They say that if you’re not moving forwards, you’re moving backwards. And nowhere is that more true than in the sport of triathlon. Because to deliver consistently outstanding performances in three different disciplines, you have to constantly strive for improvement. And that’s not only true for the athletes themselves – their equipment must be perfect, too. Launched in 2015, the current
has had an incredibly successful run at the sharp end of world-level triathlon, with five World Championship victories in the last five years at Kona. Add to that three European Championship titles, two 70.3 World Championship wins and a world record long-distance time, and you have a palmarès matched by none. However, sometimes building the best is just not good enough. Because, as Markus Fachbach, Brand & Marketing Manager Performance Bikes at Canyon emphasises, “In the same way that our athletes want to continuously improve, our developers are continually endeavouring to set new benchmarks, time after time."
But how do you make a bike this successful even better and faster? Take game-changing aerodynamic design and make it even more efficient? And improve on such superbly designed integrated storage and nutrition solutions? After countless hours of CFD analysis and computer simulation, thousands of kilometres of wind tunnel testing in close collaboration with our aero partners Swiss Side, and key input from some of the world’s top triathletes, we’ve achieved exactly that. The next level of performance, across the entire Speedmax product family. “We focused on three key areas in the development of the Speedmax: aerodynamics, integration, and adjustability. And the result is two new bikes that are truly standout in their respective performance segments” explains Daniel Heyder, Product Manager in the Canyon Road R&D team.
Firstly, there’s the new Speedmax CF Disc. The 2021 delivers performance on a par with the previous top-end Speedmax CF SLX rim brake range: thanks to a completely remodelled design, the new CF is only 0.2 watts slower in the wind tunnel (at 45 kph) than the bikes that Jan Frodeno and Patrick Lange rode on their way to World Championship glory. There are six models in the CF range, topping out with the flagship Speedmax CF 8 Disc eTap. All six share newly sculpted tube forms, a new Bento box, a new toolbox above the bottom bracket, and an aerodynamically optimised fork with flat-mount disc brakes. The bikes are fit with proven parts from Profile Design for high levels of adjustability. All are ready-to-race out of the box, and selected models come equipped with power meters.
For all riders who demand the very best of the very best, the Speedmax CF SLX Disc and Speedmax CFR Disc round out the top end of the Speedmax range. In the bike’s three key development areas – speed and control, maximum system integration, and fit and comfort – these models take things further than any other triathlon bike on the scene. In terms of aerodynamics, they are a huge 9-10 watts faster than the previous Speedmax. The frame is not only lighter and stiffer, but it also handles better, thanks to improved weight distribution – the result of the smart integration of the hydration system and toolbox into the carbon structure. What’s more, these top models also provide an unparalleled level of adjustability. “Even when dialling in their fit at home, athletes have more options – and better options – to set the Speedmax up perfectly, without the process becoming too complicated“ states Heyder. Even when it comes down to fine-tuning with a pro bike fitter, the Speedmax Fitting Kit delivered with the bike contains everything required to adjust the rider’s position down to the finest detail. All CF SLX and CFR bikes come with power meters for maximum returns on training effort, and precise analysis of race performances.
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