The Canyon/SRAM women’s team has one of the most eye catching bikes in pro cycling. The team also has more aerodynamic Canyon Aeroad at its disposal, but here we have the lighter team issue Ultimate CF SLX.
This bike is the same specification as ridden by the likes of Tiffany Cromwell and Hannah Barnes. Rapha also sponsors the team and the British company is actually behind the bikes paint job. The design features coloured streaks which were initially conceived and created by layering and tessellating different coloured hazard tape.
The design certainly stands out and it is nice to see colour in the pro peloton. The streaks of colour are also found throughout the Canyon/SRAM teams kit.
It is not just a colourful frame. Canyon/SRAM have kit that may of the mens pro peloton would be envious of, with Zipp Firecrest wheels (404 in this case), Continental Competition Pro Ltd tubular tyres and the hottest groupset in town – SRAM Red eTap.
The chainset on this model is standard SRAM Red, but the team does have Quark power meters at its disposal. Having weighed the bike, we can report it is a light 6.6kg without pedals.
A cool feature on the Canyon Ultimate CF SLX is the innovative seat post clamp. To reduce road buzz the seat bolt is situated 10cm lower in the frame and features a clever polymer insert. This novel clamping mechanism is designed to offer more vertical and horizontal deflection over a standard post, improving comfort in the process.
The lack of wires combined with Canyon’s integrated aero cockpit makes for an especially neat and tidy, yet functional package. Is this the best looking standard issue team bike in the Pro Peloton? It is surely a contender, so let us know what you think.