>>> Tour Tech: Why do the pros use MTB discs and is this a new set of Shimano wheels?This latest confirmation is courtesy of Warren Barguil d’Arkéa-Samsic, who was first spotted piloting a machine quite different from the existing Aeroad at the recent Critérium du Dauphiné. Since then, the Frenchman has continued to use the new Aeroad on the Tour de France in combination with his Ultimate in the mountain stages. Likewise, Alejandro Valverde used the new Aeroad in Movistar colors, and seems to have followed through the mountain stages so far.
The existing Aeroad platform was first introduced in 2014, so compared to almost all of its rivals, the venerable aero racing bike is starting to look its age.
So what looks different with this new version? For starters, it looks like Canyon makes the Aeroad completely integrated. Close examination of the front end reveals no visible cables, even with a Shimano Di2 groupset. It also implies that a new integrated bar and rod will be released to work in conjunction with the frame. The one-piece integrated bar and stem appear to take over from Canyon’s current H36 aero cockpit as a top-level setup. Compared to the existing unit, the new version also routes the hydraulic brake hoses through the bar and stem.
Sticking to the front, based on these photos and previous Zwift commercials, it looks like the new Aeroad has a new-
designed fork and increased tire clearances, updating it for modern tire trends.
The rear has been completely refined and features larger diameter tubes, and we expect more aero seat stays that also appear to have a cutout around the disc brake caliper. The chainstays also appear to have been oversized to increase stiffness and efficiency. The seatstays and chainstays feature a drastic increase in proportions and, we assume, a distinct aerodynamic advantage. The exaggerated seat tube / rear wheel wrap appears to have been lightened a bit.
The aero seatpost appears to have been beefed up compared to the skinny-looking post on the existing Aeroad. The exclusive aero seat post is much deeper, presumably to aid aerodynamic performance. It will need to be confirmed if compliance has been added to the carbon layer to counteract any added stiffness.
We’ll also risk guessing and saying that the new version will have better tire clearances as well.
With this new bike looking more than ready for launch, the only question to ask is: when will the public get their hands on the new Aeroad?