Canyon Bicycles has unveiled a limited edition Ultimate CF SLX 80 Superlight road bike model, based on the bike that won the Giro d’Italia earlier this year, with a claimed weight of just 5.6kg (12.34lb) and a price tag of £7,299. Weight, it seems, still holds a draw for manufacturers wanting to impress.
The bike achieves the low weight thanks to a 790g carbon frame and build kit comprising a set of Lightweight Meilenstein Obermayer (claimed weight for those alone is 975g) and a Campagnolo Super Record 80th Anniversary mechanical groupset. The wheels are tubular - because tubs still much lighter than clinchers - and come supplied with Continental Force and Attack Competition tubs.
Canyon hasn’t skimped on the rest of the build either, with Ritchey’s lightweight Superlogic C260 Carbon stem and WCS Superlogic EvoCurve handlebar. A Fizik Antares R1 saddle sits atop a Canyon S14 VCLS 2.0 seatpost.
The bike is available now from stock, but in limited numbers, with seven frame sizes available. Take a look at it here on the Canyon website.
This Ultimate is essentially identical to the Ultimate CF SLX 9.0 Movistar road bike we tested earlier this year, just with a different parts package.
Though clearly a huge pile of cash, the Canyon Ultimate CF SLX 80 Superlight is still a fair bit cheaper than the £10,000 Emonda that Trek launched just before the Tour de France, but that extra money does get you a bike weighing just 4.6kg (10.25lb).
While lightweight bikes are more accessible than they ever have been with 6-7kg bikes far more attainable than they ever have been, seriously lightweight bikes still command a hefty premium. The Canyon though is probably one of the most affordable ways to get your hands on a sub-6kg road bike.
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.