By Paul Norman
The limited edition Rapha Canyon Ultimate CF SLX 9.0 will be made in a hand painted black, with fade to grey towards the rear of the bike. And logos for Canyon and on the top tube for Rapha will be in Rapha’s signature hot pink.
Rapha’s in-house graphics team created the colour scheme, to match the brand’s other products released this season.
There’s further personalisation with Rapha putting the owner’s Rapha Cycle Club membership number and chapter logo on the frame.
Of course, you wouldn’t want your Canyon Ultimate kitted out with just any old components, so the Rapha version comes with a SRAM Red eTap groupset with a 52/36 semi-compact chainset and Zipp NSW 404 carbon wheels. You also get Canyon’s custom carbon Aerocockpit integrated bar and stem.
And the price: £7000. But don’t go queuing up at the door of your nearest Rapha store tomorrow morning. Rapha says that the bike is available to RCC members by invitation only.
And new sunnies too
To match your new Canyon, Rapha has also just released a new design of sunglasses. Called the Pro Team Arenberg, they are a full frame design. They’re also a bit cheaper than the bike, at £150.
Rapha vaunts the clarity of vision and secure fit of the new sunglasses. The lenses are made by Carl Zeiss and the shape is the same as the brand’s existing Pro Team Flyweight glasses, but as well as the full frame, there’s a new snap-lock hinge.
There’s plenty of venting at the sides and under the top rim of the Pro Team Arenberg glasses, to prevent misting.
The standard lens colour is a bronze mirror, but Rapha will sell another five different interchangeable lens colour options. And there are another four different frame colours, in addition to the Rapha pink option.
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