The whispers have swirled for a while, and now it’s finally here: the Canyon Endurace CF SLX. This is the German firm’s first road disc brake bike, and we’ve just ridden it on the firm’s home roads of Koblenz. Read on for a rundown of the new Endurace CF SLX range.
As the name suggests, this new bike is definitely aimed at endurance riders, those who want to go on long rides and gran fondos, outside competition. That’s not to say it isn’t quick: according to Canyon’s aerodynamics engineer Michael Adomeit it’s just 1.4 watts less aero at 45kph than the Ultimate CF SLX Disc prototype we saw at Eurobike last year.
It certainly looks quick, with its integrated carbon cockpit, aero forks, hourglass head tube, flat and broad top tube, bridgeless seat stays and internal cable routing. “Aerodynamics are not reserved for racers,” Adomeit said.
The new Endurace CF SLX frame weighs just 820g in a size medium, and has been designed to offer (wait for it) an excellent stiffness-to-weight ratio, thanks in part to frame tube shapes carried over from the racy Ultimate platform. Pains were taken to improve the aero efficiency of elements most exposed to wind, such as the down tube, and bolster the torsional stiffness of those less exposed, such as the top tube.
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