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 mountain bike range.
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. For 2022, the Torque comes with all of the wheel size options, so that's 650b, 29" and even a mullet set up. This year also sees the introduction of two alloy models with the whole range getting an update to its geometry. It's got the longer, slacker, and lower treatment with a 63.5° head tube angle, a 77.5° seat tube angle. 29" Bikes get a 440mm chainstay, 650b rear wheeled bikes get a 435mm chainstay. As an example of the Torque's reach, a large frame comes with a 490mm measurement. There's also a geo adjust flip chip which steepens the angles by half a degree.
Thanks to the use of a modular design and a wheel specific rear end, the geometry remains the same regardless of your wheel size choice, though 29" and mullet bikes don't come in a small size, whereas 650b bikes do, however, they don't get an XL, like the 29ers.
As for travel, the 29" bikes get 170mm at both ends, the 650b bike gets a 180mm fork with 175mm at the rear, then the mullet bike blends the two with 170mm of squish up front and 175mm out back.
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 Shimano and the XTR lineup with matching four-pot brakes and a Race Face Next R crank. As for wheels, this model rolls on a pair of DT Swiss FR 560 240 EXP with 6-bolt rotor mounts and they're wrapped with a Maxxis Assegai at the front, with a DHR II at the rear. Then the bike is finished with Canyon's own G5 range of components including a travel adjustable dropper post and Fizik Gravita Alpaca X5 saddle.
Torque Mullet CF Fabio Wibmer
This bike is a limited edition model offering customers the exact same bike as what Canyon ambassador Fabio Wibmer rides. Setting this bike firmly apart from the rest of the range it comes equipped with an Öhlins RXF38 fork with a TTX22M shock from the same brand. The drivetrain on the limited edition biike comes from SRAM with an X01 mech and shifter but a GX 10-52t cassette. The brakes here are a pair of Magura MT7 CarbotectureSLs and it rolls on DT Swiss FR 560 350 wheels that are wrapped with a Continental Der Kaiser at the rear. Gracing the front wheels is a Continental Der Baron Projekt.
Torque Mullet CF 8
The Torque Mullet CF 8 is the only mullet bike in the Torque range. It's built around a carbon frame and gets a Fox 38 Performance Elite fork paired with a Fox DHX2 Factory coil shock. This one gets a Shimano XT 12-speed drivetrain with an XT crank and XT four-pot brakes. Then it rolls on a pair of DT Swiss FR 560 350 wheels set up for 6-bolt rotors and are wrapped with the very same tyres as the Torque CF 9. This bike also gets Canyon's G5 finishing kit, adjustable dropper and Fizik Gravita Alpaca X5 saddle.
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. DT Swiss supply the wheel with the FR 2070 370LNs and then everything matches the other bikes in the range.
Torque AL 6
The Torque 6 is the most expensive bike in the range with an alloy frame. It gets a Fox 38 Performance fork paired to a Fox Float X2 Performance at the rear. Including the brakes, the Torque 6 sees a full Shimano SLX groupset. The wheels, tyres, and finishing kit matches the rest of the range.
Torque AL 5
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 Select with a Super Deluxe Select+ shock. The drivetrain is covered by Shimano with the Deore 12-speed range and four-piston brakes. This bike gets different wheels with Race Face AR30 rims laced to Shimano hubs with Centre Lock rotor mounts. The rest of the bike matches the rest of the range.
The Strive is Canyon's purpose-built enduro bike. It has built up quite the reputation as one of the quickest bikes on the EWS circuit and has now received a rather long-awaited update. 2022's iteration of the Strive gets a widely updated geometry with refinements to its suspension kinematic.
The brand has aimed to keep things simple with the Strive CFR range, offering only two models that both combine the descending speed and capability of a downhill rig with the climbing efficiency of a trail bike. The 2022 Strive models have a slacker head angle, a longer wheelbase, and 160 mm of rear travel. For better climbing and maximum efficiency, the bikes have 140 mm rear travel, a shorter wheelbase, and 1.5-degree steeper head and seat tube angles. You can also change the reach and wheelbase of the bike by -5/0/+5 mm by flipping the headset cup to optimize the bike’s fit if you’re in-between frame sizes.
Strive's geometry has seen an impressive overhaul. The reach has been stretched significantly to 505mm on a large frame, the head angle has been relaxed to 63° in its slackest setting and the seat tube sits at 78° with the bike in pedal mode. As for the chainstay, that measures in at 435mm on all sizes, and the bike rolls on a pair of 29" wheels.
The high-end Strive CFR employs a Shimano 12-speed XTR drivetrain, Fox 38 fork, Fox Float X2 Factory Kashima shocks and DT Swiss EX511 350 wheelset.
Differing from the Underdrog’s threaded bb, Strive CFR features Race Face BSA Cinch threaded bottom bracket and Race Face Next R crank.
Canyon lists the total weight for the Strive CFR as 15.84kg.
Strive CFR Underdog
The CFR Underdog is designed for the up-and-coming racers who are looking for a no-frills ride. It benefits from Fox 38 fork, FOX Float X2 Performance shocks, DT Swiss EX511 370LN wheelset and Shimano Deore XT shifting.
A couple of hundred grams heavier than its high-end version, CFR Underdog features a threaded Shimano Hollowtech bottom bracket and Shimano XT M8120 32T crank.
Its shocks miss the Kashima coating but otherwise, the two models are specced similarly.
The Spectral has seen quite the change for 2022. Firstly the whole range now gets 160mm of travel at the front with 150mm at the rear. Then, much like the Torque, there are 650b, 29" and mullet wheel size options available. New for 2022 are alloy framed models which gets the seat tube angle of the CF models in the HI position with the head angle, bottom bracket height, and reach of the LO position. The geometry hasn't changed from 2021's bike so it gets a 64.5° head angle, a 76.5° seat tube angle, and a 437mm chainstay. A large frame sees a 485mm reach. Other features that set this bike apart are replaceable pivot threads and a geometry adjusting a flip-chip which offers half a degree of adjustment. 650b models come in sizes from XS to L whereas the mullet and big wheeled bikes come in S to XL.
Spectral 29 CFR
The Spectral 29 CFR is the brand's no compromise bike that's built around a lighter weight CFR frame, saving 300g against CF frames. With that, there's a Fox 36 Factory fork paired with a Flox Float X Factory EVOL. Then, this bike is driven by a Shimano XTR 12-speed drivetrain with a RaceFace Next SL carbon crank. As for the brakes, they also come from Shimano's XTR lineup with four-pot calipers. The CFR rolls on a pair of DT Swiss XMC1200 carbon wheels and they're shod with a pair of Maxxis Minion DHR IIs with 3C Maxx Terra compounds, EXO casings, and 2.4" widths. The finishing kit comes from Canyon with the one-piece G5 CP0009 cockpit, G5 dropper post but there's an Ergon SM10 Enduro Comp saddle.
Spectral CF 9
Dropping a £950 from the CFR model is the CF 9. It gets its suspension from RockShox and the Lyrik Ultimate RC2 providing the 160mm of squish at the front and at the back, there's a Super Deluxe Ultimate shock. This bike gets a SRAM GX Eagle AXS 12-speed drivetrain with SRAM's X1 Eagle carbon crank and a 32t chainring. The brakes here are a pair of SRAM Code RSCs. As for the wheels, they're a set of DT Swiss XMC 1501 carbon wheels with a Maxxis Minion DHR IIs at either end of the bike in the same spec as the CFR bike. The finishing kit on this bike is the same as what you would get on the CFR model.
Spectral CF 8
The CF 8 comes with a Fox 36 Performance Elite Grip 2 fork with a DPX2 Performance Elite shock from the same brand. Driving this bike is a full Shimano XT 12-speed drivetrain with a Shimano XT and four-pot brakes from the same range. At this price we see alloy wheels come into play, with this bike rolling on a pair of DT Swiss XM1700s and they're wrapped with a pair of Maxxis Minion DHR IIs. The finishing kit comes from Canyon but here we get alloy G5 kit and the G5 dropper.
Spectral Mullet CF 8 CLLCTV
The Mullet CF 8 CLLCTV is the mullet bike of the Spectral family. Seeing a £400 degrease in price, it shares some of the spec of the full-fat CF 8 but gets some changes to make it a harder hitting rig. Like the CF 8 it sees a Fox 36 Performance with a GRIP2 damper but there's a Fox FHX Factory coil shock handling the rear suspension. This bike comes with Shimano XT shifting and four-pot brakes but with an SLX crank and cassette. It also gets beefier wheels in the form of DT Swiss's EX511 rims on 350 and 370LN hubs which get wrapped with a 2.5" Maxxis Assegai at the front with a 2.4" Maxxis Minion DHR II at the rear. The rest of the bike matches that of the CF 8.
The CF 7 is the cheapest carbon framed Spectral that Canyon offers. It gets a Fox 36 Rhythm GRIP fork with a Fox Float X Performance shock. Then, shifting is provided by a Shimano SLX 12-speed drivetrain matched with SLX four-pot brakes. This one rolls on a pair of DT Swiss M1900 wheels with Maxxis Minion DHR IIs providing the grip. Finally, the CF 7 benefits from Canyon's G5 finishing kit and Ergon SM10 Enduro Comp saddle.
Spectral AL 6
The first of two alloy Spectrals in the range, the AL 6 comes with a RockShox Lyrik Select+ fork and a RockShox Super Deluxe Select+ shock. Then, it's equipped with a SRAM GX Eagle 12-speed drivetrain with SRAM Code R brakes and DT Swiss AM LN 370 wheels. Those are shod with a Maxxis Minion DHR II at either end. Of course, the bike is then finished with Canyon's G5 finishing kit with an Ergon SM10 Enduro Comp saddle.
Spectral AL 5
Rounding off the whole Spectral range is the AL 5. It's sorted with a Fox 36 Rhythm GRIP fork along with a Fox Float X Performance shock. The bike is driven by a Shimano Deore groupset with four-pot brakes and it gets its wheels from RaceFace with the AR30 rims laced to Shimano hubs. The rest of the componentry matches the bulk of the range.
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 models that get 140mm of squish at the front). In the range, there's also a kid's bike primed for mini-shredders to get an early taste of a full susser. The Neuron comes with a 67° head tube angle, a 74.5° seat tube angle, and 440mm chainstays. The reach, on a large, measures 453mm. 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 SLX LTD
First up is the limited edition model of the bike. At this level, it gets RockShox's new Flight Attendant tech with a Pike Ultimate fork and a Super Deluxe Ultimate shock. Then, there's a SRAM X01 Eagle AXS drivetrain with a Reverb AXS dropper post completing the wirelessly actuated system. The brakes here are also from SRAM and come in the form of the Code RSCs. As for the wheels, they're DT Swiss's XMC1200s with a Schwalbe Hans Dampf 2.35" at the front and a Wicked Will from the same brand with a SuperTrail casing, Addix SpeedGrip compound and 2.4" width. The finishing kit comes from Canyon with the Canyon V12 60mm stem, H23 Carbon Riserbar in a 760mm width and an Ergon SM10 Sport Men saddle.
Neuron CF SL 9
Next the Neuron CF SL 9 comes with Fox Factory suspension with a 34 fork and DPS shock. This bike also benefits from SRAM's wireless shifting but this time it comes from the GX Eagle lineup that's complemented with SRAM Code RSC brakes. The wheels here are DT Swiss XMC 1501s and they're wrapped with a Schwalbe Nobby Nic 2.4" up front and a Wicked Will 2.4" out back. The cockpit on the CF SL 9 is built up of a RaceFace Turbine R 35 stem, a RaceFace Next 35 760mm bar with a Race Face Turbine R dropper post holding up an Ergon SM10 saddle.
Neuron CF 9
The Neuron CF 9 gets a Fox 34 Performance Elite fork matched with a Fox Float DPS Performance shock. This time there's a Shimano XT 12-speed drivetrain with a matching crank and brakes including a four-pot caliper at the front only. The wheels here are a set of DT Swiss XMC1700 and they get a Maxxis Rekon Race Dual EXO 2.35 and a Schwalbe Wicked Will 2.4". RaceFace handles the cockpit and there's Canyon's own Iridium dropper post.
Neuron CF 8
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 SLX drivetrain, including the cranks and brakes. Then the bike comes with DT Swiss XM 1700 hoops with a Nobby Nics and Wicked Will. The rest of the bike is very much the same as the CF 9. 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.
The Neuron 7 drops the carbon frame in favor of a less pricey alloy one. As for the suspension, there's a Fox 34 Performance and a Fox Float DPS Performance shock. The drivetrain is a full Shimano XT setup. Shimano also has the crank and SLX brakes sorted. As with the bulk of Canyon's 2022 range, the Neuron 7 gets DT Swiss M 1900 wheels with a Schwalbe Nobby Nic 2.4" at the front and a Wicked Will 2.4" at the back. Canyon has the finishing kit handled with an Iridium Flatbar and Iridium dropper paired with Ergon's GA20 grips and SM10 saddle. There is a women's specific model of this bike available offering smaller sizes and women's specific contact points.
The Neuron 6 benefits from a Fox 34 Rhythm fork and DPS Performance shock. Then, it gets a full Shimano SLX drivetrain but here we see Shimano M6120 brakes. The bike rolls on DT Swiss's AM LN 370 wheels and apart from the Selle Italia X3 saddle, the bike matches the Neuron 7. There is a women's specific version of this bike available.
Bringing up the rear of Canyon's adult sizes Neuron lineup is the Neuron 5. This bike gets its fork from RockShox with the Recon Silver RL and that's paired with a RockShox Deluxe Select+ shock. The bike is then driven by a Shimano Deore 12-speed drivetrain with Shimano MT410 brakes. Finally, the Neuron 5 gets Rodi TRYP 30 and TRYP 25 wheels and everything else is the same as the other bikes in the range.
Neuron Young Hero
The fork on this one is a Manitou Machete with 130mm of travel and there's a Manitou Mara Kids Tune 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 Tektro into the mix, Canyon has kitted this bike with the HD-J285 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 450mm 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 7
The Lux CF 7 is kitted with a Fox 32 Stepcast Performance Elite fork with a Fox Float DPS Performance Elite both of which can be locked out via a bar mounted remote. Then, there's a Shimano XT 12-speed drivetrain with matching flatmount brakes. The wheels on this one come from Reynolds with the TR309c XC carbon wheels and they're wrapped with a pair of Maxxis Ikon EXO 2.35" tyres. The finishing kit comes from RaceFace with the Ride bar and stem, and a Selle Italia SLS Boost FeC saddle.
Lux CF 6
The Lux CF 6 is the cheapest full build in the line-up. It gets a Fox 32 Stepcast Performance fork with a Fox Float DPS Performance Elite handling the rear squish and both of those can be locked out via a bar-mounted remote. There's a Shimano SLX groupset sorting out the shifting and braking with DT Swiss XR 1900 Spline wheels. After that, the rest of the spec matches the CF 7.
With down country finding a firm foothold in mountain biking, Canyon has answered with the Lux Trail. It's designed to be light and fast but certainly capable. To do so, it gets a bump in fork travel to 120mm which then slackens the bike's geometry resulting in a 67.5° head tube angle and 74.5° seat tube angle. It also gets a longer reach, for example, a large comes with a 480mm measurement, against the standard Lux's 450mm.
Lux Trail CF 9 Emily Batty
Modelled after Emily Batty's own Lux Trail, this model comes built with a Fox 34 StepCast Factory fork paired with a Fox Float DPS Factory shock, both of which come with a remote lockout. Shifting then comes from a Shimano XTR 12-speed drivetrain with a RaceFact Next SL G5 carbon crank. The brakes also come from Shimano with XTR two-pot brakes which slow down DT Swiss XRC 1200 spline wheels wrapped with a Schwalbe Racing Ralph SR TLE EVO 2.35" tyre at the rear and a Wicked Will at the same spec, from the same brand. The cockpit then comes from RaceFace with a Next 35 bar and Ride stem. Finally, there's a Fox Transfer SL Factory dropper making home to a Selle Italia SLR Boost saddle.
Lux Trail CF 8
Next up, the Lux Trail CF8 comes equipped with suspension from RockShox, this time seeing in a SID Select+ remote fork and Deluxe Ultimate Remote shock. This bike then benefits from wireless shifting courtesy of SRAM's GX Eagle range along with a GX Eagle Carbon DUB crank. Keeping with the SRAM theme, there's a pair of SRAM Level TLM brakes. Onto the wheels and they come from DT Swiss with a pair of XCR 1501 Spline S12s which get a Maxxis Rekon 3C EXO in a 2.4" at the front and a Rekon Race Dual EXO 2.35" out back. The rest of the kit matches the Emily Batty model but there's a RockShox Reverb AXS taking the place of the Fox Transfer dropper.
Lux Trail CF 7
The CF 7 sees a move back to Fox suspension with a 34 Stepcast Performance Elite fork and DPS Performance Elite shock with a remote lockout for either end. This bike also gets good old cable actuated shifting from Shimano with the XT 12-speed lineup with an XT crank and two pot brakes. As you might expect, this bike's wheels come from DT Swiss with the XRC 1700 Spline set with a Schwalbe Racing Ralph SR TlLE 2.35" and a Wicked Will SR TLE EVO 2.4". The rest of the spec matches the Emily batty model, apart from the Selle Italia SLS Boost FeC saddle.
Lux Trail CF 6
Bringing up the base end of the range, the Lux Trail CF 6 comes with a Fox 34 Stepcast performance fork and a Fox Float DPS Performance Elite shock with a remote lockout. There's then a Shimano SLX 12-speed drivetrain with matching brakes. Wheels here are also from DT Swiss with the X 1900 Spline's but then everything else matches the CF 7 bike.
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 Stepcast Performance Elite fork, without a lockout. Then there's a Shimano XT 12-speed drivetrain. Shimano also has the brakes covered with the two-pot Deore XTs. As for wheels, they come in the form of DT Swiss' XRC 1700 Splines which are shod with two Maxxis Ikons with EXO casings and 2.35" widths. 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.
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 Shimano SLX 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 Shimano in the form of the Deore 12-speed groupset with SLX brakes. This bike gets a pair of DT Swiss LN XC 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.
Introduced in 2021 is the Canyon Stoic. It's a bare-bones hardtail that values simplicity, durability, and above all, a fun ride. Oh, and it's affordable too. The Stoic gets external cable routing, apart from the dropper post cable which is internal and each model is built around an aluminum frame with 140mm of travel. In a bid to cater for all heights, Canyon has kitted sizes 2XS up to S with 650b hoops and anything bigger gets 29er wheels. The bike comes with a 65° head angle, a 75° seat tube angle, and a 428mm chainstay on a size M and up. Smaller sizes get 418mm chainstays. There are six sizes to pick from, from 2XS up to XL.
The Stoic 4 sits atop the range at a reasonably modest price. It gets a RockShox Pike Select handling the suspension and there's a SRAM NX Eagle drivetrain with a Descendant 6k Eagle crank with boost spacing. Brakes here are a pair of SRAM Guide Ts and they're the four-piston versions. This bike benefits from a pair of Alexrims DP30 wheels and there's a Schwalbe Hans Dampf 2.35" at the rear and a Magic Mary tyre at the front. The finishing kit comes from Canyon's G5 range and there's an Iridium dropper post, also from Canyon.
The Stoic 3 gets a RockShox Recon Silver RL 29 fork with a SRAM SX Eagle drivetrain and SRAM Level T brakes. This bike also rolls on Alexrims DP30s and gets the same tyres. The finishing kit changes slightly, however. On this bike, we see an Iridium One stem and JD MTB handlebar. Everything else, including the dropper, is the same at the Stoic 4.
The base model, Stoic 2 sees in a fork from SR Suntour and the XCR 34 29" and it gets a Shimano Deore 10-speed drivetrain. The brakes also come from Shimano in the form of the MT200s and this bike also gets Alexrims rim, but they're laced to Shimano hubs. Apart from the stem and handlebar, the former being an HL TDS and the latter, an HL MTB, everything else on the bike is the same as the rest of the range. Although, note that there is no dropper post on 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.
Tech Editor here at off.road.cc Liam can also be found photographing bikes as well as revelling in cycling's intricacies. Whether it's gravel, mountain, or e-MTB as long as it's a bike on dirt, he's happy.