Canyon Ultimate AL 9.0 review

Comfortable and fast

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £1,429.00 RRP
Canyon Ultimate AL 9.0

Our review

Good value ride offering plenty of comfort and a light feel
Skip to view product specifications

The Canyon Ultimate Aluminium 9.0 isn’t as sharp-steering as some of its alloy-framed rivals but it makes up for this in comfort at the rear, with zero sacrifice of speed or acceleration, and it’s graced with an overall light feel. That extra steadiness of the front end might not suit those of you in search of a twitchier response though.

Advertisement

With full Shimano Ultegra providing impeccable credentials, along with normal external cups in a threaded bottom bracket, the Canyon chooses a more conventional and service-friendly path for those not quite ready to hop on the press-fit BB30 bandwagon. Featuring highly manipulated thin-walled aluminium tubing, and Cervélo-like ultra-skinny pencil stays, the Canyon’s frame rated highly in the comfort stakes.

Although the skinny stays move around considerably, the Ultimate AL is no weakling, despite its feather-light 7.6kg weight. A simply massive down tube joins an ovalised asymmetric seat tube to keep things firmly planted, so when you stomp on those pedals it’s like hitting the turbo button.

Mavic Ksyrium Equipe wheels do the job of keeping the Canyon fast, reliable and within a pricepoint. Bladed spokes slice through the air while a fairly reasonable rim profile still provides a measure of comfort. A standard 53/39-tooth chainset and 12-25T cassette are plainly aimed at fast riding, with no gaps in ratios: only hard men and women need apply.

Keeping the lightweight aluminium theme rolling are Ritchey’s Logic 4Axis alloy bar and stem, with Canyon’s well designed VCLS seatpost. The cockpit dimensions are perfect, with a comfortable top tube length allowing a good stretch. The overall feeling of being at one with the bike was hugely satisfying; every type of surface, condition and situation was handled with relish.

Advertisement

The Canyon makes an attractive partner in crime. Slicing and dicing through a crowded peloton or urban training ride, carving switchbacks, nailing the perfect line through a fast bend… it’ll make you feel everything is possible. 

Product Specifications

Product

Name Ultimate AL 9.0 (11)
Brand Canyon

Available Colours Sand Blasted Anodized Black, Fuji Metallic White
Available Sizes 52 54 56 58 60 62 64 66cm 52 54 56 58 60 52 54 56 56 52 54 56 58 60 62 52 54 56 58 60 62 52 54 56 58 60 52 54 56 52 54 56 58 56 58 54 56 58 54 56 58 50 56 50 50 52 54 56 58 60 62 64 66cm 50 52 54 56 58 60 62 50 52 54 56 58 60 50 52 54 50 56 58 60 62 64 50 56 58 60 62 64 50 56 58 60 62 54 56 58 54 56 54 56 58 54 56 56
Brakes Shimano Ultegra
Frame Material Aluminum
Front Tyre Continental Grand Prix 4000S
Handlebar WCS Logic II
Head Angle 73.5
Headset Type Ai-70
Rear Tyre Continental Grand Prix 4000S
Saddle SL Kit Carbonio
Seat Angle 73.5
Seatpost VCLS Post
Stem WCS 4-Axis
Weight (kg) 7.6
Wheelset Ksyrium Equipe complete wheelset