Canyon has launched new additions to the Endurace line in the form of three top-end CFR models and five CF SLX models.
The Endurace line received a refresh back in January 2022 when Canyon overhauled their entry-level aluminum CF and AL bikes. These models remain in the lineup from now on, but fast forward a year and a half and the blunt end of the range has now also been overhauled.
The CFR bikes are Canyon’s top class models, and the Endurace lineup now earns CFR-rated bikes along with the Ultimate and Aeroad. CFR frames feature a higher grade of carbon fiber and fabrication that is said to produce an excellent stiffness-to-weight ratio. Canyon claims the CFR frame is about 100 grams lighter than the CF SLX.
The Endurace sits alongside Canyon’s Aeroad and Ultimate models as the brand’s comfort bike focused on all-day endurance. It has received several updates since its inception in 2014 and the new bike hub’s notable updates are around an all-new top tube frame storage compartment, increased tire clearance, new aerodynamic features and revised geometry.
All three CFR models will have build kits to match Dura-Ace, SRAM Red or Campagnolo Super Record groupsets and DT Swiss ERC 1100 or Campagnolo Boras wheels for the Super Record option.
There are five CF SLX models. Four are separated by a choice of SRAM Force, SRAM Rival, Shimano Ultegra or Shimano 105 groupsets. The fifth model is equipped with Ultegra Di2 wheels and DT Swiss ERC 1400 aero wheels.
Interestingly, every bike comes equipped with a Quarq, 4iii or Shimano power meter derailleur which is the most expensive CFR Super Record option as there is currently no power meter option for the new Campagnolo group, although this may change in the future.
All models will feature the Canyon CP0018 adjustable cockpit and the S15 VCLS 2.0. Full build options and prices are in the table below.
According to Canyon, the Endurace has always been a bike designed to help riders find comfort and speed on the trail. Sharing handling characteristics with its sturdier Aeroad and Ultimate classmates while providing a more comfortable platform. The brand says the Endurace is a “hiking” bike, providing comfort as well as speed on long or all-day rides.
Canyon says the Endurace is a go-anything bike and Five Points became a focus when creating the new models. These were: adjustability, versatility, integration, aerodynamics and comfort. We’ll cover more on these points below as we cover the bike’s features and technologies.
Comfort is naturally the focus of an endurance-specific machine and Endurace retains its S15 VCLS 2.0 comfort seatpost that uses two carbon fiber blades to create about 20mm of flex at the base of the seatpost, which acts as a form of suspension.
Tire clearance has also been boosted from 32 to 35 mm. Endurace bikes will also be fitted with 30mm tires up front and 32mm in the rear. The top flight CFR models will use Schwalbe Pro One TLE tires, while the CF SLX models will come with the Continental GP 5000 S TR. Although Canyon does not market the Endurace as a gravel bike, the larger passes will allow riders to fit gravel tires and take them on light off-road missions as well.
Endurace features Canyon’s “sports geometry.” Compared to the more race-oriented Ultimate model, the bike has nearly 27mm higher stack and 15mm shorter reach. Canyon says this enables riders to adopt a more upright stance and is kinder on the lower back and shoulders. Size goes from the 3XS to the 2XL and the 2XS and 3XS bikes roll on 650B wheels to keep handling consistent across frame sizes. Canyon didn’t include mudguard mounting points to ensure ISO foot clearance, so clip-on fenders should be the answer for winter riding.
top storage tube
A first for Canyon and likely a first for road bikes in general is the integrated top tube storage compartment that the brand calls the LOAD top tube storage system.
A small carbon fiber ‘door’ on the top tube a few centimeters behind the stem opens to reveal a neoprene tool roll containing a C02 bellows and cartridge, a tubeless stopper, a ratchet tool with eight hex and torx bits and two tire levers that should cover the mech on one side The most common way. Canyon says the tools themselves are not included with the bike but can be added at checkout.
The new Endurace CFR and CF SLX models also gain Canyon’s CP0018 adjustable cockpit. The handlebar that originally appeared on the Aeroad offers riders three adjustable width options and 15mm of height adjustment. Canyon says this means riders can choose to go low and narrow or high and wide depending on their own preference.
Aero improvement was also considered according to Canyon, with the aero gains continuing to pay off on all-day flights. The front end of the bike has seen the most updates here, with the CP0018 cockpit, as well as a narrower head tube shape and a new fork profile as well as a leaner tube. Canyon is partnering with aerospace experts Swiss Side and claims Endurace is fast in the real world not only in CFD (computational fluid dynamics) simulations. There’s a number attached to the claims and Canyon believes the new Endurace saves seven watts over the outgoing model at 45 kilometers per hour.
Specifications and pricing
|model||price||group||Wheels||claimed weight||gear ratios|
|CFRDI2||€9,499 / £8,999||Shimano Dura-Ace D2, Shimano Spyder power meter||DT Swiss ERC 1100||7.3 kg||52/36 – 11-34|
|CFR AXS||€9,499 / £8,999||SRAM Red AXS, Quarq Spider Power Meter||DT Swiss ERC 1100||7.3 kg||48/35 – 10-33|
|CFR WRL||€9,999 / £9,499||Campagnolo Super Record WRL||WTO Campagnolo Bora Ultra||7.2 kg||45/29 – 10-29|
|CF SLX 8AXS||€5,499 / £5,249||SRAM Force AXS, Quarq Spider Power Mete||DT Swiss ERC 1400||7.8 kg||48/35 – 10-33|
|CF SLX 8 Aero||€5,199 / £4,999||Shimano Ultegra Di2, 4iiii power scale||DT Swiss ERC 1400||7.8 kg||52/36 – 11-34|
|CF SLX 8 DI2||€4,199 / £3,999||Shimano Ultegra Di2, 4iiii power scale||DT Swiss Endurance LN||8.3 kg||52/36 – 11-34|
|CF SLX 7AXS||€3,999 / £3,849||SRAM Rival AXS, Quarq spindle power meter||DT Swiss Endurance LN||8.7 kg||48/35 – 10-36|
|CF SLX 7 DI2||€3,699 / £3,499||Shimano 105 Di2, 4iiii power scale||DT Swiss Endurance LN||8.5 kg||50/36 – 11 – 34|
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