It’s hard to say that a bike that costs 10,000€ is good deal. But seriously, with a claimed weight of just 4.96kg/10.93lbs for the medium-sized stock production road bike, it gets a killer spec of premium components. That’s crazy light and we just can’t look away as Americans are seeing these bikes at the end of what has been a long dark tunnel. It gets over-the-top level kit from Lightweight and THM to match a SRAM Red drivetrain where no corners are cut. It even sticks with Canyon’s own comfortable vibration eating VCLS seatpost and carbon cockpit. You could probably trim back even more weight off the bike, but Canyon is balancing some surprising value in a bike that would make any weight weenie proud. Check out what you’ll get for ten grand, and the build that costs even more but isn’t quite as light…
The bike is pretty much the same thing that we saw last summer and hung on our own scale, but comes in a good 3000€ cheaper.
It starts off with the claimed 665g EVO version of the frame that we just profiled under the Movistar team at the Tour Down Under. Obviously with the 6.8kg UCI minimum, the pros don’t need that light of a frame so they opt for the still light 780g SLX version. At just another 270g for the EVO fork Canyon’s road development team thinks that this might be as close as possible to the perfect road bike – no compromises on stiffness, comfort, or durability, while hitting an incredibly low weight.
The Ultimate CF EVO even packs in a bit of aerodynamic efficiency that makes it a great all-rounder that has seen plenty of podiums in the Grand Tours.
Canyon offers two stock builds of the Ultimate CF EVO, plus a pair of framesets for either mechanical or electronic shifting. But it is this Ultimate CF EVO 10.0 SL that we’d long for. With a Lightweight Meilenstein Obermayer tubular wheelset with Ceramic Speed bearings and 22mm Continental Podium TT tubulars it certainly should roll quickly into the wind.
A SRAM Red mechanical drivetrain powered by a super light THM Clavicula Sine Exceptione carbon crankset will get you up to speed.
Then the THM Fibula carbon cam linkage-operated single pivot brakes with Tune carbon brake shoes will bring you back down to a stop.
The cockpit is Canyon’s light H18 Ergo CF carbon bar, separate V13 carbon stem, plus the all carbon Fizik Antares 0.0 saddle on top of the split Canyon S14 VCLS 2.0CF leaf spring carbon seatpost.
The more expensive Ultimate CF EVO 10.0 LTD swaps in a set of Lightweight Meilenstein clinchers which might make it more reasonable for a day-to-day bike. It also gets the ever-popular SRAM eTap wireless groupset including the Red brakes and a THM SRM power meter. That is certainly some more tech that can justify adding on some grams and a bit more to the price. But rising to 5.8kg and 13,000€ it doesn’t tease us as much with bang-for-your-buck, even that is a completely irrational way to think.