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When it comes down to the decision between aluminium and carbon opinions often differ. Carbon is lighter and stiffer than aluminium if the frame is well designed and premium fibres are used. However, carbon is only worthwhile in the higher price categories. In the 2000 Euro price range well equipped aluminium bikes with premium equipment such as the Ultimate AL 9.0 SL are the best choice.
It is also possible to construct true lightweights with aluminium. The editors write, "Thanks to the weight-saving anodized aluminium the frame weighs in at precisely under 1300 g - that's the best score in this test. The lightweight fork helps to open up the gap to the rivals even further". This is also reflected in the test scores. In every frame category the Canyon was in top spot and in 8 out of 10 categories the frame received the dream mark 1.0! It's therefore hardly surprising that the frame was a half mark better than its closest rivals.
The Ultimate AL 9.0 SL is fitted with components from SRAM. "The advantages of the Force group set are its low weight and the shift levers, which are comfortable to use", write the editors. They continue writing, "The usual Canyon quality coupled with outstanding value-for-money".
Outstanding frameset and lightweight equipment…