It’s hard to say that a bike that costs 10,000€ is good deal. But seriously, with a claimed weight of just 4.96kg/10.93lbs for the medium-sized stock production road bike, it gets a killer spec of premium components. That’s crazy light and we just can’t look away as Americans are seeing these bikes at the end of what has been a long dark tunnel. It gets over-the-top level kit from Lightweight and THM to match a SRAM Red drivetrain where no corners are cut. It even sticks with Canyon’s own comfortable vibration eating VCLS seatpost and carbon cockpit. You could probably trim back even more weight off the bike, but Canyon is balancing some surprising value in a bike that would make any weight weenie proud. Check out what you’ll get for ten grand, and the build that costs even more but isn’t quite as light…

The bike is pretty much the same thing that we saw last summer and hung on our own scale, but comes in a good 3000€ cheaper.

photos courtesy Canyon

It starts off with the claimed 665g EVO version of the frame that we just profiled under the Movistar team at the Tour Down Under. Obviously with the 6.8kg UCI minimum, the pros don’t need that light of a frame so they opt for the still light 780g SLX version. At just another 270g for the EVO fork Canyon’s road development team thinks that this might be as close as possible to the perfect road bike – no compromises on stiffness, comfort, or durability, while hitting an incredibly low weight.

The Ultimate CF EVO even packs in a bit of aerodynamic efficiency that makes it a great all-rounder that has seen plenty of podiums in the Grand Tours.


Canyon offers two stock builds of the Ultimate CF EVO, plus a pair of framesets for either mechanical or electronic shifting. But it is this Ultimate CF EVO 10.0 SL that we’d long for. With a Lightweight Meilenstein Obermayer tubular wheelset with Ceramic Speed bearings and 22mm Continental Podium TT tubulars it certainly should roll quickly into the wind.

A SRAM Red mechanical drivetrain powered by a super light THM Clavicula Sine Exceptione carbon crankset will get you up to speed.

Then the THM Fibula carbon cam linkage-operated single pivot brakes with Tune carbon brake shoes will bring you back down to a stop.

The cockpit is Canyon’s light H18 Ergo CF carbon bar, separate V13 carbon stem, plus the all carbon Fizik Antares 0.0 saddle on top of the split Canyon S14 VCLS 2.0CF leaf spring carbon seatpost.

The more expensive Ultimate CF EVO 10.0 LTD swaps in a set of Lightweight Meilenstein clinchers which might make it more reasonable for a day-to-day bike. It also gets the ever-popular SRAM eTap wireless groupset including the Red brakes and a THM SRM power meter. That is certainly some more tech that can justify adding on some grams and a bit more to the price. But rising to 5.8kg and 13,000€ it doesn’t tease us as much with bang-for-your-buck, even that is a completely irrational way to think.


  1. First, Trek actual weights were pretty far off. Second, Trek forces you to use a 24mm bb spindle and they ripped off EE direct mount brakes – to hell with screwing Craig over. Third, Canyon is using THM cranks and they had me sold at ‘Tune carbon brake pad holders’ – man, I love THM and Tune. Would have rather seen some Tune or AX-lightness rims. My beef with this bike? The stack height. For $10k, I want to get low… but luckily the Aeroroad accommodates that desire.

    • You hit the nail on the head. Furthermore, the Emonda SLR 10 that they published the weight of (MY2016) was $15,750. Not sure how the cost came down so far for the 2017 model, but they’re also not publishing weights any longer, so something must have changed.

    • I’m going off of memory, so correct me if I am wrong – I thought the brakes were licensed, because when there was a voluntary recall for one, it went for both?

  2. I drooled over Lightweights as much as the next guy back in 2006/2007; but now isn’t it a bit crazy to spend that much on narrow, V-Profile rims with likely really un-aero spokes?

  3. With a narrow rim profile and an aerodynamic shape that “worked” in (and has not been changed since) 2002 or earlier, is there a reason to buy Lightweight Wheels aside from confirming you have more money than brains?

    Regarding stack height.. when I worked in a shop the guys that came in and actually purchased expensive lightweight/aero Everything needed the stack height because their tummies didn’t let them get low and aero and would have been far better off losing 20+ personal pounds before they got a new bike. With that, Kurt (you know who you are) if you are reading this it was always a pleasure working with you!

  4. I’m not sure I understand “lightest bike”.
    Unless they Canyon are making bespoke components that nobody else can source, why not just quote the frameset weight. Anyone can buy the components listed, and sans minor differences in headsets and BB, the bike weight will be the difference in the frameset weight.

    • nah, when you can spend over 10K for a road bike, you don’t want to start picking your components and get your hands dirty building it… you want it delivered completely built to your door and right away hang it on the wall and start posting pics of it on Instagram

  5. So much hate.

    It is a low cost product with incredible high value. This comment doesn’t make any sense. Have you seen in person a set of Lightweight ? ANYONE will admire this piece of art.

  6. How on earth has anyone “ruined cycling”? You get a bike, you ride the bike. What’s there to ruin, and how could anyone possibly ruin it for you?

  7. Your jealousy has ruined it for you.
    For everyone else, the industry has provided bikes that’s are hands down better all around while being at similar or cheaper for comparable performance in 1997.

    • 1997 Trek 1400: Al road bike with RSX: $950 ($1420 in 2016 $ per CPI)
      2016 Trek 1.2: Al road bike with Sora: $930

      For inflation adjusted price, one can get a Emonda ALR 4 and bank the extra $100.

      So Kernel, you really going to pit that 1997 beauty against the 2016 competition?
      Peak stupid huh…ironically you may have proved it.

  8. Merida Scultura LTD is the lightest in 2017.

    Ive got both bikes on pre order and will have longterm review vids up on my channel soon.

  9. you can say whatever about those wheels, but the thing about lightweight wheel is this; they not the lightest, not the stiffest and not the more aero. But they are by far, in the same wheelset, almost the lightest, much lighter than most climber wheels, and stil they have a profile. The rims is not the most aero, the spokes are really aero, they are plenty stiff, uber stiff for that weight.

    The most important, they accelerate more then Lance A in 2005 after a proper shot of juice. Once you try them, there is no way back, and any single pro rider out there would ride them in every single stage for the rest of their life, if it wasn’t for the current sponsor control.

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