Canyon Inf lite AL SLX 6.0 £1,299

Cycling Weekly - - PROMOTIONAL FEATURE -

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”

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