This is the Canyon Ultimate CF SLX of multiple grand tour winner, Nairo Quintana. For 2017 Quintana’s bike remains largely unchanged from last year, aside from the paint job which has changed from matte to gloss. The main reason for this is that the gloss is much easier for the mechanics to keep clean.

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Quintana’s frame is one of the smallest men’s frames that Canyon make

The most notable thing about Quintana’s Canyon Ultimate CF SLX is its size. The diminutive Colombian climber is only 5′ 5″ and so rides an extra small frame with a 52.2cm stack and a 37.8cm reach, which is then combined with a relatively short (for a pro at least) 100mm stem.

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A Power2Max power meter provides the vital numbers

Despite having both the Canyon Aeroad and Ultimate, Quintana insists on opting for the Ultimate. Quintana rides an XS frame, meaning that there is no issue in getting both bikes to the 6.8kg UCI weight limit. This is therefore an interesting choice because Canyon suggests the difference between the two bikes is almost 20W in aerodrag.

To put this into context canyon has calculated that for a Pro, travelling at 25kph a 20W aero advantage is equivalent to 0.9kg weight advantage on Mont Ventoux even on a 7.3% gradient. Quintana’s choice is likely to based around other factors, such as perceievd comfort and cross wind stability.

The bike is fitted with a Power2Max power meter, Campagnolo Super Record EPS and Campagnolo Bora Ultra wheels

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Canyon makes its own handlebars, stem, and seatpost

The rest of the finishing kit is standard team issue. The tyres are 25mm Continental Competition Pro Ltd tubular tyres, Look Keo Carbon, the saddle is acarbon braided Fizik Antares R1, the bottle cages Elite Cannibals and the handlebars 42mm-wide Canyon H32 Ergos.