Canyon have blown us away in recent years with the value offered by their direct-to-consumer sales model. Bikes that rival competitors’ models that cost a grand more have come to define Canyon in our eyes, and even with the launch of the German firm’s latest disc-equipped super-hyper-bikes, the core of the business model is centred around passing great value without losing quality. That’s something you get in spades from the Aeroad CF SLX Disc.
The Aeroad has been one of our favourite aero bikes since its launch ahead of the Tour de France three years ago, and the tweaks made to turn it into an aero disc monster have done nothing to change that. Canyon claim the slightly wider stays and forks, coupled with the installation of flat-mount brakes, have only cost the bike 0.8 watts in the wind tunnel – a seriously impressive claim.
At launch, Canyon claimed that “all models have been re-engineered from the ground up and thoroughly tested by our pro riders and engineers so that they offer the same ride and handling performance Canyon road bikes are known for”. That means you can expect a sharp and stiff race bike ready to lap up punishment – and our time on the Aeroad Disc has borne that out. Visibly, this means both ends have gained thru-axles (no surprise there) and that slightly wider profile.