Canyon recently updated its entry level triathlon bike, the Speedmax AL series, with its 2015 lineup. Similar to the 2014 series, this aluminum triathlon bike comes in 3 variants:
- Speedmax AL 9.0 SL – USD 2,669
- Speedmax AL 9.0 – USD 2,349
- Speedmax AL 8.0 – USD 1,599
The $300 price difference between the 9.0 and the 9.0 SL, makes it a difficult choice to choose between the two. What I can tell you is the Speedmax AL 9.0 SL, though the most expensive, gives the most bang for the buck. The Speedmax AL 8.0 has its own merit, being significantly cheaper than the higher end models.
I used the comparison tool from Canyon to compare the specifications between 9.0 SL and 9.0.
The difference among all the Speedmax AL bikes is in the groupset and the wheelset. As the contention is between 9.0 SL and 9.0, I’ll be analysing these 2 variants, which comes with SRAM Force + Reynolds Attack set and Shimano Ultegra + Mavic Cosmic Carbone SLS set respectively.
I then listed the components that differ between the 2 bikes. Taking retail price information of each component from Chain Reaction Cycles and Wiggle, I listed all the components which vary between the 2 bikes and the difference in price. For components which has a range of price, I used the median price for reference.
Clearly, the Speedmax AL 9.0 SL, is the choice to make, if there’s $320 more in the budget. To be precise, for the price of $320, you get components that are worth $758 more. If you’re like me, with your own beloved wheelset, and would consider selling the wheelset in the resale market, you could get more money back from the Reynolds Attack. At the end of it, the out of pocket costs of the 2 bikes less the wheelsets are virtually equal at about $2,300.
One thing that interests me from the 9.0 SL standpoint is the SRAM R2C bar end shifter. Unlike Dura Ace friction based shifter which stays in position after every shift, SRAM’s R2C shifter will return to the centre position, keeping your hands in the same position before and after the shift. Of course the downside to this is that it doesn’t tell you which gear you’re in.
The SRAM GXP Pressfit BB poses a concern for me as I’m one who likes to tinker with my bike and performs simple mechanical tasks myself. Without a press fit machine, I wouldn’t be able to replace my own BB.
So I hope this helps those who are considering to buy the new Canyon Speedmax AL 2015.