Canyon Inflite AL 8.0S

Canyon has launched the latest additions to its 2014 family in the Inflite AL series. The new bikes come from the same genus as the Ultimate AL road bike, so silhouettes may well seem familiar, but these are different beasts altogether.

Although the characteristics are recognisably Canyon, certain aspects have been tweaked specifically for purpose, such as the whole range sporting disc brakes.

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The first of many special features on the Inflite’s frame is the flat top tube and the junction with the seat tube, designed to help the bike sit on a rider’s shoulder during the carrying sections of a cyclo-cross course.

Slimmer than previously, the new seat tube is said to give a significant increase in compliance to the entire rear-end, in combination with Canyon’s asymmetric VCLS stays. Up front, the carbon disc fork with tapered steerer is a whole new design as well. The new – third generation – Maximus seatpost is also featured across the range.

Disc brakes for the winter miles                    Shoulder-friendly tubing profile

Within the triplet of bikes is a purpose-built winter trainer, the Inflite 8.0S. The frame stays the same throughout the range, but the 8.0S has been built with a Shimano 105 groupset, compact chainset and Mavic Crossone wheels shod with Continental 4 Season tyres. A full review will follow soon.

Cyclo-cross races are selling out at a phenomenal rate and it’s no surprise that Canyon has met the demand of the masses by producing something race-ready for 2014 in the Inflite 8.0 and 9.0. All the same we think it’ll be perfect for winter training with a set of mudguards.

The Inflite 8.0 with Shimano 105 and Mavic Crossride 29 wheels, and the Inflite 9.0, with Shimano 11-speed Ultegra and DT Swiss wheels complete the range.

– Inflite AL 8.0S – £1,149
– Inflite AL 8.0 – £1,249
– Inflite 9.0 – £1,499


This article was first published in the October 31 issue of Cycling Weekly. Read Cycling Weekly magazine on the day of release where ever you are in the world International digital edition, UK digital edition. And if you like us, rate us!