While most race bikes for the mass market are now mostly about chasing aerodynamic gains, there’s undeniably a smaller battle among manufacturers to grab the headlines with the lightest rideable (hopefully!) bike they can produce.
The latest entrant into this niche market is the snappily named Canyon Ultimate CF Evo 10.0 SL, a modified version of the new Ultimate that the German company released earlier this year.
At a claimed 4.85kg it’s hardly a heavyweight, but not quite in the same league as the also-new AX-Lightness VIAL eve ULTRA, which hits the scales at 450g less than the Ultimate. However Canyon is claiming that despite the low weight, this new model will still give the same ride quality that the standard Ultimate has become renowned for.
With the existing Ultimate already having a very light frame (780g), Canyon’s engineers didn’t have much to start with, but have still managed to trim the frame down to 665g. This is through the use of titanium screws wherever possible, ultra high modulus carbon fibre, and a neat integrated carbon hanger for the front derailleur. However for the most part the frame is the shame as the standard Ultimate.
To get the complete bike down to 4.85kg, Canyon hasn’t skimped on the components. SRAM Red, the lightest groupset currently on the market, is used throughout, although one notable alteration is the THM Clavicula SE crank attached to the standard SRAM chainrings.
The wheels are pretty special too. No expense has been spared with the Lightweight Meilenstein Obermayers, which weigh in at a claimed 1,100g for the pair, and will set you back a pretty staggering £4,150 for the pair when bought separately. This are topped with Continental tubular tyres.
Weight has also been saved with the rest of the finishing kit. The Tune Reamer saddle is full carbon, albeit with grip tape on the nose, and weighs in at only 79g. The brakes are from THM, with the Fibula models coming in at 120g for the pair.
Although availability and exact pricing is yet to be confirmed it is likely to be in the region of €13000, approximately £9,000.
For more information, head over to Canyon.