Canyon reveal their South African plans

Earlier this year, German direct-to-consumer bicycle company Canyon announced that it would be opening the Canyon website to purchases from South Africa. Building on this initial launch, Canyon invited the South African cycling media to a launch day at Mont Marie wine farm in Stellenbosch last week. Here Canyon outlined their plans to distribute and market the brand in South Africa.

Erik Kleinhans heads up Canyon South Africa


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Erik Kleinhans is the man on the ground for Canyon in South Africa.

 

Distinguished South African mountain bike racer Erik Kleinhans heads up the local operations for Canyon. Erik has worked with Canyon for a number of years, managing and riding for the Canyon Topeak professional team. Kleinhans will act as the brand's contact point in South Africa, overseeing technical and after-sales service, warranties, events and marketing in order to up the presence of the brand locally.

 

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Canyon's plans for South Africa


To close the gap between Germany and South Africa, Canyon has invested in a comprehensive demo bike fleet which will be available to interested riders for testing. The range includes the Aeroad, Ultimate, Speedmax road bikes, the Grail gravel bike, with a full-size curve of the Lux and Spectral mountain bikes. Kleinhans wants to encourage consumers to take up the opportunity to test ride the demo bikes. The demo fleet will be available in Stellenbosch and other parts of the country shortly.

 

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Canyon South Africa boasts an impressive demo fleet.

 

Canyon plans to have a physical presence in South Africa through local partners who will act as service centres for the brand. These technical centres will assist with after sales repair and warranties. All sales will continue to take place solely through the Canyon website.

 

Canyon's business model


Florian Schecklmann, Canyon's EMEA Market Manager, explains the Canyon model and Kleinhans' involvement in the video below:

 

 

Canyon South Africa launch event


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Along with Canyon's South African plans, their local demo fleet was unveiled to the cycling media at Mont Marie wine farm in Stellenbosch. A splendid venue for testing bikes with fun, flowing trails right on the farm and a broad road just outside the gate, including a gravel section.

 

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Much like kids in a candy store, we wanted to ride everything and between the Bike Hub team members, we rode the Grail gravel bike (sporting the unique Hoverbar cockpit), the Aeroad and Ultimate road bikes, as well as the Lux and Spectral mountain bikes. It's a rare treat to test such a wide range of brand's bikes back-to-back and it's not an experience limited to the media, the public is invited to ride these bike too.

 






20 Comments

Edge_Design, Oct 31 2018 09:13

This might upset a few hubbers...

 

We'll never forget that time a top tube once broke on one of their frames when a near pro confused his top tube and his saddle! 

 

Awesome to see such a confident move into the SA market - their long travel MTB's have always appealed to me.

Vegan Warrior, Oct 31 2018 09:30

That Lux! 

juan pelota, Oct 31 2018 09:34

Canyon won the 2014 Epic with Mennen/Hynek. Good to see them taking the SA market seriously.

 

Willie Smit looks good on one too!

Christian van Zyl, Oct 31 2018 09:43

That Gravel...  :drool:  :drool:  :drool:

Nick, Oct 31 2018 10:08

Here of some of the other bikes they had on show:

 

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Photos by Ewald Sadie.

TheJ, Oct 31 2018 10:32

Given a choice between this...

 

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...and this...

 

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...I'd be on the Momsen.

daniemare, Oct 31 2018 10:34

Does anyone know where in Stellenbosch the demo's can be viewed/tried?

cbdcaffie, Oct 31 2018 10:59

 

Does anyone know where in Stellenbosch the demo's can be viewed/tried?

 

Head to the Wines2Whales race village - The MTB's and gravel bikes are there.

babse, Oct 31 2018 11:09

inquired about the lux in my size, was told it'll be available in 8 months... 

 

that was the end of the communication! 

CAAD4, Oct 31 2018 03:33

So how short are you really?

babse, Oct 31 2018 04:08

1.7m...a solid small according to their sizing cart!

 

So how short are you really?

WrightJnr, Oct 31 2018 04:25

inquired about the lux in my size, was told it'll be available in 8 months... 

 

that was the end of the communication! 

 

I also did a build/quote (std build) on a Lux on their website a few weeks back. 1.87m XL. Delivery date was estimated late January (and thats before our local customs etc get their laziness over it). I clicked on that little "x" on the top right of my browser.

Bizkit031, Oct 31 2018 04:27

As usual there is only support for certain groups of bikes,so typical of South Africa.

Nick, Oct 31 2018 06:09

inquired about the lux in my size, was told it'll be available in 8 months... 

 

that was the end of the communication! 

 

Ya, they mentioned that the warehouse is empty. The demand for the Lux hugely exceeded their forecasts. That availability is probably the lead time for a fresh batch of frames. Not ideal if you're looking to buy now.

DieselnDust, Nov 01 2018 07:04

1.7m...a solid small according to their sizing cart!

You could fit on a medium...

Their website size recommendations are made based on a XCO racer profile and sizing preference according to the reps at W2W. 

DieselnDust, Nov 01 2018 07:05

Ya, they mentioned that the warehouse is empty. The demand for the Lux hugely exceeded their forecasts. That availability is probably the lead time for a fresh batch of frames. Not ideal if you're looking to buy now.

 

This is what they said at W2W too. 

stringbean, Nov 01 2018 08:53

“Canyon bicycles now available direct to South Africa “ ( but we got no stock)

Donovan Le Cok, Nov 06 2018 10:31

I ordered my Lux in July, with an expected dispatch date of end of August. Been delayed twice and still waiting...

Flyer007, Nov 06 2018 10:46

Been riding an Aeroad CF SLX for about a year now - best bike I've ever ridden!

timwightman, Nov 06 2018 08:47

Already riding a Spectral - can't fault it really.  Great to see Canyon in the country.