With the world’s focus now firmly zoomed in on France for the year’s biggest cycling event, the Tour de France, we thought it was time to take a look at some of the most iconic bikes in modern cycling made by the experts at Canyon.
The German direct-to-consumer bike brand have been involved in professional bike racing for some years now with their first team, Team Unibet, being their first ProTour sponsored team way back in 2007.
One of their most popular bikes is the Canyon Aeroad CF SLX, which is currently in use at the Tour by Swiss team Katusha-Alpecin and their star fast man, Marcel Kittel.
Canyon’s aero offering is typically chosen by riders for flatter or rolling stages. However, the Aeroad can still climb and has been ridden to mountain stage wins in Grand Tours – removing any doubt as to whether the Aeroad can perform on the climbs.
Did you know: Alexander Kristoff won two stage wins aboard his Aeroad back in 2014, something that Kittel will be hoping to eclipse this year, after his five stage wins at last year’s race.
Katusha-Alpecin aren’t the only team in the pro peloton using Canyon bikes with Spanish outfit, Movistar, swapping over from Pinarello to Canyon in the same year Kristoff that took his stage double: 2014.
For Movistar, their weapon of choice is the Ultimate, Canyon’s lightweight and versatile climber that’s a true all rounder too – as demonstrated by Nairo Quintana who rode his way to victory at the 2016 Vuelta a Espãna on board one. The Ultimate’s success stems from its uncompromising power transfer and low weight which, when combined with an exceptionally smooth ride, helps alleviate the pains that a three week Grand Tour can throw at the fittest athletes on the planet.
The bike’s make-up may be one for more comfortable riding but it doesn’t neglect the science of aerodynamics. According to Canyon, the bike’s been optimised to save 7.4Watts when riding at 40km/h, meaning the likes of Alejandro Valverde, Mikel Landa and Nairo Quintana will be pumping out less watts for the same speed as some of their rivals.
Did you know: Nairo Quintana won his first ever Grand Tour on a Canyon Ultimate at the 2014 Giro d’Italia, before winning the Vuelta a España two years later atop the same bike. Another two years have passed but can he win the 2018 Tour de France on it too?
You can actually purchase the Ultimate with the same cool paint job as the Movistar guys and gals on Canyon’s site. If copying the pros is not your thing then they also have a wide range of colour schemes and set ups, with a little something for everyone.
Canyon are also making waves in the female pro peloton too as a titular sponsor of Canyon//SRAM Racing Team.
At the centre of the team is the Ultimate WMN CF SLX Disc 9.0 CSR which Canyon say is the lightest disc brake frame in their entire line-up.
However, instead of just “pinking and shrinking” the male version, Canyon have optimised the geometry for women after reviewing over 60,000 data points looking at the differences between male and female riders. The result? Unsurprisingly, there were noticeable differences in body dimensions between male and female riders, so they created a bike to address that.
The two smallest frame sizes are equipped with 650b wheels so that you’ll get consistent handling characteristics across all sizes.
Boasting some of the best looking kits and bike paint jobs in the cycling game at the moment, Canyon//SRAM have also seen some top riders win on their Ultimate WMN model, like Hannah Barnes, Katarzyna Niewiadoma and Elena Cecchini.
Did you know: Canyon//SRAM will be taking on La Course this year but can you name one of the rider’s who’ll be going?
Be sure to check out the full range of specific female rides over at Canyon.
This feature was created in partnership with Canyon bikes.