Less than half-a-mile after leaving RoadCyclingUK HQ on the maiden test voyage of the Canyon Endurace CF SLX, a rider draws alongside me at the traffic lights. “Is that the new Ultimate or the Endurace?” he asks. “The Endurace,” I tell him, before he asks how it rides.
Having barely turned the pedals, I had no way of knowing, but now the answer is simple: it’s simply superb. Canyon have struck gold with the Endurace CF SLX as a machine which finely knits all-day comfort and race-worthy performance, while continuing to offer the strong spec and value-for-money for which Canyon have become known.
The clue, really, is in the name Endurace – a marriage of endurance and race. However, while Canyon first launched the excellent, rim brake version of the Endurace back in May 2014, and that machine remains in the range as a more affordable offering, the new, disc-equipped Endurace CF SLX is based around a significantly different frame and steps things up once again. The result is a lightweight and responsive machine which also offers a wonderfully smooth ride, a riding position which is a little more relaxed than Canyon’s race bikes, and the additional versatility which hydraulic disc brakes and wide tyre clearance bring.