Canyon has announced the release of a special edition Ultimate CF SLX in collaboration with the iconic rock band Kraftwerk to mark the Tour de France starting from the band’s home city of Dusseldorf this weekend. The pioneering synth music legends have a unique connection to pro cycling thanks to their 1983 hit Tour de France, and with the 2017 Tour starting in Germany this year, Canyon decided to honour the occasion with a limited run of 21 bikes sporting a hand-finished paint scheme based on band frontman Ralf Hütter’s own design.
“My memories of partying in friends’ basements as a teenager are dominated by hearing Kraftwerk’s groundbreaking sounds. Kraftwerk and cycling have a special and unique connection – their music, and all that they do, has inspired our work at Canyon in so many ways across the years. It is an unbelievable honour for us to pay respect to everything that Kraftwerk stands for and has achieved in such a fitting way with these stunning bikes.”, said Canyon founder Roman Arnold.
Düsseldorf not only plays host to this year’s Tour de France Grand Départ, it is also where Kraftwerk first made their name in the now legendary Kling Klang Studios, the base from which their music conquered the world.
Beyond the 21 limited edition Ultimate CF SLX Kraftwerk models available to the public, Time Trial World Champion, Tony Martin, will also roll down the start ramp of the 104th Tour de France on a Speedmax CF SLX bearing the same striking design.
“The Ultimate CF SLX Kraftwerk is at the forefront of performance – a Grand Tour-winning frameset combined with SRAM’s wireless eTap groupset and Zipp’s 303 Firecrest wheels. Inspired by the band’s famous live appearances and absolute technical precision, the Ultimate CF SLX Kraftwerk sports a hand-finished design that echoes their clarity and visionary approach.”, says Canyon.
21 examples of the Ultimate CF SLX Kraftwerk will be available to order on Monday, 3 July at 12:00 PM CEST, costing €10,000.