Canyon Speedmax CF 8.0 SL review

A rapid and well-specced TT machine, just missing a few touches for the discerning tester

Cycling Weekly Verdict

This bike is a great mid-range TT bike with some really glowing highlights, let down slightly by its triathlon pedigree and clunky shifting - but hugely bolstered by the provision of ready to race wheels.

Reasons to buy
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    Great wheelset

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    Value for money

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    Fast and smooth ride

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Reasons to avoid
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    Clunky shifting

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    Slightly geared for triathlon

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Canyon bikes have been well-represented in recent years, with plenty of memorable performances being played out on the German brand’s machines.

We’ve particularly seen Canyon's time trial bikes on show recently, with Alex Dowsett riding the flagship TT machine the Speedmax to a sixth national title last season, and Mathieu van der Poel helping secure his Tour of Britain overall victory.

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.