Road disc brakes will be available on every 2017 Canyon road bike platform — Ultimate, Aeroad and Endurace. You’ll soon be able to buy a disc-equipped Endurace or Ultimate for comfortably less than £2,000 / $2,500 / AU$3,000, with high-end options available as well.
The consumer-direct brand is taking orders for the bikes on its website now. Riders in the United States cannot yet buy Canyon, but that will change next year.
Tyre clearances now run up to 33mm on Ultimate and Endurace modelsCourtesy
We’ve seen road disc brake models from Canyon before, but they’ve been restricted to a select few top-end models, like the racy Ultimate CF SLX which we ogled at Eurobike 2015 (but never got released), and the comfort-focused Endurace CF SLX, which launched this year to great interest.
The big news here though is that variants of each of Canyon’s three road bike platforms (Ultimate, Aeroad and Endurace) are now getting hydraulic braking. The Aeroad has fewer disc brake options than the other two, for now at least, but it’s definitely exciting for consumers.
Some features are common to all the bikes: 12mm thru-axles front and rear, 160mm rotors front and rear, except for the 2XS frame sizes, Flat Mount comes as standard. To prevent excessive heat build-up and resist the high braking forces generated, Canyon has reinforced the construction and carbon layup on the non-drive side of each frame.
The new bikes all promise increased tyre clearance compared to the rim brake models. For example, the Ultimate and Endurace models can handle up to 33mm tyres.
The new models are only about 70g heavier than their rim-brake counterparts, Canyon claims. The brakes, rotors and wheels will tip the scales a little higher, but Canyon says the new Ultimate disc brake models will “toe the line with any superlight climbing machine”.
Canyon Endurace road disc bikes
Canyon Endurace CF SL 9.0 Di2Courtesy
These are the comfort-focused endurance models from the German brand. In addition to the high-zoot Endurace CF SLX we enjoyed testing in Koblenz earlier this year, there’s also now a Canyon Endurace CF SL in various specs, from Shimano Ultegra Di2 down to a much more affordable Shimano 105-equipped model.
The 2017 range is topped by the Endurace CF SLX Disc 9.0, which features Shimano’s newest mechanical Dura-Ace, including new Dura-Ace disc brakes. DT Swiss ERC 1100 DiCut wheels are shod with Continental Grand Prix 4000S II rubber, and Canyon’s H31 Ergocockpit is also included. Price is £5,199 / €5,799 / AU$8,299.
Next is the Endurace CF SLX Disc 8.0 Di2, which keeps the electronic shifting but moves down to Ultegra Di2, and rolls on Reynolds Assault Le Disc Carbon wheels shod with Continental Grand Prix 4000S II rubber. It gets Canyon’s H31 Ergocockpit, and price is £4,499 / €4,999 / AU$7,199 . There’s also a mechanical shifting version for £3,899 / €4,299 / AU$6,199.
The top-end women’s model is the Endurace WMN CF SLX Disc 8.0 Di2. It specs Ultegra Di2, Reynolds Assault Le Disc Carbon wheels shod with Continental Grand Prix 4000S II rubber, Canyon’s H31 Ergocockpit, the super-comfy VCLS 2.0 seat post, and a Selle Italia SLS Lady Flow SE saddle. It costs £4,499 / €4,999 / AU$7,199.
Then we get to the Endurace CF SL models, which is where things start to become more affordable. They’re topped by the Endurace CF SL Disc 9.0 Di2, which combines Shimano Ultegra Di2 with Zipp 30 Course wheels for £3,599 / €3,999 / AU$5,799.
The Endurace CF SL Disc 9.0 SL is £2,899 / €3,199 / AU$4,599. Don’t confuse it with the Endurace CF SL 9.0 (missing the second SL), which runs on mechanical Ultegra and costs £2,199 / €2,499 / AU$3,599. The only other difference we can discern is that the higher-spec CF SL Disc 9.0 SL runs on nicer wheels (DT Swiss PR 1400 Dicut vs DT Swiss R24 Spline db), and is around 100g lighter.
Finally, there’s the Endurace CF SL Disc 8.0, which is Canyon’s most affordable road disc brake bike at £1,799 / €1,999 / AU$2,899. It combines Shimano 105 with Mavic Aksium wheels, a non-integrated cockpit, and Fizik Aliante R5 saddle, and keeps the super-comfy VCLS seatpost.
Canyon Ultimate road disc bikes
Canyon Ultimate CF SLX Disc 8.0 Di2Courtesy
These are the all-round road machines that Canyon pitches as the ideal balance of weight, speed and comfort. For 2017, the disc models are topped by the Ultimate CF SLX Disc 9.0, created to “combine the superior control of disc brakes with the Grand Tour-winning pedigree of the Ultimate range”. That would be referring to one Nairo Quintana, who’s ridden the Ultimate to victory in La Vuelta earlier this year.
The Ultimate CF SLX Disc 9.0 features Shimano’s newest mechanical Dura-Ace, including new Dura-Ace disc brakes, DT Swiss PRC 1400 Dicut Disc wheels, the Canyon H36 Aerocockpit, and a Fizik Antares R5 saddle. It costs £4,899 / €5,499 / AU$7,899.
The Ultimate CF SLX Disc 8.0 Di2 features Shimano Ultegra and Mavic’s new Cosmic Pro Carbon SL wheels, strengthened for use with disc brakes. It costs £4,399 / €4,899 / AU$6,999. There’s also a mechanical Ultegra version, which costs £3,799 / €4,199 / AU$5,999.
Going down slightly in price, there’s the more attainable CF SL models. These begin with the Ultimate CF SL Disc 9 Di2, which combines Ultegra Di2 with DT Swiss PR 1400 DB Dicut wheels, and costs £3,249 / €3,599 / AU$ 5,199.
Next down is the Ultimate CF SL Disc 9 Aero, which costs exactly the same as the model above, but runs on mechanical Ultegra, slightly deeper Mavic Cosmo Pro carbon disc wheels, and Canyon’s H36 aerocockpit.
Below that is the Ultimate CF SL Disc 9, which moves onto mechanical Ultegra and costs a much more affordable £2,399 / €2,699 / AU$ 3,899.
Bringing up the rear is the Canyon Ultimate CF SL Disc 8, which runs on Shimano 105, Mavic Aksium Disc wheels, and costs a very reasonable £1,849 / €2,099 / AU$ 2,999.
Canyon Aeroad road disc bikes
Canyon Aeroad CF SLX Disc 8.0 Di2Courtesy
These are Canyon’s aero race bikes, and it’s a little unexpected that there’s going to be a selection of disc brake models for 2017. However, Canyon says it thinks that disc brakes pose only a “relatively minor aerodynamic disadvantage” compared to rim brakes.
The most expensive model is the Canyon Aeroad CF SLX Disc 9.0 which comes specced with the new mechanical Dura-Ace, Reynolds Strike carbon clinchers and Canyon’s H11 Aerocockpit. It costs £5,199 / €5,799 / AU$8,299.
The Canyon Aeroad CF SLX Disc 8.0 Di2 is claimed to lose just 0.8 watts to its rim-braking sibling in wind tunnel tests, and has been tested by pro riders including Alexander Kristoff. It combines Shimano Ultegra Di2 and Reynolds Assault carbon wheels with the Canyon Aerocockpit CF. It costs £4,499 / €4,999 / AU$7,199.
There’s also an Aeroad WMN CF SLX Disc 8.0 Di2 for the women, which combines a similar spec to the above with female-friendly components like a Selle Italia SLS Lady Flow SE saddle, and costs £4,499 / €4,999 / AU$7,199.
Finally, there’s also the Aeroad CF SLX Disc 8.0, which sports mechanical Shimano Ultegra, Reynolds Strike carbon clinchers, non-integrated handlebars and a Fizik Arione R5 saddle. It costs £3,799 / €4,199 / AU$5,999.
There are now 8 disc brake models in the Ultimate portfolio, starting at £1,849 / €2,099 / AU$ 2,999Courtesy
Canyon says all bikes are available to order from many countries now from its website, with shipping times indicated once added to the cart. It looks like some Aeroad models will be delivered as early as January 2017, though this may not be true of all models. Canyon is not yet selling into the United States, but that will soon change.