Canyon bikes, About to pull the trigger

warrior4life
warrior4life Posts: 925
edited May 2011 in Road buying advice
After Looking at the Caad9, Planet x, S1, Look 566 and many many others I've decided my life is empty without the Canyon ultimate cf.
Has anyone got one? I know there's been threads on here in the past but I cant seem to find them.

Whats the bikeradar forum verdict on Canyon bikes?
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  • Oh no :)

    Ive been thinking about a Canyon for a few weeks too

    Theres a good review of the SLX in Bike "something" this month as part of a dream bike group test

    They sure look like good value and there are a number of threads here and on weight weenies if you can get the search to work!

    Out of interest what are your vital statistics?
    Im 6 1 and am looking at a 58cm on phone advice from the local (London) UK rep
    I actually come out around a 60 with the Canyon fit app on the website however seem to straddle a few sizes if I change the measurements by a cm or so which makes it pretty subjective
    I have long limbs and a shorter body
    He suggested seeing how it goes and poss swapping the stem at no cost if needs be

    Plus you can also just ship it back for a refund

    Cheers
  • Im 6ft and would be on a 58.
    The website recommended my 5'8 girlfriend gets a 56 so I emailed them and they said she should be on a 54.

    I also have long limbs (34" inside leg) and a shorter body.
  • nax-ian
    nax-ian Posts: 209
    Got me a Canyon ultimate cf last year, not one regret. Stonking value!
    I'm 6" an' a tad an' went for the 58, flipped the stem over and that sorted the reach out , but, the post it was supplied with was V. short,( beware) so I spoke to Canyon an they agreed to swap it for a longer one, I just paid postage back an forth for something that's listed at like 200 euros, I think.
    Only rode a P-X before the Canyon, but I sure can tell the difference. Difficult to say where the diff. is, but somedays it really feels effortless!
    \Hope this helps.
    Finished
  • woody1545
    woody1545 Posts: 322
    The review was in cycle plus, in a superbike group test! It got 10/10. According to the website the cheapest 8.0 model weighs 6.75kg. Seems like incredible value. If you do get one make sure you post some pictures in the Your Road Bike section and let us know your opinion.
  • Like you, up to a few days ago I was all set to buy the Canyon Ultimate CF (Athena build) - then I lost the plot ... or the budget at least. Instead I got carried away and ordered a Storck Scenero Ultegra costing a thousand more! I hope it's worth it. The Ultimate looks a fantastic bike. I think I'd have gone for a size 60 whereas the Storck is a size 59, but there's not a lot in it, I think.
  • PieterM
    PieterM Posts: 167
    I ride an Ultimate CF in 60cm and I am almost 6'3". Had to get a 135mm stem but after that it fits very well. I did not go for the 62cm because of the increased wheelbase, relatively long head tube and stack added by the proprietary headset which adds about 1".

    It is an extremely stiff and responsive frame. Great for tight and fast cornering. Some say the frame is harsh but I can't comment on that because I ride tubeless so I don't feel the road anyway :D

    BTW There are great deals to be had in the Outlet section of the Canyon website.
    European Cycling Trips: http://bikeplustours.com
  • Gazzaputt
    Gazzaputt Posts: 3,227
    Buy buy buy.

    I have owned my Canyon CF Pro for 6 months and for value for money it cannot be beaten and for the ride you would have to spend a lot more to match it if at all possible.

    I have a AL being delivered this week I liked the CF so much.
  • wombler
    wombler Posts: 85
    +1. I've had my Ultimate CF 8.0 for a couple of months now. It's a great bike. Unbeatable value. Do it.
    I am 5'11" with long legs (34" inseam) and short body and ride a 56cm. Best to try 56 and 58 and see which works best for you.
  • NWLondoner
    NWLondoner Posts: 2,047
    They do seem GVFM.

    Although the wheel choice and the headset gives me second thoughts
  • Gazzaputt
    Gazzaputt Posts: 3,227
    NWLondoner wrote:
    They do seem GVFM.

    Although the wheel choice and the headset gives me second thoughts

    Nothing wrong at all with the headset. Why the concern?
  • incog24
    incog24 Posts: 549
    Wheels aren't special, but to be honest it doesn't really matter. You could swap them out for some carbonzone tubs, and in the process take loads of weight off the bike (400g?). Keep the equipes for training.
    Racing for Fluid Fin Race Team in 2012 - www.fluidfin.co.uk
  • EKIMIKE
    EKIMIKE Posts: 2,232
    Love mine. Had it for about 9 months now. Simply a very nice ride.

    I'm 6ft 1 and went for a 56cm after analysing my (then) current set-up. I've got really long legs and a short reach so a 58cm would've required a shorter than supplied stem and they're already short. In the end i got the 100mm stem on the 56 changed to a 110mm (free of charge) so it's give and take but i prefer a smaller frame with decent saddle to bar drop. With the 58 the bars would have been far too high because of the taller head-tube.

    The seatpost is a short 300mm so factor that into your measurements/analysis. Either way, the key is to look at your current set-up (not just frame geo!) and then match it to the Canyon.

    PS As for wheels, 99% of 'off-the-peg' bikes come with the base model of wheels. In the case of Mavic wheels it would be Aksiums, so Canyon are giving you an instant upgrade in that respect, albeit quite small as Equipe's are still pretty chunky.
  • gsk82
    gsk82 Posts: 3,460
    i don't need a bike but i've got the cash floating around and i like the canyons. fortunately so far i've managed to resist, mainly because i like the aeroad and a bike that looks like that would be writing cheques my legs couldn't cash
    "Unfortunately these days a lot of people don’t understand the real quality of a bike" Ernesto Colnago
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous Posts: 79,667
    It's a bike I've considered to.

    Just out of interest how long do they normally take to arrive?
  • EKIMIKE
    EKIMIKE Posts: 2,232
    Once despatched it took mine 3 working days. All track-able on UPS website. The suspense nearly killed me :lol:
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous Posts: 79,667
    EKIMIKE wrote:
    Once despatched it took mine 3 working days. All track-able on UPS website. The suspense nearly killed me :lol:

    3 days isn't too bad, but how long till it was ready to dispatch? Weeks or days?
  • Lagavulin
    Lagavulin Posts: 1,688
    I don't need a new bike - well I do but it's a sh!tty-weather, full-guarded hackmeister I could do with - but the Ultimate AL with Athena for £1,329 has me more than intrigued and even a little trigger happy.
  • EKIMIKE
    EKIMIKE Posts: 2,232
    I ordered mine with the knowledge that it would be ready for despatch in 8 weeks. Was eventually despatched after 5 weeks so that was a nice surprise.

    Check the stock/availability, it will say what is ready for immediate delivery and what is 'on order' so to speak.
  • Caligari_uk
    Caligari_uk Posts: 186
    Wow - those prices are insane (insanely good, that is).

    I think I've just decided what bike I'll be buying next.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous Posts: 79,667
    Don't forget the discount if you have a racing licence!!

    http://www.canyon.com/_en/service/sponsoring.html
  • Gazzaputt
    Gazzaputt Posts: 3,227
    RichardSwt wrote:
    EKIMIKE wrote:
    Once despatched it took mine 3 working days. All track-able on UPS website. The suspense nearly killed me :lol:

    3 days isn't too bad, but how long till it was ready to dispatch? Weeks or days?

    My AL has taken 2 weeks to send and 3 days to arrive from being dispatched on Friday.

    Arrives today whoooo!!!!
  • Must resist

    Must resist

    Oh bugger

    Q for the poster above ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Was the AL listed as in stock for immediate dispatch when you bought it or was the wait you had anticipated on their online stock checker?

    Cheers
  • Gazzaputt
    Gazzaputt Posts: 3,227
    I bought it in their outlet sale.

    Current AL are listed as immediate availability so I reckon you'd have it in a week.
  • doogee
    doogee Posts: 82
    I've just ordered the Roadlite 5.0, I only wanted the frame to replace my current winter frame as it's too big but all the 2010 ones in the outlet sold out before I made up my mind. A 2011 frame was a bit too expensive considering the 5.0 is £840 all in inc p&p and I can now sell on the Apex groupset and wheels etc
    More hassle but it should work out cheaper than buying the frame alone...
  • Gazzaputt
    Gazzaputt Posts: 3,227
    Oh my the AL is a thing of beauty. Pics will be posted when built.
  • NapoleonD wrote:
    Don't forget the discount if you have a racing licence!!

    http://www.canyon.com/_en/service/sponsoring.html

    So all I need to do is get a race licence and i save over £100? How much is a race licence? (was thinknig about getting one anyway to give racing a go)

    The Ultimate AL frameset seems like a bargain! It weighs the same as a Planet X sl pro cabon... plus, it looks a million times better!!
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous Posts: 79,667
    Racing licence (with Silver BC licence) is about 60 quid IIRC...

    The Ultimate AL frameset would be good enough for any racer out there.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous Posts: 79,667
    Gazzaputt wrote:
    Oh my the AL is a thing of beauty. Pics will be posted when built.

    Coooooool! Looking forward to it!
  • guity
    guity Posts: 113
    Just put my order in for an Ultimate CF from their 'outlet' on the back of this thread. Couldnt resist! Not got delivery date confirmed yet but very excited!
  • PieterM
    PieterM Posts: 167
    You won't be disappointed! Should get to you quickly since they have it in stock. Mine arrived 3 days after ordering from the Outlet.
    European Cycling Trips: http://bikeplustours.com