Review: Canyon Speedmax SLX and Speedmax CF
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Mar 1, 2019  hits 50,453

Rim, zoom level 1: you can barely see the texture.
Rim, zoom level 1: you can barely see the texture.

Mavic Comete Clinchers » Along with the HED Jet series, this might be the best set of rims on the market. A textured aluminum track provides braking power and modulation superior to ANY carbon rim, while offering aerodynamic performance equal or better to virtually anything else on the market.

The Canyon Speedmax has been a very successful and popular tri bike abroad, in the countries to which Canyon has historically been a consumer-direct company, much like TriRig. Canyon is only now just starting to sell its products to USA customers, and the excitement about them has been palpable. Check out our full review of these bikes for all the intricate details of these rides.


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Speedmax SLX 

The Speedmax SLX is an undeniably clean bike. It has smooth lines everywhere, no weird gimmicks, super clean cable routing, and great transitions from one part to the next. Its highly-integrated setup does pose some problems, especially at the aerobar, but it is an overall excellent ride. The newest versions of the bike have an updated front end which we reviewed in Kona last year. It's a bit of an aesthetic (and probably aerodynamic) upgrade, but still doesn't really address our concerns about fit.

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Speedmax CF 

The lower-end Speedmax is much like its bigger brother, but foregoes the integrated front-end and integrated brakes, keeping virtually everything else. It's a very high-value proposition. Unfortunately Canyon doesn't sell a bare frameset, but on the plus side the lowest-price build is just $2500, and easy to upgrade. Our final build is a fair bit MORE desirable than the SLX, at a much lower price point.

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Mavic Comete Clinchers 

Along with the HED Jet series, this might be the best set of rims on the market. A textured aluminum track provides braking power and modulation superior to ANY carbon rim, while offering aerodynamic performance equal or better to virtually anything else on the market.

  • Mavic Comete Clinchers
  • Rim, zoom level 1: you can barely see the texture.
  • Rim, zoom level 2: There is a visible and obvious texture here, which helps the brake pads grab.
  • Rim, zoom level 3: At this distance, you can see exactly how Mavic's Exalith texture works. Lots of tiny scores help add friction and improved braking.
  • Mavic Comete Clinchers
  • Mavic Comete Clinchers

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