Canyon's new Inflite AL SLX looks like stupendous value for money
The Canyon Inflite — the German direct-sale brand’s quirky ‘cross bike — is now available in a budget-friendly AL SLX alloy guise. Coming in at just £1,299 / €1,399 / AU$1,999 for a SRAM Apex build that, on the surface at least, looks like crazy good value for money.
The bike shares the same overall features and silhouette of the carbon bike, including the distinctive kink in the top tube that makes for easier shouldering around the seat cluster.
The bike is only available in the aforementioned Apex build for the time being, which is claimed to weigh 8.7kg / 19.2lbs in a medium.
Canyon Inflite AL SLX 6.0 Race spec highlights
Frame: Canyon Inflite AL SLX
Fork: Canyon One One Four Inflite CF disc
Groupset: SRAM Apex 1
Stem: Canyon V13 alloy
Handlebars: Canyon H17 alloy
Saddle: Selle Italia X1
Seatpost: Canyon S23 VCLS carbon
Wheels: DT Swiss C1850
Tyres: Schwalbe X-One 33mm
Weight: 8.7kg / 19.2lbs
Canyon Inflite CF SL and CF SLX range updates
The rest of the Inflite range has also seen a number of spec and price changes. At the time of writing, there is no US pricing available, but we’ll update this story as soon as we have it.
Canyon Inflite CF SLX 9.0 Race
The range topping Inflite CF SlX 9.0 Race is built around an eTap groupsetCanyon
Starting with the top-tier build, this now comes with a SRAM Red eTap groupset, Reynolds Assault LE carbon wheels and Canyon’s H31 cockpit.
There is no clutch-equipped version of the Red rear derailleur yet, so a neat little top guide takes care of chain retention.
£4,199 / €4,599 / AU$6,599
Canyon Inflite CF SL 8.0 Team
All of Canyon’s Shimano-equipped bikes feature an RX clutch-equipped derailleurCanyon
This build sees a drop to Canyon’s second tier carbon layup, a 2x Ultegra RX Di2 groupset and Reynolds AR 41 C DB wheels, but retains the same H31 cockpit.
£3,249 / €3,599 / AU$5,199
Canyon Inflite CF SL 8.0 Race
The CF SL 8.0 Race features a Force groupsetCanyon
This build retains the same wheels and cockpit as the 8.0 Team, but is instead built around SRAM’s Force CX1 groupset.
£2,699 / €2,999 / AU$4,299
Canyon Inflite CF SL 8.0
The Inflite CF SL 8.0 is the second cheapest carbon modelCanyon
The Inflite CF SL 8.0 is the second cheapest carbon build and sees a drop to alloy DT Swiss CR 1600 Spline wheels, a cheaper carbon seatpost and a mechanical 2x Shimano Ultegra groupset. Like the SL 8.0 Team, this uses the RX clutched-equipped version of the derailleur.
£2,299 / €2,499 / AU$3,599
Canyon Inflite CF SL 7.0 Race
The Inflite CF SL 7.0 is the cheapest carbon build in the rangeCanyon
The very cheapest carbon build uses DT Swiss’ C 1850 alloy wheels, a SRAM Rival 1 groupset, drops the H31 bars in favour of a more simple alloy two-piece cockpit and uses a Quarq Prime 11s crankset instead of the slightly more refined Rival option.
£1,799 / €1,999 / AU$2,899
Canyon Inflite CF SL frameset
A SL-version of the Inflite frameset is also available to buyCanyon
The SL carbon version of the Inflite is also available as a frameset. This ships with a regular Canyon-branded alloy seatpost and two-piece cockpit. There is no sign of a SLX-level frameset yet.