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red dot design award for the Canyon Ultimate CF SLX

The Ultimate CF SLX has received the coveted “best of the best” award. It is already the second award in succession in the category transportation design for the Koblenz based bike manufacturer after the Speedmax CF scooped the “best of the best” award last year. Canyon received in total 3 awards in this year’s competition. The Nerve AL 29 and the VCLS Post 2.0 were also recipients of the coveted red dot award.
The entirely revamped Ultimate CF SLX impressed the jury of the red dot design award right across the board, with the result that the bike received the “best of the best” award. In 2012 the Speedmax CF was already welcomed into the circle of “best of the best” winners and its success has now been repeated by the Ultimate CF SLX. This success is more than extraordinary and further underscores the Koblenz based bike manufacturer’s passion to build the best bike in the world. The aim during the development phase was clearly defined: To revolutionize one of the best framesets in the world. The newly developed 2013 Ultimate CF SLX did not only achieve the technological advance that had been aimed for, but by far exceeded it. The 790g light frame, which is
ridden by the Katusha World Tour team in the most prestigious bike races in the world, sets new benchmarks in the areas of weight, stiffness, comfort and design. Particular focus was placed on the rear triangle during the bike’s design phase. The direct connection of the seat stays to the top tube significantly increases the level of lateral stiffness in this area and the flattened top tube in combination with the Maximus Seattube considerably improves rider comfort. The interplay of all these innovations guarantees maximum ride performance and outstanding levels of comfort.
Tomas Fiegel, Canyon Design Team explained, “The design of the new Ultimate CF SLX carbon frame was conceived to achieve an uncompromising stiffness to weight ratio (STW). The smooth cubic design of the frame tubing as well as the smooth tube interfaces give this classic frame its very own identity within what is predominantly a uniform competitive environment.”
Alongside the Ultimate CF SLX the Nerve AL 29 and the VCLS Post 2.0 seat post also received the design award. The Nerve AL 29er’s modern frame and its unmistakable design makes full use of all the advantages alloy has to offer. The most up-to-date hydroforming processes give rise to a design which blends in harmoniously with the bike’s overall appearance. Out on the trail the bike impresses with its sturdy handling, durability and powerful
forward thrust in every type of situation.
The VCLS Post 2.0 has revolutionized seat post technology. With its innovative approach Canyon has succeeded in uniting outstanding design and improved comfort. And yet the functional principle of the leaf spring post is as simple as it is perfect and is immediately evident from the seat post’s design. Shocks emanating from the road cause the two parallel leaf springs to flex in unison, thereby delivering optimum shock absorption. Thus, the VCLS Post 2.0 is significantly more efficient than conventional leaf spring seat posts and in addition delivers significantly more comfort as well as blending in consistently with the bike’s overall appearance.
Daniel Bley, Canyon’s Marketing Manager said on hearing about the award, “Since Canyon is a direct seller, it is particularly important that we consistently receive awards from independent Juries such as red dot. The award makes us very proud and confirms the high standards we have set ourselves in terms of design. The fact that we have received the “best of the best” award for the second year in succession represents a terrific appraisal of our work.”
The red dot design competition is one of the most prestigious design awards in Germany. The independent jury of experts has been bestowing the coveted award since 1995. The red dot label is an internationally recognized quality seal that is only awarded to products with outstanding design. Only the very best products of any given year receive the award red dot “best of the best”.

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