It has long been a request among DMCX website readers, I finally got enough data to review Mathieu Van Der Poel’s 2022 Canyon Aeroad CFR Bike Size.
This is the beginning of a new era in road bike cycling; The end of 11 speed.
Shimano released its long-awaited 12-speed groupset on the last week of the Vuelta 2021. Despite being glued to my laptop screen I could not spot any pros finishing the Vuelta a Espana with the new 12-speed groupset.
The Vuelta 2021 was thus the last Grand Tour raced (and Won!) on an 11-speed road bike.
The first Pro rider to be officially racing on Shimano’s new 12 speed Dura-Ace groupset is Mathieu Van Der Poel.
No need to introduce who is Mathieu Van Der Poel (aka MVDP) here since you must be knowing him since you landed on this page.
I’ll spare you time and jump straight to the fun part of reviewing Mr. Van Der Poel’s Canyon Aeroad CFR 2022 bike size and set up.
By reading further you will find the following information:
- What is Mathieu Van Der Poel’s 2022 Bike Size and set up?
- Mathieu’s Complete bike specification for nerds
What is Mathieu Van Der Poel’s 2022 Bike Size and set up?
The Mathieu Van Der Poel (aka MvdP) is racing with ProTeam Alpecin-Fenix (PRT) in 2022 and beyond as his contract is up to the year 2025.
Mathieu Van Der Poel took the Pink Jersey on the Giro d’Italia 2022. What a great way to start this Grand Tour!
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Mathieu measures 1m84 and weight 75kg at top of his racing season.
He is an exceptionally talented pro rider as he races Cyclo-Cross, MTB, and road bike.
This fact alone is already great but he is also a powerful rider who can ride long periods of time with big gear at a high pace.
This explains why he races on the Canyon Aeroad CFR Disc. The bike is designed to be fast at high-speed thanks to its wide section tubes.
Mathieu is racing on the Aeroad CFR frame size L corresponding to 56cm measured from the center of the Bottom-Bracket (BB) to the top of the frame seat tube.
Canyon recommends the Aeroad CFR size L to riders measuring 1m84 to 1m90. In other words, it is rare to observe Professional riders picking a frame size that is on the bigger side. Usually, they go with one size smaller.
The fitting of Mathieu on his Canyon size L reflects long inner leg length as the saddle height is set at 795mm.
The distance from the front of his saddle to the handlebar axle is 609mm.
This makes him stretched but he is still young and flexible as the drop is 145mm from top of the saddle to top of the handlebar.
Further notes on the growing trend of professionals bike fit are short crank length arms (172.5mm) and narrow handlebar (410mm).
Another trend is the positioning of the gear/brake levers inward as can be observed in the picture linked below:
(Dutch rider Mathieu van der Poel of Alpecin-Fenix celebrates after winning the “Antwerp Port Epic“)
Among the Alpecin-Fenix team, Sylvan Dillier is of similar body height and weight as Mathieu Van Der Poel.
As a result, they are expected to be seen racing the same races as it allows for a quick bike swap in case of mechanical issues while waiting for support cars.
Similarly comparing how different bike set up is different even among same size Pro riders. I invite you to check Andre Greipel’s bike fit as he is also a powerful rider measuring 1m84: Andre Greipel’s Factor One bike size
Mathieu Van Der Poel is racing with Shimano S-Phyre prototype shoes as seen on the Milan San-Remo 2022. (See a close-up here)
He uses Shimano Blue cleats (SM-SH12) featuring 1° floating mode.
Mathieu Van Der Poel’s Complete bike specification for nerds
Frameset: Canyon Aeroad CFR Disc MVDP LTD with special MVDP artwork and ultra-rare Toray M40X carbon fibers. Frame Size L (56cm). Geometry: 572mm Effective top tube length, 563mm seat tube, 73.5° seat angle, 167mm head tube length, 73.25° head angle, 410mm chainstay, 73mm BB drop, 1,002mm wheelbase, 56.5mm Trail, 834mm standover, 580mm stack.
Fork: Canyon FK0060 CF Disc. 43mm Fork rake.
Front brake: Shimano RT-MT900 160mm
Rear brake: Shimano RT-MT900 160mm
Brake/shift levers: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 R9270, 2/12-speed
Front derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 FD-R9250.
Rear derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 RD-R9250, 12-speed
Cassette: Shimano Dura-Ace HYPERGLIDE+ CS-R9200, 12-speed
Chain: Shimano XTR CN-M9100
Crankset: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 FC-R9200 PM With integrated dual-sided power meter. 172.5mm crank arm length. 54/40T.
Bottom bracket: Shimano Pressfit BB92
Wheelset: Shimano WH-R9270-C50 Tubeless. Model varies depending of the race profile.
Tires: Vittoria Graphene 2.0 700×25 Tubeless (or Clincher depending of race)
Handlebar: Canyon CP18 Cockpit CF Combo 410mm
Handlebar tape: Selle Italia Flite carbon rails
Stem: Canyon CP18 Cockpit CF Combo 130mm
Pedals: Shimano Dura-Ace PD–R9100
Saddle: Selle Italia Flite Boost Kit Carbonio Superflow MVDP Edition
Seat post: Canyon SP0046 Aero
Bottle cages: Elite
Computer: Wahoo Elemnt Roam GPS head unit
Please let me know if you know Mathieu Van Der Poel’s racing shoe size.
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(Post typo error updated on 01/23/2022: Weight of Mathieu from 85kg to 75kg)