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Canyon unveils new Speedmax triathlon bike range, topping out at £12,399

“Aerodynamics, integration and adjustability” are said to be the focus in the new Speedmax product family, which includes two UCI-legal time trial models

Canyon has revamped its Speedmax triathlon bike, launching brand new CF, CF SLX Disc and CFR Disc models. With promises of up to 10 watt savings compared to the previous iteration, Canyon claim the new Speedmax offers unparalleled cockpit adjustability, as well as an integrated toolkit and hydration systems at the top end.

Canyon’s previous Speedmax range, launched in 2015, has been incredibly successful, with five Ironman World Championship victories in the last five years, three European Championship titles and two 70.3 World Championship wins.

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Canyon’s new entry point bike, the Speedmax CF Disc (from £3,899), is said to deliver performance on par with the previous top-end model in Canyon’s triathlon range, the Speedmax CF SLX rim brake bike.

“Thanks to a completely remodelled design, the new CF is only 0.2 watts slower in the wind tunnel (at 45 kph) than the bikes that Jan Frodeno and Patrick Lange rode on their way to World Championship glory,” says Canyon.

“Sculpted tube forms, a new Bento box, a new toolbox above the bottom bracket, and an aerodynamically optimised fork with flat-mount disc brakes” feature across the CF’s six models—the flagship of the CF bikes is the Speedmax CF 8 Disc eTap (£6,699) which also includes a SRAM Force eTap AXS Powermeter.

At the top end of the Speedmax range, sits the Speedmax CF SLX Disc (£7,999-£8,999) and Speedmax CFR Disc (£10,299 and £12,399) which all come fitted with power meters for “maximum returns on training effort, and precise analysis of race performances”.

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Canyon says “speed and control, maximum system integration, and fit and comfort” have been the key development areas on these high-performance models.

Claims of 9-10 watt savings compared to the previous Speedmax have been reported by Canyon. The German brand has tested the bikes in a wind tunnel, but with the addition of spinning dummy legs. Canyon says “a rider’s legs have a significant impact on air moving across the frame”.

The frame of the CF SLX and CFR is said not only to be lighter and stiffer, but it provides more agile handling, thanks to improved weight distribution. “We repositioned the toolkit and water hydration bladder [into the carbon structure] to bring the centre of gravity down much lower, to minimise the torque created by the mass of the bike,” says Canyon.

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High adjustability for optimal body positioning is also promised, with the Speedmax Fitting Kit being said to “contain everything required to adjust the rider’s position down to the finest detail”. Cockpit adjustability includes options to alter the length and angle of the aero extensions, as well as grip width and angle.

Collaborating with the ergonomics experts at Ergon, Canyon has developed new armpads, extension grips and new basebars offering “optimum grip and comfort”.

UCI approved bikes in the range are limited to the Speedmax CF and CF SL—the Speedmax CF Disc, CF SLX Disc and CFR Disc are not.

Across the models, narrower 25mm tyres are specced on the front and wider 28mm’s on the rear that are said to have “no aero drawbacks, while the extra volume improves comfort and traction”.  Tyre clearance allows for 28mm on the front and 30.5mm on the rear.

All eleven models, starting from £3,699 up to £12,399, are available at

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a4th | 3 years ago

Does anyone know how many of the £10k+ superbikes get sold every year? You see a fair few very expensive toys being ridden around London but I've got no concept of how many people are willing and able to spend this sort of money on a bike.

Judge dreadful replied to a4th | 3 years ago

a4th wrote:

Does anyone know how many of the £10k+ superbikes get sold every year? You see a fair few very expensive toys being ridden around London but I've got no concept of how many people are willing and able to spend this sort of money on a bike.

It's all things relative. People's perspectives are often quite diverse. A 'really expensive' ( insert thing ) for one person, wouldn't be seen the same way by someone else. The very high end bikes won't be made / built in large numbers, and will generally be kitted out with the best / newest / most technologically advanced bits and bobs as well. Sometimes it's a case of  'casting pearls before swine' and the 'super bikes' are just seen as Willy waving trinkets, sometimes they go to better homes. It's horses for courses.

Secret_squirrel | 3 years ago
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Eh?  Did I read correctly that ALL the disc models are not UCI certified?  Seems a bit short sighted.


Its also interesting in way frame design has gone on TT bikes.  Integrated tool, bento and bladder/water compartments have just as much value on a standard road bike - and yet I dont believe we'll ever see them as the Aero seems to be giving way to Light again...

pavlo replied to Secret_squirrel | 3 years ago

These are triathlon specific bikes, I guess Canyon sells enough of them to warrant such a move. UCI legal TT bikes coming soon I believe, making two disctinct families of Speedmax bikes by the looks of it.

pavlo replied to Secret_squirrel | 3 years ago

Hmm, I'm sure I read elsewhere the UCI versions were coming later, but this shows disc equipped UCI legal ones available in the lower spec config without the same levels of cockpit integration. If you want a CF SLX then it's tri spec only then, Canyon are pretty deep in the tri market so I can understand that, but I wonder if they will spring an Aethos like surprise to all those people that bought the cheaper UCI legal CF model!

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