Canyon are asking owners of the latest model Aeroad to temporarily stop using the bike as they investigate the cause of a recent handlebar failure.
The models in question are the Aeroad CF SLX and CFR. The issue arose after prominent professional Mathieu van der Poel was seen to nurse a broken carbon bar during the closing stages of Classic Le Samyn in Belgium.
Canyon have issued a press release that reads:
‘On Tuesday, 2 March, at one of the opening classic races a part of the handlebar of our Alpecin-Fenix pro Mathieu van der Poel (NED) quite obviously broke off during the race.
Experts from the Canyon development and quality management departments immediately began analysis and testing to understand the cause of this incident. The affected cockpits (CP0018 and CP0015) are only installed on the current Aeroad models CF SLX and CFR. The Aeroad CF SL model is not in any way affected by this issue.
“Mathieu fortunately did not fall. We want to ensure with absolute certainty that no one comes to harm before we have fully understood the root cause” says Roman Arnold, founder of Canyon Bicycles. Canyon is therefore informing all affected Aeroad customers and asking them to stop using their bike for the time being.
“We are doing everything we can to equip the affected Aeroadmodels as quickly as possible with a cockpit that meets both our and our customers’ demands for total quality and safety,” emphasises Armin Landgraf, CEO of Canyon Bicycles.
Canyon say all professional teams will switch to alternative bikes with immediate effect. ‘Until further notice, the pro sport athletes will be using the previous model of Aeroad or the current Ultimate,’ the press office added.