22 of Year 2024
All the details behind the bike Mathieu van der Poel’s team will ride in 2024
Photos: Rachel Jary
Mathieu van der Poel might be riding an all-white cannon in 2024 as world champion, but his team-mate’s purple Canyon Aeroad is far from a consolation prize. The stunning purple design is simple but surprisingly effective, standing out in the WorldTour bike livery. The Aeroad is Canyon’s fastest road bike, aerodynamically optimized to cut through the air with as little drag as possible. It’s the model that the likes of Van der Poel, Jasper Philipsen and Kaden Groves have ridden to a host of classic and grand tour victories, proving a capable companion to the fast legs of the Alpecin-Deceuninck punters.
The Aeroad CFR was introduced by Canyon in late 2020 as the German brand’s lightest road bike, described as “developed for WorldTour victories”, a claim it has certainly delivered on. The bike was created in conjunction with aerodynamics experts Swiss Side, with every tube optimized to reduce drag. It’s also said to save more than 200 grams compared to Canyon’s previous flagship model, the CF SLX.
Teaming up with Alpecin, the team’s Aeroad is a stunning combination of purple and blue as Canyon opts to keep things simple, but certainly not boring. The team has been known to make special edition bikes in the past, such as to celebrate the Van der Poel Classics campaign and ahead of the Tour de France last July, but this purple bike is the team’s standard color scheme which most runners will use. for next season.
These iridescent Elite Custom Race Skin bottle cages are definitely one of the highlights of the Alpecin-Deceuninck Aeroad, making the bike pop without taking the eye away from the purple paint.
Alpecin-Deceuninck uses Shimano Dura-Ace components, with the R9200 shifters boasting improved ergonomics that are said to seriously aid shifting comfort and precision.
The bike features a 3D-printed bike computer to help save weight, a sign that this is a team looking for every marginal gain. Canyon issues a standard computer mount, but the team has made the decision to use a custom mount.
The bike features a Shimano Dura-Ace R9200 Di2 groupset and power meter, with 54/40 front chainrings and a 12-speed cassette, a suitable choice for the relatively flat terrain that approached the next stage. The bike also had Shimano Dura-Ace road pedals. The team uses Selle Italia saddles: the model pictured is a Selle Italia Flite Boost Pro Team SuperFLow Kit Carbon Saddle. It features the Italian brand’s Superflow technology which aims to drastically reduce all physical limitations caused by prolonged pressure in the perineal area. The saddle is also covered with a technical microfiber cover material to improve durability, which is especially important for professional riders who spend a large number of hours on the bike. This Aeroad also featured an attached bib support to make the mechanic’s life easier on race day, but also to ensure no extra weight and bulk was added to the bike with zip ties.
The team also uses Selle Italia handlebar tape on Canyon’s Aeroad cockpit. This cabin is unique in that it can change width between 390mm and 430mm, making the bike easier to travel with and adjust on the go. The stem also allows the rider to adjust the bar height without cutting the head tube, which won’t be particularly useful for professional riders who don’t usually make their own adjustments, but it will make working on the bike easier. mechanics
The bike had Shimano Dura-Ace C50 wheels with 28mm Vittoria Corsa Pro tires. The C50 rims are quite deep and are a good choice for flat stages where there may be a risk of crosswind. For the flatter, faster sprint stages, the team has been known to use the deeper C60s.