How to apply disc brake technology to the road has been a topic of heated discussion the last few years. Various standards have come and gone while riders have debated the positive and negative impacts of disc brakes on road bikes and on road cycling in general. On the professional circuit discs have come and gone, and will return again in 2017.
German direct-to-consumer brand Canyon first explored the potential of road disc technology in 2006 with what it dubbed Projekt 6.8, a concept study with a full hydraulic braking system that tipped the scales right at the UCI’s 6.8kg minimum weight limit. But they came away unimpressed with the technology of the time and shelved the project.
But that has since changed, and earlier this year Canyon launched the Endurace CF SLX, their first model that enabled riders to experience their interpretation of how a disc brake road bike should perform.
Now Canyon is taking the full plunge, recently announcing the expansion of their disc technology across the entire Canyon road range. That means new Aeroad CF SLX, Ultimate CF SLX, Ultimate CF SL, Endurace CF SLX, and Endurace CF SL Disc models.
Canyon says that creating this complete range of disc-equipped road bikes was not simply a question of adapting existing rim brake platforms. All models have been re-engineered and tested by sponsored pro riders and engineers so that they offer the same ride and handling performance that rim brake Canyon road bikes are known for.
For the uninitiated, Canyon started as Radsport Arnold back in 1985. What began as a business run out of founder Roman Arnold’s garage has evolved into one of the bike industry’s biggest brands. Following the success of the first ever Canyon bikes developed in the late 1990s, the company changed its name to Canyon Bicycles GmbH in 2001. Today, the company boasts an expansive line of road, mountain, triathlon, fitness, and urban bikes, all sold direct to the consumer at what are typically very competitive prices. Heretofore, those deals were only available in Europe. But starting in 2017, Canyon is coming to America.
Highlights of the new disc brake-equipped road bikes include increased fork and frame clearance that allow for the use of wider tires. Canyon also claims that the aerodynamic penalty of using disc brakes is a paltry 1.5 percent, which will be virtually indiscernible to most riders. Wheels will be held in place by a pair of 12mm thru-axles that are aimed at increasing overall stiffness and thus efficiency, and making it easier to line up the rotor and caliper when changing wheels. All the disc equipped bikes are spec’d with 160mm rotors, further boosting stopping power, but also conspiring with the other disc brake system parts to add about 70 grams of overall bike weight.
For more info, please visit www.canyon.com.