Speedmax CF 9.0 LTD

TOUR 06/2013

Time-trial bikes are high-tech sports machines as well as fascinating design objects. TOUR magazine tested six models in the wind tunnel and on the road. The result: The dream mark 1.1 for the spectacular new recruit the Canyon Speedmax CF 9.0 LTD.

"Costing just over 9000 Euros the Speedmax CF is the most expensive Canyon of all time, however after a quick look at the range of equipment one will understand why. For an 11-speed Di2 system and a super-fast set of wheels one would easily pay 3000 Euros more elsewhere. However, it also wouldn't be fair to evaluate this great bike only in terms of its price.

Since there wouldn't have been any room available between the handlebar and frame for a tidy routing of the cables, even the more inexpensive models in the Speedmax CF range are fitted only with the Di2 shift system. The results in the wind tunnel confirmed that the amount of effort invested in terms of development work had paid off. The unusually long wheel base for a time-trial bike is sure to be emulated by others on the scene."

VERDICT: No other time-trial bike currently displays such a polished appearance or stays on track as well as this one. The Canyon Speedmax CF 9.0 LTD is state-of-the-art and impressed in the test with the fastest frame set according to UCI regulations.