Matt Stephens' Canyon Aeroad Disc

Published on November 4th 2017


Have a look at Matt's Canyon Aeroad Disc. Equally at home on the Yas Marina Formula One circuit as it is on Matt's hilly commute to work, this really is a super bike. Subscribe to GCN: Register your interest in the GCN Club: Get exclusive GCN gear in the GCN shop! Let us know what you think of Matt's bike in the comments 👇 This is Matt's Canyon Aeroad CF SLX Disc. That first ride was actually was on the Yas Marina Formula One Circuit ahead of the Abu Dhabi Toll, where I guess a bike as aggressive looking as this must have felt pretty much at home. Plus, you have the added bonus of running alongside Alberto Contador. The Aeroad is Canyon's Aero Road offering. I mean, just look at the wind sheeting design. From the Aeroad forks of the front all the way through to the back of the bikes, with a cam tail seat tube, and of course the dropped aerodynamic profiled stays. The aggressive race profile geometry, means that I can get into a pretty slimmed position relatively easily. Which really does suit my riding style. And the short head tube means that I can get into a low, yet comfortable arrow position. The thing about this bike is it's built for speed. This bike has also taken me over some of the most famous and iconic mountain passes in the Dolomites. As well as taken me on a more modest, yet hilly route on my commute to the GCN offices. Okay, let's have a little look at the kit on board my Aeroad. Now, just a few weeks ago, it had a nice little upgrade from Ultegra to a brand new shiny, Dura-Ace R9170 group set, which means electronic shifting and hydraulic braking, giving far better braking power. But, you ask, don't these brakes cause extra drag? Well they do, but it's hardly noticeable at all. In fact, Canyon's say disc brakes cause one more watt extra drag compared to rim brakes in wind tunnel test. The hydraulic brake levers have slimmed down considerably from previous iterations, and I must admit, I find it pretty fascinating how they found to squeeze that much tech inside such a small area. Looking at the wheels now, both front and rear, I've got DT Swiss ERC 1100, so a combination of light weight and aerodynamics. They're showed with Continental GP 4000 2's 25mm clinchers. Gearing wise, I've gone pretty pro setup actually, away from the compact setup. I've gone for a 53/39 up front, 175mm cranks, while at the back, I've got 11-30. It gets me up pretty much, everything. Finishing kit wise now, so I've got fi'zi;k Arizone saddle atop an Aeroad seat post, Dura-Ace pedals, I've got fully integrated bars and stem, that's proprietary Canyon as well, and up front I've got Wahoo Element. So, with this bike primarily being built for speed, what does it weigh at? We're gonna find out. Scales miraculously appeared from my back pocket. Oh, got the balance good. Here we go. 7.55kg. If you'd like to contribute captions and video info in your language, here's the link 👍 Watch more on GCN... Steve Cummings' Cervélo S5📹 Alberto Contador's Trek Emonda 📹 Photos: © Bettiniphoto / & ©Tim De Waele /