What makes a trail bike fun? Taking cues from its top pro riders, the Canyon development team set out to find that right mix of traction, control, handling, and playfulness when undertaking a full redesign of its already popular Spectral model.
The goal was to create a bike that begs to be thrown through corners and fly down trail, while also providing plenty of pedaling platform and being easy to service. From suspension and geometry to wheel and tire size, the new Spectral sought to find that ideal balance.
The end result from the German direct-to-consumer seller carried over much of what made the original Canyon Spectral so loved. Wheelsize stays at 27.5, but with the addition of boost spacing, there’s now room for up to 2.6 tires. Travel also remains at 140mm rear and 150mm up front, but the bike’s linkage has changed, now taking inspiration from Canyon’s long travel Sender DH bike. Head angle across the board is 66 degrees, effective seat tube angle is 74.5, chainstay length is 430mm, and the bikes are available in XS-XL frames sizes (with the XS only coming in alloy).
Check out Mtbr’s 4.5-out-of-5 stars review of the outgoing Canyon Spectral.
The significant change to the bike’s Horst-link design includes the re-orientation of the shock position, which now runs horizontally between the downtube and seatstays. This move away from a vertical orientation was done with top-end suspension stroke performance in mind, but not at the expense of anti-squat.
The end result, claims Canyon, is a bike that pedals well and has a plush and progressive suspension curve that’s not overly harsh at the end. The change in shock position also reduced standover height and allows for dropper posts with up to 150mm in travel. The outgoing model topped out at 125mm droppers.
This change in shock position also forced Canyon to get creative with bottle cage placement and design. Indeed, it developed two new cage systems to work with the new lateral position of the shock, as well as a storage box that easily attaches within the frame. And by integrating the seatpost clamp and introducing a new sealed bearing concept, Canyon has placed special emphasis on weatherproofing and longevity.
The new Spectral is available in three versions, full carbon, carbon front and aluminium rear, and full aluminium, with each version featuring a new integrated (but not fully internal) cable channel, where an impact-resistant plastic cover integrates into the frame to maintain a clean look that keeps cables safe and silent, while also making service simpler than ever.
Pricing for the five US models with be as follows: Spectral AL 6.0 – $ 2499; Spectral CF 8.0 – $ 3499; Spectral CF 9.0 PRO $ 4499; Spectral CF 9.0 SL – $ 5999; and Spectral CF 9.0 EX LTD – $ 6999. Click on the image below to see corresponding component spec of each of these models. As you’ll see, you get some serious bang for buck here. Click on image to enlarge.
The new Spectral will be available direct to consumer in the US in early 2018. For more information go to www.canyon.com.
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