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Ultimate CF SLX 9.0
Le Cycle 06/2013
The French bike magazine Le Cycle was looking for the best road bike on the market. Le Cycle soon found what it was looking for. The Canyon Ultimate CF SLX was crowned road bike of the year 2013.
"Although Canyon was an outsider among the five candidates in its first participation in the bike of the year competition, there were numerous convincing criteria which earned the bike victory in the test. Professional equipment, innovative frames, outstanding wheels and the best shift systems currently available on the market.
The Ultimate CF SLX 9.0 is offered in two colours, "deep black white" and "stealth". Both colour specifications struck a chord with the members of the jury and together with the frame's modern design the bike immediately catches the eye.
The stiffness of the frame and fork is just one of the most forceful criteria the Ultimate CF SLX has going for it. The expertly assembled Canyon impressed the jury to such an extent that the jury gave the Canyon the overall test victory in that category, too.
In terms of comfort the Canyon is also the measure of all things. The SLX makes it easy for the rider to find his optimum position on the bike immediately. The frame and seat post absorb shocks reliably and the brakes deliver perfect braking performance.
The new Shimano Dura Ace equipment guarantees that this bike is right up there in the Premiere League as far as the components is concerned. Mavic's Ksyrium SLR wheels fit in superbly with the overall package and can be used in virtually every competitive scenario - regardless of the terrain and the type of rider.
The Ultimate CF SLX therefore won four of the seven evaluation categories and utterly convinced the jury. In the areas of stiffness, comfort, components, and value-for-money the Canyon always had its nose in front. In the remaining three categories the Canyon also achieved a place on the podium.
VERDICT: "We gave overall victory to the Canyon Ultimate CF SLX primarily because of its outstanding ride characteristics and range of equipment. The ride will impress pro riders and amateurs alike and the superb value-for-money is second to none."