We all have been waiting patiently for the next generation Canyon Aeroad aero road bike. Ever since Mathieu van der Poel leaked the new 2021 bike in a Zwift ad at the start of the year (which is still readily available in their YouTube feed), we’ve known the carbon disc brake road race bike was coming soon.
And when Canyon announced a special limited edition of MvdP’s team bike we we’re sure this would be it…
Canyon Aeroad CF SL Disc 8.0 Alpecin-Fenix limited team edition
But alas, the limited Aeroad CF SL Disc 8.0 Alpecin-Fenix is the four-year-old bike the Belgian UCI Pro Conti team has already been racing this season before they got corona-cancelled. Coming with the team paint job of simple white with subtle, sparkly blue accents, just 200 of the team replica bikes will be sold.
The frameset is the same CF SL version of the Aeroad that the team actually races, rather than the slightly lighter & more expensive SLX. (Interestingly, we’ve been told by some other Canyon-sponsored mechanics in the past that the pro team bikes get labeled as SLX because the brand prefers to show that the top athletes are on the top bikes. But with UCI weight restrictions, the team can already get many of the SL bikes to the 6.8kg limit and it we believe that the SL frames are thought to be slightly better suited to the harsh day-to-day life of a pro race bike.)
Spec-wise, the 5000€ Canyon Aeroad CF SL Disc 8.0 Alpecin-Fenix mimics the team build with Canyon integrated carbon cockpit, but swaps in the more affordable Ultegra Di2 (instead of the team’s Dura-Ace Di2) and a set of tubeless carbon DT Swiss ARC 1400 aero wheels (instead of team race tubulars). The limited run of 200 team replica bikes goes on sale today.
And for the nex gen 2021 aero road bike… we’ll have to keep waiting.