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Canyon launches Speedmax CFR TT just in time for the Giro

5 May 2021
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Movistar and Alpecin-Fenix to debut Canyon's latest Speedmax in Saturday's opening time-trial in Turin

Canyon has launched its latest race-ready time-trial specimen, the Speedmax CFR TT, its 'fastest time-trial bike ever', just in time for the Giro d'Italia.

Pushing the limits of UCI regulations to design the ultimate time-trial bike for its pro riders at Movistar, Alpecin-Fenix, Arkea-Samsic and Canyon-Sram, Canyon believes it has created 'the best time-trial bike of its generation'.

Engineers and designers worked alongside pros as well as aero specialist brand SwissSide to refine the bike's shape, materials and componentry for maximum speed.

All this just to lose to Filippo Ganna?

In order to optimise the bike's aerodynamics, the Speedmax CFR TT is fully integrated and has been stripped of any features not primed for time-trialling, like the storage needed for triathletes. Following wind-tunnel testing, Canyon says this model is 2.7 watts faster than the previous Speedmax TT – even with disc brakes.

As well as being dialled up for aerodynamics, the bars also have improved comfort, with new armpads bringing improved grip and extra dampening. They've also been finished with new Zipp Vuka Shift extensions with smart bar-end shifters that mean you don't need an extra blip box.

Zipp also provides the wheels with the 808 Firecrest on the front and Super-9 at the back with 23mm and 25mm Continental GP TT tyres respectively.

It comes equipped with the Sram Red Etap AXS groupset, and it's 1x to save precious weight and boost reliability, with an integrated Quarq Spider power meter.

One of the bigger watt-savers though is the CeramicSpeed OSPW system that Canyon says reduces pulley wheel friction by 40-60% from a standard derailleur and saves between 1.6 and 2.4 watts – though the brand doesn't reveal in what capacity those savings are made.

While Movistar and Alpecin-Fenix may not be riding to win the Giro's TTs, which bookend the race and are expected to be won by Filippo Ganna, Canyon will be hoping that it goes some way in boosting Marc Soler's chances of overall contention.

Specs and weight

All of those savings mean that the Canyon Speedmax CFR TT weighs in at a claimed 8.4kg in a size M and if you fancy one for yourself will set you back £10,799 – bargain.

Price £10,799
Weight 8.4kg
Frame R090 Speedmax CFR TT
Fork FK0079 Speedmax CFR TT
Stem V19 Stem, 65mm
Extensions Zipp Vuka Shift AXS 90
Brakes Sram Red eTap HRD lever: S-900 Aero HRD
Wheels Front: Zipp 808 NSW Disc, Rear: Zipp Super-9 Carbon Clincher Disc
Tyres Continental Grand Prix 5000, 28mm
Chainset Sram Red eTap AXS 12-speed
Gear ratio 50/10-28
Power meter Quarq Spider
Saddle Selle Italia Watt Superflow Carbonio
Colours Black
Price: 
£10,799

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