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Eurobike 2011: Canyon's new road and mountain bikes

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The revamped Canyon Ultimate AL frameset boasts a lighter weight and shapelier tubes for 2012.

The revamped Canyon Ultimate AL frameset boasts a lighter weight and shapelier tubes for 2012.
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Canyon uses thru-axle rear dropouts on its new 29er hardtail.

Canyon uses thru-axle rear dropouts on its new 29er hardtail.
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Derailleur cables are fed directly into the side of the stem on Canyon's prototype time trial rig.

Derailleur cables are fed directly into the side of the stem on Canyon's prototype time trial rig.
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The wedge-type seatpost binder makes for cleaner lines.

The wedge-type seatpost binder makes for cleaner lines.
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Canyon's new Torque FRX frame uses stout thru-axle dropouts with a clamped driveside for extra security.

Canyon's new Torque FRX frame uses stout thru-axle dropouts with a clamped driveside for extra security.
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Canyon aims its new Torque FRX platform at park and downhill riders.

Canyon aims its new Torque FRX platform at park and downhill riders.
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The new Canyon Torque FRX can accommodate front derailleurs or chain guides.

The new Canyon Torque FRX can accommodate front derailleurs or chain guides.
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The new Canyon Torque FRX is highly adjustable in both travel and geometry.

The new Canyon Torque FRX is highly adjustable in both travel and geometry.
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The tapered head tube on Canyon's new Torque FRX uses internal bearing cups. The cap on the top tube provides an access point for the upcoming crop of internally routed dropped seatposts.

The tapered head tube on Canyon's new Torque FRX uses internal bearing cups. The cap on the top tube provides an access point for the upcoming crop of internally routed dropped seatposts.
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Canyon's Track Flip chip on the Torque FRX provides users with multiple options for frame geometry and rear wheel travel.

Canyon's Track Flip chip on the Torque FRX provides users with multiple options for frame geometry and rear wheel travel.
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Canyon has given the Maximus seat tube a new shape on its revamped Ultimate AL frame.

Canyon has given the Maximus seat tube a new shape on its revamped Ultimate AL frame.
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Cables are internally routed on Canyon's revised Ultimate AL frame.

Cables are internally routed on Canyon's revised Ultimate AL frame.
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The 'Pure Cycling' edition of Canyon's revamped Ultimate AL 9.0 features a raw frame finish and Shimano's new Ultegra Di2 electronic group.

The 'Pure Cycling' edition of Canyon's revamped Ultimate AL 9.0 features a raw frame finish and Shimano's new Ultegra Di2 electronic group.
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Routing was optimized for Shimano's electronic Ultegra Di2 group on the Canyon Ultimate AL 9.0 Pure Cycling edition.

Routing was optimized for Shimano's electronic Ultegra Di2 group on the Canyon Ultimate AL 9.0 Pure Cycling edition.
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The revamped Canyon Ultimate AL frame continues on with big chain stays and slim seat stays.

The revamped Canyon Ultimate AL frame continues on with big chain stays and slim seat stays.
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Canyon's remarkably clever VCLS Flat Spring Post is said to provide up to 20mm of movement if it's loaded heavily enough.

Canyon's remarkably clever VCLS Flat Spring Post is said to provide up to 20mm of movement if it's loaded heavily enough.
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Tilt adjustments are super easy on Canyon's new VCLS Flat Spring Post - just loosen the seatpost collar, tilt the saddle by hand, then retighten. The two semicircular seatpost halves aren't connected so they're free to slide against each other when the collar isn't tight.

Tilt adjustments are super easy on Canyon's new VCLS Flat Spring Post - just loosen the seatpost collar, tilt the saddle by hand, then retighten. The two semicircular seatpost halves aren't connected so they're free to slide against each other when the collar isn't tight.
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Moving the rear brake down to the bottom bracket allows for a very clean rear end on Canyon's prototype time trial machine.

Moving the rear brake down to the bottom bracket allows for a very clean rear end on Canyon's prototype time trial machine.
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The rear brake of Canyon's Speedmax CF prototype is housed inside this enclosure to reduce drag.

The rear brake of Canyon's Speedmax CF prototype is housed inside this enclosure to reduce drag.
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Canyon gave us a sneak peek at its still-in-development Speedmax CF time trial machine.

Canyon gave us a sneak peek at its still-in-development Speedmax CF time trial machine.
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Canyon introduced a new Grand Canyon AL alloy 29er hardtail at this year's Eurobike show.

Canyon introduced a new Grand Canyon AL alloy 29er hardtail at this year's Eurobike show.
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Big chain stays and slim seat stays are common on carbon frames but Canyon also uses the concept on its new alloy 29er hardtail, too.

Big chain stays and slim seat stays are common on carbon frames but Canyon also uses the concept on its new alloy 29er hardtail, too.
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The asymmetrical Maximus seat tube on Canyon's new alloy 29er hardtail starts out round up top but switches to a more rectangular shape down by the bottom bracket.

The asymmetrical Maximus seat tube on Canyon's new alloy 29er hardtail starts out round up top but switches to a more rectangular shape down by the bottom bracket.
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The Canyon-sponsored Topeak-Ergon team has been testing 29er carbon hardtails this season.

The Canyon-sponsored Topeak-Ergon team has been testing 29er carbon hardtails this season.
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The still-in-development carbon Canyon 29er features a tapered head tube and routing for a dropper seatpost.

The still-in-development carbon Canyon 29er features a tapered head tube and routing for a dropper seatpost.
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Canyon didn't release any details on its upcoming 29er carbon hardtail but this develoment mule wears thru-axle dropouts and a direct-mount front derailleur.

Canyon didn't release any details on its upcoming 29er carbon hardtail but this develoment mule wears thru-axle dropouts and a direct-mount front derailleur.
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The upcoming Canyon Speedmax CF will feature proprietary integrated aero bars. Canyon currently plans to offer both flat and dropped base bars.

The upcoming Canyon Speedmax CF will feature proprietary integrated aero bars. Canyon currently plans to offer both flat and dropped base bars.
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The bottom bracket features press-fit bearing cups.

The bottom bracket features press-fit bearing cups.
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Canyon used these 'puzzle piece' frame sections to easily swap between different prototype shapes during wind tunnel testing.

Canyon used these 'puzzle piece' frame sections to easily swap between different prototype shapes during wind tunnel testing.
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Canyon says it went through several frame shape iterations of its upcoming Speedmax CF. Easily interchangeable frame sections made for easier and more productive wind tunnel testing.

Canyon says it went through several frame shape iterations of its upcoming Speedmax CF. Easily interchangeable frame sections made for easier and more productive wind tunnel testing.
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Canyon claims the ridge running along the side of the frame tubes is a key element to reducing drag.

Canyon claims the ridge running along the side of the frame tubes is a key element to reducing drag.
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Rear-entry dropouts on the Canyon Speedmax CF prototype make for easier wheel changes given the tight-fitting seat tube profile.

Rear-entry dropouts on the Canyon Speedmax CF prototype make for easier wheel changes given the tight-fitting seat tube profile.
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The fork crown on Canyon's Speedmax CF prototype has plenty of room for air to pass through.

The fork crown on Canyon's Speedmax CF prototype has plenty of room for air to pass through.
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Like all good time trial bikes these days, the upcoming Canyon Speedmax CF boasts a very clean frontal profile.

Like all good time trial bikes these days, the upcoming Canyon Speedmax CF boasts a very clean frontal profile.
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The center-pull front brake is tucked inside the fork crown on Canyon's Speedmax CF prototype.

The center-pull front brake is tucked inside the fork crown on Canyon's Speedmax CF prototype.
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Canyon has moved to an external steerer for the carbon fork on its Speedmax CF prototype time trial bike.

Canyon has moved to an external steerer for the carbon fork on its Speedmax CF prototype time trial bike.
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Mountain bikers who might regularly raise and lower their saddles can lock the tilt position in place.

Mountain bikers who might regularly raise and lower their saddles can lock the tilt position in place.
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German online retailer Canyon has wholly revamped its value-oriented Ultimate Al road platform for 2012. Weight has dropped to 1,220g (claimed) but stiffness and ride quality look to have been improved as well.

The now hydroformed and shapelier down tube is wider at the bottom bracket and taller at the head tube, the asymmetrical Maximus seat tube gets a new round-to-rectangular profile, press-fit bottom bracket cups replace the older model's traditional threaded fittings, and fully internal cable routing plus a new Di2-specific version with a chain stay-mounted battery will provide a cleaner appearance along with more consistent mechanical shifting performance in inclement weather.

In addition to the stock models, Canyon will produce a limited run – just 100 samples – of Ultimate Al 9.0 Di2 complete bikes that feature a raw brushed finish and special orange decals.

The Canyon Speedmax CF

Canyon also provided Cyclingnews with a closer look at its brand-new Speedmax CF prototype, which we first saw hiding in a company van at this year's Tour de France. Canyon says it likely won't be available to consumers until the 2013 model year but the preview is definitely striking.

Gone is the current Speedmax CF's gently curving shape for a more angular design that is claimed to be more aerodynamic in the wind tunnel. As is becoming practically standard issue for full-blown time trial bikes these days, the new Speedmax CF also gets an external-steerer fork, fully integrated center-pull brakes (the front is hidden at the back of the fork crown and the rear brake is tucked into an enclosure behind the bottom bracket), a proprietary integrated aero bar, a stem that sits inline with the top tube, and fully internal cable routing.

Rear entry dropouts allow for a very tight gap between the rear wheel and profiled seat tube, the proprietary seatpost works with either standard rails or Selle Italia's Monolink system, and press-fit bottom bracket cups are used here as well.

Two new mountain bikes for 2012 – one with lots of travel, the other with none

Canyon Torque FRX

Canyon expands on its Torque range of long-travel mountain bikes with the introduction of a new Torque FRX platform aimed at lift-served park riders and downhillers. The beefy alloy frame is designed around a single or dual crown fork and the true four-bar rear suspension can be set at either 185 or 203mm of travel – making for a rather versatile machine especially when combined with the adjustable geometry that can be switched between a 64 or 65-degree head tube angle.

Other features include 142x12mm thru-axle rear dropouts, post mount rear disc tabs, a built-in sag meter, internal cable routing to accommodate the latest generation of dropper seatposts, a tapered head tube, and Cane Creek's highly adjustable Double Barrel coil-over shock as standard equipment.

Sitting at the other end of the spectrum is the all-new Grand Canyon Al 29er hardtail – Canyon's first production foray into the big-wheel market. Key features include a giant curved down tube, an extra-wide bottom bracket shell with press-fit bearing cups, a round-to-rectangular profile Maximus asymmetrical seat tube, an extra-short tapered head tube to retain a more reasonable cockpit height, internal derailleur cable routing, a direct-mount front derailleur, tiny seat stays, and – somewhat surprisingly – a 142x12mm thru-axle rear end.

Canyon says the new 29er will be available starting in December and a carbon fiber model will eventually follow – probably as a 2013 model. But in any case, US buyers will still have to wait a while longer yet for any of Canyon's bikes to be properly imported for sale. While a potential deal was apparently in the works with a US-based online retailer, we've been told those plans have been pushed back another season while the two parties continue to work out the complicated logistics.

And now for something completely different

A new and ingenious carbon seatpost

One of the most interesting things in the Canyon booth wasn't a frame or bike at all but rather an ingeniously clever carbon fiber seatpost.

The new VCLS Flat Spring Post is actually two separate semicircular carbon fiber shafts that are joined up top with a extremely low-profile pivoting head but otherwise free to slide against each other. Tilt adjustments are done by hand – just undo the seatpost collar, manually tilt the seat, then retighten – while independent fore-aft adjustments can be made by loosening a pair of easily accessed bolts. The head can also be flipped around to provide different degrees of offset.

That unique split, flat-profile carbon fiber construction is also said to be remarkably flexible under load, offering as much as 20mm of movement according to Canyon for a noticeable bump in comfort even as compared to the company's current VCLS seatpost model. It's also still very light despite the movement at a claimed 190g.

Canyon won't have the new seatpost ready for consumers until sometime in 2012 but it'll be approved for both road and mountain bike use whenever that day comes.

This article first appeared on BikeRadar