The 9.0 SL comes with a Dura-Ace Di2 group and Zipp Firecrest clinchers. This is a race-ready set-up so even at this price it’s great value. For an extra £700 the 9.0 LTD comes with a Zipp Super-9 clincher disc and 808 front. The Speedmax is Di-2 only which makes it possible to hide all the cabling. The highly adjustable cockpit and clever hidden brakes are Canyon’s own, designed just for this bike.
2 FAST Ride
On this bike, every ride is a fast ride. We went for a two-hour spin and thought we had a tailwind, only to go even faster on the way home and average over 24mph. In club TTs we took big chunks out of our 10and 25-mile PBs which bodes well for some fast bike splits. The Speedmax accelerates quickly and clings to its speed like a Pitbull to its favourite toy. As quick as these wheels are, on a 80mm/disc combo it was even faster.
3 Hill y Ride
The Speedmax loves hilly courses – its weight is very low and no sacrifices have been made to achieve it. The frame and cockpit have excellent stiffness so when you have to get out of the saddle, no effort is wasted. The dual shifters are arguably the best feature of Di2 – an instant, perfect shift is always to hand. Canyon’s ‘Rake Shift’ fork drop-outs offer Agile or Stable handling modes. The latter makes fast descents a stress-free joy.
If there’s a trade-off for the Canyon’s athleticism, it’s the relatively firm ride, especially in the front end. Even so, we’ve enjoyed riding it for over two hours and it’s a small price for speed on this scale. The two stem height options and myriad adjustments make it simple to find a comfortable position. The spec sheet lists a Fizik seat but our bike came with a Selle Italia – both are good. This is the best tri bike this tester has ridden.