Canyon Aeroad 2021 review

The new Canyon Aeroad will certainly pique riders' interests with its quill stem, adjustable handlebar width and market-leading claims of aerodynamics but is it as good as its makers will have you believe?

Canyon Aeroad CFR 2021
(Image: © Josh Croxton)

Cyclingnews Verdict

The new Canyon Aeroad is lighter, faster, stiffer, yet just as comfortable as the original. It gets extra marks for creative engineering, and it's a fast and compliant bike to ride, but racers may want to wait a while

Pros

  • +

    Slightly relaxed geometry makes it suitable for more riders

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    Genuinely comfortable ride

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    Competitively low weight (7.3kg size L)

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    Aero cockpit's cut-free stem height

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    Width adjustable handlebars

Cons

  • -

    Restricted to Aeroad cockpit, of which six-degree rise option only available… for now

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    Non-carbon-railed saddle seems out of keeping with otherwise high spec

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    Specced with older DT Swiss ACR 1100 Dicut wheelset… for now

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    Tubeless tyres not included

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The 2021 Canyon Aeroad has finally been unveiled to the world, and with it came the usual raft of claimed improvements from the manufacturer. These include the 2020-appropriate claims of increased aerodynamics, reduced weight, and an integrated cockpit. However, it is upon closer inspection when the new Canyon Aeroad begins to stand out not only among the best aero road bikes, but among the best road bikes overall. 

It has a bunch of nifty tricks up its sleeve that not only make the bike easier for Canyon to deliver in the first instance (important considering Canyon's direct-to-consumer nature), but also easier to live and travel with for the eventual owner. 

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Stack and reach comparison
ModelStackReach
Original Canyon Aeroad570403
New Canyon Aeroad580401
Scott Addict RC588400
Giant TCR Advanced SL581402
Specialized S-Works Tarmac581405
Trek Emonda SLR H1.5581396
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