Canyon introduces new Lux World Cup - a feather-light cross-country race bike
Canyon states the new Lux World Cup has a geometry that sends riders flying uphill whilst inspiring confidence and thereby speed on the downhill.
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This bike is a race machine with World Cup pedigree, hence the name. At 1,535 grams the Lux World Cup CFR frame might be the lightest full-suspension mountain bike frame on the market – and it weighs an astonishing 127g less than its already extremely light predecessor.
But durability has not been compromised with the reduced weight. Canyon claims the new Lux World Cup has actually gained strength and stiffness despite the massive weight loss.
While the two CFR models feature a frame that weighs a mere 1535 grams, the CF frame (1925 grams) still competes with many of the lightest full-suspension frames around. Durability and core frame features are the same across both frame platforms. The weight differences between the CF and CFR frames are purely the result of material and layup differences.
Climbing and descending capabilities
The new Lux World Cup further improves on the core kinematics and anti-squat values that have made its predecessor a World Cup-winning, climb-devouring racing machine.
Combined with the frame’s extremely low weight, slight tweaks to the shock position and rocker link as well as the anti-squat and general kinematics have resulted in what is Canyon says is their most efficient and fastest-climbing mountain bike ever. But they’ve made the bike able to come down the hills well, too.
The new Lux World Cup’s reach has grown by 15mm across all sizes while the 68.5-degree head angle is a full 1.5 degrees slacker than its predecessor’s. Combined with a shorter stem, the longer reach and slacker head angle help riders feel more centred and confident on the bike.
Canyon also shortened the chainstays by 5mm on all sizes and steepened the seat angle by 0.5 degrees to preserve the Lux’ pedigree as one of the most efficient climbers in its category. Lastly, the seat tube was shortened by a moderate 10mm to give riders a bit more room to manoeuvre when things get rowdy as well as the opportunity to run longer dropper posts.
Small and big details
Canyon has specced the new bike with some neat details. A weight weenie 3.6g chain guide, an integrated Impact Protection Unit that protects the top tube during a crash, and Canyon's unique Quixle through axle that can be removed without tools.
Adding some luxury to the components, the CFR frames with the CeramicSpeed SLT bearings at all pivot points as well as the headset, making this bike's maintenance an easy chore. But almost as striking as the self-lubricating bearings is the bottle space.
The Lux World Cup gives riders all the real estate they need within the frame to bring two large water bottles on every ride across all frame sizes (including size XS) – something that will be especially appreciated by marathon racers.
Canyon says that the changes to the geometry, as well as the extremely light frame, high reliability and race-focused component spec, make the new Lux World Cup a World Cup-dominating, climb devouring, rocket launcher of an XC race bike.
Availability and SpecThe two Canyon Lux World Cup CFR models as well as the two CF models are available exclusively on Canyon’s website. The CF models will be shipped immediately, while the CFR models can be reserved and will start shipping in August.
Prices start at £6,649 for the CFR models and £3,349 for the CF models.
Check the full specs of the bikes from Canyon’s website below.