While Canyon had several road and cyclocross bike introductions as of late, they’ve also been hard at work overhauling their core fitness bike offerings. Taking two different approaches to the classic hybrid bike for all around riders just looking to stay fit, Canyon has developed a new carbon version of their flat bar road bike called the Roadlite CF and at the same time taken their light-duty off-road commuter and given it a lighter aluminum frame in the new Pathlite AL SL.
Roadlite CF carbon flat bar road fitness bike
An evolution of the aluminum flat bar Roadlite that was just overhauled last summer into a fast rolling, lightweight fitness bike, the new carbon version takes it one step further. The new carbon Roadlite CF is meant to be a premium spec training bike, with a frame developed along the same lines as Canyon’s popular Endurace CF SLX including a VCLS bump-absorbing fork and seatstays, plus 12mm thru-axles & flat mount brakes. Even the integrated cockpit on the bike with its flat bar specific geometry and the top-level bike’s leaf spring seatpost, both get the same VCLS tech for a comfortable ride.
The top-level bike is the Roadlite CF 9.0 LTD with its SRAM Force 1x build, Tektro hydraulic disc brakes, and premium DT Swiss ERC 1400 carbon endurance road wheelset. With a price of 2800€ it is no doubt a premium spec, but offers a solid value in a bike with a claimed weight of just 7.6kg. A 2300€ Roadlite CF 9.0 is also available with a Dura-Ace drivetrain and more aluminum DT wheels.
The entry-level carbon Roadlite CF 7.0 starts at 1600€, getting the same frameset paired with a 105 groupset, hydraulic disc brakes, a tubeless-ready DT wheelset and a still light 7.9kg claimed weight. The 7.0 is additionally offered in a WMN version, as is the 1900€ Roadlite CF 8.0. Carry over versions of the alloy bikes keep the cost of entry to flat bar road low at just 750€.
Like Canyon’s performance road bikes, the smallest carbon bike in an XS size is geared towards shorter riders, and opts for smaller 650b wheels to maintain good handling characteristics without toe overlap issues.
Pathlite AL SL aluminum flat bar mountain fitness bike
Like the Roadlite, the Pathlite AL SL is another iterative improvement over the previous bike, here meant to venture off the asphalt onto a bit more gravel road and hardpack trail riding.
Bumping tire spec up to 40mm gravel rubber (and clearances to something around a 2.1″ tire) the Pathlite AL SL bikes come spec’ed with short 75mm travel suspension forks to handle light-duty trail riding.
The 1600€ Pathlite AL SL 8.0 tops out the build options here with a full Shimano XT double, a Suntour fork, DT Swiss tubeless-ready wheelset, and a claimed weight of 10.7kg. Like the more road-oriented fitness bikes, the new Pathlites get integrated one-piece bar/stem combos, and comfort focused Ergon grips and saddles.
The Pathlites also get a wide six size XS-XXL range, with the smallest XS going 27.5″ and the rest 29er. Pricing for both bike ranges is meant to stay affordable as these bikes are intended to make new cyclists, converting people who just want to ride for a bit of fun or exercise into lifetime bike riders.
Each of the fitness bikes is again offered in WMN women-specific models that feature premium women-specific saddles and contact point sizing geared towards female cyclists. The Pathlite offers WMN build at each of its four model spec levels, at the same price as the unisex versions. Like this 1000€ entry level Pathlite WMN AL SL 6.0 gets a gender-neutral red color scheme, and the same Deore double groupset.
Both the new Roadlite CF & Pathlite AL SL are available now, consumer direct from Canyon.