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by Neal Rogers
July 11, 2019
German-based Canyon Bicycles has unveiled its lightest disc-brake road model to date, the Ultimate CF Evo Disc. It’s a bike made for the mountains — feather-light for climbing, and equipped with disc brakes for fast or harrowing descents.
The Ultimate CF Evo Disc weighs 5.95kg (13.11 pounds) without pedals. The light weight was made possible through a combination of an advanced layup that combines ultra-high modulus (UHM) and ultra-high tension (UHT) carbon fiber as well as a build of very light components.
The 641g Ultimate CF Evo Disc frame (size 56cm) and 285g fork comes equipped with a 2,518g SRAM Red eTap AXS 2×12 drivetrain (48/35 chainrings, 10-28 cassette) a 1,283g DT Swiss PRC 1100 Dicut db 24 tubeless-ready wheelset, a 61g Selle Italia C59 saddle, Canyon’s 270g Evocockpit CP20, a 120g Schmolke 1K carbon seatpost, and 25mm Continental Grand Prix TT tires, weighing in at just 190g per tire.
The 5.95kg Ultimate CF Evo Disc carries a USD$12,000 price tag. By comparison, the rim-brake Ultimate CF Evo 10.0 SL, first unveiled two years ago, weighed 5.1 kg (11.24 pounds) and originally cost $13,000. The Ultimate CF SLX Disc 9.0 with a SRAM Red eTap AXS drivetrain weighs 7.00kg (15.43 pounds) and costs $7,500.
The full Ultimate line now consists of three rim-brake models — the Ultimate CF SL, Ultimate CF SLX and Ultimate CF Evo — and three disc-brake models — the Ultimate CF SL Disc, Ultimate CF SLX Disc and Ultimate CF EVO Disc.
The Ultimate CF Evo Disc slots in as Canyon’s flagship road frame/fork/cockpit combination; the frame alone weighs 120g less than the SLX disc. The geometry on the Ultimate CF Evo Disc is identical to the rim version.
Katusha-Alpecin riders Ilnur Zakarin and Rick Zabel can be seen riding the Ultimate CF Evo Disc at the Tour de France; the bike will likely make its debut on the hillier stages this week. Canyon-SRAM riders Alena Amialiusik and Kasia Niewiadoma (who wore the leader’s jersey for four days) have been on the bikes intermittently throughout the Giro Rosa.
Canyon says the rim-brake Ultimate CF Evo will be refreshed soon with a similar build to the disc model, including eTap AXS, Selle Italia’s C59 saddle, the Schmolke seatpost, and Canyon’s Evocockpit CP20. That model will return in 2020 in new colors and will roll on Zipp 202 wheels and Schwalbe Tubeless Skinwall tires.
Pricing for the Ultimate CF Evo Disc is US$12,000, EU€ 10,000, and AU$14,499. And while that figure might provoke sticker shock, it’s comparable to similar lightweight eTap-equipped disc road models, such as Trek’s $12,000 Emonda SLR 9 Disc eTap and Specialized’s $11,000 S-Works Tarmac Disc eTap.
The Ultimate CF Evo Disc is available starting Thursday, July 11.