We sling a leg over the new Canyon Aeroad CF 7.0 aero road bike.

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FIRST RIDE

Canyon has taken a slimline approach to its wind-cheating road machine – and that’s obvious in its sinuously smooth ride. At under 1,500g for the frame and fork, and just over 7kg complete, the Aeroad is light for an aero road bike. The minimal front profile reduces drag, the short head-tube allows a low ride position and the broad press-fit BB and chunky chainstays channelling your power give rewarding responsiveness.

FAST RIDE

We like the way Canyon adds 10mm to the stem and loses 10mm from the spacer stack if you go for the powerhouse -friendly small block/big chainring option. Extra adjustment is provided by fork dropout spacers that can be switched to give a twitchy 55mm or more stable 60mm offset. Aggressive riding can affect handling, though – slim tubes mean a lot of frame twist that can create a disconnected sensation in corners.

HILLY RIDE

Regardless of how long they are, the Aeroad floats up gradients comfortably within its compact gear range and with impressive ease, making it a classic ‘hands on the tops’ climber. The Mavic Yksion tyres have only limited wet weather grip, however, and don’t help with more dynamic descending or climbing. Front to rear flex is also noticeable if you’re straining a gear up a steep climb.

LONG RIDE

Despite the deep ovalised down-tube and semi-aero seatpost, the Canyon has a smooth and comfortable ride – a lot of which can be attributed to its basalt-enriched carbon fibre VCLS lay-up, designed to give enhanced damping in key areas. Even with notoriously firm feeling Mavic Ksyrium Elite wheels, the Aeroad is a fantastic bike for covering big mileages very quickly and efficiently.

Overview

  • Overall: 4 out of 5
  • Price: £2,039
  • Contact: canyon.com
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