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  • Ragtag

    Thanks good review. My wife has the unisex model and loves her bike. I was wondering how much more she would have loved this one.

  • slowK

    It looks like this Canyon SRAM colour scheme has been discontinued for 2018 – pity.

    Anne-Marije – you mention official tire clearance is 30mm. I spoke to a Canyon rep in Australia who said 28mm max. I’d like to run 28mm Conti GP4000s, which balloon up to around >31mm. Do you think there’s enough clearance? Thanks!

    • Anne-Marije Rook

      Hey slowK, I am told that the Canyon-SRAM team racing these bakes have a variety of Schwalbe tires at their disposal including tubular wheels glued up with 25mm Pro One and also the 30mm G-One Speed. So 30 fits, not sure about the GP 4000s.

      • slowK

        Thank you.

    • Emil Holt

      My girlfriend has a 2XS Canyon Ultimate CF SL WMN Disc, bought it in March 2017 so it’s got 700c wheels and it has clearance for Specialized Roubaix Pro 2Bliss 30/32mm (30mm thread on 32mm casings) with plenty of clearance. This is on DT Swiss R23db wheels. My guess is that you could even squeeze some 33 or 34mm tires in there.

      She takes in on gravel roads now in fall and winter, swaps the tires for 25mm Schwalbe Pro Ones in summer when we head to the alps. It’s a really great versatile bike.

      • slowK

        Thank you. I understand the unisex/men’s ultimate discs have clearance for 34mm tires, just wasn’t sure of the women’s frame.

  • dllm

    I think it would help greatly if mfg could specify the effective tire width allowed…

    or… as a reviewer it would be the best to measure the width of the tire and how much clearance is left. that’s the value a reviewer could provide.

  • Larry @CycleItalia

    Regarding this – “An integrated stem can sometimes be a limiter when it comes to finding a good fit, but between the slightly shorter reach and 15-35mm setback on the seatpost, I had no problems with finding my fit.”
    Does this mean since the stem can’t simply be switched out, you (or Canyon?) expects the horizontal dimension, usually measured from horizontally from the tip (or the center in some cases) of the saddle to the center of the upper section of the handlebar needed to fit a particular rider be accomplished by moving the saddle fore/aft?

  • Don Cafferty

    I think that the comment made by Larry@Cycleitalia is an excellent point. I will elaborate. Re “… between the slightly shorter reach and 15-35mm setback on the seatpost, I had no problems with finding my fit”, the implication might be that reach can be adjusted by altering setback. While saddle setback can be altered to adjust reach, the issue is that bike fitters regard setback and reach as being independent of one another. The general protocol for bike fitting is to establish saddle setback first before establishing the reach. In that sequence of bike fitting, integrated handlebars and stems can be restricting to say the least. When I first read this article, I thought that it was “flukey” that you were able to establish fit so easily. By the way, you never did say what size of bike. I know from previous reviews that you and I ride a similar size of bike. I would have found the 15-35mm of setback to be an impediment as my saddle setback is 50mm. I don’t think that my setback is unusual when compared with other riders, including (women) professionals, of the same height.

    • Larry @CycleItalia

      I read a similar bit in a review of a different “women’s specific” bike elsewhere and asked their tech editor for his thoughts on this idea. I got no response, which makes me wonder if the industry’s push for t-shirt sized frames (too small, too big and close enough) has now expanded to include stems and handlebars? Seems odd to me that there seem to be more pro bike fitters than ever while the direct-to-consumer industry seems to pursue almost a one-size-fits-all approach.
      I would think someone laying out $7K for this bike would want it to fit properly and would find that shelling out for another bar/stem combo + the labor to swap it out would negate some of the online purchase benefits vs buying from a knowledgeable brick-and-mortar retailer where they would (I assume) include some basic fitting and installation of the correct bar, stem, seatpost, etc. to put the rider in the proper position?
      I try to explain this by asking if you’d buy and wear a great looking, super-great-deal pair of shoes in size 8 when your proper size is 10?

    • Don Cafferty

      I was incorrect in saying that “While saddle setback can be altered to adjust reach”. In my haste, I forgot that reach and saddle setback are measured with respect to the bottom bracket. That is what makes them independent. People mistakenly adjust setback when trying to alter reach. This comment strengthens what I said in the first comment. To elaborate on the bike fitting protocol, bike fitters first adjust for saddle height. If saddle height can not be established then the bike fitter stops. The bike fitter then adjusts the saddle setback. If this is accomplished, the reach (and stack) of the handlebars are then considered. In this consideration, the height and length as well as angle of the stem comes into play. This is why an integrated handlebar/stem is restrictive. if what is offered “fits”, you are lucky!

  • Bryan Duggan

    Canyon will do so well in the USA. I’ve been riding the brand since getting my first ultimate CF back in 2007. Since then I’ve had the good fortune to ride the aerroad, the first ultimate CF SLX, and now the current ultimate CF SLX. I don’t see a 9.0 listed on Canyon’s website (in europe anyway) for the WMN range. I’d have to concur with the comments about the integrated stem. It’s too hit and miss, size-wise, and isn’t really a good idea for an online-only retailer, no matter how great it looks. Most ‘ordinary’ folks have no real need for an integrated stem and, personally I’ve always coped fine without one. At least there’s the option to drop down a model in the range to a non-integrated stem version, assuming you can do without Di2.

    Absolutely stunning bikes and a fantastic brand to boot.

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