Team ORCC EP.11: The bikes - Canyon Lux Trail, Grail AL7 and Spectral CF8
Now deep into December, racing has fully come to a close for our Team ORCC. With that in mind, in our latest episode, we show off the bikes we've been riding throughout the season, highlighting the best bits, and any changes that have been made and explaining why the bikes have been so good for riding.
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Brad's been riding the Canyon Lux Trail, which sets itself apart from the regular Lux bikes as it gets a slightly more relaxed geometry, making it more of an all-rounder rather than an all-out cross-country thoroughbred.
This bike has seen a couple of changes, namely the move to Goodyear Peak tyres and Stan's Crest MK4 wheels to shed a few grams.
Suvi has been happily smashing the gravel highways and singletrack trails on her Canyon Grail AL7 eTap. Despite being small (XXS) in size and made of aluminium, the bike has delivered a lot in terms of ride comfort and performance.
Suvi has not made many changes to the bike, apart from the touchpoints. The bike comes with sharp electronic Sram eTap shifting, a wide range of gears and small, 650b wheels that complement the bike's geometry, making it great especially for smaller riders. All of these aspects together have contributed to the bike being an excellent race machine for the season.
I've been really happy with my Canyon bike for this race season. It's the Spectral CF8 CLLCTV model with a medium frame. This one's a bit special compared to the rest of the range as it comes built with mullet wheels and it comes specced with the coil shock as standard. So generally, it's a slightly burlier build when compared to the rest of the Spectral models.
I've made a few changes to this bike, fitting it with Revgrips' Handguards and Goodyear's Newton MTR and MTF tyres - but I think the most interesting change is the Fasst Company Flexx handlebar. That's because it's designed to offer 5mm of flex thanks to a pair of elastomers. This bar fends off arm fatigue which has been super helpful during those longer enduro stages.