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As the sport of triathlon grows as do the number of bikes that are available to us. So when it comes to choosing a new bike, the correct bike for yourself, it can be a really tough task. We have entry level bikes, mid range bikes, and high end bikes, but actually what is the difference between them all? What do you actually get for that extra bit of cash and perhaps could you get away with an entry level bike for your current needs, and so on. There are so many questions like that that we hear time and time again, and to help us answer those questions we have come out to Germany to the factory of our new partners, Canyon. Over the last decade their bikes have evolved and conquered a heck of a lot in their time and with that they have created a large range of different level and models of bikes. So using their bikes as an example, we’re gonna run through the differences between their entry level, their mid range, and their high end bikes to hopefully help you when it comes to choosing a new bike. (energetic music) Before we delve into the latest and the modern bikes, I thought it’s worth us taking a little trip down memory lane, well ten years down memory lane. See, as with most bike brands as the designs and the technologies change that go into the bikes, we see this trickle down of technologies from the top end bikes down to their new entry level bikes. So right here now I have the whole generation and evolution of the Canyon Speedmax. See, as we’re buying our new bikes, our entry, our mid, and our high end bikes, it’s important to know the technology that’s gone into them and where that’s come from. So first of all, I’m gonna take a look at the Canyon Speedmax first generation bike. (energetic music) Right, so to help me through the history and the technologies that have gone into these bikes, I’ve brought in the design engineer for Canyon, Wolfgang. So thanks for joining us today Wolfgang. Right here now I have two of the Canyon Speedmaxes from the first generation, aluminium, and the carbon, so when were these actually available to purchase? – I think both of the bikes were available from 2009 to 2013. – Okay, so obviously the aluminium was the low end, carbon was the high end, so what have we got going on in terms of technology here? – We did not have CFD analysed at this time, we did not go through the wind tunnels this time, and yeah it was more or less a theoretical part of science. – Okay, so I do note here on the aluminium we’ve got external cable routing, we’ve got the brakes exposed on both of the models, we’ve got non integrated handle bars, standard stems, so actually quite dated compared to the bikes that we see nowadays, but obviously top end riders were using these bikes at the time. But now let’s move on and take a look at the second generation Canyon Speedmax. Well, this is a quite exciting era, I can see that by just looking at these bikes. So what is going on here? – This was the first 3D printed wind tunnel prototype we produced at Canyon. – Right so what date are we looking at for this bike in the prototype? – The bike was sold from 2013 to ’16. – Okay, so I can see here where you’ve, obviously it’s a 3D printed prototype, you’ve also got like a puzzle piece for several parts, so you’ve obviously swapped out the down tube, the rear stays, to really optimise those aerodynamics, and then this is the finished article, which is, well this is, Jaoquim Rodriguez’ bike, this has been ridden by pro cyclists and triathletes. – Yeah but the focus at this time was the UCI circuits, it was possible to adapt for triathletes, but focus was UCI. – Yeah so I can see it’s obviously somewhat limited in terms of its storage and storage integration and presumably its geometry, which is where I think it’s really interesting for us now to take a look at the third generation of the Speedmax. (energetic music) Now we are bringing it up to date now. This is the third generation of the Speedmax and considerably different from the second generation and certainly the first generation. So what have we actually got going on here? – Nowadays the focus is completely on triathlon. So we wanted to provide our customers the best possible material for their perfect bike split. – Right so it’s just all integrated. We’ve got a hydration system here which has a straw coming out of it so you can stay in your arrow position whilst you fuel and take on your hydration. You can fill that hydration system up on the go. We’ve also got storage here for the gels. We’ve got another storage compartment here which you put your spares in. Race day spares, you’ve got your tube there, you can put your CO2 canister in there. It really is quite impressive. This is actually Patrick Lange’s Ironman World Championship winning bike, and then this is the production model. Now this has been really interesting looking at the evolution of the bike and how the technology has changed over the years which is really important, and we’re now going to take a look at our entry level bike. (energetic music) I’m currently riding a new and entry level triathlon bike, but this is where things get interesting because if we remember back to that evolution of the Speedmax, where technology and science has developed over the years and it’s advanced what we’re seeing is that these entry level triathlon bikes are more aerodynamic, they’re faster, and most importantly they’re better designed and developed for triathletes within mind, so they’re actually better than those high end bikes the pros have been riding on over the last decade. In essence what I’m trying to say is that most brands are now producing entry level bikes that are competitive with if not better than those high end bikes from just a few years ago. What we’re seeing is this trickle down effect of the technology and science from those older high end bikes through to the new entry level bikes. Now, for this video we are specifically focusing on triathlon bikes as opposed to road bikes that are then adapted and modified to take part in triathlons. So with that in mind, triathlon bikes do tend to start at a slightly higher price tag than your standard entry road bikes, but this is still an entry triathlon bike. Have also picked out three different bikes from the Canyon range to use as examples. We’ve got an entry bike, a mid range bike, and a high end bike, and I tried to pick them so they match up and reflect similarly with other brands. So first of all let’s take a closer look at this entry level bike as an example. And with these advances in technology that I’ve been talking about, we’re now seeing entry level bikes with carbon fibre frames. We’ve also got internal cabling, so all these cables coming from the brakes and the gears are coming through the frame, they’re hidden from the wind and more aerodynamic. You’ll then also notice that we have the brakes here that are exposed. Now these are almost set up like a standard road bike and there are advantages to that and disadvantages. The disadvantages being it’s not quite as aerodynamic, the advantages being, well, if you’re a relative newbie to triathlon or maybe you’re not quite so confident with your bike mechanics then these are really easy to maintain. Then our gearing, well, an entry level bike you’ll tend to see having mechanical groupsets. So like Shimano 105 on here, that means I have mechanical shifting on the end of the aero bars, does mean that I don’t have shifting on the base bar which might be a limiting factor to some and finally the wheel set. Now you’ll notice here we’ve got fairly shallow and standard set of alloy wheels which for some people might be absolutely fine for facing on with your entry level triathlon bike but for other people you might consider these more like a set of training wheels in which case you can then pop in your own wheels might allow you to go away and choose your own race wheels that you prefer, or you might have your own set already sat in your garage ready to throw in. (energetic music) Well now let’s compare that to a mid range bike like this one that I’m riding here. Now this sits firmly between the entry level price and the high end price range. And you’re getting quite an obvious upgrade. Now it is fairly similar frame set in this instance but what I’m getting is the componentry upgrades. So I’ve got a groupset that’s now electronic so I’ve got Shimano Ultegra electronic groupset so I’ve got precise shifting from both the end of the aero bars and now also the base bar which is a really nice addition. We also got quite an obvious upgrade, and that is with the wheel set. So I’ve got a really nice looking set of wheels. Now I’ve got a Zipp 404 front wheel, and a Zipp 808 rear wheel, so you’re really buying kind of an off the shelf race ready bike. Now let’s move on to the high end triathlon bike. And understandably they do have a price hike to reflect that so this is mainly aimed at those athletes that are looking to fine tune their performance, to improve their aerodynamics, and literally leave no stone unturned, or perhaps it’s even for those that just fancy treating themselves. Either way this bike should be specked out to the max, so with any good bike brand that’s doing triathlon bikes you should see a lot more integration in these high end bikes. So this bike for instance I’ve got a hydration system and storage box all integrated into the cockpit, so it’s actually creating almost a fairing that in theory should be faster than without it. Then in terms of the groupset, you might actually be lucky enough to have an upgrade on this from the mid range as well, so whereas we had an Ultegra electronic groupset before now you might find you have a Dura-Ace electronic and then of course the wheels. We’re still gonna have a nice set of race wheels with a bike like this so here it is, race day ready, and the next thing with this is having the top end high specked bike you know that you’re riding more or less the same if not the same as the pros are. So there we go that is a little comparison between the entry, the mid, and the high end triathlon bikes that are on offer to us today. And it’s actually been really interesting looking at this whole evolution and how the designs and the technology have changed quite considerably over the last ten years and how that in turn has influenced the different levels of bikes that are on offer to us today. If you liked this video hit that thumbs up button, if you’d like to see more videos from GTN, just click on the globe and subscribe. If you’d like to see our other Canyon video where I get my Canyon Speedmax I’m sat on right here then click just down here.