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Canyon 2021 Speedmax Disc

German online bike company revamps its speedy Speedmax line up

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Just what the likes of Lionel Sanders, Jan Frodeno, Daniela Bleymehl and Patrick Lange need – an even faster bike. Today Canyon announced an updated version of the Speedmax, which was originally launched in 2015 and has been ridden to the last five men’s Ironman World Championship titles.


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For those who might not be familiar with Canyon, it’s a German company that began in founder Roman Arnold’s garage. In 2002 the company was renamed Canyon, and sells its products exclusively online at www.canyon.com. The company is supposed to start selling bikes here in Canada next spring.

There are two new bikes that were developed in collaboration with aerodynamics specialists Swiss Side.

The Speedmax CF 7 disc (US$3,799) comes equipped with Shimano 105 components, SRAM S-900 Aero HRD brakes and Reynolds AR 58/80 wheels.
Canyon will also offer a woman’s version – the Speedmax CF 8 WMN Disc will retail for US$4,399 and feature Shimano Ultegra components, SRAM S-900 Aero HRD brakes and Reynolds AR 58/80 DB wheels.

Speedmax CF Disc

Starting at at US$3,799, the CF Disc is an aero wonder – according to Canyon it is only 0.2 watts slower in the wind tunnel than the bikes Frodeno and Lange used to win in Kona. In addition to the remodelled tube design, the CF Disc features “a new Bento box, a new toolbox above the bottom bracket and an aerodynamically optimized fork with flat-mount disc brakes.” The bikes feature Profile design parts “for high levels of adjustability” and some models will come with power meters.


The CF SLX 8 Disc Di2 (US$8,000) features Shimano Ultegra Di2 components with a 4iiii power meter and DT Swiss ARC 1400 Dicut DB 62/ 80 mm wheels


The Speedmax CFR Disc eTap comes with SRAM Red eTap components, SRAM S-900 Aero HRD brakes, a SRAM Red power meter and Zipp 404/ 808 Firecrest DB wheels

Speedmax CF SLX Disc and Speedmax CFR Disc

For those looking for the highest end of the Speedmax family, the top end models test 9 to 10 watts faster than the previous Speedmax versions. In addition to being more aerodynamic, the frame is also lighter, stiffer and is said to handle better “thanks to improved weight distribution – the result of the smart integration of the hydration system and toolbox into the carbon structure,” according to Canyon.

These new high-end models also provide lots of adjustability for athletes who are doing their own set up or with a bike fitter, and all come with a power meter.

The CF SLX Disc 8 Di2 will retail for $8,000, while the CFR Disc eTap will sell for US$12,000.

The SLX and CFR models come with an internal hydration system. All models feature an aero Bento box incorporated into the frame.
An integrated flat kit sits in the frame above the bottom bracket
The hydration system is integrated into the wireless cockpit
The new models offer lots of adjustability