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All-new Canyon Aeroad CF SL, CF SLX & CFR: Options, Spec & Pricing

2021 Canyon Aeroad CF SLX carbon aero road bikephoto by Tino Pohlmann
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The all-new light & aerodynamic Canyon Aeroad offers more CF carbon build options than ever before, adding a new ultra-premium Canyon Factory Racing CFR frameset to more standard CF SLX & CF SL frames. All generally share the same advanced, refined aero tech and race-ready geometry, but there are substantial differences from one level of carbon to the next. And pricing ranges wildly, almost three times higher at the top end than the entry-level, yet claimed weights range less than 700g across the board. Find out which build is best for you… or build your own…

2021 Canyon Aeroad – Pricing, options & availability

2021 Canyon Aeroad CFR carbon aero road bike
c. Canyon, lead photo by Tino Pohlmann

In total eight disc brake only builds of the three Aeroad CF SL, CF SLX & CFR aero road bikes will be made available globally, with the US market getting six of those. SL bikes will stick with mechanical drivetrains and feature external routing, while the SLX & CFR builds all go electronic shifting for the fully integrated setups with the new adjustable Aerocockpit. The new CF SL frames feature 650b wheels on the two smallest sizes, while all sizes of the CF SLX & CFR bike feature 700c wheels only. In either case, all get 25mm tires up front & 28mm in the rear for the best blend of aero, comfort & control benefits.

2021 Canyon Aeroad CF SL

2021 Canyon Aeroad CF SL carbon aero road bike
Canyon Aeroad CF SL 7

Three builds of the entry Aeroad CF SL are offered, with the refinements of the more expensive models, minus the full internal routing and new Aerocockpit. The CF SL also offers a smaller 3XS size, with the 3XS & 2XS rolling on 650b wheels.

The Aeroad CF SL 7 is the most affordable in the range at $4000 / 3300€, with Shimano 105 mechanical and Reynolds AR 58/62 carbon wheels for a weight of 7.95kg – in Stealth black & white or black & Racing Red paint.

2021 Canyon Aeroad CF SL carbon aero road bike
Canyon Aeroad CF SL 8

The $4400 /3700€ Aeroad CF SL 8 steps it up to Ultegra mechanical with the same tubeless carbon Reynolds wheels to bring the weight down to a 7.78kg claim – in Stealth black & white or Off Blue.

2021 Canyon Aeroad CF SL carbon aero Women's road bike
Canyon Aeroad CF SL 8 WMN

Also for 3700€, an Aeroad CF SL 8 WMN version looks to get the exact same build, even down to the same cockpit contact points but up to a size M only, in its own different ‘Non Mint’ light blue paint job.

2021 Canyon Aeroad CF SLX

2021 Canyon Aeroad CF SLX carbon aero road bike
Canyon Aeroad CF SLX 8 Di2

Stepping up to the 700c-only, CF SLX with internal routing are two complete builds.

The $6000 / 5000€ Aeroad CF SLX 8 Di2 gets Ultegra Di2, second-tier new DT Swiss ARC 1400 62mm aero wheels and the new CP18 Aerocockpit – at 7.57kg in Stealth black, bright Pro White, or even brighter ‘Blue in Blue’.

2021 Canyon Aeroad CF SLX carbon aero road bike
Canyon Aeroad CF SLX 8 AXS

The $6000 but 5300€ Aeroad CF SLX 8 AXS gets a SRAM Force eTap AXS wireless drivetrain, with the same DT Swiss ARC 1400 62 wheels & Canyon Aerocockpit – at 7.73kg in Stealth or Pro White.

2021 Canyon Aeroad CFR

2021 Canyon Aeroad CFR carbon aero road bike, frameset
Canyon Aeroad CFR frameset

The Aeroad CFR is the fourth bike to get the new Canyon Factory Racing designation, the second CFR road bike. Meant to be their flagship ‘no compromises’ mix of premium carbon and premium builds, the CFR bikes are lighter & stiffer with top-tier electronic groupsets, power meters, and the fastest aero wheels.

This is also the only option for a frameset – the 4300€, 2950g kit with CFR frame & fork, seatpost, Aerocockpit, headset, AND SRAM Red eTap AXS levers with brakes pre-installed… available in classic Canyon stealth black-on-black, or in silvery tinted chrome.

2021 Canyon Aeroad CFR carbon aero road bike, Di2
Canyon Aeroad CFR Di2

The Shimano-spec Aeroad CFR Di2 sells for $9000 / 7500€ with Dura-Ace Di2 and a R9100P power meter, top-spec DT Swiss ARC 1100 62mm deep carbon tubeless aero wheels & the new Aerocockpit – at a weight of 7.26kg in stealth black or tinted chrome.

2021 Canyon Aeroad CFR carbon aero road bike, AXS
Canyon Aeroad CFR AXS

The SRAM-spec Aeroad CFR AXS sells for $9000 / 8000€ with wireless Red eTap including a carbon Red power meter crank, the DT ARC1100 wheels & Aerocockpit for a 7.37kg claimed weight – only in stealth black.

2021 Canyon Aeroad CFR carbon aero road bike, EPS
Canyon Aeroad CFR EPS

Lastly, a stealth black only Campagnolo-spec Aeroad CFR EPS sells for 9000€ with Super Record EPS (no power meter), Campy Bora One 50mm tubeless carbon wheels & the Aerocockpit at a weight of 7.32kg.

2021 Canyon Aeroad carbon aero road bike_MVDP photo by Ertsui
photo by Ertsui

All of the new Aeroad options are available to order now. 

In-depth with the new aero road bike…

2021 Canyon Aeroad carbon aero road bike, detail cockpit photo by René Zieger
photo by René Zieger

Want the complete details on the all-new, more aero Canyon Aeroad? Read about it here. Then check out our in-depth look at why the new adjustable Aerocockpit that comes on many of these new Aeroads is so unique, here


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3 years ago

I think I can grasp the concept of a “frameset” that includes a seatpost and a bar-stem combo.
Tolerant and receptive, I’m pretty sure I can handle the idea of a “rolling chassis” that includes a wheelset on top of the other aforementioned items.
Nevertheless, despite my very best efforts at keeping an open mind, I remain baffled as to the strategy of a “frameset” that includes a seatpost, a bar-stem combo and a pair of manufacturer-specific brake/shift levers with their associated pre-installed disc brake calipers. Why not just do the whole enchilada, add the two derailleurs and a crankset and call it a “complete bike minus the wheels”? It’s not like the future buyer of this “frameset” will have any choice in installing a groupset.

3 years ago

@Czechmate: I think they did this because they sell direct to consumers. Most people can’t route, cut, and bleed the hydraulic system at home. It is easy to swap over the other bits yourself and save money re-using. I’m not saying it is perfect, but Canyon is always trying something new.

3 years ago

@Chris: The only real reason I see for this « frameset » strategy is to stop the consumers from tinkering with that quill-stem like headset and bar-stem assembly at home when trying to route internal hydraulic hoses. If that is the case, I dare not imagine just how delicate and tricky the installation of that quill-stem assembly must be for Canyon not to trust their customers with it like they do for installing a BB86 bottom bracket or for fine-tuning a front derailleur. Speaking of which, since they’re effectively forcing their « frameset » buyers into a SRAM groupset choice, they could’ve at least made the effort to spec the frame with a bottom bracket shell adapted for 30mm or SRAM DUB 28.99mm spindles… not that BB86 shell designed for a shimano 24mm axle.

Raul D
Raul D
3 years ago

Wanting a new road bike I have been waiting for this announcement. The trend toward integrated cockpits has been putting me off but I love to look of internal controls routing. I saw pressfit BB in the specs and my enthusiam wilted.

I am surprised by how Specialized has been checking off all the boxes (I’ve never been a Specialized fan) for me with the Tarmac SL7, the two most notable features being the THREADED BB and a cockpit that allows for normal rotation of bars within the clamp of the extension.

Am I just becoming a retrogrouch w/ regard to the bottom bracket? I’d gladly spend the extra thousand on the SL7 just to avoid hating my bike just because of a noisy bottom bracket.

Has the industry conquered the press-fit noise problem/reputation yet?

3 years ago
Reply to  Raul D

Funny you say this… I had a Venge that creaked and groaned incessantly and switched to an Aeroad that never gave me any issues. Both previous generations of the bikes you are referencing, but worth noting nonetheless. Don’t get me wrong, they were both excellent (and fast) bikes, but I found the Canyon to be much more thoughtfully engineered than the Specialized.

3 years ago

@Raul D: As far as the press-fit reputation goes, you may be surprised to learn that a threaded bottom bracket is not the holy grail that everyone makes it out to be. A threaded bottom bracket is certainly much simpler to install and service for an end-user than a press-fit one. But from an engineering point of view, a threaded bottom bracket implies a two-piece design. If the frame is manufactured correctly and the alignment is up to spec, a two-piece threaded bottom bracket won’t creak. But if the frame manufacturing is sloppy… a threaded bottom bracket will be much more prone to creaking than a press-fit one… and there’ll be absolutely no way of fixing this. So what is the holy grail? A properly dimensioned and well-aligned press-fit bottom bracket shell into which is installed a quality one-piece bottom bracket containing top-spec steel bearings. Who taught me this? A 5-year old, using a PowerPoint presentation. Last name bini, first name Ham.

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