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Tour de France Tech 2018: Alejandro Valverde’s Canyon Ultimate CF SLX

Check out the Campagnolo-equipped road bike ridden by the Spanish all-rounder

This is the Canyon Ultimate CF SLX belonging to Movistar’s Alejandro Valverde. The Movistar team is also home to Nairo Quintana and Mikel Landa, giving plenty of tactical options out on the road. Valverde currently sits 20th in the general classification and 19th in the points competition.

When Stu reviewed the Canyon Ultimate CF SLX for he said, “Wow! Bang for buck, you’ll you'll struggle to find a better race machine… Even taking value out of the equation, you'll be hard pressed to beat the weight and performance of the German company's 'all-round' racer.”

Read our review of the Canyon Ultimate CF SLX here.

Movistar riders spend most of their time either on the Aeroad CF SLX aero road bike, or on the Ultimate CF SLX which isn’t as aerodynamically efficient but is lighter. Canyon says that the carbon layup has been optimised to increase comfort while maintaining rigidity. 


The seatpost is a slim 27.2mm in diameter and is also designed to provide a little give. Rather than using a traditional clamp, it’s held in place via a wedge-type system with the adjustment bolt hidden at the back of the seat tube.


Valverde goes for a Fizik Antares saddle with carbon braided rails.


That’s Canyon’s H36 Aerocockpit CF up front. As the name implies, it is designed to keep drag to a minimum. The handlebar tape is from Lizard Skins and it’s super-sticky.

Movistar is one of three World Tour teams to use Campagnolo this year, the other two being Lotto-Soudal and UAE Team Emirates. This is 11-speed Super Record.


As we reported earlier in the year, Campag is moving Super Record and Record – it’s top two groupsets – to 12-speed. The teams aren’t running it, though, because they all use Campagnolo’s EPS (Electronic Power Shift) and that’s not yet available in the new format. Campagnolo is hoping to have riders using EPS 12-speed at the Vuelta a Espana later in the year with the production version coming to market in 2019. 


Read about Campagnolo 12-speed here.  


The wheels are from Campagnolo too. These are Bora Ultra 50s with an AC3 (All Conditions Carbon Control) treatment that’s designed to improve braking performance. Campagnolo says the grooves in the brake track allow rain and dirt to escape from the contact point of pad and rim and increases friction.


The tyres are Continental Competition ProLtd in a 25mm width. 


Movistar uses a chainset-based power meter from Germany’s Power2Max. Valverde is using a 53/39-tooth setup here.


The pedals are Look Keo 2 Max Carbon.


That’s an Elite Vico Carbon bottle cage. Read our review of it here.

Keep checking back because we'll have loads more Tour de France tech – both stories and videos – here on over the course of the race.

Want more 2018 Tour tech? Then visit our special Tour de France tech 2018 tag page and fill yer boots!

Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now over 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.

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don simon fbpe | 6 years ago

Canyon ( but it is a nice looker)
2 out three ain't bad.
Vamos Alejandro!

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