Good find - also the other links by the thread contributors.
I still wonder what kept Canyon so long. Was it that data breach around the new year? Or mostly the Corona-Situation? But that came way later considering MvdP being already last year before the World Champs on it. Probably some design problems?
Anyways - doesn’t look too shabby. But also doesn’t look too fresh compared to the old one. Makes you wonder whether that is just some evolution or whether we will see some really cool engineering explained when it is officially launched.
Because - there has to be quite a bit of cool engineering or else this thing is old before it hits the shelves. Just from the look you could be afraid of:
- overweight because of wide and deep frame shapings. Hitting a competitive weight just with their new CFR “unicorn hair” carbon would be a bit disappointing to say the least.
- lack of comfort because of that deep aero-profiled seat post. Would also need some cool tricks to be comfortable
- integrated cockpit without any adjustability. Doesn’t look like the solutions current new bikes use to be versatile and adjustable despite having all the cables tucked away. Would hurt all the more since Canyon is known for not being able to provide stem/handlebar combos in different sizes and for additional accessories (think clip-on aerobars, computer mounts, light mounts) being available only after years (not months) after the market introduction if at all.
Doesn’t has to be that way - maybe they have learned. But - it could be that this bike is already way too long in development (I’d reckon it’s delayed at least 12 months, if not more) so that these advances in the industry are not implemented by Canyon. We will see when it’s officially launched.