Basso Venta Ultegra vs Canyon Ultimate AL SLX 9.0 Aero
In the search of the very best road bike of 2017? Cycling Plus and BikeRadar gathered numerous arch rivals and pitched them against each other and in this video, the second from the series, the Basso Venta Ultegra battles it out against the Canyon Ultimate AL SLX 9.0 to determine which is the rim-brake race bike of the year.
Despite differing in construction — the Basso being carbon and the Canyon alloy — the bikes are very similarly minded, with both designed for great all-round race performance and with geometry that won’t destroy your back.
Stay tuned to BikeRadar for further video head-to-heads; we’ve still got disc brake race bikes, ultra-comfortable bikes and value-based categories to cover, as well as announcing the 2017 BikeRadar Road Bike of the Year.
Basso Venta Ultegra
Basso’s Venta Ultegra
Weight: 7.8kg (58cm)
Wheels: Microtech MCT38
Drivetrain: Shimano Ultegra 50/34t, 11-28t
Brakes: Shimano Ultegra
Saddle: Selle San Marco Era
Tyres: Michelin Dynamic 25mm
Finishing kit: Microtec stem, bars and seatpost
Canyon Ultimate AL SLX 9.0 Aero
Canyon’s Ultimate AL SLX 9.0 aero
Price: £2,399 / $TBC / AU$3,899
Wheels: Reynolds Assault Carbon SLG SE
Drivetrain: Shimano Ultegra 6800 52/36, 11-30t
Brakes: Ultegra 6800
Saddle: Fizik Antares R5
Tyres: Continental GP 4000S II 23mm
Finishing kit: Canyon V13 stem, Canyon H17 Ergo AL handlebars, Canyon S13 VCLS CF seatpost
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