Marcel Kittel’s Canyon Aeroad CF SLX gallery

First look at the German's 2018 bike

This article was originally published by Cyclingnews


After spending the past two seasons on a Specialized, Marcel Kittel will switch to German manufacturer Canyon in 2018 following his switch to Katusha-Alpecin.

This month, Kittel joined his new teammates at a training camp in Mallorca, Spain and we’ve had a chance to get up close and personal with the German’s new steed. Kittel will be predominantly riding the Aeroad CF SLX in 2018, Canyon’s aerodynamic offering and the favoured option for sprinters.

Kittel’s bike comes equipped with Zipp’s 454 NSW wheel, which has been modelled on the fin of a humpback whale, and Continental Competition ALX Pro Ltd tubular tyres. 

Selle Italia provides the saddle, Kittel’s huge power output is measured by a Quarq power meter and Wahoo Elemnt Bolt Computer. He uses a 53/39 chainring. The drivetrain is SRAM Red eTap wireless and the brakes are unmarked Dura-Ace direct mount as SRAM does not make any direct mount brakes just yet.

For ultimate aerodynamics, Kittel has gone for the Canyon H11 Aerocockpit CF and S27 Aero VCLS CF seatpost.

A look at the SRAM Red drivetrain
A look at the SRAM Red drivetrain
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Full specification

  • Frame: Canyon Aeroad CF SLX
  • Fork: Canyon Aeroblade SLX
  • Brakes: Shimano Dura-Ace direct mount dual pivot SLR, de-badged
  • Brake/shifter levers: SRAM Red eTap
  • Front derailleur: SRAM Red eTap
  • Rear derailleur: SRAM Red eTap
  • Crankset: SRAM Red Dzero with Quarq power meter, 53/39t
  • Wheels: Zipp 454 NSW carbon tubular
  • Tyres: Continental Competition ALX tubular, 25mm
  • Handlebars/stem: Canyon H11 Aerocockpit CF
  • Pedals: Look Keo Sprint
  • Saddle: Selle Italia SLR Team Edition
  • Seatpost: Canyon S27 Aero VCLS CF
  • Bottle cages: Tacx Deva
  • Computer: Wahoo Elemnt Bolt

Flick through the gallery above to take a closer look at Marcel Kittel’s Canyon Aeroad CF SLX.