Could this be the first glimpse of the new Canyon Aeroad?

New Zwift commercial appears to include an update on the aero machine from Canyon

The latest Zwift commercial appears to show a new version of the Canyon Aeroad, with an updated rear triangle and a tidied up front end.

The wind cheating machine from the German manufacturer was first launched ahead of the 2014 Tour de France.

Despite the design remaining fairly static, it's continued to be a popular model - even winning a Cycling Weekly Editor's Choice award (opens in new tab) in December 2019.

However, tech is ever evolving and without a new update soon, the Aeroad is at risk of falling behind the curve. Thankfully, it looks like the direct only brand has something new up its sleeve for this year.

The new Zwift ad features Mathieu van der Poel sporting his new Alpecin-Fenix gear - the kit he'll wear for the multi-discipline outfit, racing in cyclocross, cross-country mountain bike and on the road.

As well as pedalling away on a Lux CF SLX mountain bike, Van der Poel appears to be riding aboard an Aeroad with a slimmed down seat tube.

The existing Canyon Aeroad, nominated for an Editors Choice award in December 2019

Where the potentially outgoing panel featured a bulky section following the shape of the rear wheel, this bike has a thinner silhouette.

The front end remains integrated, but the cables seem to have completely disappeared inside the frame.

The Aeroad in the new Zwift ad

The seat post also looks to have received a makeover - this model is much chunkier than the relatively slim pin featured on the model we last reviewed.

It remains to be seen how long we'll have to wait to get our hands on an Canyon Aeroad ourselves, but if Van der Poel is set to be racing one in the 2020 season, it can't be too long.

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Michelle Arthurs-Brennan

Michelle Arthurs-Brennan is a traditional journalist by trade, having begun her career working for a local newspaper, where highlights included interviewing a very irate Freddie Star (and an even more irate theatre owner), as well as 'the one about the stolen chickens'.

Previous to joining the Cycling Weekly team, Michelle was Editor at Total Women's Cycling. She joined CW as an 'SEO Analyst', but couldn't keep her nose out of journalism and in the spreadsheets, eventually taking on the role of Tech Editor before her latest appointment as Digital Editor. 

Michelle is a road racer who also enjoys track riding and the occasional time trial, though dabbles in off-road riding too (either on a mountain bike, or a 'gravel bike'). She is passionate about supporting grassroots women's racing and founded the women's road race team 1904rt.

Michelle is on maternity leave from July 8 2022, until April 2023.