Canyon Ultimate CF SL 9.0 Di2

I got my new road bike, a Canyon Ultimate CF SL 9.0 Di2. I promised myself more than a year ago, that if I get the FWO postdoctoral fellowship, then I will spend my first actual tax return on a new road bike. Since all requisites were met, and I even turned 30 in the meantime, I ordered the bike as soon as I got my tax money. Originally I wanted to go for a slightly different model (from the same Canyon series), but I enjoyed the electronic shifting on my rental bike last month so much (more about that in the next post), that I went for this one at the end. I assembled the bike yesterday, and even managed to take some pictures before it started raining (see below), but the actual first ride is yet to happen… It definitely looks awesome, and based on my experience with Canyon bikes, I am quite sure it also rides great.

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This bike replaces my exactly 5 year old Canyon Roadlite 7.0, which retires (at least under my ownership) with an odometer position of 31753 km. Thanks to the low Canyon prices (compared to other brands), even a Garmin Vector S power meter did fit in my budget, so the dream of having power-data is also coming true. The bike is officially 7 kg, and with the Vector pedals, Garmin speed sensor, bottle holders, my Garmin Edge 800 and its front mount I measured it to be still below 8 kg. It’s outfitted with a full Shimano Ultegra Di2 group (electronic shifting, internal battery placement, 52/36 – 11/28 gearing), Mavic Ksyrium Elite S WTS wheels (I actually had these a few years back, until a bad crash…), Canyon’s own seat post and stem (very pretty cockpit), and a Fizik Antares saddle (I had the same on my old bike already since 2011, so I really like that saddle). Hopefully I can start riding it very soon!

4 thoughts on “Canyon Ultimate CF SL 9.0 Di2

  1. Arnold

    Real nice bike and pics! Like your blogs. You have the same passions as i do; running, biking and if i can afford it later i also want to buy a nice camera. But i came to your blog by Google (Canyon). This bike is also on my list for next year. I hope Canyon still makes the bikes in this beautiful grey color.

    But in your post you don’t subscribe the difference vs the alu Canyon. I now have a real nice Caad10 Ultegra 6700 with nice training wheels, witch maybe you can compare with your alu Canyon.

    Can you tel me something about the difference between the two bikes and the comfort of your new Canyon.

    Greatings from Holland.

  2. Péter I. Pápics Post author

    Hi, it is definitely more comfortable than my aluminium bike was, but it is still nicely firm and rigid for sprints. I have done several 200k+ rides on the bike, and I had no problems with the comfort. I can only talk positive about it, so I would definitely recommend it. Cheers!

  3. Jerry Ramdhana

    Hi Peter,

    Since I need to upgrade from my Cannondale CAAD and I found that Canyon is much more interesting for me to upgrade to, especially after seeing this post.
    Now I’m in sligh problem in choosing the right size of Canyon bike. If you don’t mind, what is your size and the bike’s you choose. Thank you.

    Greetings from Indonesia.

  4. Péter I. Pápics Post author

    Hi,

    I am 182 cm tall (inseam 84 cm), and I have a Medium-sized frame. For me the PPS (perfect positioning system) worked well – you can use this when you put your chosen bike into the basket on the website, then you give a few of your parameters, and the system tells you what size of that model fits you the best.

    Cheers!

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