It's pretty rare to be able to test ride a Canyon before clicking 'buy' on their website but our Bike LIVE demo day gives you that option with the German company's UK arm bringing a fleet of road and MTB bikes for you to have a play about on.
Cannock Chase is a bit of a Mecca for everything two wheeled and we are making the most of that with Bike LIVE. There will be eighty-seven different bike models available to test ride from fourteen different brands encapsulating everything from road to gravel, MTB and e-bikes, each with their own designated tracks circling the event village. We've already taken a look at what we're really excited to see plus an in depth look at what Giant and Ribble are bringing to the show so now it's Canyon's turn.
Canyon were one of the later adopters of disc brakes but they've now made them available throughout the range and they were all a massive hit at our Bath event with their stand being one of the busiest on the day.
Ultimate CF SL
"Wow. Just simply – wow. Bang for buck, you'll struggle to find a better race machine than the Canyon Ultimate SF SLX 9.0. But even taking value out of the equation, you'll be hard pressed to beat the weight and performance of the German company's 'all-round' racer." was how I decribed the one I rode last summer. Canyon will be bringing this bike in plenty of sizes so make sure you get a test ride.
Endurace CF SL/SLX
The Endurace is as you've probably guessed Canyon's take on the endurance genre, a slightly more relaxed geometry with a taller head tube and slightly shorter top tube for those who want a slightly more upright position than the company's race machines, again in a rim or disc braked option.
Don't go thinking that makes the Endurace a bike that likes to take things easy though, David Arthur described it like thus, "Canyon's brand new Endurace CF SLX 9.0 SL is a complete revamp of the original, and succeeds in offering a wonderfully smooth and comfortable ride yet with fast and engaging handling to indulge all those who like to ride quickly."
Aeroad CF SLX
The Aeroad is Canyon's take on the aero road bike with its deep section tubing and a long and low position which means you'll see it being rolled out by the likes of the Movistar team on those flat grand tour stages.
"If you enjoy riding fast – and who doesn't? – then you won't find a more suitable bike for satisfying your desire to set the pace than Canyon's Aeroad CF SLX, which in this £2,699 base level 6.0 build, offers exceptional value for money."
When we tested the rim brake version it was described as an aero bike that lacks the compromises of most aero bikes being wonderfully compliant over rough roads plus light too. We've also tested the disc version here.
While we're obviously a road cycling site there is an off-road.cc site on its way for those of you who like to take to the the trails and with Cannock Chase being most famous for its MTB runs it'd be rude for us not to sort some knobbly tyred fun. Canyon are bringing two models in various sizes for you to have a crack on, the Neuron and the Spectral.
Neuron AL 9.9
The Neuron is a trail bike with 120mm travel front and rear which in this setup comes with a Deore XT groupset and brakes.
Spectral CF 8.0 EX
The Spectral takes everything from the Neuron but adds the big hitting suspension of their enduro bikes with 140mm travel at both ends.
If having a day out riding loads of bikes from various brands on differing terrains sounds an absolute blast then head here to buy your ticket. There is an early bird discount of ten pounds up until midnight on Sunday 26th March so get your ticket asap.
We'll see you there.
Bike LIVE Cannock Chase takes place at:
Birches Valley Forest Centre
It is about 25 miles north of central Birmingham and about nine miles from the M6 motorway. There is plenty of parking along with toilets and a café. Cannock Chase has been designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It’s a mix of natural woodland, coniferous plantations and open heathland.
Bike Live Cannock Chase takes place on Saturday, 8 April 2017.
It starts at 9:30am and you can stay right through until 4:30pm.
These brands will be at Bike LIVE Cannock:
• Beat Bike
Stu knocked out his first road.cc review back in 2009 and since then he's chucked the best part of seventy test bikes around the West Country, a couple of them quite literally! With three alloy and two steel bikes in his fleet he's definitely a metal man (that'll be the engineering background) but is slowly warming to that modern carbon fibre stuff along with fat tyres & disc brakes.
It's not all nostalgia though, after spending the last few years in product design Stu keeps banging on about how 3D printing is going to be the next big thing and he's a sucker for a beautiful paint job too.