Canyon's new Inflite AL SLX looks like stupendous value for money

Whole Inflite range, including carbon models, updated for 2019

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 groupset
The range topping Inflite CF SlX 9.0 Race is built around an eTap groupset

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 derailleur
All of Canyon's Shimano-equipped bikes feature an RX clutch-equipped derailleur

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 groupset
The CF SL 8.0 Race features a Force groupset

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 model
The Inflite CF SL 8.0 is the second cheapest carbon model

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 range
The Inflite CF SL 7.0 is the cheapest carbon build in the range

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 buy
A SL-version of the Inflite frameset is also available to buy

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.

  • £1,449 / €1,599 / AU$2,299
Jack Luke

Staff Writer, UK
Jack has been riding and fettling with bikes for his whole life. Always in search of the hippest new niche in cycling, Jack is a self-confessed gravel dork and thinks nothing of bivouacking on a beach after work. Also fond of cup and cone bearings, skids and tan wall tyres.
  • Discipline: Long days in the saddle by either road or mountain bike
  • Preferred Terrain: Happiest when on a rural road by the coast or crossing a remote mountain pass. Also partial to a cheeky gravel adventure or an arduous hike-a-bike.
  • Current Bikes: Custom Genesis Croix de Fer all road adventure wagon, Niner EMD 9.
  • Dream Bike: A rigid 44 Bikes Marauder, all black please.
  • Beer of Choice: Caesar Augustus
  • Location: Bristol, UK

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