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Canyon Inflite CF SLX 9.0 Pro Race

The Canyon Inflite CF SLX 9.0 Pro Race is the new benchmark in the cyclocross racing circuit. The geometry of the ultra-stiff Inflite is inspired by mountain bikes and offers very direct yet smooth handling. The patented shape of the top tube creates more space within the frame triangle and allows you to carry the bike on your shoulders comfortably. The frame has also been “dirt-optimized,” leaving very few exposed areas for dirt to accumulate; this is a huge advantage, and not only in racing scenarios. The neat cable management and ergonomic integrated cockpit are the icing on the cake for our award team. Ambitious cyclocrossers will be delighted with the “power meter-ready” cranks. Once more, the team at Canyon proves that they painstakingly think through all of their products, focusing on every detail. Smaller riders will be chuffed with the Inflite CF SLX, as the size range extends through to a 3XS frame size with 650B tyres. The only criticism from the award team went to the polarizing aesthetics of the bike. Luckily, when it comes to racing, it’s still the fastest time that matters.

Weight: 7.69 kg | Price: € 3,999
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About the Award

The Design & Innovation Award is both a seal of approval and the benchmark achievement for the bike industry’s highest-performing products. The Design & Innovation Award is more than just a title-giver or a round of applause for brands. It’s the definitive award that decisively tests products in the real world, assessing them in their entirety and reaching considered verdicts. This year once again saw select international journalists, professional test riders, and industry experts invest more than 6,000 hours of their time to partake in the DI.A process.

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