With the excitement of the Tour de France traditionally sparking a wave of new bike launches from the big brands, many were expecting Canyon to unveil its long-awaited new Ultimate and Aeroad race bikes to the world at this year’s race.
Despite the growing anticipation amongst Canyon fans and recent launch of the ultra-light CFR range, the German direct-to-consumer marque remained tight-lipped about what’s to come. Whilst we saw Alejandro Valverde and Warren Barguil competing on what appeared to be a new iteration of the Aeroad, little was known about the upcoming model line up – until now.
Today, Canyon has announced details of its 2021 Ultimate, which goes on sale immediately – and first impressions are good. As the brand’s flagship lightweight race bike, the latest machine was always going to be an evolution, rather than a revolution to its already winning formula, and that’s exactly what this is. Sticking with the same tried and tested geometry and universally praised design, the new range brings a fresh look with several new colourways and 15 different specs of the bike to suit every budget.
Rim brake aficionados will be relieved to know the Ultimate remains available in both rim and disc format, and once again, two grades of frame are available: CF SL and the slightly lighter, stiffer, world tour-ready CF SLX weighing in at an impressive 820g in size M. As before, riders can expect the usual high quality finishing kit, including the integrated full carbon Aerocockpit, plus groupsets from Shimano and SRAM including Di2 and eTap options respectively.
The range starts with the entry level CF SL 7 at £1,699 and goes right through to the top of the line CF SLX 9 Disc eTap at £7,149, including unisex and female-specific ‘WMN’ bikes. In terms of colours, we’re big fans of Canyon’s classic ‘Stealth’ look, but the 2021 range now offer new designs including Light Blue, True Grey, Rainbow White and Non Blue.
So all in all, it’s largely business as usual for the Canyon Ultimate but with a fresh new look for 2021, and in our view that’s no bad thing. With a winning combination of outstanding climbing ability and razor sharp, confidence-inspiring handling, it really is the ‘ultimate’ weapon for everything from fast club rides to world tour mountain stages. If our experience of last year’s model is anything to go by, this latest iteration remains one of the very best all round race bikes you can buy.
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