As Canyon nears its North American debut in August, the consumer direct German brand gives riders something to look forward to—an all-new women’s line of road bikes. After studying the differences between men and women, Canyon came up with completely new women’s specific frame geometry, frame design, and componentry for its WMN Road line.
There are three disc brake-specific WMN Road platforms: Ultimate WMN CF SLX, Endurance WMN CF SL, and Endurance WMN AL. The Ultimate WMN CF SLX is Canyon’s race model; it comes with sharp, agile handling geometry. Riders who are less competitive or ride longer distances will enjoy the enhanced stability of the Endurance WMN models, which come in carbon and aluminum models.
The bikes should be especially good for shorter women. Canyon has introduced 650b wheels (rather than the more commonly used and smaller diameter 650c) to its size 2XS and newly added 3XS sizes. The smaller wheel offers toe overlap clearance and the tighter wheelbase keeps handling sharp by allowing for consistent head angle and resulting trail numbers. The smaller wheels also improve handlebar-to-saddle drop over 700c wheels in smaller sizes. Since the wheels are smaller, Canyon gives these bikes larger semi-compact chainrings to compensate gearing.
The new 3XS size means these new bikes should work for a broader range of differently sized riders: from about five feet to just over six feet in height. Compared to the unisex versions, stack is a little higher and reach a little longer on the WMN models, but Canyon claims that torso and arm angles remain the same because of differences in gender anatomy.
These new bikes are about more than just a better fit—they’re designed to be faster too. Canyon says that its Ultimate WMN CF SLX is not only more aero than its unisex counterpart, it’s also Canyon’s lightest disc brake model ever at just 765 grams in size XS.
Canyon is holding its official WMN Road launch in two weeks so check back at Bicycling.com for more details on these exciting new bikes along with first ride impressions.