Kona 2015: Canyon's new Concept Speedmax
images by Nick Salazar
Oct 9, 2015
No two ways about it: the new Canyon Speedmax is beautiful. This time around, Canyon has created a true triathlete's machine, complete with well-designed storage and hydration solutions, and a very cohesive package that works very well as a whole. And the best part: for the first time, they'll be selling direct to consumers in the USA. (Edit: Canyon originally told us the bike would be launched in the USA in December, but has clarified that a US release date has not yet been set. It's coming, but no ETA yet.)
Bike and Front End
The new front end of the Speedmax looks excellent. Hidden centerpull brake, integrated bottle and storage, and these things appear to be a little cleaner and simpler than the comparable system from Scott. I haven't had an opportunity to install one for myself, but hope to do so next year once they are available.
Details and Back End
The details on this bike are also very well-designed. An integrated bottle holder bolts directly to the seatpost, using standard 63mm bottle cage spacing. Canyon is developing a two-bottle version of the same mount. The seat angle sits at right around 79 degrees, far improved from the 74 degree of the original. My only gripes about the bike so far are that it is electronic only (no provision for mechanical cables), and that it uses horizontal dropouts (I prefer vertical). I'll be very keen to review the bike further down the road.