Ultimate AL SLX 9.0 SL

RoadBIKE, 03.2014

"The best aluminium frame we've ever tested". In a test of seven high-performance aluminium bikes there could only be one winner. The Ultimate AL SLX 9.0 SL.

"A 7.1 kg road bike for just €1899. Nowadays it's clear that to achieve a superlight road machine you no longer have to fork out vast amounts of money. Even carbon bikes at this price struggle to achieve these figures.

Canyon's new range-topping aluminium model, the Ultimate AL SLX offers even more. Tipping the scales at just 1576 g for the frame and forks, this is the lightest aluminium frameset RoadBIKE has ever tested. Aside from lightness, the bike is stiff enough, regardless how heavy the rider and also provides the most comfort of any of the bikes on test.

When you consider that the German manufacturer offers the frame, forks and seatpost for just €799, then the argument for buying a carbon frame takes yet another hit. Those looking to buy a complete bike are also well provided for. Our test bike came with a fantastic spec, including a lightweight Sram Force groupset and Mavic's ever-dependable Kysirium wheels. You'd be hard pushed to find a carbon bike that costs €600 more than the Canyon and has componentry on this level.

The most convincing argument for buying the Ultimate AL SLX comes when hit the road. It's agile and quick enough for even the most competitive riders whilst providing excellent levels of comfort for long days in the saddle; the Canyon absorbs shocks from both the front and the rear better than many carbon-framed bikes. It's the perfect all-rounder.”

The best aluminium frame we've ever tested is comfortable enough for long rides and provides for competitive riders after rapid acceleration and direct handling. The lightweight spec further boosts the whole package. A dream bike for a great price.