- Canyon's all-new Speedmax CF, as ridden by Katusha at the Giro d'Italia this year. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com
- Di2 exit on the chainstay. The Speedmax CF will only be available with Di2 build kits. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com
- Di2 cables exit the extensions and then are hidden until just before the derailleurs. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com
- Katusha will be riding the Speedmax in Wednesday's Giro team time trial. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com
- A beefy bottom bracket area. The rear brake is hidden under the chainstays, and has a fairing. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com
- TT version front end. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com
- Clean horizontal dropouts. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com
- TT version seatpost, using Selle Italia's Monolink system (which can also be used with regular rails, as it is here). Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com
- Fully integrated front end. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com
- The primary tube profile is a mix of mini-Kamm Tail and traditional NACA aero profiles, with a D-shaped front and angling in sharply towards a cut off tail. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com
- Integrated TT version stem, from the top. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com
- Nifty hidden seatpost clamp. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com
- Both TT and tri versions are UCI legal. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com
- Extension heigh is highly adjustable using spacers. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com
- A very clean front end on the Speedmax CF. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com
- Hidden Di2 battery. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com
- The Speedmax CF comes in a tall stem version with a steeper effective seat angle. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com
- Tall stem on the Speedmax. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com
- The tri-version post results in a 76.5 seat tube angle. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com
- Both tall and short stems are available in 70, 90, and 105mm. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com
- Speedmax CF with high stem. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com
Sneak a look at this all-new tri bike spotted at the Giro D’Italia cycling race.
If you don’t recognize this brand, you probably aren’t alone. Canyon is well established in Europe, supplying road and time trial bikes to ProTour cycling teams since 2007. This new model was spied at the Giro D’Italia, and could make its way to transition areas in the States in the near future.
The all-new Canyon Speedmax CF combines unique tube shapes with a level of integration seldom seen on a triathlon bike. For the design of the frame, Canyon enlisted the services of Simon Smart, an ex-Formula One racecar aerodynamicist with equally impressive cycling industry credentials. His designs have already had a huge impact in the world of bike equipment for triathlon, from the Scott Plasma to the Enve Smart System series of wheels. The Speedmax uses a combination of Kamm tail truncated airfoil shapes and more traditional teardrop airfoil tube shapes. The focus of the design engineers with the Speedmax was to optimize the bike for wind yaw angles from 0 to 9 degrees. This may or may not be good for triathletes. On the one hand, if you’re a pro or a fast age grouper, you will probably find yourself racing winds from 0 to 9 degrees the majority of the time, which tailors this aero design to your specific needs. On the other hand, if you aren’t quite breaking age-group records, or are racing in very windy conditions, you might find yourself out of this range
Canyon claims that with the new design, they were able to increase the stiffness over the original Speedmax by 15% while also improving on the aerodynamic package. Stability was another focus when creating this bike. The integrated fork was designed for optimal performance with wheels 80mm in depth. This is good news for triathletes that race aboard wheels of this popular depth, such as the Zipp 808.
The Speedmax CF comes in two flavors, time trial and triathlon. The tri version, termed the High Cockpit Concept, has a raised integrated stem and a forward seat tube clamp allowing for an effective 76.5 degree seat tube angle. Most multisport athletes will appreciate this forward seating position combined with a raised front end, as it lends itself to spending long periods in the aero position. However, triathletes should select the version that will best support their unique fit coordinates, not simply choose the tri version because it bears the name of their sport.
Further inspection of the geometry will reveal that the top tube is exceptionally long on the Speedmax. The medium frame size, for example, measures 594mm. Canyon has done this to counter the fact that the stem is intended to be shorter than what a rider might normally ride, to create a more stable handling geometry. The integrated stem is available in three different lengths: 70, 90 and 105mm, and the bars, which have a claimed 7,000 possible configurations, should allow most riders to dial in their precise fit to a comfortable and powerful position on the Speedmax CF.
Front and rear brakes on the Speedmax CF are both tucked nicely away and out of the wind. The center-pull design should allow for predictable and powerful brake performance, even with the cable routing tucking the vast majority of brake housing inside the frame and out of the way of the wind. In fact, Canyon claims that only 12cm of brake housing is exposed through the entire bike.
Availability is the big question mark for Canyon. The company has been highly successful using a direct-to-consumer sales system in Europe, bypassing local bike shops, but hasn’t yet tried to implement the same in the U.S. They insist they are working to bring the brand across the pond, and intend to do so in the near future. Until then, if you simply must have one you have to fly to Germany, where Canyon will happily sell one to you starting in October. No price or firm availability date is available.