Unboxing: Canyon Aeroad CF SLX

Although Canyon has only been officially available in South Africa since February, the brand needs little introduction for many cyclists. Known for their direct to customer model, Canyon has managed to build a reputation for excellent value for money on quality, great looking bikes. In my search for a new disc road bike, I managed to find a Canyon that ticks all the right boxes. I decided to take the plunge.

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Photo credit: Ewald Sadie.

 

Ordering


The ordering and payment process is streamlined and smooth. Ordering a bike is as simple as finding the desired range and model, selecting the size and colour before proceeding to payment. You can either pay with credit card or via a payment link once your bike is ready to be shipped. The only difficult part is deciding which bike to go for. I lucked into an Aeroad CF SLX in the women team's colours with my dream specification and decided to go for it after chatting to Canyon online to confirm geometry and component differences over the standard version.

 

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Shipping & Tracking


Canyon Bikes ships to South Africa using UPS. It took a day from placing the order to receiving the confirmation email that it was on its way with the courier. After that, it took 25 hours for my bike to arrive at customs in Johannesburg.

 

17 May - Order Processed, ready for UPS
17 May - Export Scan
18 May - Kempton Park, South Africa Warehouse Scan

 

Where my deliver experience did go a bit pear-shaped was at customs in Johannesburg. There was a slight delay with the UPS lady pulling a no-show on a Monday which interrupted the processing of my VAT and duty (15%) payments causing my box to come to a halt.

 

The UPS tracking read "The shipment is being held. Commodity description information must be validated by the sender". It turns out that this was caused by the "preferred origin" discussion in the Canyon thread which centres around whether we should pay duty on complete bicycles important from the EU.

 

According to Canyon, they cannot declare their bikes as "of preferred EU origin" and therefore we have to pay duty. They have committed to sorting the required documents in order to avoid future delays at customs. What was positive is by the time I emailed them to let them know of the issue they were already aware of the problem and had sent the required documents through.

 

Unfortunately, the system at customs work on a queue basis and once documents are required your box goes into a hold and has to queue again once the documents had been received. This delayed delivery to me by a good couple of days.

 

Once all of the above was sorted, my parcel was on its way again for delivery in Cape Town and arrived at my door 13 days after placing the order.

 

Unboxing and Building



Canyon ship their bikes with everything needed to assemble it yourself and pack it in such a way that minimal assembly is required. Included in delivery was:
  • 2 x Canyon Torque Wrenches ( 1 x 5nm, 1 x 12nm with adapters)
  • Frame Protection
  • SRAM RED eTap Charger & power adapters
  • Canyon Roadbike Manual
  • Canyon Organza Bag
  • Tool Case
  • Carbon Assembly Paste
  • Reflector Set
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I ordered an extra two bottle cages and a Garmin mount which came neatly packed in their own boxes. Once the accessory boxes are taken out of the bike box, you can lift the whole bike, with the front wheel and everything else tidily strapped to it. This can either be placed on a carpet, table, or on top of the box which it came in - ready for you to start assembly.

 

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In short, everything is already fitted to the bike except for:

  • the front wheel is out and securely strapped to the side of the frame. This will have to be slotted in place and the axle wound through and secured
  • the handlebar with the stem is lose and will have to be mounted to the fork steerer
  • the seat post with saddle fitted is out of the seat tube. After applying some carbon paste to the seat post it can be slipped inside the seat tube and tightened to specification.
And that is it! Well, almost. You will still have to check the gears and from a safety point of view give the bike a bolt check. All of this can be done in under thirty minutes and won't require any additional tools from what was included in the box. I only used two of my own tools to tighten my pedals and to fit the Garmin mount. The torque wrenches are neat touches and show that Canyon have put a lot of thought into the home assembly process.

 

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Photo credit: Ewald Sadie.

 

First Ride Impressions


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Photo credit: Ewald Sadie.

 

I've only done a handful of meaningful rides on the Aeroad, so I won't wager a definitive opinion yet. I can say that all the signs point to a positive experience.

 

At 7.35kg (including pedals, two bottle cages, Garmin Mount, SWAT saddle bag mount, Garmin speed, and cadence sensor), it is a good 500 grams lighter than the claimed weight of the S-Works Venge Vias that I reviewed earlier this year. Note that that weight was for the bike and one bottle cage only and that the bikes have the same groupsets and similar carbon deep section wheels.

 

The low weight paired with the aero frame and wheels add up to a rewarding ride. The Zipp 404 wheels spin up fast and do an excellent job of keeping the momentum going. SRAM'S RED eTAP has established itself as my favorite road groupset thanks to its quick and intuitive shifting. On the longer rides I have done to date, it is clear that Canyon has designed a good amount of comfort into this aero minded frame and fork - it is by no means a harsh ride.

 

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Photo credit: Ewald Sadie.






18 Comments

lechatnoir, Jul 09 2018 10:06

Mine arrived with a complimentary miniature bottle of Alpecin shampoo... :D

BluffGrunter, Jul 11 2018 08:14

What percentage do you add on for Customs and Vat?

Canyon give you the price plus the shipping costs. How do I calculate total cost to me?

 

Thank you

finallygotabike, Jul 11 2018 08:50

What percentage do you add on for Customs and Vat?

Canyon give you the price plus the shipping costs. How do I calculate total cost to me?

 

Thank you

 

Yes please, also like to know this. Lets say the Canyon Sticker price was $1000 (to keep things simple) what did it cost you all in to have the bike on your doorstep?

dekker, Jul 11 2018 08:57

OMG that is one hot bike, not even Nairo could make that look boring.

 

the middlemen in the industry need to stay on their toes here.

Jehosefat, Jul 11 2018 09:07

What percentage do you add on for Customs and Vat?

Canyon give you the price plus the shipping costs. How do I calculate total cost to me?

 

Thank you

 

I didn't get charged any duty, only 16.5% VAT (this was last week). But apparently whether you have to pay duties or not is a bit of a lottery. If there are duties they should be 15%.

Mylolylo, Jul 11 2018 09:12

I didn't get charged any duty, only 16.5% VAT (this was last week). But apparently whether you have to pay duties or not is a bit of a lottery. If there are duties they should be 15%.

Damn thats a luck! I paid 15% duties and 15.5% VAT on my bike.  

gummibear, Jul 11 2018 10:07

Cool unboxing!

Headshot, Jul 11 2018 11:19

i dig those big columns outside the reviewers house :-) 

 

I'd say the biggest problem for most is finding the money for one of these things, not choosing which one :-(

daniemare, Jul 11 2018 12:13

The Canyon I am interested in can not be customized by Canyon on
- Rear Derailleur: Short Cage to Medium
- Rear Casette: 11-28 to 11-32
- Tyres: Conti’s to Tubeless (although wheels are compatible)

I then worked out that the Shipping Cost Saving on frameset vs full bike and it then being Duty Free (15%) - Only Vat, I can damn well break even buying the Frameset only and Drivetrain from Starbike configured to my taste, similar wheels but with tubeless and seat and bar tape I like.

Hairy, Jul 11 2018 03:03

that fork / thru axel interface looks good on the vid ... any detailed pics of this please?

Iwan Kemp, Jul 11 2018 03:11

that fork / thru axel interface looks good on the vid ... any detailed pics of this please?


I'll take some tomorrow for you at Canyon...

BluffGrunter, Jul 11 2018 03:17

I didn't get charged any duty, only 16.5% VAT (this was last week). But apparently whether you have to pay duties or not is a bit of a lottery. If there are duties they should be 15%.

Thank you for the reply

Is that percentage on the bike price only or the courier too?

BluffGrunter, Jul 11 2018 03:18

i dig those big columns outside the reviewers house :-) 

 

I'd say the biggest problem for most is finding the money for one of these things, not choosing which one :-(

ha ha ha ha. funny **** that

bikebloke, Jul 11 2018 05:56

when GCN do an " unboxing" they give one away ............so wheres the link ..............?

button, Jul 11 2018 06:05

What percentage do you add on for Customs and Vat?

Canyon give you the price plus the shipping costs. How do I calculate total cost to me?

 

Thank you

 

 

30%... 15% VAT and 15% Duties

karma, Jul 12 2018 05:49

That yellow saddle ruins it. 

Rest of the bike is looking great.

Schnavel, Jul 12 2018 01:08

That yellow saddle ruins it. 

Rest of the bike is looking great.

 

Agreed, beautiful and well spec'ed bike, but that saddle ruins it.

AndyBush, Jul 13 2018 05:52

What did this great bike cost in Rand's after all the courier, duty and vat are added in?