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This Rapha × Canyon bike is lovely but limited

This article originally appeared on BikeRadar

We often don't cover special edition bikes because they're essentially a marketing exercise that's of little relevance to the general bike buying public. However, the RCC Canyon Ultimate is a particularly lovely looking thing, and while it's exclusive and expensive, it's a whole lot more affordable than your typical halo superbike.

This machine is a hand-painted Ultimate CF SLX 9.0 Aero with a very desirable build featuring SRAM eTap and Zipp 404 NSW wheels.

The bike is limited to 50 pieces and is available only to Rapha Cycling Club members, who will be given the chance to buy it on a first-come, first-served basis.

(Club membership will set you back £135 for a year. If you drink enough of the free coffee at the clubhouse you could conceivable recoup that, but your body may not thank you.)

The complete bikes weigh a claimed 6.35kg in a medium, light enough that you'd need to add weight for UCI events

The paintjob is the work of designer Patrick Wylde-Mafham, and it's distinctively Rapha-eque, with a fade and pink highlights that match current RCC kit.

Buyers will receive a bike inscribed with their personal RCC number and chapter logo.


Some of the details on that custom paintjob look fantastic

With a price tag of €7,000 / £6,260 / $8,207 / AU$10,748, the RCC Canyon is expensive but hardly obscene, especially when you compare it to other luxury brand tie-ins such as that Aston Martin Storck we featured a couple of weeks ago. 

Rapha × Canyon full spec
Sizes: 2XS, XS, S, M, L, XL, 2XL
Weight: 6.35 kg (size M )
Frame: Ultimate CF SLX
Fork: Canyon One One Four SLX
Headset: Canyon | Acros
Wheels: Zipp 404 NSW
Rear derailleur: SRAM Red eTap, 11-speed
Front derailleur: SRAM Red eTap, 11-speed
Brake/shift levers: SRAM Red eTap, 11-speed
Brakes: SRAM Red
Cassette: SRAM XG-1190 11/28
Cranks: SRAM Red,11-speed
Chainrings: 52/36
Chain: SRAM PC1190, 11-speed
Bottom bracket: SRAM GXP press-fit
Cockpit: Canyon H36 Aerocockpit CF
Handlebar tape: Canyon Ergospeed gel
Saddle: Fizik Antares R5
Seat post: Canyon S13 VCLS CF (15 - 35 mm setback)
Tyres: Continental Grand Prix 4000 S II 

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