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Rapha and Canyon combine for the X Van Gogh special edition Canyon Ultimate

The world of cycling and art meet in Amsterdam to create this eccentric bike and accompanying kit collection...

Cycling apparel brand Rapha and the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam have launched their unique capsule collection, including this rather brightly painted fourth-generation Canyon Ultimate. We think it's really rather pretty...should there be more art-inspired paint jobs in the cycling world?

2022 Rapha x Van Gogh museum Canyon Ultimate collection - Vincent Engel

Rapha / Vincent Engel

Rapha's design team brought together details from various works by Vincent van Gogh to create the bike, jersey, technical t-shirt, musette, socks and cap. Van Gogh's painting The Yellow House (1888) is said to be the main inspiration but details from seven other works by Vincent van Gogh, including The Pink Peach Tree (1888), Field of Irises near Arles (1888) and Butterflies and Poppies (1889) also featured.

2022 Rapha X Van Gogh Lifestyle -top tube - Stan Koolen

Rapha / Stan Koolen

The bike will be showcased at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam and is specced with a Sram Red eTap AXS 12-speed groupset. Rapha says "both the Van Gogh Museum and Rapha believe it is important to offer people a place to meet and inspire each other. In the Rapha Clubhouses that can be visited in cities around the world, a close community is built from the love of cycling to help and inspire one another."

> Head to head: Shimano Dura-Ace R9150 Di2 v SRAM Red eTap AXS

2022 Rapha x Van Gogh museum Canyon Ultimate - Vincent Engel
Rapha / Vincent Engel

The bike itself is a Canyon Ultimate but the exposed cables at the front end tell us that this is the fourth-generation model and not the recently released fifth-generation which integrates the brake hoses through the head tube. The new model is claimed to save riders by 10 watts at 45kph.

> The all new 2023 Canyon Ultimate is here

2022 Rapha X Van Gogh Lifestyle bridge - Stan Koolen
Rapha / Stan Koolen

Zipp 454 NSW wheels have been chosen to complete the build, these are Zipp's flagship offering and have an RRP of a whopping £3,376. Zipp is also called upon to provide the tyres, 28mm Tangente Speed RT28s.

> Review: Zipp 454 NSW Tubeless

2022 Rapha Van Gogh Lifestyle headtube - Stan Koolen

Rapha / Stan Koolen

A close-up of the head tube reveals that this is no ordinary paint job.

For this capsule collection, Rapha and the Van Gogh Museum have also created a route through Amsterdam which you can download here. The route includes places where Vincent van Gogh lived and studied, the Marine Dockyard, Kattenburgerbrug bridge, Zuiderkerk, his uncle Cor's store and more places that were special to the famous artist. The tour can be finished at either the Van Gogh Museum or the Rapha Clubhouse.

2022 Rapha x Van Gogh display museum - Vincent Engel
Rapha / Vincent Engel

By the time the bike had made it to the museum the Shimano pedals were gone, replaced with a set of Time XPro 12s. We rather like the idea of designing bikes from famous works of art, which piece do you think would make a good bike paint scheme?

Are you a fan of this design? Let us know in the comments section below...

Jamie has been riding bikes since a tender age but really caught the bug for racing and reviewing whilst studying towards a master's in Mechanical engineering at Swansea University. Having graduated, he decided he really quite liked working with bikes and is now a full-time addition to the team. When not writing about tech news or working on the Youtube channel, you can still find him racing local crits trying to cling on to his cat 2 licence...and missing every break going...

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Gm_Crop | 1 year ago

To be fair Vincent did go great lengths to be aero, maybe he'd approve.

Freddy56 | 1 year ago
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2nd last photo, is there still masking tape left on? AWFUL, the art of the bicycle is in the pleasure of pedalling. This is a bastard of a nice bike and a painter's legacy (which should not be abused like this ) made terrible by the monkier  'inspired by' which Rapha have been using for a decade to mean 'copied from- to make £$"

Destroyer666 | 1 year ago

I think the paint job and bike form a great piece of art own their own and an hommage to Van Gogh that not only extends the design choice in the connected Rapha range, but is not overtly "on the nose" with its intention, which i prefer - if I want to exhibit my respect or liking of VG I'll rather paint the walls in my room yellow and blue than have a "starry night" mouse pad.

And yeah, there's some curious taping in the head tube, but the paint job must have taken ages to do and from what I can tell from the pictures, the bike nonetheless looks great.

Rendel Harris | 1 year ago

Can't decide if that paint job's more of an insult to the great bike or the great artist! Remove the words Van Gogh from the head tube (which look as though they were written by a five-year-old and bear no resemblance to Vincent's writing) and I'd defy anyone even to realise it's supposed to be Van Gogh inspired. I don't disapprove of the concept - I rather liked KirkLee's Starry Night-inspired paintjob from some years back (below) - but this is just really badly done.

Daddy Feebs | 1 year ago
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That paint job is absolutely awful. It looks like a badly wrapped Christmas present

Sredlums | 1 year ago

What a load of pretentious nonsense. I love nice paintjobs, but just let it be that; a nice/wild/weird/fun paintjob. Go crazy, and present it as it is. No need to dwell on what was supposedly the inspiration and routes that nobody will ectually ride and all that.

Also the paintjob seems rather sloppy, or maybe that's intentional. Almost looks like they forgot to peel of the masking tape near the headtube.

But still, I have no doubt Rapha fans will buy it.

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