Canyon Ultimate CF SLX 9.0 LTD review

The Canyon Ultimate CF SLX 9.0 LTD is a great all rounder that really sings on the climbs. The price tag doesn't hurt either

Canyon Ultimate CF SLX 9.0 LTD review featured
Cycling Weekly Verdict

Verdict The Canyon Ultimate is a capable all-rounder but it absolutely sings on the climbs. It’s a bike to be ridden hard, and seems to let you turn a gear you thought you couldn’t. On the flat, it’s a bit like turning up at your local chippy and being given pan-fried halibut, sautéed sweet potatoes and a drizzle of balsamic glaze. You’re not going to complain, but sometimes cod, chips and mushy peas is what you really want. This bike is something for special occasions — for races, for big rides, for biking holidays. It looks and feels special, and if you’re spending over four thousand pounds on a bike, then that is what you want.

Reasons to buy
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    Supreme lightness

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    Confidence-inspiring handling at speed

Reasons to avoid
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    Doesn't roll as easily on the flat

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    Stealthy looks aren't for everyone

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Despite its understated matt black looks, the Canyon Ultimate is the sort of bike that grabs people’s attention. If I had a penny for every time somebody muttered, “that’s a nice bike,” I’d be well on my way to buying one for myself. The stealthy colours aren’t for everyone but there can be no denying that this bike looks the part.

However, it’s much more than just a pretty face, something which became apparent when it was taken for a ride in God’s own bike testing ground — the northern French Alps.

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Richard Abraham is an award-winning writer, based in New Zealand. He has reported from major sporting events including the Tour de France and Olympic Games, and is also a part-time travel guide who has delivered luxury cycle tours and events across Europe. In 2019 he was awarded Writer of the Year at the PPA Awards.