New Canyon Exceed CFR LTD weighs just 8.92kg
Canyon has just dropped the covers of its refreshed Exceed CFR LTD cross-country hardtail. Featuring a 1,411g DT Swiss wheelset and a superlight frame, it's got all the hallmarks to earn a spot on our best mountain bike buyer's guide.
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Unveiled last year alongise the Lux full suspension mountain bike, the Exceed CFR LTD is Canyon's premium race offering sitting at the very top of the brand's hardtail hierarchy. The CFR frame weighs only 835g, which the brand says doesn’t compromise stiffness or durability. In addition to being light - 8.92kg in medium guise, the frame benefits from special CFR Green graphics.
The bike rolls on DT Swiss XRC 1200 wheels - a super-light and stiff option that Canyon managed to secure ahead of the official launch. With a 30mm internal rim width, they'll give riders the option of running wider tyres and lower pressures for better handling and all-round compliance.
Canyon Exceed CFR LTD boasts World Cup-standard spec across the board, starting with the 100 mm RockShox SID SL Ultimate fork. The groupset comes courtesy of SRAM - in this instance, an XX Eagle AXS wireless drivetrain complete with SRAM XX DUB carbon cranks and Level Ultimate two-piston brakes.
To help improve on-bike comfort, the touchpoints have been prioritised with ergonomics in mind. As such, the handlebar configuration is Canyon's CP0008 unit, which aims to deliver an imprioved grip interface for trail sections that require aerodynamic postioning. Furthermore, a Canyon SP059 VCLS 2.0 seatpost and Selle Italia SLR Boost Carbon saddle have been added to the mix to improve ride comfort thanks to its vibration-damping attributes.
As expected, at £6,949 the Canyon Exceed CFR LTD is priced on the premium end of the spectrum. While not as costly as some of its rivals, Canyon is hoping it not only brings new customers to the brand but also unlocks pro-level performance to a new generation of privateer racers with serious podium ambitions.