This Rapha × Canyon bike is lovely but limited

Invite-only Ultimate CF SLX costs less than you might think

We often don't cover special edition bikes because they're essentially a marketing exercise that's of little relevance to the general bike buying public. However, the RCC Canyon Ultimate is a particularly lovely looking thing, and while it's exclusive and expensive, it's a whole lot more affordable than your typical halo superbike.

This machine is a hand-painted Ultimate CF SLX 9.0 Aero with a very desirable build featuring SRAM eTap and Zipp 404 NSW wheels

The bike is limited to 50 pieces and is available only to Rapha Cycling Club members, who will be given the chance to buy it on a first-come, first-served basis.

(Club membership will set you back £135 for a year. If you drink enough of the free coffee at the clubhouse you could conceivable recoup that, but your body may not thank you.)

The complete bikes weigh a claimed 6.35kg in a medium, light enough that you'd need to add weight for UCI events
The complete bikes weigh a claimed 6.35kg in a medium, light enough that you'd need to add weight for UCI events

The paintjob is the work of designer Patrick Wylde-Mafham, and it's distinctively Rapha-eque, with a fade and pink highlights that match current RCC kit.

Buyers will receive a bike inscribed with their personal RCC number and chapter logo.

Some of the details on that custom paintjob look fantastic
Some of the details on that custom paintjob look fantastic

With a price tag of €7,000 / £6,260 / $8,207 / AU$10,748, the RCC Canyon is expensive but hardly obscene, especially when you compare it to other luxury brand tie-ins such as that Aston Martin Storck we featured a couple of weeks ago

Rapha × Canyon full spec

  • Sizes: 2XS, XS, S, M, L, XL, 2XL 
  • Weight: 6.35 kg (size M )
  • Frame: Ultimate CF SLX
  • Fork: Canyon One One Four SLX 
  • Headset: Canyon | Acros
  • Wheels: Zipp 404 NSW
  • Rear derailleur: SRAM Red eTap, 11-speed
  • Front derailleur: SRAM Red eTap, 11-speed 
  • Brake/shift levers: SRAM Red eTap, 11-speed 
  • Brakes: SRAM Red
  • Cassette: SRAM XG-1190 11/28 
  • Cranks: SRAM Red,11-speed
  • Chainrings: 52/36
  • Chain: SRAM PC1190, 11-speed
  • Bottom bracket: SRAM GXP press-fit
  • Cockpit: Canyon H36 Aerocockpit CF
  • Handlebar tape: Canyon Ergospeed gel
  • Saddle: Fizik Antares R5
  • Seat post: Canyon S13 VCLS CF (15 - 35 mm setback) 
  • Tyres: Continental Grand Prix 4000 S II
Matthew Allen

Senior Technical Writer, UK
Former bike mechanic, builder of wheels, hub fetishist and lover of shiny things. Likes climbing a lot, but not as good at it as he looks.
  • Discipline: Road, with occasional MTB dalliances
  • Preferred Terrain: Long mountain climbs followed by high-speed descents (that he doesn't get to do nearly often enough), plus scaring himself off-road when he outruns his skill set.
  • Current Bikes: Scott Addict R3 2014, Focus Cayo Disc 2015, Niner RLT 9
  • Dream Bike: Something hideously expensive and custom with external cables and a threaded bottom bracket because screw you bike industry.
  • Beer of Choice: Cider, please. Thistly Cross from Scotland
  • Location: Bristol, UK

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