Promotional feature with Canyon
The Speedmax CF 8.0 is the more affordable version of the top-end Canyon Speedmax CF SLX which is ridden by the Katusha and Movistar WorldTour teams and which CW’s Oliver Bridgewood borrowed for his ‘Project 49’ feature last year.
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Both bikes use the same Trident 2.0 wind tunnel-optimised tube profiles to reduce drag. According to Canyon, the much less expensive Speedmax CF frame is only 0.7 watts slower at 45kph than the CF SLX, which in its top spec costs £8.5K.
Although its tube profiles are the same as those of the CF SLX, the Speedmax CF 8.0 has different geometry: a slightly shorter reach and higher stack make it more accessible and more comfortable for longer races.
While geometry differences might not be detectable to the naked eye, a more obvious difference between the CF 8.0 and the pro-level Speedmax is the brakes: these are integrated on the CF SLX but are standard direct-mount calipers on the CF. There’s a tiny aerodynamic penalty for this, but they offer great stopping power and easy maintenance.
There’s loads of saddle adjustment and the cockpit is well designed too, with plenty of scope for fine-tuning your fit, which is crucial considering the most important factor in terms of aerodynamics is the position you can achieve on the bike. You won’t see it on the WorldTour pros’ bikes but the ‘bento box’, which helps to smooth the airflow between the top tube and the rider’s chest, is legal for CTT time trials in the UK.
The 8.0, which comes with a full Ultegra R8000 mechanical groupset and sits second from bottom in a range that also includes women-specific models, weighs 8.6kg in the size medium.
The most impressive thing about the Speedmax is arguably the price. The complete bike you see here, including these Mavic Comete Pro Carbon wheels, has a retail price of £2,699, which is a lot of bike for the money, making it ideal for someone considering their first TT bike.
You’re talking near pro-level performance without the pro price — or in Canyon’s words, “A complete Speedmax CF 8.0 for what most folk spend on their tri wheels.”
A set of Mavic Comete Pro Carbon Exaliths would cost over £1,000 on their own, demonstrating the sort of buying power Canyon has and underlining what a great package the Speedmax CF 8.0 is for the money.
T4+ aluminium tri-bars from Profile are adjustable for length with the cables routed internally and only appearing briefly before disappearing behind the integrated stem. For a mechanical set-up it is very clean.
Canyon Energy Box
It’s officially for “storing gels packs and other nutrition needs” and unofficially acts as an extra fairing to clean up the air as it comes off the rider’s elbows. Not allowed in the WorldTour but could gain you a few seconds in the UK.
Frame: Canyon Speedmax CF
Fork: Canyon Aeroblade SL
Groupset: Shimano Ultegra R8000
Wheels: Mavic Comete Pro Carbon Exalith WTS
Tyres: Mavic Yksion Pro GripLink
Bar: Canyon H30 CF base bar/Profile T4+ extensions
Seatpost: Canyon S31 CF
Saddle: Fizik Mistica
Weight: 8.6kg (M)