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Van der Poel spotted aboard new Canyon Inflite cyclocross bike at Herentals

Van der Poel spotted aboard new Canyon Inflite cyclocross bike at Herentals

When I attended the launch of the new Canyon Ultimate in the summer I casually asked what was next in the pipeline. Maybe a new Endurace? “Maybe something for cyclocross but we’re not sure yet” was the slightly coy reply. Given we’ve already spotted a potentially new Aeroad it seems like we may be in for more than one new Canyon this year.

The X20 Trofee doesn’t have quite the same prestige as the World Cup or the Superprestige series, so it’s a more low-key place to sneak a new bike into the wild. Or at least it would be if you don’t go and win the round, which Van der Poel did after a late puncture for Van Aert. While the win was noteworthy in itself, as many CX victories are, the headline grabber was that he appears to be on board a new version of the Inflite. Let’s take a dive into what we can discern from race footage and photographs, shall we?

Mathieu van der Poel races cyclocross aboard a new Canyon Inflite

It certainly looks a lot more like the Ultimate now, with a reduced top tube kink and no visible hoses (Image credit: Getty Images)

Fully internal cables 

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