Canyon tested a new version of its Ultimate CFR during the last weekend of the Critérium du Dauphiné.
Video footage of Enric Mas’ machine captured by matosvelo.fr (opens in a new tab) (and reproduced here with kind permission) shows that the German brand’s climbing bike has inherited some of the features of the Canyon Aeroad (opens in a new tab) as well as strengthen certain areas in the style of Endurace (opens in a new tab)while remaining very recognizable a Canyon.
New Ultime on the Dauphiné. pic.twitter.com/i3PhlUMwvHJune 11, 2022
The most obvious change is up front, where the hydraulic hoses have now been integrated via a new integrated cockpit which will almost certainly be based on the one used by the latest Aeroad.
Our counterparts from CyclingNews (opens in a new tab) bolts spotted under the top of the bars that seem to confirm this will be the same adjustable-width bar that Canyon debuted with the Aeroad.
This handlebar design rose to fame for all the wrong reasons last year, when Canyon issued a “stop ride” advisory in March after a high-profile failure when Mathieu van der Poel finished Le Samyn with a broken handlebar.
However, the redesigned and reinforced version was revived in time for the Tour de France, in which Van der Poel rode the Aeroad to the yellow jersey. (opens in a new tab) to the second stage – so all issues with this front-end design seem to be resolved.
The new angled fork seems to have more in common with the Canyon Endurace, perhaps now wider at the crown for extra tire clearance, although aerodynamics are also a key factor.
Meanwhile, the bottom bracket area appears to have been significantly widened to provide additional stiffness. Where previously the downtube flowed down and then back as it met the chainstays, it now ends more abruptly on a squarer shell. This could be working in extra rear tire clearance as well as adding torsional flex resistance for sprinters and climbers.
Seatpost-wise, Canyon appears to have ditched the round-profile VCLS style of the previous Ultimate, but clearly opted for an aero design with integrated flex under the top tube junction – as deployed with the Aeroad .
Canyon redesigned the 2021 Aeroad seatpost (opens in a new tab) after the built-in flex caused excessive wear if not very clean.
So the new Ultimate appears to have a D-shaped seatpost adopted by a growing number of manufacturers, including Giant with its D-Fuse technology. The D-shaped section allows for rearward flex while (under the right circumstances) also providing kamm-tail aerodynamics.
The clamp bolt is at the front of the seat tube, under Canyon’s so-called compensating triangle.
At first glance, Canyon appears to have outfitted the new Ultimate with its latest technology, now fully tried and tested with the starting issues lurking behind it.
We’ll bring you more specific information from Canyon as we get it, but in the meantime it’s fair to say that the new Ultimate seems to have played it safe with an evolution rather than a top-to-bottom redesign. .