Trofimov Canyon Aeroad CF SLX - 21 Days of Tour Tech

Brand new aero road bike from German brand

Russian squad Katusha is debuting Canyon's new Aeroad CF SLX at the Tour de France. Here we take a look at the team-spec machine of Yuri Trofimov.

Pro bike - yuri trofimov's canyon aeroad cf slx

Video: Pro bike – Yuri Trofimov's Canyon Aeroad CF SLX

The most notable difference between the team bike and stock is the absence of the integrated bar/stem on the team machines. While Canyon's retail bikes will have one-piece carbon cockpits — available in five stem lengths, with two bars widths for each — Katusha goes with the more practical Ritchey WCS bars and stem, usually in alloy.

The Aeroad CF SLX frame using a truncated airfoil shape that Canyon calls Trident 2.0. Based on the Trident airfoil shape used on Canyon's Speedmax time trial bike, the Aeroroad's Trident 2.0 tubing is based on a 2.6:1 ratio instead of the UCI-maximum 3:1.

The trident 2.0 shape is based on the trident airfoil used on the speedmax, but this one has a 2.6:1 ratio instead of the original 3:1: the trident 2.0 shape is based on the trident airfoil used on the speedmax, but this one has a 2.6:1 ratio instead of the original 3:1
The trident 2.0 shape is based on the trident airfoil used on the speedmax, but this one has a 2.6:1 ratio instead of the original 3:1: the trident 2.0 shape is based on the trident airfoil used on the speedmax, but this one has a 2.6:1 ratio instead of the original 3:1

The Trident 2.0 shape is based on the Trident airfoil used on the Speedmax

As you'd expect with a new aero bike, Canyon claims aero gains over the bike's predecessor. Surprisingly, though, the down tube isn't hyper-slender; Canyon engineers found in iterative prototype testing that the front wheel generated so much air turbulence that they could make a relatively wide down tube without adding drag.

The Canyon Aeroad CF SLX has two front brakes. The bike has two direct-mount Shimano Dura-Ace callipers, but the rear is mounted where a normal rear calliper would sit, instead of the under-the-chainstays positions where a direct-mount calliper would go. Canyon claims mounting the rear calliper atop the frame, instead of tucked down by the bottom bracket, results in less overall drag since the frame shrouds the calliper this way.

The new Aeroad CF SLX gets a tapered 1.25in steerer tube, which should stiffen the front end over the original Aeroad.

Direct-mount brakes are used front and rear. since direct-mount calipers are front-oriented, the pad holders are flipped around : direct-mount brakes are used front and rear. since direct-mount calipers are front-oriented, the pad holders are flipped around
Direct-mount brakes are used front and rear. since direct-mount calipers are front-oriented, the pad holders are flipped around : direct-mount brakes are used front and rear. since direct-mount calipers are front-oriented, the pad holders are flipped around

Direct-mount brakes are used front and rear. But instead of mounting the rear calliper under the chainstays, Canyon puts it in the standard place, claiming that it is more aero this way

Ben Delaney

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Ben has been writing about bikes since 2000, covering everything from the Tour de France to Asian manufacturing to kids' bikes. The former editor-in-chief of VeloNews, he began racing in college while getting a journalism degree at the University of New Mexico. Based in the cycling-crazed city of Boulder, Colorado, with his wife and two kids, Ben enjoys riding most every day.
  • Discipline: Road (paved or otherwise), cyclocross and sometimes mountain. His tri-curious phase seems to have passed, thankfully
  • Preferred Terrain: Quiet mountain roads leading to places unknown
  • Current Bikes: Scott Foil Team, Trek Boone 5, Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL4, Marinoni fixed gear, Santa Cruz Roadster TT bike
  • Dream Bike: A BMC Teammachine SLR01 with disc brakes and clearance for 30mm tires (doesn't yet exist)
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