Take a look at Canyon’s very comprehensive website, find the mechanical-shift Ultimate CF SLX frameset, and compare its price to that of this complete bike. It doesn’t take a scientist to work out that there’s some serious cost-cutting going on somewhere in order to offer such high spec for so little extra. Welcome to the realms of direct retailing – a place you’ll ultimately need to visit for assistance with your Ultimate.
Regardless, this is an incredibly popular bike, helped no doubt due its use as the Movistar WorldTour team’s all-round race weapon of choice. Although the frame profile has familiar looks, closer inspection reveals a fairly square down tube with a rounded leading edge that blends in to a slab-sided but slim head tube above the Kamm-tail-profiled fork legs.
The chainstays are hugely asymmetric, the non-driveside one being almost as wide as it is deep, and the slim, widely spaced seatstays cross the seat tube, creating a large junction with the flat, wide top tube.
Deep within the rear of the top tube is the seatpost clamp, and there’s also a seat tube cutout, although there’s heaps of clearance anyway, even with the 25mm rubber fitted. Its grey on charcoal and black finish is as stealthy looking as they come, and the frameset has a 120kg total weight limit plus a six-year guarantee.
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