Direct-sales pioneer, Canyon has built a strong reputation for offering impressively specced bikes at affordable prices. The range covers all bases from chunky DH rigs right up to fat bikes and XC featherweights. If you're in the market for a new bike and something from Canyon tickles your fancy, read on for our complete guide to Canyon's 2021 mountain bike range.
2021 Canyon mountain bike range
Understanding Canyon's naming system
Unlike a few other brands, Canyon's naming system is very simple to get your head around. The basis of it revolves around a model name and progressively higher numbers which reflect the bikes' build kit and consequently, its price. The suffix 'CF' means that the particular bike you're looking at comes with a carbon frame, 'CFR' means it comes with a super high-end built kit (think wireless shifting) and then 'Team' means the bike comes kitted with the very same specification that the Canyon//SRAM team riders can be found aboard. A cheeky point but you can tell the 2021 models from the 2020 ones with Canyon's use of a decimal point in the name. Models with a decimal are the 2020 models. You'll also notice the suffix ':ON' but that's for another guide.
On a separate note, Canyon bikes come with a little tool kit containing the manual, a torque wrench with a bit set, a shock pump, and an assembly paste.
Of course, Canyon doesn't only offer a range of mountain bikes but also a full range of gravel bikes and a comprehensive selection of e-bikes.
The Torque is Canyons heavy-hitting, gravity focussed bike that sits between the Sender and the Strive in terms of its travel and what it's intended to do. At the front, there's 180mm of travel and 175mm at the rear. Geometry-wise, it gets a 65° head tube angle, a 74° seat tube angle, a 428mm chainstay (an S gets a shorter 425mm stay) and an L frame sees a 460mm reach. Neat features on the Torque is a downtube cover with a cable channel to keep things clean and easy to maintain, along with built-in frame protection on the carbon models. There's also the sneaky Quixle on all models.
Torque CF 9
First off is the Torque CF 9. It's built around Canyon's carbon frame with a Fox 38 Factory GRIP2 fork paired with a Fox X2 Factory shock. The drivetrain comes from SRAM and the XO1 Eagle 12-speed groupset with an e*thirteen TRS+ chain guide and Truvativ Descendant Carbon crank. The brakes also come from SRAM in the form of the Code RSC's. As for the wheels, they're DT Swiss EX 1501's that are wrapped in a pair of Maxxis Minion DHR II's in their 2.4" width, EXO casing, and the 3C Maxx Grip compound. The cockpit and finishing kit comes from Canyon and the G5 stem, riser bar, and grips. The dropper post on this bike is a OneUp Components V2 and there's an Ergon SM10 Enduro Comp saddle bolted to it.
Torque CF 8
The Torque CF 8 gets the very same frame as it's pricer sibling but gets slightly downgraded suspension and instead gets the same models of fork and shock but in Fox's Performance Elite spec. Other differences can be found in the drivetrain. This bike sees a Shimano Deore XT groupset, including brakes and the crankset. The wheels are also different here, opting for DT Swiss EX1700's instead. Everything else remains the same.
Torque CF 7
With the CF 7, we start to see RockShox suspension being introduced. On this bike, we get a RockShox Zeb Select+ fork with a Super Deluxe Select+ RT handling the rear suspension. Once again we see a SRAM drivetrain and here we find a GX Eagle groupset with the 10-52 cassette and Code R brakes. The crankset here is a Truvative Descendant 6K AL with a 32t chainring and e*thirteen TRS+ chain guide. DT Swiss supply the wheel with the E 1900's and then everything matches the other bikes in the range. This bike deviates from the rest and comes kitted with Canyon's Iridium dropper post.
The Torque 6 is the most expensive bike in the range with an alloy frame. It gets a Fox 38 Performance GRIP fork paired to a Fox DPX2 Performance at the rear. Including the brakes, the Torque 6 sees a full Shimano SLX groupset with an e*thirteen TRS chain guide. The wheels on this one come from a completely different brand. They're brought in from RaceFace in the form of the AR30's and they're wrapped in the same rubber as each other bike in the range. The finishing kit is also the same but this one gets Canyon's own Iridium dropper post.
While the cheapest in the range, the Torque 5 still offers an impressive spec for the money. On the alloy frame, there's a RockShox ZEB R with a Super Deluxe Select R shock. The drivetrain is covered by SRAM and for the most part, the SX range excluding the shifter which is an NX unit. The crank is a Truvative Descendant 6K. Brakes on the Torque 5 are SRAM Guide T's and they'll slow down a pair of RaceFace AR30 wheels. Everything else on the bike follows suit with the Torque 6.
The Strive is Canyon's purpose-built enduro bike. It's the only bike in the brand's range that features Shapeshifter tech which changes the bikes rear travel and geometry with the press of a button. In its low setting, the Strive gets a 66° head angle, a 72.9° seat tube angle, 435mm chainstays, and an L frame has a 464mm reach. As for travel, there's 160mm at the front and 150mm at the rear. Something that sets the Strive apart is that it's only available with a carbon frame and it's also a 29er. The Quixle also finds it's way onto the Strive.
As the most expensive rig in the range, the Strive CFR comes with some top-shelf kit. It's built upon Canyon's carbon frame with a Fox 36 Factory FIT4 fork (with 170mm of travel on this model only) matched with a Fox Float DPX2 Factory shock. The drivetrain on this one is a Shimano XTR M9100 groupset with matching brakes. There's also an e*thirteen TRS+ chain guide. Upping the bling factor is a set of DT Swiss EXC 1200 carbon wheels that get a pair of Maxxis Minion DHR II's with an EXO casing and 3C Maxx Grip compound. The dropper on the CFR is a Fox Transfer Performance Elite and the rest of the bike is finished off with Canyon's own kit.
Strive CF 9.0
The Strive CF 9.0 isn't quite as blingy as the CFR but it still benefits from some pretty trick kit. At the front, there's a RockShox Lyrik Ultimate and a RockShox Super Deluxe Ultimate RCT shock out back. The drivetrain on this bike is mostly SRAM XO1 but there's a GX chain. The crank is a Truvativ Descendant Carbon with a 32t chainring and an e*thirteen TRS+ chain guide. Stopping the bike is a set of SRAM G2 RSC brakes and it rolls on a pair of Reynolds TR 309 carbon wheels. The tyres and finishing kit is the same as what you'll find on the CFR. The dropper post on this bike is a RockShox Reverb Sealth with the 1X lever.
Strive CF 8.0
The Strive CF 4.0 gets a pretty significant drop in price and such a drop is reflected in its kit list, compared to its pricer range-mates. The fork here is a Fox 36 Performance Elite and the shock is a Fox Float DPX2. The drivetrain comes from Shimano and the full Deore XT range apart from the shifter, which is a SRAM MMX XO1. The chain guide is a CNGU MRP AMg V2 and the brakes are Shimano XT M8120s. The wheels on this built are DT Swiss E 1700s and they get the same tyres, and finishing kit as the rest of the range, and there's a Fox Transfer Performance Elite dropper post.
Strive CF 7.0
The Strive CF 7.0 is the final bike that comes as a complete package. The suspension is provided by RockShox with the Lyrik Select and the Super Deluxe Select R. SRAM has the drivetrain sorted with a GX Eagle groupset with SRAM Guide R brakes and there's a Truvativ Descendant 6k AL crankset with a 32t chainring. Again, there's the e*thirteen TRS+ chain guide. The wheels here are DT Swiss E 1900's with the same tyres as the rest of the range, a with the finishing kit. This time, there's Canyon's own Iridium dropper seat post.
Strive CFR Frameset
Rounding off the Strive range is the CFR frameset. Get one of these and you'll get a Fox Float DPX2 Factory and a Fox Transfer Performance Elite seat post. Then, of course, the world is your oyster with the rest of the kit you choose to put on it.
The Spectral is Canyon's 650b trail taming machine. It gets an extra bump in travel compared to its predecessor with 160mm at the front and 150mm at the rear. The head angle on the Spectral sits at 66° and there's a 74° seat tube angle. Then it gets a 430mm chainstay with a 455mm reach on an L frame size. Much like the Strive and the Torque, the Spectral sees a covered downtube with cable guides for ease of maintenance and Canyon's G5 finishing kit. This is also the first time we see women's specific models in the line-up.
Spectral CF 9
The Spectral CF 9 tops the Spectral range. It's built around a carbon frame with a RockShox Pike Ultimate fork and a RockShox Deluxe Ultimate shock. It's driven by a full SRAM XO1 Eagle drivetrain, apart from the XS cassette, with a Truvativ Descendant Carbon crank. The brakes on this bike are SRAM G2 RSCs and the wheels are DT Swiss XMC 1501's with a Maxxis Minion DHR II, 2.4", with the EXO casing and 3C Maxx Terra compound. At the rear there's a Maxxis Dissector 2.4". As for the dropper, the Spectral CF 9 comes with a OneUp Components V2, and then the finishing kit comes from Canyon's G5 range.
Spectral WMN CFR 9.0
The Spectral WMN CFR 9.0 is the high spec women's specific Spectral. It gets a RockShox Pike Ultimate fork and a Deluxe Ultimate RCT shock. The drivetrain here is a SRAM XO1 groupset with SRAM G2 RSC brakes and there's a Truvative Descendant Carbon crank with a 32t chainring. This bike rolls on Reynolds TR 307 carbon rims and they're wrapped with a Maxxis Minion DHR II, 2.4" EXO, 3C Maxx Grip at the front and a Maxxis Aggressor 2.5" at the rear. The dropper is a RockShox Reverb Sealth 1X and there's an SGD Allure saddle. The finish kit comes from Canyon's G5 range.
Spectral CF 8
The Spectral CF 8 gets a carbon frame and a Fox 36 Performance Elite fork paired with a Fox Float DPX2 Performance Elite shock with an EVOL can. It comes with a full Shimano Deore XT drivetrain with matching brakes but an SLX cassette. Wheels on this bike are DT Swiss XM 1700s and it gets a pair of Maxxis Minion DHR IIs with an EXO casing and 3C Maxx Terra compound. The finishing kit comes from Canyon.
Spectral CF 7 WMN
The carbon-framed Spectral CF 7 WMN comes kitted with a RockShox Pike Select+ fork with a Deluxe Select+ RT shock handling the rear suspension. The drivetrain is covered by SRAM and the GX groupset with G2 R brakes from the same brand. Here we start seeing alloy cranks and the Truvativ Descendant 6K AL cranks with a 32t chainring. The wheels on this bike are a set of DT Swiss M 1900's with a Maxxis Minion DHR II 2.4" with an EXO casing and 3C Maxx Terra compound. The rear tyre is a 2.4" Maxxis Aggressor. A bit of a curveball, but on this build, the bar and stem come from RaceFact and the Aeffect line-up with a Canyon Iridium dropper and Ergon SM10 Sport Women saddle.
Spectral CF 7
The Spectral CF 7 is the unisex partner to the WMN. It's a bit cheaper and that's reflected in the spec. The fork on this bike is a RockShox Pike Select and there's a Deluxe Select+ RT shock, also from RockShox. There's a full SRAM GX Eagle groupset with G2 R brakes and the crank comes from the GX range. Wheels and tyres are the same as the WMN model and the finishing kit comes from Canyon's G5 range with an Iridium dropper and Ergon SM10 Enduro Comp saddle.
With the Spectral 6, we start to see alloy frames. This one gets a Fox 36 Float Rhythm fork and a Fox Float DPX2 Performance EVOL shock. The drivetrain is handled by Shimano and the SLX groupset which includes the brakes and crankset. Differing from the other bikes in the range, there's a set of RaceFace AR30 wheels and they get a pair of Maxxis Minion DHR II 2.4"s with EXO casings, and the 3C Maxx Terra compound. The finishing kit comes from Canyon excluding the Ergon SM10 Enduro Comp saddle.
Spectral WMN CF 8.0
This is another bike that's still available from the 2020 range. It comes with a carbon frame with a Fox 34 Performance Elite fork with 150mm of travel and a Fox Float DPS Performance Elite handling the 140mm of travel out back. The bike is driven by a Shimano XT drivetrain which includes the XT M8120 brakes and crankset. The wheels here are a pair of DT Swiss M 1700 and there's a Maxxis Minion DHR II at the front with a 2.5" Aggressor from the same brand at the rear. They come kitted with an EXO casing and 3C Maxx Grip compound. The seat post is a Fox Transfer and there's an SGD Allure saddle.
Spectral 6 WMN
It likely goes without saying but the Spectral WMN 6 is the women's specific version of the Spectral 6. As such, it's spec differs a little from the unisex bike. This one gets a Fox 34 Rhythm fork with a Fox Float DPS Performance shock. There's a Shimano SLX drivetrain with Shimano MT420 brakes. Here we see a pair of RaceFace AR30 wheels with a 2.4" Maxxis Minion DHR II, EXO, 3C Maxx Terra on the front and a Maxxis Dissector on the back wheel. Raceface also handles the cockpit and there's Canyon's own Iridium dropper with that Ergon SM10 Women's saddle.
The Spectral 5 rounds off the range of full builds with an alloy frame and a RockShox Pike Select fork. There's also a RockShox Deluxe Select+ RT shock. The drivetrain is covered by SRAM on this bike with the NX groupset and a Truvatic Descendant 6k crankset with a 32t chainring. Brakes also come from SRAM and the Guide T's. The rest of this bike is exactly the same as the Spectral 6 WMN, apart from the women's specific saddle, this one is the unisex version.
Spectral CFR Frameset
The Spectral also comes with a frame only option so you can customise to your heart's content. For your money, you also get a Fox Float DPX2 Factory shock and Fox Transfer Performance Elite dropper.
The Neuron is Canyon's do it all 29er that comes with 130mm of travel at both ends (with the exception of the Neuron CF LTD). In the range, there's also a kids bike primed for mini-shredders to get an early taste of a full susser. The Neuron comes with a 67.5° head tube angle, a 74.5° seat tube angle, and 440mm chainstays. The reach, on a large, measures in at 435mm. With exception of a few builds (don't worry, we'll mention it) the Neuron comes in five sizes from XS to XL. Much like Canyon's other bikes, the Neuron comes complete with a downtube cable cover and top tube protection.
Neuron CF LTD
As its name suggests, the Neuron CF LTD is a limited edition bike with only 100 available worldwide. What makes this bike special is the use of a DT Swiss F535 fork with 140mm of travel and a DT Swiss R535 shock handling the 130mm of rear travel. This bike also gets Dt Swiss's XMC 1200 carbon fibre wheel. The fancy kit doesn't stop there, the drivetrain is a SRAM XO1 Eagle AXS, so that's 12-speed wireless shifting. Stopping the bike is a set of SRAM G2 RSC brakes and providing the traction is a Schwalbe Hans Dampf 2.35" at the front and a Nobby Nic 2.35" at the back. Moving onto the cockpit, the bar is a Next 35 from RaceFace, the same brand supplies the Turbine 35 stem and Turbine R seat post. The saddle is an Ergon SM10 Sport.
Neuron CF SLX 9
The Neuron CF SLX 9 is the priciest bike in the whole Neuron range. It comes kitted with a Fox 34 Factory fork and a Fox Float DPS Factory shock. Shimano has the drivetrain sorted with the XTR range and the crank comes from RaceFace and the Next SL G5 Carbon. The brakes also come from the XTR range. Just like the limited edition bike, this one rolls on a pair of DT Swiss XMC 1200 carbon wheels but gets a pair of Schwalbe Nobby Nics in the 2.34" width. Apart from the seat post, which is a Fox Transfer Factory, everything else matches the limited edition build. Note that this one only comes in three sizes, M to XL
Neuron CF 9 SL
The Neuron CF 9 SL gets a Fox 34 Performance Elite fork matched with a Fox Float DPS Performance shock. This time there's a mix of SRAM kit making up the drivetrain. There's an XO1 Eagle mech, a GX Eagle shifter and a GX cassette. The crank on this bike is a Truvative Stylo Carbon with a 32t chainring. The brakes also come from SRAM with the G2 RSCs. The wheels here are a set of DT Swiss XMC 1501 and they get a pair of Schwalbe Nobby Nics with a 2.35" width. RaceFace handles the cockpit and there's Canyon's own Iridium dropper post.
Neuron CF 9
On the carbon-framed Neuron CF 9 you'll get a Fox 34 Performance fork and a Fox Float DPS Performance shock. There's a Shimano XT drivetrain, including the cranks and brakes but not the SLX lever which keeps the price slightly lower. Then the bike comes with DT Swiss XM 1700 hoops with a set of Nobby Nics. The rest of the bike is very much the same as the CF 9 SL. However, there is a women's specific CF 9 which has the same kit but a different suspension tune and a women's specific saddle.
Neuron CF 8
With the CF 8, we see RockShox components sneaking in for the first time in the Neuron range. Up front there's a Pike Select fork with 140mm of travel and at the rear, there's a Deluxe Select+ shock. Again there's a bit of a mix of SRAM making up the drivetrain with a GX Eagle derailleur and an NX shifter. Truvative supplies the crankset with the Stylo 6K Eagle. SRAM also brings the brakes, fitting a pair of G2 RSs. The wheels come from DT Swiss and the M 1900 's and the front is sorted with a Schwalbe Hans Dampf 2.35" with a Nobby Nic 2.35" at the rear. RaceFace has the cockpit covered and there's a Selle Italia X3 saddle hooked up to the Canyon Iridium dropper post.
The Neuron 7 drops the carbon frame in favor of a less pricey alloy one. As for the suspension, there's a Fox 34 Rhythm fork and a Fox Float DPS Performance shock. The drivetrain is again a mix of Shimano kit with a Deore XT derailleur, SLX lever and SLX cassette. Shimano also has the crank and SLX brakes sorted. Here we see Canyon handling the rims with the Iridiums which are laced to Shimano MT400 and MT410 hubs. There are a pair of 2.35" Schwalbe Nobby Nics and the rest of the built comes from Canyon, apart from the Ergon saddle. The Neuron 7 also comes in a women's specific model which has the same kit apart from a few women's specific contact points and a slightly different suspension tune.
The Neuron 6 is Canyon's base-level, budget option. As such, there's a RockShox Judy Silver TK fork and Deluxe Select+ shock. It does get a Shimano Deore XT mech but the rest of the drivetrain is Deore-level kit and there are MT200 brakes from Shimano. Everything else on the bike is the same as the slightly pricier Neuron 7 apart from the Selle Italia X-Base saddle. Again, there's also a women's specific build of this bike.
Neuron Young Hero
Released earlier this year is the Neuron Young Hero, it's the only kid's full susser in Canyon's line-up and it's been given a pretty decent spec. The fork on this one is a RockShox Judy Silver TK with 130mm of travel and there's a RockShox Deluxe+ also handling 130mm of squish. With this bike, there's a SRAM SX Eagle drivetrain, including the crankset which has a smaller 30t chainring. Throwing some Shimano into the mix, Canyon has kitted this bike with the MT200 brakes. The wheels are made up of Canyon's Iridium rims laced to Shimano hubs and there's a 2.25" Schwalbe Nobby Nic at the front with a similarly sized Rocket Ron on the back. The rest of the bike is sorted with Canyon's own Iridium line of kit.
Next up is the Lux. It's Canyon's XC full suspension rig that comes with some impressive weight numbers. The top end Lux CF SLX weighs in at 1662g on a medium frame, that's certainly nothing to be sniffed at. As you can expect for an XC bike, it's a 29er with 100mm of travel at both ends. It comes kitted with a super minimalist and lightweight chainguide, frame protection in the expected spots and headset based top tube protection. Moving onto the geometry, the Lux comes with a 70° head angle, a 74.5° seat tube angle, 435mm chainstays and a large frame has a 455mm reach. The Lux comes in four sizes from S to XL
Lux CF SLX 9 LTD
The Lux CF SLX 9 LTD doesn't just don a mouthful of a name but it also rocks the top spot as Canyon's most expensive mountain bike. It's built around a carbon frame and benefits from a RockShox SID SL Ultimate and a RockShox SIDLuxe Ultimate, both with a remote lockout. This bike sees the super bling SRAM XX1 Eagle AXS drivetrain with a matching carbon crank. Stopping the bike is a pair of SRAM Level Ultimate brakes. It rolls on a set of Reynolds Blacklabel XC wheels with a Maxxis Aspen 2.25" at the rear and an Ikon Exo 2.35, again from Maxxis, at the front. As for the cockpit, it's Canyon's rather special one-piece carbon bar and stem, CP08 cockpit and there's a DT Swiss D 232 One dropper and Selle Italia SLR KC Boost saddle.
Lux CF SLX 9 Team
Hot on the heels of the limited edition model is the Team edition. It gets the same frame with a Fox 32 Step-Cast Factory fork with a matching Fox Float DPS Factory with both benefitting from a remote lockout. Shimano deck out the drivetrain and brakes with the XTR range and there's a RaceFace Next SL G5 Carbon crank. The wheels come from Dt Swiss and the XRC 1200 Splines and they get the same tyres as the LTD model. Actually, the rest of the bike is the same as the LTD model.
Lux CF SLX 9
The Lux CF SLX 9 gets a RockShox SID Sl Select+ fork and a RockShox SIDLuxe shock, both with a remote lockout. Then it comes with SRAMs XX1 Eagle drivetrain with matching cranks to boot. The brakes also come from SRAM and the Level TLMs. This bike rolls on Dt Swiss XRC 1505 Spline wheels and then the rest of the bike is the same as its spendier counterparts.
Lux CF 8
At a full £1,000 cheaper than the model above it, the Lux CF 8 gets a RockShox SID Select+ and a SIDLuxe+ shock with both getting a remote lockout. This bike gets kitted with a SRAM XO1 drivetrain with a Truvativ Stylo Carbon crankset. The brakes here are a pair of SRAM Level TLMs and they're stopping a set of Reynolds TR 289 C XC hoops. While this one has the same tyres, dropper and saddle, we start to see a cheaper cockpit coming from RaceFace and the Ride range.
Lux CF 7
The Lux CF 7 gets Fox suspension rather than RockShox, in the form of a 34 Step-Cast Performance Elite and a Fox Float DPS Performance Elite with both ends getting a remote lockout. The drivetrain here is a Shimano XT groupset including the crank and brakes. As for wheels, this bike rolls on a pair of DT Swiss XR 1700s and then the rest of the bike has the same kit as the CF 8. This one also comes as a women's specific model which gets most of the same kit aside from some kit made especially for women, like the saddle and a custom suspension tune.
Lux CF 6
The Lux CF 6 is the cheapest full build in the line-up. It gets a RockShox SID Select and a SIDLuxe Select+ shock with both benefitting from a remote lockout. This bike gets a SRAM NX Eagle drivetrain with a Truvativ Stylo 6K crankset. SRAM also sorts the brakes with the Level TLs. The wheels on this one are DT Swiss X 1900's, then the rest of the bike is exactly the same as the CF 7.
Lux CF SLX Frameset
If nothing in the Lux' range of full builds but you must have that frame, you're in luck. It's offered as a frame only with a Fox Float DPS Factory shock with a remote lockout. With this, the bike build is your oyster.
The Exceed is the brands XC 29er hardtail which boasts 100mm of travel. At the budget end, it acts as an excellent and accessible entry into the world of cross country riding and at the higher end there are a number of bike ready out of the box to hit the circuit. On the Exceed are many of Canyon's trademark nuances such as the Impact Protection Unit and a cleverly position seat post clamp. Each bike in the line-up comes in five sizes from XS right up to XL. Each size gets a 69° head angle, a 75° seat tube angle and 425mm chainstays. A large frame gets a 455mm reach.
Exceed CFR LTD
Repping the top spot in the Exceed range and the second most expensive mountain bike Canyon offer is the Exceed CFR LTD. On its carbon frame, there's a RockShox SID SL Ultimate RaceDay with a remote lockout. Then there's a SRAM XX1 Eagle AXS drivetrain with SRAM Level Ultimate brakes. This bike rolls on a pair of Reynolds Blacklabel XC wheels and there's a Maxxis Ikon Exo 2.35" on the front and a Maxxis Aspen 2.25" at the back. The cockpit comes from Canyon and the CP08 one-piece bar and stem, then there's a DT Swiss D 232 One dropper with a Selle Italia SLR KC Boost saddle.
Exceed CFR Team
The CFR Team is the exact same bike that can be found underneath the Canyon//SRAM team riders. It gets top end kit such as the Fox 32 Step-Cast Factory fork with a remote lockout and full Shimano XTR drivetrain, including XTR M9110 brakes. It gets a pair of DT Swiss XRC 1200 Splines and it's finished off with the very same kit as the LTD model, asides from the seat post. This bike gets a ridged Canyon VCLS 2.0 post.
Exceed CF SLX 9
The SLX CF 9 gets a RockShox SID SL Select+ RL with a remote lockout and a SRAM XO1 Eagle AXS drivetrain. The brakes also come from SRAM with the Level TLMs and this bike gets a pair of DT Swiss XRC 1501 Spline wheels. The rest of the bike gets the same kit as the Team model but there's a DT Swiss D 232 dropper.
Exceed CF SLX 8
Presenting a significant saving against the CF SLX 9 is the CF SLX 8. This model comes with a Fox 32 Performance Elite fork, without a lockout. Then there's a SRAM XO1 Eagle drivetrain and Truvative Stylo Carbon crankset. SRAM also has the brakes covered with the Level TLMs. As for wheels, they come in the form of DT Swiss' XRC 1700 Splines. Then the rest of the bike is the same as the CF SLX 9.
Exceed CF 7
The Exceed CF 7 gets a RockShox SID SL Select RL with a remote lockout and a SRAM GX Eagle drivetrain. There's a pair of SRAM Level TL brakes and a Reynolds TR289 C XC front wheel and TR309 C XC at the rear. Apart from the cockpit and seat post, which is provided by RaceFace, the rest of the bike is the same as others in the range. There is also a women's specific model of the CF 7 which gets women's specific contact points and a slightly different fork tune.
Exceed CF 6
The CF6 starts edging towards a budget-friendly price point, as such it gets a Fox Rhythm 32 with a remote lockout and a mixture of Shimano SLX and XT making up the drivetrain. There's also a set of SLX brakes. The wheels are DT Swiss XR1700 Spline's and they get a pair of Schwalbe Rocket Rons in 2.25". Apart from the Selle Italia Model X saddle, the rest of the bike is the same as the CF 7.
Exceed CF 5
At just £1,800 the CF 5 is the cheapest bike in the Exceed range. It still gets a carbon frame but there's a RockShox Recon RL with a remote lockout here. The drivetrain is supplied by SRAM in the form of the NX Eagle groupset with SRAM Level T brakes. The crank here is a Truvativ Stylo 6K. This bike gets a pair of RaceFace AR25 wheels and they're wrapped with a couple of Schwalbe Rocket Rons in 2.25" with the Performance compound. RaceFace also finishes off the bike and there's a Selle Italia Model X saddle. There's also a women's version of this bike.
Saying that name out loud might give you some serious James Bond vibes but the Grand Canyon is the brands trail orientated hardtail that's intended to be an excellent first bike. Depending on which size you pick, it gets either 650b or 29" hoops and there's a 120mm fork. There are 1X drivetrains throughout the range too. In the range is a kids bike and a selection of women's bikes, so there is definitely something for everyone here. On the Grand Canyon we can find a 68° head tube angle, a 74° seat tube angle and chainstay lengths range from 432mm on the smaller frames up to 438mm on the largest. The reach on a Large frame is 456mm.
Grand Canyon 9
At just £1.7k the Grand Canyon 9 comes with a fairly strong kit list. There's a Fox 34 Rhythm fork with a full Shimano Deore XT drivetrain which includes a pair of XT M8100 brakes. The wheels come from Canyon with the MXD5s and they're wrapped with a pair of Schwalbe Nobby Nics with a Snakeskin casing and Evolution compound. Everything else, including the dropper post, comes from Canyon's Iridium line-up.
Grand Canyon 8
The Grand Canyon 8 doesn't see a massive downgrade when compared to the range-topper. Apart from a Shimano SLX groupset, MT400 brakes, and Alexrims MD25 wheels, everything is exactly the same as the Grand Canyon 9 but it's £400 cheaper. There's also a women's specific model.
Grand Canyon 7
On the Grand Canyon 7, you get a RockShox Judy Silver and a SRAM SX drivetrain. Shimano have the brakes sorted with a pair of MT400s. Apart from the Schwalbe Rapid Robs with a 2.25" width, everything else is the same as the Grand Canyon 8. There's a women's model of this bike too.
Grand Canyon 6
For your one thousand British monies, you get an SR Suntour XCR fork with a Shimano Deore XT derailleur with base Deore kit covering the rest of the drivetrain. Also supplied by Shimano are the MT400 brakes. The wheels on this model are mixed, there's a Canyon Iridium rim at the front and an Alexrims MD25 at the rear, both are laced to Shimano hubs. This one gets slightly different tyres with a Schwalbe Tough Tom 2.25" at the front and a Rapid Rob 2.25" at the back. Everything else is the same as what's on the other bikes in the range.
Grand Canyon 5
Apart from the kids' bike, this is the cheapest bike in the Grand Canyon range. It gets an SR Suntour XCR fork and a Shimano Deore drivetrain with Shimano MT200 brakes. Canyon has the rims sorted with a pair of Iridiums laced to Shimano hubs. On the front there's a Schwalbe Tough Tom 2.25" and there's a Rapid Rob 2.25" at the back. Note that there's no dropper on this bike. The rest of the build is handled with Canyon's own kit.
Grand Canyon Young Hero
The Grand Canyon Young Hero finishes off the range. As its name suggests it's the kids' bike in the range and it comes kitted with an SR Suntour XCR fork with 100mm of squish. It's driven by a Shimano Deore drivetrain with MT200 brakes and it rolls on a pair of Alexrims MD23 rims laced to Shimano hubs. The rest of the bike is the same as the Grand Canyon 5.
Something of a rarity out on the trails but something that would be rude to miss out is Canyon's fat bike, the Dude... You've got to love the Lebowski-esque name. In the range is a fully ridged bike and a couple kitted with a 120mm suspension fork. Both share the same geometry with a 69° head tube angle, a 73° seat tube angle, 439mm chainstays and a large frame comes with a 435mm reach.
Dude CF 9
The Dude CF 9 gets a Manitou Mastodon Pro EXT fork and a mix of SRAM GX and NX making up the drivetrain. SRAM has also got the brakes covered with a set of G2 RSs. Then there are a pair of DT Swiss BR 2250 27.5" SH wheels wrapped with a Maxxis Minion FBF 3.8" at the front and a Minion FBR 3.8" at the rear. RaceFace sorts the cockpit with the Ride series and there's an Iridium dropper post, with an Ergon SM10 saddle.
Dude CF 8
The cheaper CF 8 gets a few different bits of kit, including the rigid Rude fork. There's a Sram SX Eagle drivetrain with Shimano brakes. The rest of the bike is the same as the Cf 9.
Dude CF 8.0 Trail
Rounding off the Dude line-up is the Dude CF 8.0 Trail. It isn't new for 2021 but it gets a RockShox Bluto RL fork with 110mm of travel. Then there's a SRAM NX Eagle drivetrain, Shimano brakes and DT Swiss BR 2300 wheels. Tyres come from Schwalbe on this bike and it's kitted with Jumbo Jims. The rest of the bike is the same as the rest of the range.
Touching on the Sender, it's the brand's downhill bike and the range includes two alloy bikes and two carbon all of which feature 200mm of squish both front, and rear while rolling on 650b hoops. Prices for the Sender range from £3,300 up to £5,700.
The Stitched in Canyon's dirt jump rig. It comes both as a hardtail and as a full suspension bike. As expect for a dirt jumper, it's only available with an alloy frame and there's 100mm of travel at either end. The Stitched 720 (the full suspension one) is only available in one size and the hardtails come in two sizes. Prices range from £1,000 up to £1,800 for the 720.
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