While it's a pain to purchase for American customers, Canyon's Aeroad CF SLX 9.0 SL is a steal at just $6,700 for full Dura Ace Di2 (click to enlarge).
The Lowdown: Canyon Aeroad CF SLX 9.0 SL
American cycling fans are undoubtedly familiar with Canyon Bicycles, even though the German brand isn't for sale on this side of the Atlantic. The Movistar WorldTour team of Alejandro Valverde races on Canyon, as does the Katusha and Joaquim Rodriguez. The bikes get plenty of podium time.
Canyon is also big in the triathlon world, thanks to recently crowned Ironman world champion Jan Frodeno of Germany. It's no surprise, then, that Canyon bikes are similarly ubiquitous with weekend warrior-level cyclists across Europe.
The bikes, however, are rarely spotted on this side of the Atlantic. But that trend could soon change. Canyon's popularity in Europe is due in part to its consumer-direct model. The German brand designs its bikes at the company headquarters in Koblenz, and then produces the frames in Asia, similar to most carbon bikes. But unlike American bike companies, Canyon cuts out independent bicycle dealers entirely from the cost structure. Customers simply log onto Canyon's website, choose their frame and spec, and then pay. Within two weeks, the bike arrives at a customer's door.
Canyon's aerodynamic cockpit - called H11 Aerocockpit - was more comfortable than other aerodynamic handlebars we've tried (click to enlarge).
The model allows Canyon to significantly undercut its competition. For example, the carbon fiber 2016 Endurace 7.0 entry-level racing bike (spec'd with Shimano 105) costs a modest $1,590. On the other end of the scale, a top-end Aeroad CF SLX 9.0 LTD, complete with Shimano Dura Ace Di2, costs $9,662. The Aeroad CF SLX 9.0 SL model we tested is fairly easy on the wallet, with an MSRP of $6,705. By comparison, top-end Di2 racing bicycles from Trek, Specialized and Cannondale all tip the scales at no less than $12,000 MSRP. But how did the bike stack up? Read our full review below.