Basso Venta Ultegra vs. Canyon Ultimate AL SLX 9.0 aero

Two Bike of the Year contenders go head to head in this rim-brake race bike rumble

Basso Venta Ultegra vs Canyon Ultimate AL SLX 9.0 Aero

In the search of the very best road bike of 2017? Cycling Plus and BikeRadar gathered numerous arch rivals and pitched them against each other and in this video, the second from the series, the Basso Venta Ultegra battles it out against the Canyon Ultimate AL SLX 9.0 to determine which is the rim-brake race bike of the year.

Despite differing in construction — the Basso being carbon and the Canyon alloy — the bikes are very similarly minded, with both designed for great all-round race performance and with geometry that won’t destroy your back.

Stay tuned to BikeRadar for further video head-to-heads; we’ve still got disc brake race bikes, ultra-comfortable bikes and value-based categories to cover, as well as announcing the 2017 BikeRadar Road Bike of the Year.

Basso Venta Ultegra

Basso's Venta Ultegra
Basso's Venta Ultegra

  • Price: £1,799
  • Weight: 7.8kg (58cm)
  • Frame: Carbon
  • Fork: Carbon
  • Wheels: Microtech MCT38
  • Drivetrain: Shimano Ultegra 50/34t, 11-28t
  • Brakes: Shimano Ultegra
  • Saddle: Selle San Marco Era
  • Tyres: Michelin Dynamic 25mm
  • Finishing kit: Microtec stem, bars and seatpost

Canyon Ultimate AL SLX 9.0 Aero

Canyon's Ultimate AL SLX 9.0 aero
Canyon's Ultimate AL SLX 9.0 aero

  • Price: £2,399 / $TBC / AU$3,899
  • Weight: 7.4kg
  • Frame: Alloy
  • Fork: Carbon
  • Wheels: Reynolds Assault Carbon SLG SE
  • Drivetrain: Shimano Ultegra 6800 52/36, 11-30t
  • Brakes: Ultegra 6800
  • Saddle: Fizik Antares R5
  • Tyres: Continental GP 4000S II 23mm
  • Finishing kit: Canyon V13 stem, Canyon H17 Ergo AL handlebars, Canyon S13 VCLS CF seatpost
Jack Luke

Staff Writer, UK
Jack has been riding and fettling with bikes for his whole life. Always in search of the hippest new niche in cycling, Jack is a self-confessed gravel dork and thinks nothing of bivouacking on a beach after work. Also fond of cup and cone bearings, skids and tan wall tyres.
  • Discipline: Long days in the saddle by either road or mountain bike
  • Preferred Terrain: Happiest when on a rural road by the coast or crossing a remote mountain pass. Also partial to a cheeky gravel adventure or an arduous hike-a-bike.
  • Current Bikes: Custom Genesis Croix de Fer all road adventure wagon, Niner EMD 9.
  • Dream Bike: A rigid 44 Bikes Marauder, all black please.
  • Beer of Choice: Caesar Augustus
  • Location: Bristol, UK

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