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by Shane Stokes
August 15, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: ‘I want to win the Tour,’ declares Uran, announcing three-year contract extension; Meintjes rejoins Team Dimension Data for 2018; Froome chasing place in history as Team Sky’s Vuelta line-up named; Former winner Nibali: I’ve worked hard for the Vuelta; Glittering Orica-Scott GC squad for Vuelta a España; BMC Racing Team to Vuelta ‘with one of the strongest rosters we have named’; UAE Team Emirates targets top 10 in Vuelta, Katusha-Alpecin and Movistar also name squads; Revamped Three Days de Panne to Include WWT Event; Hepburn extends with Orica-Scott until end 2019; Astana signs Hirt, Keisse extends with Quick Step, Fabbro to Katusha; Canyon launches first full-carbon cyclocross bike: Inflite CF SLX; Video: Surprised competition winner gets handed pro bike by professional rider; Video: Contador relaxes at home; Video: High speed hand-up; Video: Uran struts his stuff at the Colorado Classic
German consumer-direct bicycle company, Canyon, has announced its first full-carbon cyclocross race bike – the Inflite CF SLX. Despite sharing a name with its existing aluminium Inflite AL platform, this is new bike features updated geometry and an innovative frame design.
Most notable (and visible) is the new patented carrying system. This unusual-looking kink has allowed Canyon to increase the height of the toptube by 37mm without reducing the amount of exposed seatpost – an aspect that allows Canyon to maintain ride comfort. The kinked toptube is claimed to offer easier shouldering and doubles as a handle for toptube carrying. Additionally, the downtube is claimed to sit at a steeper angle, allowing more room for an arm to be wrapped beneath it (between the front wheel and the tube).
Beneath this kinked toptube hides an integrated seatclamp, sharing a similar design to the company’s Ultimate CF SLX and Endurace CF SLX. This clamps the seatpost lower down and encourages a claimed 15% greater deflection from the 27.2mm seatpost.
Canyon claims to have carefully assessed how the bike will handle mud, or more specifically, how it will fend it off. Tyre clearance is said to be generous (maximum tyre size unknown) and is accompanied by smoother frame contours. Cables are internally routed and sealed at all entry and exit points. The integrated seat clamp is given similar mud and water sealing too.
Geometry is progressive, taking a page out of mountain bike trends with reach, fork rake and wheelbase all extended and designed to be offset with a shorter stem. The SLX models come equipped Canyon’s own H31 Ergocockpit (integrated stem and handlebar). This now comes in ‘cross-specific’ combinations of wider bars with 10mm shorter stems. The new Inflite CF SLX is available in an impressive eight frame sizes, with the bottom two sizes using 650B wheels (same rim size as 27.5in mountain bikes). Frame weight is claimed at a low 940g (size Medium), with a full frameset at under 1,300g.
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