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Ultimate AL 9.0 Di2
Le Cycle, 04/2012
"For 2300 Euros, Canyon has produced the perfect bike!"
We have been following Canyon's development for many years now. The German brand is famous for its unbeatable value for money. This model is simply amazing. For less than 2300 Euros you get a superb alloy frame, but above all it's the Ultegra Di2 Shimano Group that makes this bike mega special. Made of 7005 alloy, the F8 has big tubes, but as soon as you see them you can guess just how stiff the frame is. The cables are internally routed and the BB 86,5 bottom bracket is extra-wide at the base. The Ultimate AL 9.0 Di2: great value all round. Philippe Gilbert used to ride the F8 in the classics and the frame performs superbly on very bad roads. The Shimano Ultegra Di2 group set is in a class of its own. It is available in a double or a compact version with a choice of two cassettes. The saddle and the handlebar are also premium quality. The tires have demonstrated their reliability and durability. The Selle Italia saddle is comfortable and offers adjustable set back. The rider benefits from the comfort as soon as it starts to get fast and furious.There is no unwanted movement on this frame. The back and the front are very stable. The stiffness of the bike allows the rider to make full use of the electronic derailleur. The handling is very precise.The brakes are amazing and the tires roll beautifully. For 2300 Euros, Canyon has produced the perfect bike!
This great alloy frame produced test lab results which were comparable to carbon frames. This applied in particular to levels of stiffness and reliability. All in all there is only one adjective which could be used to describe this bike and that's superb!