2012 Canyon Bicycles – New 29ers, Ltd Edition Alloy Road Bike, Proto TT Bike & Suspension Road Seatpost
Canyon showed their first ever 29er mountain bikes, a new limited edition top-end aluminum road bike, a unique dual-beam suspension seatpost and this prototype time trial bike called Concept Speedmax.
Surprisingly, Canyon’s reps said this is designed specifically as a TT bike for their pro riders and not really for triathlon. It’s pretty striking with the matte white finish and sharp lines. Although a bit reminiscent of a Giant, it has its own unique lines like at the back of the seatclamp area, cable exit near the rear dropouts and sharp lines on the downtube. Notice the seatpost’s rails, too, designed for the MonoLink saddles with the clamp set pretty far forward. At the moment, it’s designed
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The Ultimate AL is their top of the line alloy road bike. For 2012, it gets revised geometry to make it a little more comfortable for long rides but still has raceable performance. The new hydroformed frame is also said to be stiffer where needed and comes in at a claimed 1220g. This Limited Edition 9.0 SL with a brushed finish will have only 100 available next year with Ultegra Di2. Specs are:
That translates to 16.64lbs.
Shown as a prototype that will be in production in 2012, the VCLS Flat Springs seatpost uses two half-circle tubes in place of a standard round seatpost. The design provides a maximum of 20mm of travel simply by flexing. The seat rail clamp section loosens like normal to slide the saddle fore/aft. To adjust angle, you loosen the seatpost collar and slide one of the tubes up or down then retighten the collar. Brilliant in its simplicity, and it weighs in at just 190g…lighter than many alloy posts despite the features.
Canyon has introduced their first ever 29er mountain bikes. Dubbed Grand Canyon, the carbon fiber 29er above is still in the works and won’t be available until late next year as a 2013 model…but it shows Canyon is paying attention with the inclusion of a dropper seatpost on top of a full XX build, lightweight DT Swiss wheels and Continental tires. Oh, and a thru-axle rear…
The Grand Canyon AL 29 will be available this year, though.
The tapered headtube is really short but massive, providing a low cockpit but (likely) burly stiffness. The hydroformed, curved downtube is very wide, ending at an even wider BB. The 142×12 rear axle is a nice touch. The seatstays are pretty thin, which should provide a decent ride quality, and shift cables are run internally to make it look good.
The front derailleur cable pops out and runs through a little pivot to keep it running smooth as the mech moves through the gears. Weight for the complete bike as shown is claimed at 24lbs even.
The Torque FRX downhill bike gets an all-new Track Flip four-position suspension adjustment to change the ride height, travel and angles.
Change the lower shock mount position within the four options to move travel between 185mm and 203mm, head angle from 64º to 65º and small changes to the BB height.
The model above gets the spec list here. The frame has internal cable routing for the drop seatpost, too.
Same bike, different paint and spec.