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Jay Vine gets new Canyon Ultimate repainted to match Vuelta polka dot jersey... but not everyone is impressed

The Australian shared some clips of his unreleased Canyon Ultimate with a fresh polka dot theme to match his jersey, which garnered something of a mixed reception

The current wearer of the polka dot jersey at the Vuelta a España, Jay Vine, has taken to social media to share some footage and photos of his unreleased Canyon Ultimate complete with blue dots to match his jersey... which hasn't received complete universal praise. 

The update to Canyon's popular Ultimate all-round race bike has been a long time coming, and is perhaps the latest worst-kept secret in the new road bike rumour mill. We first confirmed that a revamped 2023 Ultimate would be coming back in March, and the bike broke cover for the first time at the Criterium du Dauphine in June

After Friday's stage, Alpecin–Deceuninck rider Vine excitedly posted on his Twitter and Instagram pages to share some footage of his Canyon Ultimate, fittingly to the tune of 'Ain't No Mountain High Enough' by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, with the team's mechanics shown diligently setting it up for him to ride in the coming days. 

While the majority of those commenting appreciated the new colourway and yet another teaser of the new Canyon Ultimate, it appears someone thought the team had done a last minute-dash to the Spanish equivalent of Rymans to transform Vine's bike.  

Another rather strong reaction pronounced the design "awful" and said the Ultimate had been "uterly [sic] destroyed", with the disgruntled fan adding: "Sorry mate, you’re an awesome cyclist but that design is just awful." 

Another made mention of the supply chain issues in the bike industry that have meant customers of Canyon and many other bike brands have been experiencing high wait times for their orders, saying: "Bike assembled in hours! And I've been waiting for a Canyon for more than 4 months."  

Polka dot-themed bikes haven't always gone down badly; in fact, someone liked the polka dot Ridley Helium SL given to Thomas de Gendt while he was briefly in the polka dot jersey during the 2016 Tour de France so much, they stole it at the annual Eurobike show that year. As far as we know the bike was never recovered, but Ridley did present De Gendt with a new one a few days later... 

Thomas de Gendt with polka dot Ridley Helium SL bike
Ridley Bikes

We've digressed... back to 2022 and in the race itself, unfortunately Vine's new paint job didn't inspire him to any of the heroics that have seen him win two Vuelta stages so far this year, finishing over 19 minutes down on stage 14 winner Richard Carapaz yesterday. 

The 26-year-old said this morning: "Tight twisty roads & a lot of motivated riders meant it was a battle for the breakaway, I tried m[y] hand at getting in but after fair few tries we decided today just wasn’t going to be my day. Another day in Pokadots and another good day in the office." 

What do you think of the new Canyon Ultimate, and Jay Vine's polka dot edition? Let us know in the comments as always...

Arriving at in 2017 via 220 Triathlon Magazine, Jack dipped his toe in most jobs on the site and over at eBikeTips before being named the new editor of in 2020, much to his surprise. His cycling life began during his students days, when he cobbled together a few hundred quid off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story) and bought his first road bike - a Trek 1.1 that was quickly relegated to winter steed, before it was sadly pinched a few years later. Creatively replacing it with a Trek 1.2, Jack mostly rides this bike around local cycle paths nowadays, but when he wants to get the racer out and be competitive his preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking - the latter being another long story.  

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Awavey | 1 year ago

have we determined its a paint job and not a sticker one yet?

Rendel Harris replied to Awavey | 1 year ago
Awavey wrote:

have we determined its a paint job and not a sticker one yet?

The way the manufacturer decals overlay the polka dots suggests paint. Wouldn't have thought a modern aero-obsessed rider would accept the turbulence of stickers!

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