NEW! Canyon Women’s Road Bike Range | GCN’s First Look

NEW! Canyon Women’s Road Bike Range | GCN’s First Look


(upbeat music) – Canyon is the title
sponsor for one of the most distinctive pro cycling teams around with some of the most talented
and successful female riders. They’ve been riding, racing
and winning on Canyon bikes for the past two years. But bikes technically
unisex that are made for the taller and heavier riders than
the average female cyclist. Behind the scenes though,
Canyon have been working hard to create these, a
dedicated range of truly women specific bikes so
before we dive in and actually find out what this is all
about, we need to address one important question
which is what do women want? From a bike, of course,
otherwise we’d be here all day. (upbeat music) So I’m here with Daniel, the
product developer at Canyon. You’ve been heavily
involved in the project to develop these women’s bikes
and throughout my career, I raced often on male
specific bikes so I’m actually really interested to see your reasoning for producing these frames. – Yeah, that’s a good
question so first of all we started to ask the
question what are the difference between men
and women so we get a bunch of data so overall there
was around 60,000 data sets. We get it and we actually analyse them. In the 50’s percentile
of women compared to men, they are 15cm smaller so
they are lighter as well. So seven to eight
kilogrammes in the same body height, they are lighter than men. Another difference was the arm length. So arms of women are usually like three, up to three centimetres
shorter and that was one main reason why we changed
the geometry of women’s bikes. So all those points we found
out during post processing the data led to the new
geometry of women’s bikes. We try to fit each
specific body reference. We’ve got one specific body
reference height for each size. So we try to ensure that the torso angle and the arm angle remains the same during the whole range of frame sizes. (funky music) – I’m currently riding the
Ultimate Carbon Fibre size XS. As you’ll notice, these
wheels are actually standard 700c wheels however the two smaller sizes, the 3XS and the 2XS have
the 650B size wheels. Canyon are the first to admit
that this isn’t the first time a bike manufacturer has
actually made smaller wheels. It’s often seen a lot in mountain biking. However, this is the first real time it’s been used for road cycling. They’ve also not only
developed the top of the range Ultimate frame but they have two more called the Endurance, one
carbon fibre and aluminium. So one of the main differences
of the smaller bikes that you’ve made, you can really
see the smaller wheel size. And what was the reason for
Canyon actually doing that? – One of the biggest issues
we were facing is that we couldn’t create bike
as small as we like to. So now we are creating a 3XS that is even one frame size smaller than we had before. The reason is that women are
actually smaller than men and we wanted to fit actually
as many women as we could on a bike so we started with
the body height from one metre and 52 centimetres so each
woman that is bigger than that can ride a bike
right now and is getting the best performance out of the bike. – So you’ve got the smaller
frames and the smaller wheels but how does this actually
benefit women riders like from a performance
level and do the smaller wheels actually effect the
way, the handling of the bike? – Exactly, you’re right,
it’s effecting the handling. So one issue you have
with the big wheel sizes, if you built the bike
very small and very short, you have big issues with
the toe interference. So this is one major reason why we have to change to the smaller sizes. We are facing a difference
of up to two degrees in the head cube angle and
this is in the end result in a trail of difference
on the ground of 20mm. And this means that if we
are reducing the trail on the ground this means
big, big, big change in steering and handling and
you can actually be more precise and more dynamic on the road. – So you’ve got all these
different smaller wheels sizes now but actually how
easy is it for people to buy the wheels and the tyres and everything for these smaller sizes? – Yeah, our product management,
they’re really focussed on this topic so we got
several different companies which are supporting us
at the moment so you can easily get 650 B wheels from
the standard aluminium wheel up to the high profile carbon wheel. So currently we are working
with brands like DT Swiss. Then if you need tyres,
we’ve got Continental and we’ve got Schwalbe and they
are working closely with us. And you can get every
component you would like to as they are getting it at
the moment for 700 C wheels. – So having ridden this
bike all afternoon, I’ve found it to be really agile,
it handles really well. And it’s actually really
enjoyable to climb on. And I haven’t finished climbing yet. Canyon decided that
their current range was overbuilt for the majority
of female cyclists. They simply don’t need to be as stiff. That means that the frames
can be made even lighter, 50 grammes in fact for an equivalent size but maintaining the same stiffness to weight ratio as the current model. Part of that is a result
of smaller diameter shoes meaning less material
but also meaning that the frame is more aerodynamic too. On this Ultimate’s Women’s Bike here, Canyon says it’s actually
3% more aerodynamic. It’s fantastic to see
a brand that invests so much in women cycling
back up their investment in women’s racing producing
a range of new women specific bikes, after
all, who wouldn’t want the promise of a better handling bike? If you want to see more from
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Tiffany Cromwell’s Kit Bag, click here and
for a more in depth look at bike geometry, click here.