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Adjusting of Cockpit Roadbike

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So that you find the optimum position on your bike, your cockpit needs to be adjusted to suit you. Here are the key steps you should follow:

Stem height

The stem height is an important criterion in the areas of comfort and performance.

A lower stem improves the aerodynamics and the transmission of power. On the other hand this lower position on the bike requires stronger upper-body muscles because these are the muscles which are needed to maintain a static posture. Picture 1

A higher stem on the other hand guarantees much greater comfort and control as well as a high level of safety. However, in this position the wind resistance is greater. Picture 2

TIP: The rider’s own anatomy has a decisive effect on stem height. Riders with relatively long legs and a short upper body need a higher stem than “giants” with longer bodies and shorter legs.
What possibilities do we have to alter the height of the stem? Thanks to the so-called spacers, which are fitted as standard on all Canyon road bikes, the rider can make limited adjustments to the stem height. If the spacers are placed below the stem, then the handlebar is raised. If the spacers are fitted above the stem, then the rider achieves a lower riding position on the bike.

Adjust Aheadset stems with front plate (non-Canyon)

1. Slacken the rear stem bolts with an Allen key, however not with a torque spanner.

2. The top cap on the stem should now be loose. Pull off the cap. Picture 3

3. Now you can remove the stem still fitted to the handlebar from the fork steerer. Picture 4

4. Now fit the spacers either under or above the stem as shown. Picture 5

5. Slacken the i-Lock bolt, Picture 6 stick the top cap back on Picture 7 and ensure that the handlebar/stem is completely straight. The stem and front wheel should be exactly in line when looking down from above.

6. Now tighten the stem bolts up again using a torque spanner. Picture 8 Ensure while doing so that the bolts are tightened to exactly the torque indicated on the front of the stem.

7. Now adjust the play on the headset by turning the grub screw on the i-Lock.

You can turn the stem round on all Canyon bikes. The combination of turning the stem round and spacer tuning allows the rider to alter the height of the cockpit by several centimeters.

Canyon Aheadset Stems With Face Plates

1. Loosen the fork shaft clamping screws Bild 9

2. Remove the stem top cap Bild 10

3. Slide the stem and handlebar off the fork shaft Bild 11

4. Remove as many spacers as necessary

5. Apply assembly paste to the clamping area and put the handlebars back on

6. Place any spacers removed from below back on top of the stem Bild 12

7. Tighten both fork shaft clamping screws to the required torque

8. Set the headset bearing preload so that the bars remain easy to turn

Canyon Integrated Stem and Handlebars

1. Loosen the stem top cap screw and remove the top cap Bild 14

2. Loosen the fork shaft clamping screws Bild 15

3. Slide the handlebars off the fork shaft Bild 16

4. Remove as many spacers as necessary Bild 17

5. Apply assembly paste to the clamping area and put the handlebars back on – beneath the stem there are plugs that connect to the spacers below Bild 18

6. Place any spacers removed from below back on top of the stem

7. Replace the stem top cap and tighten the screw to 1 Nm of torque Bild 19

8. Tighten both fork shaft clamping screws to the required torque – All parts (top cap, spacers and stem) should sit flush on top of each other without any gaps.


Handlebar position

The fine adjustment of the handlebar is dependent on your riding style and personal taste. If you often ride on the top of the handlebars, you can then position the handlebar somewhat higher in order to be able to rest better on the brake hoods.

As a rule of thumb please remember that the lower flat part of the handlebars should run parallel to the ground. This can be best checked by using a spirit level. Picture 20


Warning: Always read the manufacturer’s instructions carefully before fitting or removing the handlebars.

Adjust reach

The reach can be adjusted on many types of brake levers. The smaller your hands are and the shorter your fingers, the closer the brake levers need to be to the handlebars. Reach is normally adjusted by means of a little Allen key or Philips screw driver located near the pivot of the brake lever. Some models of brake lever require you to remove a little cover cap to reach the relevant screw. .Picture 21 Picture 22 In the case of Ultegra STI varying reach adjustment is achieved by inserting shims, which are available as accessories, between the lever and the body.

Attention: Please note that Ultimate, Aeroad and Endurace CF bikes have a fork diameter of 1 1/4" and Endurace AL a diameter of 1 1/8".

Always refer to the manuals of the manufacturers.Always tighten scews with the correct torque. You find the correct torque values in the manuals of the manufacturers. WARNING The handlebars should not move independently of the forks after correct adjustment


Canyon s'efforce constamment d'assurer la qualité et l'exactitude des informations contenues dans ce support technique. Les réparations ou réglages que vous effectuez sur votre vélo sont sous votre entière responsabilité. Si vous avez le moindre doute sur ce qu'il faut faire, envoyez votre vélo chez Canyon directement ou chez un vélociste qualifié. Canyon ne donne aucune garantie ou n'accepte aucune responsabilité quant aux informations contenues dans ce support technique.


Picture 1: Spacer assembled above the stem

Picture 1: Spacer assembled above the stem

Picture 2: Spacer assembled below the stem

Picture 2: Spacer assembled below the stem

Picture 3: Remove the cap of the stem

Picture 3: Remove the cap of the stem

Picture 4: You can remove stem and handlebar now

Picture 4: You can remove stem and handlebar now

Picture 5: Fit the spacers either under or above the stem

Picture 5: Fit the spacers either under or above the stem

Picture 6: Slacken the i-Lock bolt

Picture 6: Slacken the i-Lock bolt

Picture 7: Stick the top cap back on

Picture 7: Stick the top cap back on

Picture 8: Tighten the screw again

Picture 8: Tighten the screw again

Picture 9: Loosen the fork shaft clamping screws

Picture 9: Loosen the fork shaft clamping screws

Picture 10: Remove the stem top cap

Picture 10: Remove the stem top cap

Picture 11: Slide the stem and handlebar off the fork shaft

Picture 11: Slide the stem and handlebar off the fork shaft

Picture 12: Remove as many spacers as necessary

Picture 12: Remove as many spacers as necessary

Picture 13: Set the headset bearing preload so that the bars remain easy to turn

Picture 13: Set the headset bearing preload so that the bars remain easy to turn

Picture 14: Loosen the stem top cap screw and remove the top cap

Picture 14: Loosen the stem top cap screw and remove the top cap

Picture 15: Loosen the fork shaft clamping screws

Picture 15: Loosen the fork shaft clamping screws

Picture 16: Slide the handlebars off the fork shaft

Picture 16: Slide the handlebars off the fork shaft

Picture 17: Remove as many spacers as necessary

Picture 17: Remove as many spacers as necessary

Picture 18: Spacer with hole and pin

Picture 18: Spacer with hole and pin

Picture 19: Tighten the screw on the top cap

Picture 19: Tighten the screw on the top cap

Picture 20: The handlebars should run parallel to the ground

Picture 20: The handlebars should run parallel to the ground

Picture 21: The reach can be adjusted on many types of brake levers

Picture 21: The reach can be adjusted on many types of brake levers

Picture 22: Adjustment with Philips screw driver

Picture 22: Adjustment with Philips screw driver

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