2014 WorldTour Team bikes: Movistar’s Canyon Ultimate CF SLX 9.0 and Aeroad CF 9.0 Team

A first look at Movistar’s newly liveried Canyon race bikes for the 2014 season

by David Arthur   January 2, 2014  

We reported a while ago the rumour that Canyon would be sponsoring the Spanish professional cycling team Movistar in 2014, and now it has been made official, the German bike manufacturer will partner with the number one ranked team this season.

Canyon are no strangers to the WorldTour, having first partnered with a pro team back in 2007, and most recently linking up with the Russian Katusha squad. The new Movistar deal means Canyon joins Specialized in sponsoring more than one team, and replacing Movistar's previous sponsor Pinarello. The move will undoubtedly raise the company’s profile if the team continue their fine run of form, which culminated in former Movistar rider Rui Costa winning the World Championships Florence last September.

The team, including the likes of Alejandro Valverde, Beñat Intxausti, Nairo Quintana Rojas, Alex Dowsett and Jose Herrada, will have the choice of three bikes, the Ultimate CF SLX 9.0, Aeroad CF 9.0 Team for the road, and the Speedmax CF 9.0 Team for time trials. It’s increasingly common for manufacturers to have such a quiver of road models for climbing and regular road stages, an aero bike and a cutting edge time trial bike, and Movistar is well supplied with suitable bikes. Let's take a closer look at the bikes.

The go-to bike for most of the team will be the Ultimate CF SLX 9.0the company’s latest and lightest carbon fibre road bike. The frame is a radical step forward compared to the previous model. A newly shaped carbon fibre frame, with a distinctive flat sided head tube and down tube, has made it lighter, now a claimed 790g for a large. They also claim it's 8% stiffer, but not at the expense of comfort.

To save some weight Canyon incorporated full carbon fibre dropouts in the frame and fork, and moved to a press fit bottom bracket to remove weighty metal inserts. Naturally, cables are all routed internally, as is the way with all top-end race-ready frames. As well as saving weight, the frame is claimed to be much stiffer than the old model, but they have worked hard on adding some compliance, the seat tube is their third generation Maximus design, and s slimmer than the previous version with a reduced the cross-section in the lower half to allow a small degree of flex.

Not only has the frame been redesigned, the fork is all-new. The key change is the use of carbon dropouts, like on the frame, which reduces weight. Viewed from front on the fork legs now sit further away from the wheel, in line with the latest thinking on aerodynamics. The tapered headset (1.25” to 1.5”) uses high-grade thin bearings which are lighter, and their slimness allows for thinner walls in the head tube

We reviewed a SRAM RED-equipped model last year, which aside from the obvious component differn, is near enough identical to the bike Movistar will race this season. Ours was a UCI weight limit busting weight of 6kg, so we expect the Movistar mechanics will have to add some sort of ballast. Devices like SRM PowerTap cranks will be a standard issue fit for most of the team, it's an easy way to bump the weight up a bit.

Also available to the team is the Aeroad CF 9.0 Team. This is the company’s aero road bike, first introduced in 2011. Which, by our reckoning, means it must be ready for a redesign this year or next. With aerodynamics a rapidly advancing field of bicycle design, we expect Canyon must be working on a replacement that draws on sum of the design ideas used for the striking Speedmax time trial bike.

Some riders really like aero road bikes (like Cavendish with his Specialized Venge) so for any sprinters or breakaway specialists in the squad, this will be the bike they’ll pick. Some riders might also pick it for certain stages of races, especially any likely to be especially windy.

Alex Dowsett will be licking his lips at the prospect of swinging a leg over the stunning Speedmax CF 9.0 Team time trial bike. Launched at the beginning of 2013, it was the result of a 10-person team and a radical redesign over the previous incarnation. The design utilises what they like to call Trident tube profiles, typified by a curved leading edge that then morphs into an angular, chopped-off tail, to minimise drag at low speeds. Canyon use this shape on the fork legs, down tube, seat tube, seat post and seat stays – so most of the framesets vertical elements.

There is a lot of integration, to really help minimise drag. The fork and stem blur almost seamlessly into the head tube, and their own aero base bar extends from what is left of the stem. Cables and wires are routed cleaning into the top of the fork and flow away into the frame. Campagnolo’s new internal EPS battery will be used to keep the lines clean.

The brakes, Canyon’s own centre-pull design, sits flush in the rear of the fork and down below the chainstays, the front with a neat little cover, all to help reduce drag. There’s an aero seatpost and the clamp is concealed inside the top tube.

To build the bikes, Movistar will continue their partnership with Campagnolo, so will equip all bikes with Record and Super Record EPS groupsets. They’ll also get access to Campagnolo’s range of wheels, with the Bora Ultra Two 50mm carbon tubular wheelset being a common choice on flat road stages. Continental will continue as tyre supplier.

It looks like finishing kit will be supplied mostly by Canyon, with the company’s own design carbon seatpost fitted to each of the three models, along with matching stems and what looks like a new one-piece handlebar and stem on the bike in the photos we’ve been sent. Fizik will supply saddles.

That's a pretty smart paint job as well, don't you think?

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Whilst I wouldnt turn 1 down if offered, Im not keen. Gopping paintjob and the Canyon logo is a real spoiler for me.
Together with all the Bora decals i look at it and all I get is silent screaming in my head. The OCD doesnt like!!

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posted by gareth2510 [133 posts]
2nd January 2014 - 12:39

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Finishing kit will more than likely be ritchey (- the seatpost)
I'd say they have slapped canyon logos on the stems for the photo's sake.

The Onesie h/bar and stem is definitely from Ritchey... the 3 Bolt clam system is a dead give away.

I first saw it and thought (AWESOME/DROOL) it was some thing in-house and hoped they would make it to fit the stout 1 1/4 steerers on their other models... which (take note canyon) is a pain in the butt if you're looking for an alternative to Ritchey and happen to be a canyon owner unlucky enough to live in (Australia) a country they don't and refuse to ship to.

Other than that I'm super stoked that Canyon have more presence in the Peloton

posted by beej.a [40 posts]
2nd January 2014 - 13:47

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Not normally a flouro fan but i like the look of that.

Anyone else get back-ache just looking at a picture of a pro time trial bike?!

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posted by ragtimecyclist [117 posts]
2nd January 2014 - 14:12

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What do you expect it to look like its a team bike in Movistar colours with sponsor logos all over. They are hardly going to go for matt black stealth look are they!

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posted by kairey1964 [11 posts]
2nd January 2014 - 15:48

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ragtimecyclist wrote:
Not normally a flouro fan but i like the look of that.

Anyone else get back-ache just looking at a picture of a pro time trial bike?!

Yup, I cringe just seeing that drop

posted by jarredscycling [436 posts]
2nd January 2014 - 16:12

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Flouro isn't normally my cup of tea, but they are real head-turners. Best looking Canyons so far as well.

If I could have, say, 6 bikes, would it stop me drooling over others that I don't have?

posted by notfastenough [2890 posts]
2nd January 2014 - 16:58

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Saw Alex and Cav at lunchtime today in deepest Essex, managed a brief look at the new Canyon as above, and the flouro isn't as prominent as pictured above. Both Cav's and Alex's bikes looked amazing.

posted by Anthony.m [1 posts]
2nd January 2014 - 17:34

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I have the Ultimate CF SLX. What a bike for the money and better looking in person. Mine weighs 7kg exactly with DA 9000, Alu bottle cages, c24's, DA pedals and a garmin 510. Could easily be lighter if you are that way inclined and is stiffer than anything I have ridden

posted by Danh4541 [4 posts]
2nd January 2014 - 17:56

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Like the design. Also great that they offer a Roadlite AL "replica" for 1299 € with complete Athena groupset. Might have to take a closer look on that coming spring.

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posted by MiamiToAtlanta [2 posts]
3rd January 2014 - 12:21

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fantastic paint and graphics, real eye opener, and they are offering a replica for sale, wow!

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6th January 2014 - 10:53

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