Canyon Inf lite AL SLX 6.0 £1,299
If there’s one thing that Canyon is good at, it’s innovation. The brand refuses to rest on its laurels when it comes to shaking up traditional bike and bike component design and the Inflite AL SLX 6.0 race is no exception. Putting cyclo-cross racing at the heart of the design has led Canyon to develop a unique frame construction. This concept creates an ergonomic platform between the top tube and seat tube for shouldering the bike. It also lifts the top tube up by 37mm over a traditional straight top tube design, as well as making it significantly easier to get the bike in position thanks to extra space gained within the triangle of the frame. Not only that, but lowering the top tube-seat tube junction and exposing more seatpost creates more flex in the post, vastly improving rider comfort and allowing you to stay fresher for longer when racing. For the Inflite AL SLX 6.0 Canyon has also called upon its extensive, and much respected, mountain biking design experience, and piggybacked onto the move towards longer reaches, shorter stems and wider bars to create a stable and controllable ride for when the going gets technical. The Inflite design has already proven its pedigree in cyclo-cross, with Mathieu van der Poel chalking up several wins on the CF SLX, and now that an aluminium offering is available, even entry-level riders can experience worldclass performance. The AL SLX comes with a SRAM Apex 1 groupset with hydraulic disc brakes and weighs around 8kg, which is very competitive for a cyclo-cross bike at this price point.
“Exposing more seatpost has improved rider comfort”