Canyon Ultimate CFR review

Weighing in at 5.98kg - does the Ultimate Evo make any sacrifices on its way to race weight?

Canyon Ultimate CFR
Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Canyon Ultimate Evo impressed me from the very first pedal stroke, and it rewarded me with a plethora of personal bests on climbs in the UK and abroad. The handling wasn't as sharp as I would expect from a race bike, and some aero nods may be due soon. All this said, I've logged over 1,000 kilometres on this machine and I'm loathe to send it back to its rightful owners.

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Reasons to avoid
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    Handling lacks sharpness

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The Canyon Ultimate CFR/Canyon Ultimate Evo was selected for an Editor's Choice award in 2020. This year's list contains 78 items which scored a 9 or 10/10 with our tech team - this gear is the best of the best, and has received the Cycling Weekly stamp of approval. 

At time of review, this bike was called the 'Canyon Ultimate Evo' - Canyon has since changed the name to the Canyon CFR, though the frame remains unchanged. The model reviewed came with a Dura Ace Di2 groupset, at £7449. The model pictured is the 2021 build, with Super Record EPS at £8449.

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Michelle Arthurs-Brennan

Michelle Arthurs-Brennan the Editor of Cycling Weekly website. An NCTJ qualified traditional journalist by trade, Michelle began her career working for local newspapers. She's worked within the cycling industry since 2012, and joined the Cycling Weekly team in 2017, having previously been Editor at Total Women's Cycling. Prior to welcoming her daughter in 2022, Michelle raced on the road, track, and in time trials, and still rides as much as she can - albeit a fair proportion indoors, for now.