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Light, stiff and really chic - the bike ridden by double world champion Irina Kalentieva has already scooped numerous test victories. The frameset boasts a weight of just 1080g and generates the direct forward power racers love. The appearance of the frameset, which received the iF product design award, is characterized by a desire to concentrate on the basics. Perfectly manufactured and a silhouette that follows the credo "form follows function". The frame is manufactured using the semi-integral method, which is a combination of tube-to-tube technology and monocoque construction, in order to achieve the highest possible standard of manufacturing and tube surface quality.
The thin seat stays with VCLS technology (Vertical Comfort, Lateral Stiffness) guarantee outstanding damping characteristics and provide significant relief for the rider's muscles. The Impact Protection Unit (IPU) developed by Canyon guarantees a high level of safety in race situations. Stoppers in the headset prevent the handlebar from coming into contact with the top tube in the event of a crash. Whether you're riding on your local trails or in a race the Grand Canyon CF always cuts a fine figure.
Most Cross-Country riders know this all too well: In a crash the handle bar hits the top tube hard. The result: An aluminium frame is quickly dented whilst a carbon frame does not show any signs of impact – but still the frame might be damaged. The only thing that can prevent contact of the handle bar with the top tube is a system just like the Impact Protection Unit developed by Canyon.
End stops in this specific head set limit the handlebar's maximum steering lock angle in such a way that it is impossible for it to hit the top tube – but the angle is still big enough so that the full steering lock is available even on tricky trails.
Long tubes with the same dimensions are not as stiff as shorter tubes. A good comparison is when you break a pencil in half. The more often you break it and the shorter it becomes, the more difficult it is to break. This is the reason why larger frame sizes tend not to be as stiff as smaller frames. This isn't the case with Canyon frames. Every carbon frame size has its own mould and matching tube diameter. This allows us to achieve disproportionately high levels of stiffness on large frame sizes and on smaller frames we can achieve above-average weight savings.
The double walled hollow bottom bracket shell continues exactly where other modern cranks stop: extraordinary stiffness at a very low weight. But how exactly is this done? By increasing the diameter. That's why the latest generation of cranks offer a measurably improved power transmission compared to the predecessors of just a few years ago. The hollow built crank arms allow an enhanced diameter at a reduced total weight. This is why Canyon is moving forward with the double walled hollow bottom bracket shells. This design allows improved stiffness at a very low weight. The cross sectional area increases – similar to the above mentioned crank arms – and thus the stiffness in the bottom bracket area which is essential during accelerations is improved. Furthermore, the bottom bracket offers a larger supporting surface for the patented Maximus Seattube thanks to its wider design.
Narrow at the top, elliptical at the bottom and flattened on one side: The patented Maximus seat tube allows maximum stiffness of the rear triangle for sprints thanks to the wider contact area of the hollow section bottom bracket shell. A front derailleur can be easily mounted thanks to the flattened right side, and the tapered tube which becomes narrower towards the top and the VCLS Stays allows for better damping characteristics despite the extreme stiffness of the rear triangle. Damping performance and stability while sprinting – these are the two outstanding qualities which are unified in every Canyon bicycle.