Canyon already has a pretty deep range of all-day riding road bikes in its Endurace stable, but now are stepping it up by bringing the premium frame tech from their pro team race bikes over to these everyman endurance rides. The existing Endurace line focuses on those of us cyclists who don’t really want to sacrifice a comfortable ride, but at the same time want a bike that we feel like we can race, even if it is just racing our riding buddies to the next city limits sign.

It’s no mistake to find the ‘race’ name in these bikes. Even if we are really just weekend warriors, everybody wants to ride a bike that make them feels fast. Canyon recognizes that, and these are the kinds of road bikes that most of us would probably ride. After 100km+ on a comfortable endurance bike, we still want (or maybe even we need more) a bike that feels like it jumps up those last hills. The Endurace CF SLX takes carbon fiber tuning that next step, merging comfort and race performance, so that at the end of those long rides we still have fresher legs and can hammer the late climbs, pin it through that last twisty descent, and sprint for the line as we roll back home…

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Starting from sub 1000€ alloy bikes up through a carbon frame with build kits at nearly three times that price, the existing Endurace line-up is broad and presents a wide progression from entry-level road riding, through to some fairly high-end bikes. But that is kind of getting blown away with the new premium Endurace CF SLX, which takes Canyon’s endurance road platform to the pro level with a top notch component spec, weights in striking distance of the UCI limit, and… pricing that pretty much doubles the previous offerings at the top end.

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While the biggest difference in the jump from CF to CF SLX might be assumed to be a more premium carbon mix and more refined layup dropping weight (it does get that too), what is important to note is that the move to the SLX frameset comes with a full switch to disc brakes only. While the existing 1040g Endurace CF frame and matching 325g 114 SL fork are rim brake only, this new premium frameset goes the other way. Interestingly, the bikes choose with 160mm rotors across the board, except for the smallest XXS frames which use 140mm rotors, presumably to either fit in the rear triangle better or just because of anticipated lighter riders? Another tidbit with the move to disc brakes is that the left side of the frames gets unique high-temp resins to withstand more extreme temperatures as a result of disc braking (although it sounds like that is limited to the left fork leg and left stays).

Even though the UCI and pros argue over how and why (and if) they should let disc brakes back into the peloton, amateur riders for the most part are welcoming more powerful braking, better modulation control, and consistent performance in all conditions. While there had recently been statements from the French and Spanish cycling federations threatening that disc brake equipped bikes would be banned even from amateur events and sportives, the UCI chimed in on the matter with a welcome voice of reason last week. The UCI Management Committee issued a ruling clarification stating that “the use of disc brakes – already widespread – is authorised in mountain bike, trials and mass participation (road) events” effective immediately, so that should nip that concern in the bud.

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Back to the new Endurace CF SLX itself, the frame set does make some sizable weight savings even including the disc brake switch. The new CF SLX frame is claimed to drop more that 200g down to 820g, and the new disc fork is said to hit the same 325g weight. That said the complete bike builds actually do go up in weight. Until Shimano comes out with an actual Dura-Ace hydraulic brake groupset, the non-series mechanical RS-685 and Di2 RS-785 brakesets still add a good bit of weight over the standard D-A mechanical/rim brake setup, not to mention wheels.

The Endurace CF SLX uses the same Sport Geometry as the rest of it line. That amounts to ~10mm higher stack and 8mm less reach than the race Ultimate for a slightly more upright position. Chainstays also stay at 415mm, 5 over the Ultimate for a bit more stable handling.

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The Endurace CF SLX gets the newest tech that the industry has to offer. Each of the bikes comes spec’ed with flat mount hydraulic disc brakes, and all roll on modern wide rims with high volume 28mm tires and 12 mm thru-axles front and rear. Both frame and fork are said to offer clearance for up to a 33mm wide tire.

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Even though all-day comfort was a driving factor for the CF SLX, Canyon pulled from their experience working with their aero Aeroad and light Ultimate to bring wind tunnel-tested tube shapes to the Endurace for real, measurable aerodynamic gains.

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A big part of the bike’s design comes from balancing aero performance with comfort. The leaf spring VCLS 2.0 seatpost and redesigned seattube shape that pairs more seatpost setback (for more flex) with an effectively steeper seattube keeps the saddle in the correct position while making for a more forgiving ride. Like on the Ultimate CF SLX, this new bike moves the seatclamp lower into the frame, again increasing effective seatpost length for more shock absorbing, tuned flex.

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The bike uses a new H31 integrated bar and stem that drops weight, adds vertical compliance, and incorporates several ergonomic and aero improvements. It also gets a co-developed DT RWS QR axle to speed wheel changes, and a stiffer thru-axle linked rear derailleur hanger.

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Canyon’s design philosophy for the Endurace line was that no two riders, roads, or even bikes were exactly the same. By adding the SLX to the existing CF and alloy bike offerings, they hope to give more choice to cover any type of road ride their customers can dream up and at any budget level.

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The full six model Endurace CF SLX range, including one WMN spec, is available to order now. That includes the Ultegra mechanical CF SLX 8.0 for 3600€ and the lightest of the bunch 7.2kg CF SLX 9.0 with mechanical Dura-Ace for 4300€.

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The rest all go Di2, with the Ultegra CF SLX 8.0 DI2 for 4300€ or the women’s spec Endurace WMN CF SLX 8.0 DI2 for 4300€ with Ultegra and a compact crank.

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Two Dura-Ace Di2 build top out the line, with the 5200€ CF SLX 9.0 DI2 and a more premium CF SLX 9.0 SL for 6300€ which isn’t actually lighter but does get an upgrade to Mavic’s new Ksyrium Pro Carbon SL Disc clinchers.

Canyon.com + Canyon.com/ChooseToRide

18 COMMENTS

  1. It talks about how comfortable it is…thanks to a leaf seatpost and upright geometry? And you expect us to believe this is better than a Roubaix or the new Domane? Loan is right – this does read like a commercial

  2. Pretty Funny how two posters here complain that this post is ‘too much marketing’ then compare it to a Roubaix!

    I tell you what, many people may hate Specialized, but Boom and Loan prove that Sinyards marketing teams are doing a good job.

    #comedy

  3. I’ll be d*mned that is the best looking (modern) road bike I’ve ever seen. So clean, sharp, crisp. Kudos Canyon, I’d buy this right away if not for the fact that I have no excuses whatsoever to sell my current road bike.

  4. The Focus Izalco Max disc just got company on my short list of mixed terrain road bikes! regardless of the UCI and pros on discs my thinking is this is the year we will have a slew of choices in sub 1000g bad ass road frames with discs and up to 32mm tire clearance. I would really like to fondle that one piece bar/stem combo though, not like one can adjust the bar angle if it’s not quite right.

    • It’s indeed the exact same, except for the logos. The founders of Canyon and Ergon are family, and they developed this together.

  5. Looking through the frame geometry, its much more like what the Italians consider endurance ride than the more typical American. Shorter wheelbase, shorter head tube and stack heights at a given reach, and what is likely a short trail for sharper over more relaxed an steady steering.

    I see this as more of a race bike with the edge taken off in comparison to the Domane, Roubaix, Defy, or Synapse. Still think its something more towards a rider that still wants to able to have a lower fit and quicker steer than what has been typical on our side of the pond. It certainly has good merit to be brought Stateside.

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