Triathlon Plus - - Up To Speed -

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.

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