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A slew of improvements bolster Canyon's Ultimate road bike

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By David Kennedy

It’s been five years since Canyon last updated their Ultimate series. For 2023, the performance road bike has received a handful of modern updates that follow in line with tech and design moves already made from many other big-name brands.

Aesthetically, Canyon fully integrated the routing for hydraulic lines through the one-piece handlebar. Frame shapes underwent a redesign with airfoil shaping used more prominently throughout. Notably, the seatpost is now D-shaped for improved compliance. Carbon layers have been added around the bottom bracket, top tube and seat tube junction for added stiffness.

At the launch the Canyon team was quick to bring up the phrase “perfect balance” as the theme for this fifth-generation Ultimate. He andthe design team were clear that there was no singular focus they desired to improve. Rather, the goal was to modernize the compliance, stiffness and aerodynamic characteristics without adding weight. In Canyon’s eyes, it was an update without any sort of compromise.

There are 11 models of the new Ultimate over three separate levels CFR (3), CF SLX (3) and SL (5). Colors are a specialty at Canyon, and in addition to our two-tone berry colorway (above), five other finishes are available.

Our SLX-level test bike is equipped with mid-depth DT Swiss carbon wheels and 12-speed Shimano Ultegra Di2. Canyon also offers Dura-Ace- and SRAM Red-level builds for the CFR and the SLX series while the entry-level models sport more price-conscious specs.

 

CAMP CANYON

Canyon invited us to Nice, France, to get a hands-on experience with the latest iteration of their flagship road bike, the Ultimate. As happy as I was to have been invited, I was fighting off a serious bout of jet lag after my expected 16-hour journey had instead become a 40-plus-hour adventure, an increasingly common occurrence for many returning to traveling this year.

Located on the French Riviera, Nice is best known for its beaches and luxury accommodations. Quality riding can be found in every direction, as the area is a top choice for many pros due to the close vicinity of the French Alps just outside of town.

It was clear upon arrival that Canyon was not only here to promote the bike but to have fun, too. The (mostly) German team behind the brand has set trends in the past as an original adopter of the consumer-direct sales model and has proven they pay attention to the modern trends in the industry. Like their customer base, the age range of the Canyon team skews young.

Refreshingly, the atmosphere at the launch felt more like summer camp than an all-important press camp. Canyon supplied a fleet of their Precede:ON e-bikes to traverse the tight, winding urban roads along the way to a transformed villa temporarily named “Camp Canyon.”

UP LA MADONE

To showcase the new ride, Canyon called upon a few local friends to act as guides for a jaunt along the Mediterranean to Col de la Madone. In addition to being a popular climb among the locals, and one that’s been used in the Tour de France, the Madone is also the very climb that lent its name to Trek’s own high-end race bike. The road begins just outside of Monaco and winds its way from sea level to nearly 3000 feet. The pack of riders wound between the shade of palm trees at the bottom of the climb to the cover of pine trees atop La Madone. S

witchbacks catapulted the elevation by seemingly 100 feet at a time. It was here that the weight of our 15.8 pound CF SLX model was appreciated as well as the compact gearing of the Ultegra spec. Coming in at under 16 pounds, the CF SLX model is competitive with other performance road bike around its  $6999 price point but we were left longing for a few pedal chance to ride the claimed 13.9 pound CFR Dura-Ace build.

An average gradient of 8 percent began to wear down my already jet-lagged state, but once coastal views became uniquely Alpine, the road began to level out as we neared the peak.

As luck would have it, while we had lunch at the summit, we happened to run into friend of RBA and Ineos rider Cameron Wurf, along with teammate Richie Porte, who were enjoying a meal as well. After a quick chat with Cam about his future in gravel racing and Richie’s future plans to improve his tan in retirement, we headed down the mountain.

You never know who you’ll see atop the Madone. Richie Porte was finishing up his final training ride with Cam Wurf and his Ineos teammates ahead of his upcoming retirement following the Tour of Britain.

IMPROVED HANDLING

Descending is where the “balance” of the Ultimate shines. Handling is quick yet forgiving. Unlike many Euro brands’ preference for a twitchy, stiff frame, the Ultimate exudes modern handling with exceptional vibration damping and an overall smooth ride.

Thankfully, the Ultimate managed to retain a snappy handling, too.

The narrow French roads required a bit more attention than our local loops at home, but the Ultimate navigated them confidently. The forgiving nature of the geometry allowed me to push harder, as the bike rarely felt at its limit. This is a quality that many brands are beginning to emulate and one that’s easy for us to get behind. A rider does not have the feeling of all-out speed and, in turn, is able to ride more confidently at higher speeds. After a ripping 15-mile descent, we found ourselves back in Nice ready to celebrate a successful day in the saddle.

Making the celebration that much sweeter for the Canyon team, on the same day as our ride, Jay Vine and Enric Mas both rode the new Ultimate CFR to a podium finish on Stage 6 of La Vuelta, with Vine earning the new design’s first pro win. Canyon said the Ultimate will be available to the public starting today, in prices ranging from $2999 to $10,999.

A full long term review of the Canyon Ultimate will be available online and in an upcoming issue of Road Bike Action Magazine in the future.  

 

CANYON ULTIMATE STATS

Weight: 13.9 pounds (claimed weight of Ultimate CFR w/Dura-Ace), 15.9 pounds (our CF SLX test bike weighed)

Tire clearance: 32mm

Sizes: 2XS, XS, S, M, L, XL, 2XL

 

Riders sported the Signature Pro LTD kit (left) and the Signature Lightweight Kit (right). Note Lightweight Kit’s tear-resistant Dyneema layering on the thigh area of the bibs.

BONUS CANYON GEAR

Canyon also announced two new apparel series as well as a made-in-Germany 3D-printed computer mount.

Signature Pro LTD Kit
– Fast drying
– Bibs, no seams = more compression
– Produced by Etxeondo
– Men’s and Women’s spec

Signature Lightweight Kit 
– Dyneema fabric in bibs to provide abrasion resistance on thighs

Computer Mount
– Canyon’s first 3D print product, printed in one piece
– 17 grams (shockingly light)
– Stiff no vibration
– Made in Germany
– Garmin and Wahoo compatible versions
– Tested on Flemish and Roubaix roads

 

 

www.canyon.com

Photos: Simon Gehr, Dan King

2023 CANYON ULTIMATE: MODERN UPDATES BALANCE HANDLING, AERODYNAMICS, WEIGHT

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JAY VINE WINS VUELTA STAGE ON UNRELEASED CANYON ULTIMATE https://roadbikeaction.com/jay-vine-wins-vuelta-stage-on-unreleased-canyon-ultimate/ Thu, 25 Aug 2022 17:26:50 +0000 https://roadbikeaction.com/?p=57802

Jay Vine has us take a look at the new Canyon Ultimate

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Jay Vine produced a blistering solo effort as he rode to victory atop Pico Jano after 112 miles of racing  on stage 6 of the Vuelta a Espana. The 26-year-old Australian is best known for winning the Zwift Academy to earn his pro contract with Alpecin Deceuninck in 2020. Vine took advantage of the 10-percent plus pitches on the 8-mile final climb to push ahead of EF’s Mark Padun and hold off a furious chase from Remco Evenepoel and Enric Mas.

Visibility neared zero as the riders covered the final miles, but we caught a glimpse of Vine’s frame earlier in the day and noticed a few differences between the current Canyon Ultimate available to the public and Vine’s rig for the mountain stage. It’s been publicly known since June that a handful of pros have been racing a new Ultimate in the WorldTour. However, Vine’s effort earned the first pro win for the (not-so) top secret German bike. Making the celebration that much sweeter for the Canyon team, was Enric Mas’ third place finish aboard the Ultimate for a double podium.

Enric Mas piloted his new Ultimate to a podium of his own after hard fought battle for second with Remco Evenepoel.

WHAT’S NEW

We can’t disclose too many details just yet but we’ve been able to get our hands on and test bike and have come away impressed. Aesthetic updates include fully-integrated routing and new frame shaping. Reinforcement is visibly easy to spot across the frame in areas where added stiffness was desired, like the bottom bracket and top tube/seat tube junction. Airfoil shaping is used liberally on tubes more so than the current Ultimate to improve aerodynamics. Vine’s Canyon was sporting a new D-shaped seat post with zero degrees of setback. It’s the first time the D-shape design joins the Canyon catalog as it is becoming mainstream for many of the big name brand’s flagship road bikes.

NEW CANYON ULTIMATE VUELTA RIDER GALLERY

 

ULTIMATES OF OLD

Canyon’s Ultimate has a history of success including Alejandro Valverde’s 2018 World Championship, Nairo Quintana’s 2018 Giro d’Italia and Cadel Evans’ 2009 Tour de France.

 

JAY VINE WINS VUELTA STAGE ON UNRELEASED CANYON ULTIMATE

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