Race Tech

Pro bike: Yuri Trofimov’s new Canyon Aeroad CF SLX

German firm Canyon set to launch update to aero road bike ahead of Tour de France

Canyon are set to launch an update to the Aeroad and Yuri Trofimov was handed the task of testing the German firm’s latest machine at the Critérium du Dauphiné.

We were at the race, too, and took the opportunity to take a closer look at the new Aeroad – dubbed the Aeroad CF SLX R28 on the UCI’s list of approved models of frames and forks.

The Dauphiné is often used by teams and manufacturers to test new equipment ahead of the Tour de France – cycling’s biggest shop window – and we also saw Chris Froome’s new Team Sky-issue Pinarello Dogma F8 and what looks to be an update to Trek Factory Racing’s Madone. You can see both in this gallery.

The current Aeroad is the weapon of choice for Trofimov’s team-mate, Joaquim Rodriguez, and so you can expect to see the Spaniard on the new machine at the Tour after the world number one announced his intention to race having withdrawn from the Giro d’Italia through injury.

While the Aeroad CF SLX is yet to be unveiled to the press or public – and so official details are scarce – there are clear differences between this new model and its predecessor, which has been part of Canyon’s range since 2011, including radically updated tube profiles and a new one-piece stem and handlebar. Let’s take a closer look at Trofimov’s machine.

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