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Rapha and Canyon Bicycles announce limited edition and invite only Ultimate CF SLX 9.0 Aero
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Rapha’s kit has always attempted to represent a nexus of form + function. The same can probably be said of Canyon bikes, although maybe at more of a pricing value. Not long ago the two companies joined creative forces, and now have announced a super limited edition Ultimate CF SLX Aero road bike wrapped in an exclusive and striking Rapha Cycling Club livery.

Available only by invitation to Rapha Cycling Club members, each of the 50 hand-painted frames will wear the owner’s personal RCC member number and chapter logo. The gray-black fade paint is accented with Rapha pink in keeping with the club’s own personalized line of riding gear.

Rapha x Canyon Ultimate CF SLX 9.0 Aero road bike

Rapha and Canyon Bicycles announce limited edition and invite only Ultimate CF SLX 9.0 Aero
courtesy Rapha

When deciding on a graphic scheme and build plan, Rapha’s designers said, “It was a case of looking at the bike as a whole and working with the lines Canyon have designed; bringing out the craftsmanship and engineering that have created such ground-breaking technology.”

Rapha and Canyon Bicycles announce limited edition and invite only Ultimate CF SLX 9.0 Aero

The foundation for the build is Canyon’s Ultimate CF SLX 9.0 Aero frameset. Using the brand’s Sport Pro geometry, it was developed for aerodynamic efficiency while racing, yet comfortable enough for long days in the saddle with other RCC members on their weekly club rides.

Rapha and Canyon released limited edition project bike

Rolling on Zipp NSW 404 carbon clinchers, its drivetrain builds around SRAM’s top road kit. The wireless Red eTap groupset accentuates the bike’s clean lines and delivers crisp shifting that can be fine tuned to the rider’s preferences. Available in seven sizes, the RCC Canyon Ultimate CF SLX 9.0 Aero clocks in at UCI-illegal 6.35kg/14.0lb. The bike has a retail of €7,000, not including the annual RCC membership fee.

Rapha and Canyon released limited edition project bike

Rapha and Canyon release joint bike project

Rapha.cc & Canyon.com

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Matt
Matt
5 years ago

Why is it this manufacturer can put out such a nice looking bike that is well thought out and at a lower price point – all the while supporting the industry by sponsoring racing teams.

Well done Canyon.

myke2241
myke2241
5 years ago
Reply to  Matt

I don’t think they are much cheaper and I would certainly not say they support a industry as they sponsor race teams with the goal to get more people to buy their products. So they really support themselves

blah blah blah
blah blah blah
5 years ago
Reply to  myke2241

der! that’s the point of sponsorship

myke2241
myke2241
5 years ago
Reply to  blah blah blah

Supporting the industry and sponsoring riders are two different beast.

Badbikemechanicx
Badbikemechanicx
5 years ago
Reply to  Matt

Canyon is just another mail order brand like kooka was, like nukeproof was, like proflex was, like girvin was, like amp research was, the list could go on. Mountain bikers know this world well.. apparently roadies haven’t figured it out. I don’t think their bikes are all that appealing. Typical Taiwanese frames except they forgot to hire somebody who could do a decent paint job. Worse 500$ of savings you get from buying their mail order bike is because they cut out bike shops.

Maus Haus
Maus Haus
5 years ago

Consumer direct

Bill
Bill
5 years ago
Reply to  Maus Haus

You’re not alone. It’s off putting to me too, and otherwise I think the bikes look great.

mudrock
mudrock
5 years ago

I hate their slanted font. It shouldn’t matter, but I just hate it.

Matthew
Matthew
5 years ago
Reply to  mudrock

Do you mean the stem?

f*ingsteve
5 years ago
Reply to  Matthew

No, he means the typeset they use in their logo.

Tim
Tim
5 years ago
Reply to  Matthew

Lol^ their font/typeset is a big reason for me not buying one of their bikes… that and about £6000

TYler durden
TYler durden
5 years ago

who would pay 6000 for what looks like a clubhouse rental bike?

pink letters and color fade are two trends that will not age well.

hans herbert/bnc
hans herbert/bnc
5 years ago

too fast for fast for fat RCC mamils

Tom
Tom
5 years ago

Centurion called, they want their paint job back.

Dean Fulstow
Dean Fulstow
5 years ago

How many of you have ever ridden the Canyon. I have a Ultimate SLX. It’s a stunning bike to ride and famtastic value.

ELEVEN
5 years ago

What, like having RCC plastered on your backside does not make you look like a (deleted) with more money than sense enough….

Dbb
Dbb
5 years ago
Reply to  ELEVEN

Seriously? Not as much as criticising your competitors on a public forum. That is just poor form!

Antipodean G
5 years ago
Reply to  Dbb

Read what I wrote again, slowly and carefully. I more than applaud Rapha for what they do and how they do it…

FFM
FFM
5 years ago

This is relevant to my interests as I will undoubtedly be one of the 50 people to receive one.

TreveK
TreveK
5 years ago

Rapha is to cycling what windsurfing was to surfing in the 80’s – their customers will soon move on to the next, more fashionable sport…

Toddre
Toddre
5 years ago

Beats ANOTHER matte black paint job

Joel
Joel
5 years ago

Wal-mart teams up with direct-to-market bike manufacturer to sell 50 €6000 bikes for €7000 each to a club of pretentious coffee drinkers.

breathevelo
5 years ago

Lot of hate for Rapha (as per usual) and like most I was once bewildered at just what the brand stood/stands for. However, unlike most I never felt the need to make derogatory comments about something so meaningless regardless of brand I mean, why the hell get so riled about cycle clothing or a bike for that matter? I’d rather focus my rage at our failing health service, government bodies or decline in education. Real issues.
That being said, I eventually got around to ‘trying’ a few pieces of Rapha kit. And yeah, now I get it, their Brevet jersey is probably one of the best thought out jerseys I’ve ever owned. I didn’t buy simply for the name and maybe wouldn’t have purchased at all only for that test kit. Call me pretentious, a cycling snob or whatever other base level derivative you can think of but I for one am sold…

Robin
Robin
5 years ago
Reply to  breathevelo

Shhh. Rational thinking is frowned upon in comment sections.

Niner RLT9
Niner RLT9
5 years ago
Reply to  breathevelo

agreed @breathevelo… before I looked into Rapha,
I thought all cycling apparel was the same and
over-priced. I know there are other reputable
brands along the lines of Rapha, but after buying
a brevet jersey, you really get what you pay for…
best kit I’ve ever bought (on-sale of course) and will
buy Rapha going forward.

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