Canyon, by their own admission, had a tough task on their hands when updating the much-lauded Ultimate CF SLX. The third iteration of the German brand’s lightweight chassis was ridden by Movistar’s Nairo Quintana to the top spot of the podium in the Giro d’Italia in 2014, as well as achieving widespread acclaim across the cycling press. And for good reason – it was our Bike of the Year in 2013.
It was a bike which combined an impressively low frame weight of 790g with a responsive ride, and quick and nimble handling – three attributes which made it shine as a climber’s bike. It was pretty comfy, too.
That bike first broke cover in 2012 and now, three years down the line, we’re in Pamplona, Spain, for the launch of the latest model. Northern Spain may not seem the obvious location for the launch of a bike from a German brand but Pamplona is the base of Quintana’s Movistar squad, one of two WorldTour teams sponsored by Canyon, alongside Katusha.