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Canyon Unveils New Ultimate CFR

The New Canyon Factory Racing (CFR) Label  Denotes the Brand’s Most Elite Tier of Bikes

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Canyon has joined the ranks of bike companies who give their top level products a special branding. Like Specialized’s ‘S-Works’ or Felt’s ‘FRD’ (Felt Racing Development) level, the CFR (Canyon Factory Racing) denotes the best of the best for Canyon.

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The direct to consumer brand is starting the label with two models: a downhill mountain bike, the Sender CFR, and the Ultimate CFR, an even lighter and stiffer version of the brand’s race-oriented Ultimate road bike.

As is to be expected for a high end bike, reduced weight is one of the headlines. A size medium Ultimate CFR frame (without small parts like bolts) weighs a claimed 641 grams, and the fork just 285 grams, compared to 785 grams/325 grams for the Ultimate CF SLX Disc frame and fork, the brand’s previous benchmark. Keep in mind these are both disc-brake equipped frames.

The weight savings come courtesy of new materials. A  combination  of  ultra-high  modulus (UHM) and ultra-high tension (UHT) carbon fiber provides high strength and durability in a lighter material. Canyon says the material is so special that it had to get permission from the Japanese Ministry of Defense to gain access to it. For further weight savings, extra care is taken during the frame molding process to ensure minimal overlap of materials. And even the small parts have been thought out to squeeze out every bit of weight savings. Titanium bolts replace steel ones, and the through axles are now upgraded to aluminum. All told, a complete build with Dura-Ace Di2 tips the scales at a claimed 6.5 kilograms (size medium, without pedals), which puts the bike well under the UCI weight limit (6.8kg) out of the box. That weight is even with 50mm deep DT Swiss ARC 1100 wheels, meaning further weight savings is easily possible with a shallower wheelset. This new UHM and UHT material also finds its way into the one-piece cockpit. The new CP20 cockpit weighs 270 grams, down from the 320 grams of the Ultimate SLX cockpit.

The new military-grade material also helps result in a bike with a higher stiffness to weight ratio. Canyon provides a unit-less figure (which would make our high school science teachers very upset) to compare the stiffness to weight of the new Ulitmate CFR to the previous Ultimate SLX Disc. We’ll trust the brand when it says a higher number is better in this stiffness to weight metric—the CFR comes in at 137, and the SLX Disc at 125. Canyon also points out that this bike exceeds its usual quality control tests and should be just as durable as its non-CFR level road bikes.

Canyon has checked many of the boxes for a top tier bike with the Ultimate CFR—low weight, high stiffness to weigh among them. And the cables are internally routed, though not completely—you can still see cables as they enter the down tube and fork. Canyon has bucked one important trend in the super-bike category, though. We’re used to seeing these top tier bikes push into the five-figure range, sometimes costing $12,000 or more. The Ultimate CFR maintains Canyon’s usual lower direct to consumer prices, costing a relatively modest $8,000. It’s still not cheap, but it leaves extra money in your pocket if you absolutely have to have an elite-level bike. We expect to see more Canyon models get the CFR treatment in the near future.

More info: canyon.com