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Inflite CF SLX

Cyclocross Bike


Canyon Bicycles GmbH, Koblenz, Germany

In-house design

Alexander Forst, Lars Wagner

Red Dot: Best of the Best

Precision of form

Cyclocross bikes have to satisfy the highest demands, as users want to ride them as fast as possible both on the road and off-road. The design of the Inflite CF SLX therefore has placed the adaptability to individual riding styles and the requirements regarding form and material centre stage. The bike impresses with a patent-pending carrying system, which as an important functional element simultaneously defines its overall appearance. In line with the coherent overall concept, the frame has been optimised with regard to the field of application, with all interfaces following a design approach of complete system integration. This bike showcases a flowing silhouette with light gleaming off its clean surfaces and distinctively honed edges. The sculpturally crafted joint connections are aimed at emphasising the unique character of the bike. The shape of the cockpit, in conjunction with other innovative solutions such as the integrated seat clamp, conveys a sense of simplicity and functional precision. Graphic elements are a fundamental element of the overall appearance of the bike. The visual “bracket” not only serves as an optical connection between the cockpit and seat post, but also highlights the bike’s signature parallelogram. Black surfaces on the fork en-sure a flowing transition to the frame. The Inflite CF SLX has thus emerged as a cyclocross bike with a design language that coherently embodies and visualises a high level of precision.

Statement by the jury

»The Inflite CF SLX cyclocross bike impresses with its stringently implemented design. Every detail seems to be geared towards a philosophy of the best possible functionality in combination with the highest aesthetic quality. Its elegant appearance incorporates an outstanding design solution. Its expressiveness is underlined by a striking graphic that ideally suits this kind of bike.«

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This product can be found in the
Red Dot Design Yearbook 2017/2018