• Hugh Davis

    That is a WHOLE lot of bike for $8500. Does anyone know what other brands offer this kind of value? The only off putting thing is the potential wait time, but maybe that is just me being impatient!

    • The Giant Propel Advanced SL0 is approximately the same price in Australia:

      • bigstu_

        I see that Aeroad frames are available in two sizes larger than the Propel and one size a touch smaller. Also, some may say that the Mavics have more prestige than the Giant home brand wheels. These points may help someone choosing between the two.

        • Robert Merkel

          Prestigious, maybe, but the Giant wheels seem altogether excellent. While I can’t be sure about their aerodynamics without a wind tunnel handy, they are light, are admirably rigid, and have been bulletproof.

          • bigstu_

            Good to hear your endorsement of the Contact SLR 0’s. I haven’t ridden them however Giant appears to have thrown a great deal of effort into leapfrogging the competition. Plus the local Giant support is always good.

            • I’ve riding the Climbing SLR 0 wheels on the new TCR Advanced Pro 0 and they are impressive. Lighter than Firecrest 202s, however the brakepads lack some bite. Regardless Giant is redefining expectations with this wheelset and the 50mm Aero version because the pricing of the bikes with these wheels is so low. There’s going to be a sudden increase in riders on all carbon wheelsets…

              • The SRod

                HI Matt – is your TCR a 2016 model? What do you think of it if so?

    • bigstu_

      Would you prefer the same bike for $7752? What hasn’t been mentioned is that the Canyon website has a section called ‘Factory Outlet’ where superseded models are available for a discount. This frame is the same as last years (they get revised every 3 or 4) and is available for immediate delivery in certain sizes. I arrived at my AUD price using the quoted price for the current model as a guide – Australia still doesn’t come up as a delivery option on their site. (For those doing the same as me, don’t forget to include G.S.T.)

  • Francis Tan

    Impressive value! im thinking of updating my bike with something that will satisfy my itch for the next 5 or so years. Currently looking at the italians such as the f8 or the c60 whilst my original choice was a R5 or (if i can dole the cash) a RCA.

  • I’ve ridden many virtual kms on Canyon bikes in the last six months. And along those lines, what I’d like to know as part of all frame/bike reviews is the offical response from a manufacturer in regards to using their bikes on indoor trainers/ergos. I think this would be a valuable addition to the information provided as part of the ownership and use of a frame. We all throw our bikes on an ergo at some point, even if only prior to a race as a warm up.

    • Hi Shane – testing would be difficult for any manufacturer to determine a ‘recommended usage’ be it for trainer or on the road purposes. Establishing a product ‘warranty’, ‘fit for purpose’ and ‘usage’ have many variables.

      Firstly you would need to work out the expected lifetime of the product – to establish the lifetime, in basic terms the manufacturer would need to either look at the amount of hours usage (3,000 hours in trainer / 5,000 hours for instance), or give a timeframe to the product (5 years for instance), but there are variables from this – rider weight, climbing/racing vs leisure, riding conditions, etc. Then you would want to clause with a number of conditions based on the type of riding, ensuring bike is suitable for the rider, wattage(?), weather, and so on.

      For trainer purposes, you need to assess the amount of force put on the bike, in what conditions, over what timeframe, and what ever other variables. Yes manufacturers place bikes in jigs to test and this could be done for testing usage on a trainer too, however…

      From a commercial perspective, as carbon bikes are manufactured from different carbon weaves and composites, all strengths etc would differ and I couldn’t see manufacturers publishing expected usages for fear of appearing lesser than a competitor – sure if you want to compare your range to demonstrate this one is light with less material than this heavier aero road frame. Unless of course all manufacturers used the same weaves. So these things are implied, and bike warranties are non-descript – ‘return to your LBS if you have a warranty issue.’

      Practically, you and I ride the same bikes (TT & Road), if the same bike(s) was put in the same trainer and tested by you and I, I’m sure there would be different results, [unfortunately for me] you for instance generate more watts and would put more wear on the bike at a quicker rate.

      I don’t think any manufacturer would want to put their credibility on the line by giving the initial life to a product – and what constitutes it’s life – usage, timeframe, conditions, rider type? (unless it becomes an Australian Standard)

      • I appreciate the response, and it all makes sense. What I was more after was a ‘yes/no’ from a frame manufacturer as to their recommendations (or warranty policy) regarding usage of their product on an ergo/trainer. To be honest, I don’t see any of them coming to the party for the very reasons you’ve outlined, it’s all too hard and ergos put nasty loads on bikes.

  • Choco

    I’ve got an internal di2 battery bracket and I don’t know it? Tip to Canyon, please update your manuals to incorporate specific models and CURRENT models, the current (Aeroad) UM is useless.

  • Simon

    “The bike’s sizing largely excludes enthusiasts in favour of dedicated racers, so while the Aeroad’s styling and presentation might have wide appeal, it’s not a bike for all riders.” I like this bike and the colour but I’m an enthusiast. I’d therefore customise it with a slacker seat angle, taller HT and ….. disc brakes. Oh that would be a sweet package.

  • Stian Pollestad

    Don’t agree with the frame susceptible to crosswind. Alexander Kristoff said in an interview that the bike performed great in the crosswinds in the Tour of Oman and Tour of Qatar this year. He should know after a total of 4 stage wins in those two races.

    • Hyun-ji Song

      He also weighs 78kgs.

    • winkybiker

      He’s probably a better bike handler than I am.

    • Have you ever heard a pro say anything negative about a bike they’ve ridden?

      • bigstu_

        Even George was still smilling in the 2006 Paris-Roubaix after his steerer snapped! At least I think it was a smile…

      • caliente

        “best bike I’ve ever ridden, bar none!”

      • Robert Merkel

        If you asked Bradley Wiggins about his Pinarello after stage 4 of Trentino 2013, he’d rave about how well balanced and stable the bike is:

        • bigstu_

          Well balanced and stable? That’s just what Nibali said about the SKODA OCTAVIA

    • caliente

      Good enough for Luca at the race that blew Geraint Thomas off the road…

      • professorvelo

        “Blow” being the operative word

    • Tim Ashton

      His team is sponsored by Canyon. Therefore his team, and him are paid to say nice things about the bike. Its how endorsement/sponsorship works….

  • mjw

    I understand Canyon will open a Melbourne showroom. Does anyone have any more details on when & where that will be? I’m very keen to visit when I’m in Melbourne in December. I’ve contacted them via their website twice and had no response.

    • It won’t be a showroom. It will be a service center only (for warranty, repairs, etc).

      • mjw

        I was hoping I could mitigate my concerns over buying a bike online. I doubt the Canyon roadshow will arrive in Perth any time soon. So no opportunity to try a bike in Melbourne then? (I believe Darryl monitors the CT forum – perhaps he could comment?)

        Any advice on bike sizing and online bike or frame purchases?

        • There will be demo bikes at the TDU next year, probably the best place the sort out sizing if you’re unsure. “Long and low” describes the Aeroad well, so if you need a mild handlebar drop, then it will probably be too low for you.

          I think the key question for an online bike/frame purchase is: how easy is it to organise and exchange or refund? From the sounds of everything I’ve heard from Darryl, Canyon Australia will be endeavouring to make this very easy.

        • Sean Doyle

          Go to your local trusted bike fitter and get him to measure you up properly and translate the bikes geometry to the fitting bike to see if it can be achieved.

  • winkybiker

    The hidden Di2 box isn’t “clever”. It’s an obvious thing to do and is welcomed here. A big aesthetic improvement over the zap-straps used by others. Nice bike. Close to perfect for me in many ways. Not too slopey, not too heavy, sensible brake configuration, clean-looking stem/bars. What’s not to like? Pity I’m not in the market at present. The Mavic Exalith rims do squeal under braking for a few hundred km, then settle down to give the best rim-braking you’ve ever experienced. Along with astounding pad and rim life.

  • Lewis

    Isn’t there a Simpsons episode about homer buying a canyon aero?

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  • Arfy

    Handlebar width is very narrow at 41cm. You can only get 43cm if you go for a 120mm or 130mm stem, and if the frame’s as long as reported then not many will want to do that. I’d really want to test-ride this bike in my preferred sizing and component selection before committing to it.

  • peter

    Big difference between the xs and s in top tube length , almost 2 cm. frame looks a lot like the Merida Reacto.

  • Sean parker

    The bike reviews on this site are outstanding. Why are people still subscribing to bike mags?

  • duckingtiger

    Excellent review as usual @CTech_editor:disqus I have a differing view though. I also own Canyon Aeroad CF SLX with Aerocockpit. After some 2,000 miles on all terrain, I found the aerocockpit to be the main problem for comfort. I found it very harsh and very stiff. I felt it didn’t flex at all and that it takes all the road chatter through my hand. I never had a numb hand when riding bicycle before, until this one. (I have always been fit properly for every bike btw.)

    Perhaps it’s my size and weight ( I rode XS, I am 5’5″ and weight 61kg). Am not sure. I even contemplating swap out the aero bar for a standard handle bar. How do you find the aerocockpit on rough terrain? @

  • RGouveia

    Nice review! Can’t wait for the review on the new Ultimate CF SLX. Anytime soon?!

  • JK

    Having just taken a borrowed one for a spin around the block. What can I say?
    A truly horrible bike. Harsh, clattering, twitchy.
    Combined with a Specialized Power saddle, I may be walking strangely for a couple of hours.

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  • Armando

    Rake settings are Agile/Stable.

  • Tomas Dzurilla

    One year down the line from when the article was written, buyers are NOT able to choose their own length of the stem and width of the handlebars. What a downer…


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