Canyon has announced its lightest ever disc-equipped bike, the Ultimate CF EVO Disc. Claiming to weigh less than 6kg (how much less is not specified), the EVO’s build is exotic and expensive without pushing too far into the realms of show-bike weight weenie insanity. It’s a machine that you could conceivably ride day-to-day and, while it’s expensive, it’s some way off being Canyon’s highest-priced bike.
You’d ride a bike like this every day if you could, right?Canyon
Frame: Canyon Ultimate CF EVO
Fork: Canyon One One Four EVO Disc
Groupset: SRAM RED eTap AXS HRD, 48/35t cranks, 10-28t cassette
Wheels: DT Swiss PRC 1100 Dicut 25Y Edition
Tyres: Continental Grand Prix TT 25mm
Cockpit: Canyon CP20 one-piece
Saddle: Selle Italia SLR C59
Seatpost: Schmolke 1k Carbon
It’s light but it’s usable
Canyon has form with weight weenie specials going back to the 2004 Project 3.7, which used heavily modified components to hit a jaw-dropping 3.7kg.
Not so long ago, a disc road bike this light would have been inconceivableCanyon
The latest EVO is arguably more significant however. Despite its weight (sub-6kg for a medium), its build consists entirely of standard, off-the-shelf components and it has 25mm clincher tyres, 12 whole speeds, and proper disc brakes.
The frame is key to the weight savings, of course. Canyon claims that the EVO’s layup is the most advanced it’s ever used, with a combination of ultra-high modulus (UHM) and ultra-high tension (UHT) fibres making up a material that’s 10 percent lighter per metre squared than that of the rim-brake EVO.
Canyon apparently saved a whole 7g by integrating the front derailleur mount and a further 3.5g (yes, really) by using titanium hardware in place of steel. The graphics are ultra-minimalist and claimed frame weight for a medium is a mere 641g excluding hardware, a full 144g lighter than the everyman Ultimate CF SLX Disc.
Minimalist graphics mean minimal added weightCanyon
Canyon loves to cite stiffness-to-weight numbers, and the EVO Disc comes in at 137 vs. the standard Ultimate CF SLX Disc’s 125. Make of that what you will.
Up front, the fork uses a lightened steerer to shave 40g off the standard item, coming in at a claimed 285g — a respectable figure given that it still needs to withstand the rigours of disc braking. Meanwhile, the cockpit is a one-piece carbon affair which Canyon says is its lightest yet at 270g, 50g less than that of the SLX.
The Evocockpit CP20 is Canyon’s lightest ever integrated bar and stemCanyon
The build itself is remarkably ordinary, with no weird custom parts or silly compromises. Shifting and braking is all standard SRAM RED eTAP AXS HRD and even the gearing is sensible, with a 35/28t bottom end.
SRAM’s RED eTap AXS HRD groupset is 12-speed and cable-freeCanyon
Rather than fitting super skinny tubulars to hit the weight target, Canyon has opted for relatively sensible DT Swiss carbon clinchers which come in at a claimed 1283g for the set, fitted with 25mm rubber. Granted, the tyres are TT specials, but they still have a Vectran layer for puncture resistance, so they’re not a show-only choice.
Yes, they’re TT tyres, but they’re also 25mm wide clinchersCanyon
The Selle Italia saddle and Schmolke seatpost are both proper weight weenie specials, weighing a claimed 61g and 120g respectively.
The Selle Italia SLR C59 might not be everyone’s choice for long rides, but minimalist saddles aren’t necessarily uncomfortableCanyon
Canyon Ultimate CF EVO Disc pricing and availability
Matthew Loveridge (formerly Allen) is an experienced mechanic and an expert on bike tech who appreciates practical, beautifully-engineered things. Originally a roadie, he likes bikes and kit of every stripe, and he's tested a huge variety of both over the years for BikeRadar, Cycling Plus and others. For a long time Matthew's heart belonged to the Scott Addict, but he's currently enjoying Specialized's sublime Roubaix Expert and having a torrid affair with a Giant Trance e-MTB. At 174cm tall and 53kg, he looks like he should be better at cycling than he actually is, and he's ok with that.