Five grand on a used bike might seem a bit steep, but Canyon’s team bike sale is a little different. The German bike brand is currently selling off a number of old team bikes, and this is your opportunity to pick up a bike which may well have taken grand tour glory.
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In total Canyon is selling 38 former pro bikes ranging across three teams: Movistar, Katusha, and the former Omega Pharma-Lotto team. However the two highlights of the sale have got to be the Canyon Ultimate CF SLX of Nairo Quintana, perhaps one of the bikes he rode on his way to victory in last year’s Giro d’Italia, and, for British fans at least, the Canyon Aeroad CF used by Alex Dowsett.
Quintana’s Ultimate (shown above) is the lightweight climbing bike of Canyon’s range. The bike is equipped with last year’s version of Campagnolo Super Record EPS, with the minimal five-armed spider on the chainset, Campagnolo Eurus wheels and Continental Grand Prix tyres. However given these wheels are clinchers with aluminium rims, we think that these are training wheels and may not have seen race action.
Canyon is selling the bike for £5,599, which seems like a fair price once you weigh up the fact that you will be sharing a saddle with Nairo Quintana with the fact that this is a used bike that is sure to come with a few battle scars. But before you reach for your wallet it’s worth considering that Quintana’s diminutive stature means that this is only an XS frame, so it’s more likely to fit your kids than it is you.
If you’re after a bike ride then Alex Dowsett’s medium Canyon Aeroad CF might be a more realistic prospect. This is the first generation Aeroad, and comes equipped with Campagnolo Super Record EPS, Campagnolo Bora Ultra 35 wheels, and Continental Pro Ltd Tubulars. Given the fact that the wheels alone would set you back over £2,500 and the tyres aren’t even available for public sale, the £4,499 price-tag looks like a relative steal.
As for other big name bikes then there are a few other options on the Canyon website. If you’re in the market for a time trial bike then how about the Canyon Speedmax CF used by Joaquim Rodriguez in the 2013 editions of the Giro and the Vuelta, or the Speedmax CF Leopard that Jurgen Van Den Broeck used back in 2012. There’s also the Canyon Ultimate of Andre Greipel, complete with Gorilla decal, which has obviously been gathering dust in the Canyon warehouse since the German sprinter last used it back in 2011.
If you like what you see then head over to the Canyon website for the full list of bikes.