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Canyon Aeroad CF SL vs CF SLX

Posted: Mon Feb 04, 2019 4:01 pm
by StevenH72
I know that the CF SL is heavier (40g-100g mentioned, but I haven't seen any real data) with supposedly a slight decrease in frame stiffness, but I was wondering whether anybody has any real life experience of the CF SL just yet?

I'm going to purchase a rim brake version of a mechanical Aeroad frameset and a £600 saving with only a small weight penalty and potentially (but looking for clarification) a small trade off in stiffness I'm struggling to justify the CF SLX.

Would love to hear views and feedback from those that have ridden the CF SL. It's just as aero as the SLX, I'm not a 1,600w sprinter and have a light climbing bike already.


Surely a CF SL is everything I'd need?

Re: Canyon Aeroad CF SL vs CF SLX

Posted: Mon Feb 04, 2019 7:20 pm
by hannawald
probably will be ok. It´s ok with Ultimate.
Just a remark - you probably know that Aeroad is very probably due to update this year...

Re: Canyon Aeroad CF SL vs CF SLX

Posted: Mon Feb 04, 2019 7:20 pm
by Weenie

Re: Canyon Aeroad CF SL vs CF SLX

Posted: Mon Feb 04, 2019 7:42 pm
by Roadrocket
It´s most likely that new Aeroad will be introduced during TdF 2019. So keep in mind you´re buying the bike that stayed the same from 2015, so during atumn you´ll probably ride ,,old´´ bike, although bought few months ago.
If you really want this gen of Aeroad, personally I´d wait until TdF, prices will be a lot better.

About carbon layup, I think the stiffness of SL will be almost the same as SLX, just a bit heavier.

Re: Canyon Aeroad CF SL vs CF SLX

Posted: Tue Feb 05, 2019 6:19 am
by jmechy
hannawald wrote:
Mon Feb 04, 2019 7:20 pm
probably will be ok. It´s ok with Ultimate.
Just a remark - you probably know that Aeroad is very probably due to update this year...
Looks like other threads here indicate that Canyon's Aeroad 2019 update was just adding the SL framset and various color/build changes. Are there any signs to indicate that this may not be the case?

Re: Canyon Aeroad CF SL vs CF SLX

Posted: Tue Feb 05, 2019 12:01 pm
by StevenH72
I do appreciate that the current Aeroad is a few years old now, but there is no guarantee that I will like the new Aeroad, and in my view, if everybody took the stance not to buy something as newer technology will soon be along, nobody would every buy anything.

I like the current Aeroad, so will buy a frame regardless. Being UK based, I'm also hedging my bets against any potential for Canyon's prices increase for UK customers depending on whether we crash out of the EU.

I think I'm going to go for the SL frame, if the stiffness is much of a muchness, I'm happy to accept the extra weight. Canyon estimate a 200g weight penalty for frame and forks.

Re: Canyon Aeroad CF SL vs CF SLX

Posted: Tue Feb 05, 2019 1:11 pm
by Alex222
I just purchased a new bike myself, earlier than planned, on the expectation the pound is going to tank in a few months

Re: Canyon Aeroad CF SL vs CF SLX

Posted: Tue Feb 05, 2019 1:47 pm
by g32ecs
hannawald wrote:
Mon Feb 04, 2019 7:20 pm
probably will be ok. It´s ok with Ultimate.
Just a remark - you probably know that Aeroad is very probably due to update this year...


Is this the same case as the Ultimate? When was the first time the current geo/styling was introduced?

Re: Canyon Aeroad CF SL vs CF SLX

Posted: Tue Feb 05, 2019 4:06 pm
by Alex222
g32ecs wrote:
Tue Feb 05, 2019 1:47 pm
hannawald wrote:
Mon Feb 04, 2019 7:20 pm
probably will be ok. It´s ok with Ultimate.
Just a remark - you probably know that Aeroad is very probably due to update this year...


Is this the same case as the Ultimate? When was the first time the current geo/styling was introduced?
Aeroad came out before the current Ultimate, so I would guess Aeroad this year and Ultimate next.

Re: Canyon Aeroad CF SL vs CF SLX

Posted: Tue Feb 05, 2019 5:07 pm
by hannawald
same expectation, Aeroad this year, Ultimate next..

Re: Canyon Aeroad CF SL vs CF SLX

Posted: Wed May 29, 2019 7:47 am
by tomtom
StevenH72 wrote:
Mon Feb 04, 2019 4:01 pm
I know that the CF SL is heavier (40g-100g mentioned, but I haven't seen any real data) with supposedly a slight decrease in frame stiffness, but I was wondering whether anybody has any real life experience of the CF SL just yet?

I'm going to purchase a rim brake version of a mechanical Aeroad frameset and a £600 saving with only a small weight penalty and potentially (but looking for clarification) a small trade off in stiffness I'm struggling to justify the CF SLX.

Would love to hear views and feedback from those that have ridden the CF SL. It's just as aero as the SLX, I'm not a 1,600w sprinter and have a light climbing bike already.


Surely a CF SL is everything I'd need?
Of course the SL is also great (see the many review around)! But the weight "penalty" is a little bigger. According to Canyon 2,4kg (complete disc frameset) for the SL and 2,2kg for the SLX disc.

Re: Canyon Aeroad CF SL vs CF SLX

Posted: Wed May 29, 2019 8:02 am
by robeambro
StevenH72 wrote:
Mon Feb 04, 2019 4:01 pm
I know that the CF SL is heavier (40g-100g mentioned, but I haven't seen any real data) with supposedly a slight decrease in frame stiffness, but I was wondering whether anybody has any real life experience of the CF SL just yet?

I'm going to purchase a rim brake version of a mechanical Aeroad frameset and a £600 saving with only a small weight penalty and potentially (but looking for clarification) a small trade off in stiffness I'm struggling to justify the CF SLX.

Would love to hear views and feedback from those that have ridden the CF SL. It's just as aero as the SLX, I'm not a 1,600w sprinter and have a light climbing bike already.


Surely a CF SL is everything I'd need?
Nothing wrong in buying an Aeroad, I don't think there will be major upgrades for the new models (unless you have some fetish for internal cable routing, there's people who can hardly look at a bike when the cables are visible).

Waiting for the TdF discounts is a bit of a bet. You may pay less, but they probably will have very little remaining stock at that time, so if you can't find one available in your size, you risk having to buy the new one (oh the tragedy, I know).

Re: Canyon Aeroad CF SL vs CF SLX

Posted: Wed May 29, 2019 1:38 pm
by StevenH72
tomtom wrote:
Wed May 29, 2019 7:47 am
StevenH72 wrote:
Mon Feb 04, 2019 4:01 pm
I know that the CF SL is heavier (40g-100g mentioned, but I haven't seen any real data) with supposedly a slight decrease in frame stiffness, but I was wondering whether anybody has any real life experience of the CF SL just yet?

I'm going to purchase a rim brake version of a mechanical Aeroad frameset and a £600 saving with only a small weight penalty and potentially (but looking for clarification) a small trade off in stiffness I'm struggling to justify the CF SLX.

Would love to hear views and feedback from those that have ridden the CF SL. It's just as aero as the SLX, I'm not a 1,600w sprinter and have a light climbing bike already.


Surely a CF SL is everything I'd need?
Of course the SL is also great (see the many review around)! But the weight "penalty" is a little bigger. According to Canyon 2,4kg (complete disc frameset) for the SL and 2,2kg for the SLX disc.
I went for the CF SL and have been very happy. As mentioned I went for the rim brake version and not disc frameset (I am still yet to believe the disc brake hype), does the 200g penalty also apply to the rim frameset?

Re: Canyon Aeroad CF SL vs CF SLX

Posted: Wed May 29, 2019 9:22 pm
by tomtom
They (Canyon) mention for the SLX only the frame (not set) weight; 890 gram and for the SL (rim/mechanical) the complete set weight; 2,5kg. But in any case the difference will be also in de brakes; DA vs Ultegra.....so not not a very good comparison :? They mention a complete weight of rim/electrical SLX; 2,3kg. So also there about 200g difference. I send my Aeroad SL disc back and bought a second hand SLX one (better looking because of the color, less expensive and fully custom....will be close to 7kg I hope :-)). It was my first disc brake and I love the extra stiffness (because of the thru axles), the easyness AND of course the superior braking!! I have owned many Canyon's (also an Aeroad) all with rimbraks but all my next Canyon's will be disc's :-)!

Re: Canyon Aeroad CF SL vs CF SLX

Posted: Fri May 31, 2019 10:01 am
by tifosiman
I asked Canyon about the differences between the SL and SLX framesets on their chat a few months ago, and they said the SLX frames uses a higher grade of carbon resulting in a slightly lighter frame - but there shouldn't be any other difference other than the weight as they engineered the frames to be as similar as possible. They said they haven't known of anyone who'd be able to tell the difference between the two in terms of ride quality or stiffness.

Re: Canyon Aeroad CF SL vs CF SLX

Posted: Fri May 31, 2019 3:44 pm
by tomtom
I think also (other then weight) the difference between Sl and SLX is not noticeable for "normal" (aka not pro's) cyclists :-)!

Re: Canyon Aeroad CF SL vs CF SLX

Posted: Fri May 31, 2019 3:44 pm
by Weenie