If you’re still saving up for a Canyon Aeroad CF SLX, here’s a more affordable option
You’d be forgiven for not knowing that Canyon just added a new range of WorldTour-ready aero bikes to its lineup. The brand didn’t feel the need to shout about it because the new Aeroad CF SL speaks volumes for itself.
In many ways, it’s similar to the flagship Aeroad CF SLX, but this new range comes at a much more affordable price, and only compromises slightly in terms of stiffness and weight. Check out the full range breakdown below for details.
Much like the Ultimate and Endurace models, Canyon has kept the same frame design as the Aeroad CF SLX, albeit with a slightly less sophisticated carbon layer-up process to bring the price down. This means the SL is about 100g heavier than the SLX for each given size.
According to Julian Biefang, Aeroad product manager, it shares the same Trident 2.0 tubing as its higher-calibre sibling. Biefang says that this “sets out to provide the same wind-cheating chassis combined with the finest handling.’’
If you’re a serious racer without pockets deep enough for the CF SLX, or you’re still starting out and not quite ready to make that kind of investment, the Aeroad CF SL range could be exactly what you’re looking for.
What’s on offer?
The new Aeroad CF SL range includes nine options, with rim and disc brake versions and women’s-specific models too. There are also three frameset options, so you can build your dream bike from scratch.
At the top end of the range, for £4,249 (approx $5,538 / €4,831 / AU$7,773), the Aeroad CF SL Disc 8.0 Di2 comes with a full Shimano Ultegra Di2 disc groupset, DT Swiss ARC 1400 Dicut DB62 wheels and Canyon’s integrated aero cockpit.
At the entry-level there’s the £2,449 (approx $3,192 / €2,784 / AU$4,480) Aeroad CF SL 7.0, which comes with a Shimano 105 groupset and full carbon Reynolds AR 58 C wheels.
Mildred’s a utilitarian cyclist at heart, determined to do everything on two wheels, whether it’s commuting or moving house. Her ideal ride covers long distances through remote countryside, on mixed terrain that offers a bit of crunch. Easily won over by steel frames coupled with a 650B/plus tyre combo.