Canyon has launched two new bikes under its existing Endurace banner, comprising the CFR and CF SLX that the German brand is touting as “arguably the fastest and most comfortable endurance road bikes ever made”.
To back up this bold claim, the bikes feature enough clearance to accommodate tires up to 35mm, as well as an internal storage compartment that’s built into the top tube, an adjustable handlebar and improved aerodynamic efficiency.
“The all-new Endurace CFR and CF SLX range take the Endurace’s signature speed and benchmark compliance to a whole new level, and add in a fine-tuneable fit and sleek integration to enhance every ride. Our LOAD Top Tube Storage system neatly stows vital tools away for extra peace of mind on every ride,” says Canyon. The padded neoprene Tool Sleeve seamlessly houses the Canyon 3-in-1 Mintool, comprising a ratchet with eight tool bits, a Dynaplu and CO2inflator, a 16g CO2 cartridge and our own Slim Tire Levers,” says Canyon.
Additionally, the bikes are equipped with Canyon’s CP0018 Aerocockpit, the same one found on its Aeroad range of bikes.
“The CP0018 solves the problem many riders have with fully integrated cockpit setups, removing complexity and adding adjustability for a dialed-in fit and travel practicality. Our system places a wide range of adjustments in the rider’s hands that can be carried out in minutes. By providing three distinct, frame size-dependent width positions and a selection of different spacers, riders can choose from up to 12 clean configurations, with 15mm of height (in 5 mm increments) and 40 mm width adjustment (in 20mm increments), to fine-tune their position,” boasts Canyon.
While aerodynamics was not of prime concern when developing the Endurace models, Canyon indicates that they worked in partnership with Swiss Side to optimize both the bikes’ handling properties, as well as its wind-cheating capabilities. To wit, “aero optimization is a benefit for all riders and the longer you ride for, the more it matters, taking a balanced approach to aero optimization while not losing sight of core performance characteristics like handling and stiffness-to-weight, with the goal to create the fastest bikes out in the real world, not just in a CFD (computational fluid dynamics) simulation,” explains Canyon.
“The front end of the bike with surfaces first exposed to the wind is where the biggest gains are to be made. On the Endurace CFR and CF SLX, a clean front end is ensured thanks to our CP0018 Aerocockpit configuration that not only removes exposed lines and cables but also enables a narrower head tube that further reduces frontal surface area. This approach is extended to the new forks that are sleeker in profile with a longer chord than the previous Endurace, as well as in the new, more slender down tube construction,” adds Canyon.
All in, Canyon says these changes result in a 7-watt improvement over the previous Endurace when measured at 45 km/h (28mph). In addition, Canyon has given the new Endurace models a more relaxed geometry, increasing stack height while also reducing reach in order to achieve the optimal riding position.
“Taking size medium as a reference, the Endurace possesses a 27mm higher stack and 15mm shorter reach resulting in a less aggressive 1.56 stack-to-reach ratio over the Ultimate’s 1.43. The result of this approach is a more open fit… that enables the rider to sit slightly more upright, reducing pressure on the lower back, core and shoulders,” Canyon points out.
Elsewhere, the Endurace CFR and CF SLX are treated to Canyon’s S15 VCLS 2.0 seatpost. VCLS stands for “Vertical Comfort Lateral Stiffness”, which relies on two carbon blades that act as a leaf spring that provides up to 20mm of flex.
So, what differentiates the CFR and the CF SLX.
According to Canyon, while both bikes share the same features, the frame and fork on the Endurace CFR are created using a higher grade of carbon and a more intricate fabrication process that results in a 100-gram weight savings over the CF SLX.
The Endurace CFR and Endurace CF SLX come in eight frame sizes ranging from 3XS to 2XL. Moreover, as with previous Endurace models, size 2XS and 3XS bikes are fitted with 650B wheels, while the following build options are available:
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