Canyon was among the pioneers when it comes to adopting a different sales strategy; direct to consumer. One of the main benefits of this is cutting out the middleman and providing cyclists with a better value for their money. The downside is the opportunity to see the bike physically or have a test ride before buying except for during demo days.
But did you know that Canyon didn’t start out this way?
It was started as Radsport Arnold in 1985 by two brothers, Roman and Franc Arnold. They supplied Italian bike parts to cyclists around their home in Koblenz, Germany. It wasn’t until 2001 that they became a bike manufacturer under the name of Canyon Bicycles.
Canyon’s headquarters is still in Koblenz today where their management, R&D, sales, and marketing teams are based. They are one of the leading bike brands today with their bikes being ridden by pro cyclists at the highest levels.
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Canyon Road Bikes Line Up
Canyon road bikes can be divided into three categories; Aeroad (aero), Ultimate (all-rounder), and Endurace (endurance).
Within each category, there’s the top-of-the-line CFR, followed by CF SLX and CL models. All Canyon road bikes today are disc only. The difference lies in the type of carbon used with the most advanced carbon used in CFR models.
Each CFR and CF SLX models come with an integrated powermeter from Shimano or SRAM, depending on the groupset setup.
|Model||Designed for||Price range|
|Aeroad||Aero race bike||$4,000 to $9,000|
|Ultimate||All-rounder race bike||$3,200 to $9,500|
|Endurace||Endurance bike||$1,500 to $8,000|
The Canyon Aeroad is an aero bike designed for pure speed. This is clearly seen from the new cockpit design that is not only very clean with hidden cables but steeped with innovative thinking.
The Aeroad is currently Canyon’s flagship bike ridden by the likes of Matthew van der Poul to stage wins at the Tour de France.
Generally, a one-piece handlebar is very expensive to swap if you need a different dimension to achieve the right fit. Canyon overcomes this problem by having a handlebar that is not only height but also width adjustable from 390 to 430mm. They can also be folded down to be packed inside a bike bag for traveling. This new handlebar is used in the CFR and CF SLX models only.
The CFR model sits atop the Aeroad lineup with a weight of 7.3kg, followed by SLX (7.7kg) and SL (7.8kg) for their lightest setup.
Canyon Aero retail prices in USD.
- Canyon Aeroad CFR ($9,000) – SRAM Red eTap AXS / Shimano Dura Ace Di2
- Canyon Aeroad CF SLX 8 ($6,000) – SRAM Force eTap AXS / Shimano Ultegra Di2
- Canyon Aeroad CF SL 7, 8 ($4,000 to $4,400) – Shimano 105 R7000 / Ultegra R8000
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Designed as an all-rounder (or the Ultimate bike), the Ultimate is Canyon’s workhorse bike model. Canyon claims that the Ultimate has an unrivaled stiffness-to-weight ratio, debunking the myth that a lightweight bike is not stiff enough to perform at the highest levels of cycling.
It’s the bike that the pros rode to two World Championships and three Grand Tours wins in recent years with Alejandro Valverde, Nairo Quintana, and Richard Carapaz.
The flagship model, Ultimate CFR is the latest addition with the lightest set up weighing 6.52kg. The Ultimate CFR is specced with the best electronic shifting groupsets from SRAM or Shimano. Next in line is the CF SLX weighing 6.98kg and CF at 7.6kg.
All Ultimate models use the same one-piece carbon handlebars with external cabling. CFR and CF SLX models come with either a SRAM or Shimano powermeter.
Canyon Ultimate retail prices in USD.
- Canyon Ultimate CFR ($9,000 / $9,500) – Shimano Dura Ace Di2 / SRAM Red eTap AXS
- Canyon Ultimate CF SLX 8, 9 ($5,500 / $7,600) – SRAM Force / Red eTap AXS
- Canyon Ultimate CF SL 8 ($3,200 to $4,500) – Shimano Ultegra / Ultegra Di2
As the name suggests, the Endurace is an endurance bike. It’s designed for comfort over stiffness and performance. The frame geometry is more relaxed and puts the rider in a more upright position compared to the Aeroad.
Although designed for the tarmac, its 33mm wide tires have no problems tackling hardpacked gravel or dirt roads. Just make sure it’s not a single track.
Sits atop the Endurace lineup is the CF SLX, followed by CF SL and AL (aluminum) at the bottom end. The CF SLX uses an advanced grade carbon which is lighter than the CF SL. All CF SLX models come with either a SRAM or Shimano powermeter.
Canyon Endurace retail prices in USD.
- Canyon Endurace CF SLX 9 ($7,500 / $8,000) – SRAM Red eTap AXS / Shimano Dura Ace Di2
- Canyon Endurace CF SLX 8 ($6,000) – SRAM Force eTap AXS
- Canyon Endurace CF SL 8 ($3,000 / $4,000) – Shimano Ultegra / Ultegra Di2
- Canyon Endurace CF SL 7 ($2,400) – Shimano 105 R7000
- Canyon Endurace AL ($1,500 / $1,900) – Shimano 105
Frequently Asked Questions
How long is Canyon’s warranty?
Canyon bikes come with a 6 years warranty for Canyon manufactured parts (frame, fork, cockpit, seat post) for the first owner only.
More about Canyon’s warranty policy.