Main Canyon models
Canyon has earned a well-deserved reputation as a manufacturer of cutting-edge bicycles with a high technological component and a great price/performance ratio.
Canyon road bikes are divided into three models: frames designed for the long distance and long distances, aero geometry frames for the best solo performance, and versatile frames that adapt to the circumstances and the location. The latest Canyon cyclocross frames are another example of this versatility.
In mountain biking, the Canyon range is extensive, with rigid alloy and carbon front suspension bikes, long-distance bikes and downhill machines. The Canyon MTB is distinguished by its steep down tube and the solutions it offers at the top of the fork.
But the segment where the German brand is really appreciated is triathlon. Canyon's developments in triathlon bicycles are demonstrated by the achievements of Jan Frodeno, two-time Ironman world champion in Hawaii. Interestingly, the first great Canyon athlete was Jürgen Zack, a triathlete in the 1980s who introduced the brand to the competitive environment even back then.
Canyon's popularity has grown exponentially due to its constant exposure in major competitions. The brand was founded in 1985 by the Arnold brothers, Roman and Franc. As with other bicycle manufacturers, it started out by importing spare parts and spare parts for bicycles, in this case from Italy. At the end of the 1990s the company made a decision that has marked its position in the market. Canyon - then called Radsport Arnold - decided to sell directly to the consumer, cutting out middlemen and retail outlets in the sales chain. This process of manufacturing and direct sales culminated in 2003 with the launch of the Canyon Bicycles brand, specialising in Internet sales. It did not take long for Canyon Bicycles to gain a high reputation as a manufacturer of cutting-edge bikes with a high technological component and great value for money. This quality has sometimes been accompanied by prestigious designers who have collaborated in the creation of different models of bicycles for the brand. In fact, in 2007 Canyon received several corporate design awards.
In the same year (2007) Canyon revolutionised the triathlon scene by introducing a bike that integrated the brakes into the frame structure. This reduced the level of wind resistance. This triathlon machine, called Project 0.05, also pioneered a system that allowed the rider to drink directly from the handlebars without having to detach the arms from the bars to access the water bottle.
One of the hallmarks of Canyon bikes is this commitment to continuous innovation. Constant experimentation with materials, design and aerodynamics sets the standard for the development of Canyon bikes. An example of this innovative work is the road bike which Canyon launched in 2006: a machine with disc brakes weighing only 6.8 kilograms (the minimum weight permitted by the International Cycling Union). A year earlier it had developed a prototype road bike weighing just 3.7 kilograms.
In recent years there have been big stars who have achieved success riding a Canyon bike, such as Jan Frodeno, Ironman world champion. In road cycling, Nairo Quintana won the 2014 Giro d'Italia and the 2016 Vuelta a España with Canyon. Alejandro Valverde, Mikel Landa or Joaquim Purito Rodíguez - 3 times Best Cyclist in the UCI ranking - are other great cyclists who have achieved victories with a Canyon.