German direct sales bike brand Canyon has launched its new 2016 aluminium cyclocross bike range on its website and it includes a new top-of-the-range model which comes with SRAM’s 1x transmission.
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1x is becoming an increasingly popular drivechain for cyclocross, adventure road and gravel bikes, as it dispenses with the front mech. Instead, there’s a wide-range cassette and a single chainring which has alternating wide and narrow teeth to mesh better with the wide and narrow links in the chain and improve chain retention and mud clearance.
The rear derailleur has a clutch to ensure that the chain remains under tension and eliminate chain slap on the chainstays. It also includes hydraulic disc brakes so that braking is consistent in difficult off-road conditions and there is improved modulation over a mechanical disc option.
Canyon’s cyclocross range tops out with the £2399 Inflite AL 9.0 SLX, which comes with SRAM Force 1x with a 42 tooth chainring and Reynolds Assault disc carbon tubular wheels shod with Challenge Grifo 33mm cross tubular tyres.
The bike uses Canyon’s carbon S14 VCLS wishbone seatpost, which should help to add some shock absorption to the ride. Canyon quote a weight on 7.85kg for the bike, which is competitive for a full spec cyclocross bike.
Lower down the range, the Inflite AL 9.0 comes with a conventional 36/46 double ring Shimano Ultegra groupset and Shimano RS785 hydraulic disc brakes mounted to DT Swiss R23 wheels. Tyres are Schwalbe Rocket Ron Evolution Line. It shares Canyon’s wishbone seatpost with the SLX and comes in at £1399 and a claimed weight of 8.6kg.
For £1099 the Inflite AL 8.0 comes with a Shimano 105 double ring groupset and CX77 mechanical disc brakes. Wheels and tyres remain the same as for the 9.0. for the same price, the AL 8.0S comes with a similar spec but a more road-oriented 36/52 chainset and Continental Grand Prix 4000S II tyres.