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German manufacturer updates £1,119 aluminium road bike with new carbon fork and seatpost, plus revised geometry

Ahead of Eurobike next week, German manufacturer Canyon have released some details of the 2014 Roadlite AL 7.0, which carries forward into next year with a few refinements that look to make it an even more attractive package than it already was.

The £1,119 aluminium-framed road bike now gets a new 350g One One Eight SL full carbon fork, with a non-tapered 1 1/8in carbon steerer tube. Along with a new VCLS carbon seatpost, the complete bike now weighs a claimed 7.95kg (17.52lb).

The direct-to-consumer company has tweaked the geometry of the new Roadlite AL 7.0 as well, lengthening the wheelbase by 5mm by stretching out the chainstays.This change should increase handling stability and make it a bit more settled at higher speeds.

Shimano’s latest Ultegra 6800 11-speed groupset now features on this model, extending to the caliper brakes and compact 50/34 chainset. The Ritchey WCS handlebar and stem carry over from the 2013 model, as do the Mavic Aksium wheels and Mavic 25mm tyres. A new Fizik Ardea saddle tops off the changes.

The bike is available now and featured on Canyon’s website. Further down the range, the Roadlite AL 6.0 SL (pictured above) uses the same frame and full carbon fork, combined with a SRAM Apex drivetrain and costs £869. Or for the same price you can choose a Shimano 105 groupset.

Canyon tell us they have more new model refinements and releases for 2014, but they’re saving those for unveiling at Eurobike next week. As ever, make sure to tune into road.cc daily for up-to-minute coverage from the show.

We paid a visit to Canyon Bicycles recently, have a look at our photo feature here to see behind-the-scenes.

David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.

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davecochrane [140 posts] 2 years ago
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Considering a full set of new Ultegra is over a grand, this is basically a free bike.

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giobox [356 posts] 2 years ago
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davecochrane wrote:

Considering a full set of new Ultegra is over a grand, this is basically a free bike.

Hmmm - not really - no one ever actually pays RRP for Shimano groups. A quick search will show you most places selling ultegra 6800 for around 600 quid. That said, this bike is still cracking value.

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bendertherobot [1077 posts] 2 years ago
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As an owner of an Ultimate CF with full SRAM Red and bling wheels I'm thinking that I'd lose nothing owning this instead.

And that the Ultimate AL will need to be something special to be better than it.

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DeanF316 [135 posts] 2 years ago
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At these prices you better get your in quick. I own a Canyon Ultimate SLX. Great bike at a amazing price but quick delivey is the strong point of Canyon. Place your order for next year and think about money you are saving while you wait for the bike.

At these prices it begs the question how do other leading bike companies justify their pricing even if they don't sell direct. I suspect the bike shops don't have too much of a margin.

Maybe Road CC should bring some the bike companies to book than about the ever inceasing prices rather than just re printing marketing releases or acting like kids with new toys when they get the lastest test bike in the office or freebie trip to a new bike launch.

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Raleigh [1665 posts] 2 years ago
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Canyon Ti bike soon?

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Nick T [913 posts] 2 years ago
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Its not as though Look, Colnago or whoever charge £4000 and bung the LBS a tenner each time. Canyon ship directly to the buyer, everyone else has to ship to various distributors for different regions, these distributors need to cover the costs of storing, wages, distribution etc then the shop selling it needs to cover their costs as well. I doubt anyone is making much more absolute profit per unit than Canyon are really.

The only difference is that by paying more to buy via the traditional route, you're helping to keep vastly more people in employment within the cycling industry. Direct to customer distribution is all well and good when you're saving yourself a few bob - when you need a handy place to have something small fixed or tinkered with you'd better hope someone else has been buying locally and keeping that LBS afloat otherwise it's posting a bike to Germany time for you.

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jackcreasey [3 posts] 2 years ago
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I have a 2013 model. It is great value although there is some toe overlap which is slightly annoying.

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matthewn5 [778 posts] 2 years ago
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The Ultimate AL 9.0 is something special - really lively and fun. Try one!