Movistar’s Canyon Aeroad pro bike: A multiple Monument winner

Movistar’s Canyon bikes are largely unchanged from 2023, barring new Time XPRO pedals

Clock04:46, Monday 5th February 2024
Movistar's Canyon Aeroad for the 2024 season


Movistar's Canyon Aeroad for the 2024 season

Few bikes can match the pedigree of the Canyon Aeroad. A pure winner, it was the joint most successful Monument bike in 2023 alongside the Colnago V4Rs, conquering both Milan-San Remo and Paris-Roubaix at the hands of Mathieu van der Poel. Its success translated to the Grand Tours too where it delivered eight of the brand’s nine stage wins - although all of those were delivered by Alpecin-Deceuninck.

The German brand will be hoping to continue its success into 2024, as will Movistar who will aim to take up some of the winning burden for Canyon that was heavily shouldered by Alpecin-Deceuninck in 2024.

While at the Santos Tour Down Under, we got our hands on the Aeroad that the Spanish team will hope will power them to some of that success.

Pure aero machine

Belonging to Johan Jacobs, the Aeroad in question is a pure aero bike which sits alongside Canyon’s lightweight offering, the Ultimate. It’s an aero bike in the traditional sense, with deep tube profiles, chunky stays and aero-optimised handlebars.

The current version ridden by Canyon-sponsored teams was released in 2020 and represented a big upgrade in terms of performance over the previous version, according to Canyon.

“It’s up to 7.4 watts faster. Up to 170g lighter. Up to 14% stiffer,” the German brand said upon its release. “And all that with absolutely no drawbacks when it comes to the bike’s celebrated levels of comfort.”

If performances on the road are anything to go by, those figures don’t lie. It’s hard to imagine how a brand can make such a successful bike even faster, but bike brands keep finding ways to fine-tune designs and we’re sure Canyon will find a way too. We may not have to wait too long to see a new version either, as Mathieu van der Poel was spotted riding a subtly different model during 2023, given away by a repositioned seatpost clamp. Most release cycles centre around a three-to-four-year orbit, so the latest version may soon emerge on the horizon.

SRAM-Movistar partnership continues

After nearly four decades of collaboration, Movistar turned its back on Campagnolo in 2020 to make the move across to SRAM groupsets. That move was just one factor in Campagnolo’s overall demise at WorldTour level and, despite its illustrious history, the Italian brand’s groupsets won’t be used by any WorldTour teams in 2024. By comparison, SRAM is used by four while Shimano claims the other 14.

SRAM currently has one major benefit over its rivals as it is the only groupset brand to have a 1x offering for the road. It wasn’t on show at the Tour Down Under, though, where Jacobs stuck to a traditional 2x set-up with a SRAM Red AXS 54/41t chainset.

That was partnered with what appears to be a mighty 10-36t cassette to provide ample gearing for the opening stage of the race, when we saw the bike.

New Time pedals

While most of the build has carried over from last season, Movistar has swapped its pedals from Look to the Time XPRO. That’s not too surprising as Time was acquired by SRAM in 2021.

Zipp is also owned by SRAM and supplies the team’s wheels in the form of the 454 NSW. These are instantly recognisable thanks to their rim profiles which undulate between a 53 and 58mm depth.

The wheels were joined by Continental Grand Prix 5000 TR tyres in a 28mm depth, set up tubeless as is common throughout the peloton.

Canyon’s finishing kit completed the build, including the Canyon SP0079 Aero Seatpost and Canyon CP0018 Aerocockpit.

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