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Canyon Aeroad CF SLX Disc 9.0 Di2 review

28 Feb 2018
Verdict:

A classic aero road bike that has lost none of its speed with the addition of discs

Cyclist Rating: 
Price: 
£6,349
For 
Neat integrated design • Impressive Dura-Ace brakes • Fast, responsive feame
Against 
Deep rims narrow and susceptible to wind • Integrated cockpit difficult to fine-tune • Non-standard sizing

Buy the Aeroad CF SLX Disc 9 from Canyon here

The Aeroad has been a huge success for Canyon, both with race victories and popularity with all kinds of riders. The addition of disc brakes has not taken away from what was a beautiful bike and one that simply looks fast!

Despite the addition of discs, the recipe has remained largely unchanged, with the top-end SLX frame on test still being respectable in weight for a disc bike.

The integrated cockpit design helps give a clean look, with all cables including the Di2 junction box hidden away, although it remains easy to get to for charging and adjustment purposes.

The downside is that it’s harder and more expensive should you wish to change from the standard sizing, so check the sizes carefully before ordering.

Despite our test rider being below the recommended height for the size, it still felt small, especially with a short 90mm stem.

The deep-section Mavic Comete wheels certainly look the part and it was good to see the UST tubeless version used, along with Mavic’s matching tubeless Yksion tyres.

On calm days, they feel extremely fast and are not overly heavy, meaning they are capable when climbing too.

Beware of windier days, however, when the deep rims catch the wind significantly and they can be a bit of a handful.

The new Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 9150 groupset is impressive and while most riders are unlikely to tweak the settings, with extra functions such as Synchro Shift, it can be a bike geek’s fantasy.

The brakes are equally impressive with good power in all weather, but more importantly, incredible feel and modulation.

While the ride quality is stiff and smooth, it does feel a tad harsher than it could be. The relatively narrow tyres, measuring at 25.5mm, could be a factor in this.

When out of the wind, the handling is good with predictable and reliable steering, especially when the speeds pick up.

While we have no wind tunnel to prove aerodynamics, it certainly feels like a very fast machine and one capable of packing quite a punch with the right legs doing the work.

Ratings

Frame 9/10; Components 9/10; Wheels 8/10; The ride 8/10

Verdict

The Canyon Aeroad CF SLX Disc 9.0 Di2 remains a beautiful looking and very fast bike, even with the addition of disc brakes. The wheels are fantastic, if a bit of a handful on windier days, and the high-end components are superb.

It may not be the most comfortable, but for pure speed it's a good choice.

Buy the Aeroad CF SLX Disc 9 from Canyon here

Spec

Frame Aeroad CF SLX Disc, Aeroblade SL Disc fork
Groupset Shimano Dura-Ace 9150 Di2
Brakes Shimano Dura-Ace 9170 Hydraulic disc
Chainset Shimano Dura-Ace 9100, 52/36
Cassette Shimano Dura-Ace 9100, 11-28
Bars Canyon HS11 Aerocockpit CF
Stem Canyon HS11 Aerocockpit CF
Seatpost Canyon S27 Aero VCLS CF
Saddle Fizik Arione R5
Wheels Mavic Comete Pro Carbon SL UST, Mavic Yksion Pro UST 25c tyres
Weight 7.44kg (size S)
Contact canyon.com

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