Canyon unveiled the Aeroad CF SLX ahead of the 2014 Tour de France and Katusha’s Alexander Kristoff duly gave the German firm’s latest aero machine a winning debut, with two stage victories. The frame borrows the Trident tube design developed for the Speedmax time trial bike but with a shorter and wider profile intended to perform better in crosswinds and at the lower speeds at which road races are typically ridden. It’s an aggressive machine and, in our opinion, one of the best-looking aero bikes out there.
The Aeroad CF SLX is light, too, at a claimed 980g for the frame, and Canyon have worked hard to ensure any aerodynamic advantage doesn’t come at the cost of stiffness or comfort. Seven bikes make up the range and this £3,299 machine, the Canyon Aeroad CF SLX 7.0 Di2, is equipped with a Shimano Ultegra Di2 groupset. Step up a level and you’ll find the first of five bikes which use Canyon’s Aerocockpit CF integrated handlebar and stem.