Fresh Wheels: 2021 Canyon Ultimate CFR is Crazy Light

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Canyon is no stranger to the high performance-to-price ratio quadrant, but this is getting flat-out ridiculous. For 2021, the Canyon Ultimate is getting the ultralight treatment with an exclusive carbon fiber layup that believe it or not, required approval from Japan’s Defense Ministry to use. Did I say it was exclusive? Yes, it’s that exclusive.

The result is a limited-edition 2021 Canyon Ultimate CFR (Canyon Factory Racing) that hits the scales at a scant 675 grams for the medium frame and 285 grams for the fork. That puts the complete frame/fork at sub 1000 grams (960, in fact)! That’s wicked-light for a frame-only, so to have a complete come in at that weight is absolutely insane.

Canyon says this about the carbon fiber used:

“This incredible weight is achieved by applying quality ultra-high modulus pitch-based carbon fibres rarely seen in the industry. This layup is then applied to moulds with clinical precision, ensuring minimal fiber overlap to save material and thus precious grams. Lightness is essential to these builds,  but so is durability, which his why all frames and forks exceed our rigorous testing standards.”

Here’s the catch, however (there always is). Only the single, all-rounder complete build (Ultimate CFR Disc Di2) will be available here in the States, but here’s what will be available here in the United States (in very limited quantities):

  • Canyon Ultimate CFR frame and fork
  • Full Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 groupset (52-36 w/11-30 cassette)
  • Shimano power meter
  • DT Swiss ARC 1100 DICUT 50mm wheels
  • Canyon S13 VCLS seatpost
  • Fizik Adaptive R1 saddle
  • CP10 Aerocockpit that shaves 50 grams
  • Schwalbe Pro One Skinwall 25mm tubeless
  • 6.5 kg complete (14.33 lbs)
  • Limited availability in USA, starting January 2021
  • Price: $7999
2021 Canyon Ultimate CFR Di2

The Ultimate CFR Di2 is the only model that will come to the USA.

Some quick comparisons between the Ultimate CFR Disc EPS and CF SLX:

  • Frame Weight (Med): 675 vs 785 grams
  • Fork Weight: 285 vs 325 grams
  • Cockpit: 270 vs 320 grams
  • Total: 1196 vs 1430 grams (200 g savings)

This is just the start, so we anticipate an expanded CFR treatment throughout the entire lineup in the coming years. All things considered, the price point is superb and the overall build is fantastic. And, at 14.33 lbs, you’ve forgotten all about the disc weight penalty.

More Info: Visit Canyon.com

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A native of the Pacific Northwest, Jason quickly developed a love for the outdoors and a thing for mountains. That infatuation continues as he founded this site in 1999 -- sharing his love of road biking, mountain biking, trail running and skiing. That passion is channeled into every article or gear review he writes. Utah's Wasatch Mountains are his playground.

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