Canyon bicycles has announced that it is collaborating with famed electronic group Kraftwerk to produce a limited edition run of bikes.
Called the Ultimate CF SLX Kraftwerk, the 21 bikes produced will feature a geometric black-and-white design that harkens to Kraftwerks signature aesthetic developed by founding member Ralf Hütter. Its the most complex design ever applied to a bike by Canyon; every reflective strip is cut to measure and hand-laid, taking a total of seven hours per frameset to complete.
The limited edition bikes will also feature the SRAM wireless eTap groupset, an electronic gear-shifting system that allows riders to shift with electronic switches instead of mechanical cables and switches. The components are placed on a bike, then paired using SRAMs proprietary 128-bit wireless encryption system, called Airea. Small satellite shifter buttons, called Blips, can also be placed anywhere along the handlebars.
Every reflective strip is cut to measure and hand-laid, taking a total of seven hours per frameset
Kraftwerk has a long history with cycling and the Tour de France, and Hütters passion for the sport is well-documented. In the 1970s and early 80s, he and bandmate Schneider would ride up to 200 kilometers a day, an obsession which, at the time, actually impaired Kraftwerks productivity. In 1983, the band recorded single Tour de France and 20 years later, produced album Tour de France Soundtracks, which coincided with the races centennial anniversary in 2003.
This years Tour de France is hosted in the Rhineland city of Düsseldorf, where Kraftwerk originally hails from. Time Trial World Champion Tony Martin will begin the race on a Canyon Speedmax CF SLX bearing the same design, and Kraftwerk will perform Tour De France Soundtracks at a Düsseldorf concert following Saturdays race.
Canyons Kraftwerk bikes will be available on Canyons website starting Monday, July 3rd, with a retail price of 10,000 ($11,411.90 USD).
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