CANYON INFLITE AL 9.0 S £1,649

Cycling Weekly - - Focus On Winter -

The Inflite AL 9.0 S is based on Canyon’s al­loy cy­clo-cross frame­set but is of course cou­pled to road-go­ing com­po­nents, to de­liver a great all-round road bike to see you through the win­ter.

Cy­clo-cross bikes make great all­rounders, with the clear­ance for wider tyres and the ver­sa­til­ity to kit them out for dirty con­di­tions. Although this bike shouldn’t be con­fused with Canyon’s Inflite CF range — a ded­i­cated car­bon cross bike — the sta­ble ge­om­e­try needed to ride con­fi­dently off-road transfers well to a win­ter road bike too.

The 7005 alu­minium used for the frame gives you a light­weight pack­age for re­spon­sive ac­cel­er­a­tion. It comes equipped with a Shi­mano Ul­te­gra groupset with a semi-com­pact Ro­tor 3D30 chain­set and wide-range cas­sette, giv­ing you the low range to ride up steeper gra­di­ents and the higher ra­tios needed for speed on the flat. And with Ul­te­gra com­po­nents, swap­ping to your win­ter road bike doesn’t mean that you will need to sac­ri­fice shift­ing qual­ity.

The Inflite AL9.0S comes with Conti’s high-end GP4000 slick tyres in 28mm width for com­fort and grip. They sit on a qual­ity DT Swiss disc brake-spe­cific wheelset. There’s also a 27.2mm Canyon car­bon seat­post for ex­tra com­pli­ance, with a com­fort­ably padded Selle Italia sad­dle.

Win­ter rid­ing calls for safe stop­ping, re­gard­less of the con­di­tions, and the Inflite AL 9.0 S comes with Shi­mano RS685 hy­draulic disc brakes for pow­er­ful, well-mod­u­lated brak­ing, with com­fort­able, er­gonomic levers.

Canyon fits its own er­gonomic al­loy bar, with the width and drop de­pen­dent on the frame size. There are even dif­fer­ing di­am­e­ters to the tops, to en­sure that the bars are com­fort­able for the vary­ing av­er­age hand sizes of dif­fer­ent-height rid­ers.

The frame­set comes with mounts to fit the 35mm mud­guards de­vel­oped by SKS specif­i­cally for the Inflite, in­clud­ing sturdy steel stays and wide mud­flaps to keep wheel spray at bay.

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