Canyon Aeroad CF SLX 8 Di2 review - fast and keenly priced; a little chattery on rougher roads

The Aeroad packs a suite of neat features and is up there with the fastest aero bikes

Canyon Aeroad CF SLX 8 Di2 on a grey background
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Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Canyon Aeroad stacks up well in terms of its speed, responsiveness, and weight (particularly for an aero bike). The rear-end comfort, courtesy of the 28mm tire and flexing seatpost, was much appreciated. As was the easy adjustability of the handlebar width and stack height - both possible without having to re-cabling, cutting the steerer tube or swapping in any components. However, the front end was a little chattery compared to other top models, plus sidewind gusts are a little more noticeable due to the shorter stem and deep section wheels. Overall, the Aeroad is a great bike - and its price is amongst the keenest .

Reasons to buy
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    Good value

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    Handy cockpit adjustability

Reasons to avoid
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    Chattery front end

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    Narrow rims (by modern standards)

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    Extra bolts to think about with width-adjustable cockpit

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This latest version of the Aeroad arrived at the end of 2020, taking over from the original model that was Canyon’s aero standard bearer for a full six years. And the standard it set was extremely high, both in terms of absolute performance and value for money compared to competitors.

So perhaps for that reason, simply making the new Aeroad faster and lighter wasn’t enough. Once those boxes were ticked, In order to keep it a step ahead of all the best aero bikes that had been updated, the German brand introduced an ingenious adjustable-width handlebar, which can also be height-adjusted by 1.5cm without without having to dismantle the whole thing and cut the steerer, and a clever seatpost that flexes inside the frame to improve comfort.

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Simon Smythe

Simon Smythe is a hugely experienced cycling tech writer, who has been writing for Cycling Weekly since 2003. Until recently he was our senior tech writer. In his cycling career Simon has mostly focused on time trialling with a national medal, a few open wins and his club's 30-mile record in his palmares. These days he spends most of his time testing road bikes, or on a tandem doing the school run with his younger son.