh over the pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tion. That’s down to a frame design that utilises highly prized car­bon fi­bres and in­tel­li­gent lay-up to nail the best pos­si­ble ra­tio of stiff­ness and en­gi­neered flex to gen­er­ate com­fort on rougher ter­rain. Add in the stop­ping power of disc brakes, and the Ul­ti­mate is a one-stop so­lu­tion to rac­ing, sportive rid­ing and beau­ti­ful days in the moun­tains. Canyon Ul­ti­mate range, from £1,649, canyon.com/ul­ti­mate

CANYON EN­DURACE CF SL DISC 8.0 & WMN CF SL DISC 8.0 Com­fort and per­for­mance in equal mea­sure

The aptly named Canyon En­durace is a bike for all sea­sons and all ter­rains. It is built around 28mm tyres, but there’s room for plenty more. In an­other nod to com­fort, the seat­post uses Canyon’s in­ge­nious leaf-spring design, which al­lows it to flex be­neath the rider, while the lack of a rear brake bridge makes for supremely skinny and flexy seat­stays. Yet the frame still boasts much of the aero in­te­gra­tion of the Aeroad and comes in at a star­tlingly low 840g for a size medium.

As Ro­man Arnold, CEO and founder of Canyon puts it, ‘Per­son­ally I love the En­durace. I’m a lit­tle older now and no longer a racer, and so it’s per­fect for me.’ The women’s ver­sion of the En­durace (pic­tured) of­fers the in­no­va­tive fea­ture of fit­ting smaller sized 650b wheels on the small­est mod­els to pre­serve the bike’s ge­om­e­try and han­dling through­out the range. ‘This is some­thing I’m so proud of,’ says Arnold. Canyon En­durace range, from £799, canyon.com/en­durace

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