With the V-Rad, Canyon lays the foundation for the brand’s first Crit bike. The prototype was developed in collaboration with the Rad-Race-Team, and it’s bound to cause quite a stir the fixie scene. Here is all the key information about this beautiful beast.
The geometry of the V-Rad is based on the award winning Canyon Aeroad and offers a perfect platform for fast Criterium races. The developers at Canyon hit the velodrome in search of a muse, yet apart from the tubing and a few components there’s not much left of the Canyon V-Drome track bike – the bottom bracket needed to be placed higher up and the toe-overlap of a track bike would have resulted in a disaster within a Crit-race context.
A year ago Canyon joined efforts with the Rad-Pack; together they developed the V-Rad and the results are truly astonishing. Also in terms of choice of components the designers have spared no effort. The Selle San Marco Concor saddle as well as the DT Swiss carbon wheelset shine in the Rad-Race-Look.
One delicious detail of the V-Rad is its paint scheme. At first glance all we notice are different tones of red but when looking closer and by superimposing the Rad-Race-Logo we notice the “Spider” actually defines the colour-scheme. This also explains the hidden logo under the bottom bracket.
For the moment there are 30 V-Rad prototypes planned, which the Rad-Pack racing team will be taking to track and fixie-races. With their feedback the riders will help develop a final series model for Canyon. Under the motto “Be a Part”, wishes and suggestions from fans and friends will be taken in consideration as well. If you want to be part of this creative process, here you’ll find all the info you need.
The V-Rad has already passed its first practical test with distinction, as it’s already been deployed in the “Last Man Standing” Rad Race. Pretty much straight out of the paint shop, onto the racetrack.
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Words: Manuel Buck Photos: Benjamin Topf