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Check out the Canyon Aeroad that Mathieu van der Poel rode to Tour of Flanders win

Launched less than 18 months ago, this is a bike that already has an interesting history behind it...

Mathieu van der Poel won the Tour of Flanders for the second time in his career on Sunday (3rd April 2022) in an extraordinary sprint finish, and this is the all-white Canyon Aeroad that he rode to victory.

Canyon unveiled the latest version of the Aeroad – the 065 – in October 2020, and it is a model that has already had an interesting history.

As the name suggests, the Aeroad is the aero road bike in Canyon’s range, sitting alongside the lightweight Ultimate. The bike was developed with aero-wheel specialist Swiss Side and, according to Canyon, a notional rider can hold 45km/h (28mph) while putting out 7.4 watts less than was required on the previous model.

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As well as improved aerodynamics, the latest version is also lighter and the cables/hoses are routed internally on most models.

We had the Canyon Aeroad for about a week at launch and absolutely loved it, but within a couple of months, Aeroad owners were complaining of excessive wear at the point where the seat post met the seat tube.

Then in early March, the aero cockpit snapped under Mathieu van der Poel while racing Le Samyn and Canyon issued a ‘stop ride’ notice to owners of the 2021 Canyon Aeroad models that featured the CP15 and CP18 width-adjustable cockpits. The pros, meanwhile, continued using the Aeroad but with an older handlebar and partly external cable routing.

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Pics Copyright Williams

To cut a long story short, Canyon worked hard and fast on a solution and by the time Mathieu van der Poel stormed to victory on Stage 2 of the Tour de France, he was using a new handlebar and there wasn’t a cable in sight, although other riders were without the new cockpit.

Like the majority of UCI WorldTeams, Alpecin-Fenix uses 12-speed Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 groupsets. Riders have the latest R9200 version that was revealed last August

Read our Shimano Dura-Ace R9200 groupset review

Like the rest of the team, Mathieu van der Poel is using the new Shimano Dura-Ace FC-R9200-P power meter, although some other teams use bikes equipped with the previous version, designed for use with 11-speed systems.

Check out our review of the Shimano Dura-Ace FC-R9200-P power meter

The wheels are Shimano Dura-Ace too. They’re C50s, the 50 referring to the rim depth in millimetres. These are designed as all-rounders, intended to offer a balance between low weight and aerodynamic performance. Shimano claims a weight of 674g for the front wheel and 787g for the rear.

These wheels are available for tubular tyres but Alpecin-Fenix went for the tubeless version run with Vittoria Cross Control tyres in a 28mm width.

The handlebar/stem is from Canyon with an out-front mount for a Wahoo bike computer. The handlebar tape is from Selle Italia and, although you can’t see it in these pics, Mathieu van der Poel uses a Selle Italia Flite Boost Kit Carbonio Superflow saddle.

The bottle cages are Elite’s Custom Race Plus – made from fibre-reinforced plastic (FRP) and weighing 40g each – used with super light (54g) Elite Fly bottles before Van der Poel ditched them ahead of the finale.

Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now over 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.

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jollygoodvelo | 2 years ago

I love that amongst all the high-tech aerodynamic design, vertical compliance and minimal watts at a 18.2% shear angle stuff, is a bottle cage that costs £10 and does the job perfectly.

Rendel Harris replied to jollygoodvelo | 2 years ago
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jollygoodvelo wrote:

I love that amongst all the high-tech aerodynamic design, vertical compliance and minimal watts at a 18.2% shear angle stuff, is a bottle cage that costs £10 and does the job perfectly.

On cobbles too, proper vote of confidence in its holding abilities.

sparrowlegs | 2 years ago

Can owners actually ride the version they bought in 2020 yet? Have all the defects been fixed? I might have missed it but I'd have thought it was big news if owners could actually safely ride a bike they bought 18 months ago. 

Miller replied to sparrowlegs | 2 years ago
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There's a very long thread in weight_weenies about the Aeroad. From what I can gather, I haven't read the whole thing, loads of people sent their Aeroad back to Canyon for a fix. This took a long time. Some people have their bike back with whatever has been done to the seatpost and handlebar, it's a complicated design, others have received replacements, perhaps with price adjustments. The 12-speed versions are on sale now and apparently there are lots of 11-speed versions 'lightly used' on the Canyon outlet in Germany.

sparrowlegs replied to Miller | 2 years ago

Last time I looked at that thread there were quite a lot of people not happy with the lack of communication. I think some people were being offered €1000 refunds but the bikes, even without the design issues, would have lost more than that.  

I really hope they don't mess anything up this time or with the new iteration of the Ultimate. It sounds like I'm a Canyon hater but I'm not, far from it (I'll own an Ultimate one day), I love the looks of their frames and the branding but I think their quality control and testing seems a little lacking. 

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