Canyon Infinite AL 8.0S road bike review

What constitutes a winter bike? In the past it would've been a slightly rusty, steel beast with mudguards, weighing the best part of a metric tonne. These days, bikes are flashier and the relegation system is such that buying a specific winter bike is, for many, an appealing option.

Canyon Infinte AL 8.0S Road Bike
Cycling Weekly Verdict

There are ‘better' bikes out there - of course there are - but for the purpose of winter riding, the Inflite AL 8.0S is in a league all of its own.

Reasons to buy
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    Perfect winter bike

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    Disc Brakes

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Reasons to avoid
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    Not much

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Step forward Canyon. The German company has released the Inflite range, a series of three bikes especially for the coldest quarter. Modelled on the utilitarian design of cyclo-cross bikes, the triplets comprise two proper race-ready CX bikes and this, a specific, purpose-built winter trainer, the Inflite AL 8.0S.

It's big, it's robust, and it's built to laugh in the face of potholes. Canyon has kept the Inflite AL 8.0S in line with the rest of the range, with the exception of a few tweaks for road cyclists. The 8.0S, being the predominantly-road offering, has a Shimano 105 Black groupset with a compact (50/34t) chainset. There are different options for the size of cassette, but the demo came with a fairly standard 11-28t. A wider spread of gears is possible, thanks to the GS rear derailleur, which can accommodate a whopping 30t sprocket.

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