If there was any country in the world that would be able to turn the cool dial up to maximum for a Tour de France’s Grand Depart then you could bet your bottom ‘Euro’ it would be Germany…cue invite Kraftwerk to play your pre-Tour opening party. German bike manufacturer, Canyon, decided to ramp it up a notch further and launch Tony Martin off on his 2017 Tour de France three week journey, by equipping him with a unique Kraftwerk inspired designed Canyon Speedmax CF SLX time trial bike. Although this bike won’t be available for sale, Canyon are launching a limited edition of the Ultimate CF SLX which will be on sale from Monday 3rd July, 12:00pm CEST, costing €10,000. Here is what Canyon have to say about the 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 all-conquering 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. The unique geometric pattern, originating from Ralf Hütter’s own design, is one of the most complex ever applied by the Canyon Design Team.”

For Canyon Founder & CEO, Roman Arnold, this partnership carries personal significance: “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.”

The first stage of the Tour de France starts this Saturday 1st July and will see endless battles on two wheels over 21 stages. But be warned there are only 21 editions of the bike being made, to buy visit canyon.com. Bon Courage!

Words: Hannah Troop Photos: Canyon Bikes / Tino Pohlmann