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Hey guys,

relatively new here. I spent several days not sleeping (just 4 hours a day) just to find me future bike. I decided finally to go with Canyon brand, because of the price mainly. I narrowed the selection down to bikes below.
So and now I would like your advice, which bike to choose and why.

2014 ULTIMATE CF SL 9.0 (2.199 €) (carbon frame, Ultegra group set)
2014 ULTIMATE AL SLX 9.0 SL (1.899 €) (aluminium frame, Force 22 group set)
2014 ULTIMATE CF SL 9.0 SL (2.599 €) (carbon frame, Force 22 group set)

or

2013 ULTIMATE AL 9.0 DI2 CT (1.999 €) (aluminium frame, Ultegra DI2 group set)
More info on: www.canyon.com

Appreciate any real help on my decision.

Thanks a lot guys

Apex

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mrkeith119 [87 posts] 2 years ago
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Pick the one with the best frame (strength/weight/stiffness), everything else will wear and get replaced.

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Miles253 [198 posts] 2 years ago
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I'm looking at the SL personally but the al is such good value with di2

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Dutch25 [24 posts] 2 years ago
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I went for the ultimate cf sl 9.0 aero. Pretty pleased with what I've got for my money. £1200 wheels and the ultegra groupset being comparable to dura-ace for a total of £2400!! Just got to wait for it now.

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matthewn5 [639 posts] 2 years ago
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The Ultimate AL is a lovely bike...

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DanielsLeDomestique [4 posts] 1 year ago
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Ordered my 9.0 Aero in November and is coming today according to DHL...

Fingers crossed the fit is good after waiting 5 months but it was just such a good price I couldn't find anything to compare to it

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cidermart [486 posts] 1 year ago
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The Ultimate AL is my choice.

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sorebones [138 posts] 1 year ago
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If there was any way of stretching your budget I would be holding out for the CF SLX 7.0. Pro level frameset, magnificent wheel package and the 11 speed Ultegra mechanical groupset is superb; light and precise. If you compromise elsewhere you'll soon get the urge for upgrades, but no need with the CF SLX!

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Miles253 [198 posts] 1 year ago
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Wait for the reductions, or check out 2013 models now, the SLX is about £2000 in some models, helps if your a giant or a midget like me, that's what I'm holding out for when I can raise the cash, they always have XL and 2XL

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jeffersaurus [9 posts] 1 year ago
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This will probably stir up a few opinions, but if you are on the shorter side of average height have you considered the Aeroad?

It gets a bit of flack for being soft and not wind tunnel tested, but if you look at the pro teams, the shorter guys seem to prefer it, e.g. Quintana and Purito. My guess is that in a small the frame is plenty stiff enough and affords a bit of vertical compliance and some aero benefit.

Both Merida and Cervelo reckon that aero is better than weight on gradients up to around 9-10% for pros (when comparing their own 'climbing' vs 'aero' frames), Cervelo go further and say amateurs are better off on a S3/S5 than a R3 on anything up to 5% (because we go slower on anything steeper and drag drops of rapidly). They have a great article on their website about it.

As a buyer, the touble is the Aeroad has been due a refresh for some time, it would sting to buy one and then a brand new, big update comes out. Again, a point of much debate, will the update actually make any difference? It is interesting how Purito rides such an 'old' frame if the updated-once-a-year Ultimate CF is available to him.

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DeanF316 [135 posts] 1 year ago
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I have the Ultimate SLX and it's the dogs b*******s. So I would go with for the SL as it's a better long term bet. Perfect to up grade later. I'm Campag user so can't give any advice on choosing between Sram and Shimano.

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IngloriousLou [138 posts] 1 year ago
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Keep an eye on the canyon outlet site

https://www.canyon.com/_en/outlet/list.html?type=race

They often have bikes reduced by several hundred quid and, usually, they're unused.

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Sprool [3 posts] 1 year ago
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After deliberating for a month I chose the CF SL7.0, their entry-level carbon frame with 105 throughout. I'm delighted, a huge step up for me from my Alu scott Speedster 30 that did me proud over 3500 miles last year. The comfort and the agility of the Canyon is marvellous, more than happy with the 105 kit.
I could not justify the extra for the SLX, but could have stretched to the SL8 with campag bling, but the 105 does a very respectable job and allowed me some spare money fro a new Garmin 500 and a couple of extra bits of cycling kit.