German direct-to-consumer brand Canyon has developed a reputation for making WorldTour-standard bikes at non-WorldTour prices. Every time the brand launches a new bike or range, excitement abounds, so we’re intrigued to see what the 2018 line-up brings.
Canyon’s competitive pricing has always come down to its distinctive business model, which bypasses the middlemen (the distributor and bike shop), and sees riders buy direct from its website. It’s proved largely successful in recent years, to the point now that owning a Canyon has become something of a point of pride rather than a choice dictated by budget.
Canyon’s bikes include the Aeroad aero machine, the Ultimate lightweight all-rounder and the Endurace long-distance cruiser and cobble-basher, as well as Tony Martin and Alex Dowsett’s Speedmax time trial bike. You’ll also find the newly updated Inflite range, which now includes carbon cyclo-cross race bikes alongside the alloy machines.
We know the sheer number of bikes (91, in case you were wondering) and complexity of the naming structure can be a little overwhelming – but it’s not as difficult to understand as it might first appear. Before we take you on a journey through Canyon’s 2018 range, here’s a quick rundown of how to understand the various models, tiers and naming conventions:
- Model family name [e.g. Ultimate, Aeroad or Endurace]
- Gender specificity [‘WMN’ or no demarcation]
- Frame material [‘CF’ for carbon, ‘AL’ for alloy]
- Frame material tier [‘EVO’, ‘SLX’, ‘SL’, or standard with no demarcation]
- Brake method [‘Disc’, or no demarcation]
- Specification level [ranges from 10.0-6.0; represents groupset/build level]
- Extra build information [‘LTD’ or ‘PRO’ for race-ready builds, ‘Di2’ or ‘eTap’ for electronic shifting, ‘AERO’ for deeper section wheels, ‘SL’ for lighter builds]
Armed with this info, we invite you to dive in to find out more about each model, and for a (very) comprehensive list of each of the 91 road bikes and 22 framesets available for the 2018 model year.