Ultimate CF SLX 9.0 SL, 06/2013

The english cycling website of the year,, did a review of the Canyon Ultimate CF SLX 9.0 SL and rated it "exceptional".

"Our complete Ultimate CF SLX 9.0 SL, a Large, hit the Scales of Truth at 6.08kg (13.4lb) without pedals. Bear in mind that the minimum weight for a bike in a UCI-sanctioned event is 6.8kg (15lb). We think that's the lightest bike we've ever had in on test. The frame is just 790g with the fork and Acros Ai-70 headset adding 400g.

Guess what you notice first. Compared to bikes close to its price, the Canyon is incredibly quick off the mark. Put the power down and it's like it was just waiting for an excuse to spring into life.

It certainly feels like Canyon have retained all the stiffness of the previous Ultimate CF SLX that we tested, despite the drop in weight. That front end in particular feels absolutely solid even when you wind the bike up for a full Cav-esque sprint, and it's super-precise through the turns."

All in all, the Ultimate CF SLX 9.0 SL is a superb bike: lightweight and responsive, rigid and efficient, and easy to handle. You'll do well to find a better race bike at this price.