Canyon Changes Routine With All-New Spectral And The Cable Routing Is Pure Genius!

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December 11, 2017

Today Canyon releases the all-new Spectral; a 140mm travel trail bike built around 27.5in wheels with clearance for up to 2.6in wide tyres, and geometry geared towards the good times.

The Spectral is one of the most popular mountain bike models for the German direct-to-consumer brand, though the current one has been starting to look a little long in the tooth, having largely been unchanged since 2013. The new version brings with it a whole-new frame that’s available in carbon and alloy versions, and even a carbon/alloy option too. The suspension design has changed, with the rocker link design gone, and the rear shock now mounted halfway up the downtube. There’s loads of nifty features new to the Spectral, and a much-needed geometry refresh, so get yourself a brew, sit down, and let’s go through all the nitty gritty details.

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That headtube line though – ooph!

Get up. Go to work. Come home. Go to bed. Repeat. The routine is the enemy. Try again. Get up. Go to work. Leave early. Go ride. Better. It’s a stretch to guarantee that a bike can change how someone lives, but it can help. The new Spectral was developed by riders, for riders, to have the most fun riding. To get people to say no to the routine and yes to the trails.” – From Canyon.

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The Spectral is all new for 2018 and beyond.

2018 Canyon Spectral Features

  • Brand new do-it-all full suspension trail bike
  • Available with an alloy, carbon/alloy, or full carbon frame
  • 27.5in wheels with clearance for 2.6in wide tyres
  • 140mm rear travel via four-bar suspension design
  • 150mm travel fork
  • Head angle: 66°
  • Seat angle: 74.5°
  • 430mm chainstay length
  • 148x12mm rear thru-axle
  • Impact Protection Unit to prevent over-rotation of handlebars
  • Integrated bolt-on cable tunnel for downtube
  • Hidden seat clamp
  • Available sizes: X-Small, Small, Medium, Large, X-Large
  • Claimed weight: 12.4kg – 14.8kg (spec dependent)
  • RRP: €2199 – €6999
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No more rocker link suspension.

Using a configuration not dissimilar to the YT Jeffsy, the new Canyon Spectral mounts the rear shock halfway up the downtube, with a compact swing link driving the shock and connecting it to the upper seatstays. The configuration is still a four-bar design, with a horst-link pivot positioned just above the rear axle, but Canyon states the new suspension design improves both its bump-swallowing performance and the actual frame geometry too, with the dropped top tube offering more standover clearance. The seat tube is a bit shorter now, and that’s allowed Canyon to spec longer 150mm travel dropper posts.

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The clean lower shock mount hides a small alloy link underneath.
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The shock position has compromised clearance inside the mainframe, so Canyon developed its own side-loading cage and bottle.
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On the smaller frames (XS and S), there are rocket boost…err…two water bottles! Also specially designed by Canyon for the Spectral.
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How very neat! A lunchbox wedges into the nook between the top and downtube, offering room for pork pies and cocktail onions.
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Rear dropouts have (finally!) been updated to 148x12mm. Note the tidy bolt-on armouring for the drive-side chainstay.
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Pull-out thru-axle lever. How MacGuyver!
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Canyon is adding secondary blue ‘X-Wing’ rubber seals for each bearing in the back end. What’s also cool is that the main pivot is running two bearings on the drive side to factor in the extra load. Cool in a nerdy way then.
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It’s internal cable routing, but we really like the design of this one.

Internal cable routing is neat, but more often than not – it is an utter pain in the arse to work on when cables/hoses need to be shortened or replaced. To get around this, Canyon has executed one of the cleanest routing solutions we have seen on a mountain bike. Using a bolt-on tunnel, the cables and hoses are routed underneath the downtube inside this tunnel where they’re kept away for a tidy look. The casing acts as additional frame protection, and it also snugs the cables down to ensure they don’t rattle about. And when it’s time for replacement, the whole casing can be unbolted for easy access to cabling – HALLELUJAH!

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Much like Whyte has been doing for a few years, Canyon has added an internal wedge system for the seatpost on the Spectral.
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The AL 6.0 is the second cheapest option in the new Canyon Spectral range.

2018 Canyon Spectral AL 6.0 Specifications

  • Frame // 6066 Alloy Frame, 140mm Travel
  • Fork // RockShox Pike RC, 150mm Travel
  • Shock // RockShox Deluxe RT
  • Wheels // DT Swiss M 1900, 30mm Internal, Boost Front & Rear
  • Tyres // Maxxis Minion DHF 2.6in Front & Rekon 2.6in Rear
  • Drivetrain // SRAM GX Eagle 1×12
  • Brakes // SRAM Guide R
  • Bars // Race Face Aeffect, 760mm Wide
  • Seatpost // KS Lev Si, 150mm Travel
  • RRP // €2499
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The 7.0 rolls on an alloy frame, DT Swiss wheels and Shimano XT gears and brakes.

2018 Canyon Spectral AL 7.0 Specifications

  • Frame // 6066 Alloy Frame, 140mm Travel
  • Fork // RockShox Pike RC, 150mm Travel
  • Shock // RockShox Deluxe RT
  • Wheels // DT Swiss M 1700, 30mm Internal, Boost Front & Rear
  • Tyres // Maxxis Minion DHF 2.6in Front & Rekon 2.6in Rear
  • Drivetrain // Shimano Deore XT 2×11
  • Brakes // Shimano Deore XT
  • Bars // Race Face Aeffect, 760mm Wide
  • Seatpost // KS Lev Si, 150mm Travel
  • RRP // €2699
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Upgrading to a carbon mainframe, the Spectral CF 8.0 uses SRAM GX Eagle 1×12 shifting and RockShox suspension.

2018 Canyon Spectral CF 8.0 Specifications

  • Frame // Carbon Fibre Mainframe, 6066 Alloy Frame, 140mm Travel
  • Fork // RockShox Pike RC, 150mm Travel
  • Shock // RockShox Deluxe RT
  • Wheels // DT Swiss M 1700, 30mm Internal, Boost Front & Rear
  • Tyres // Maxxis Minion DHF 2.6in Front & Rekon 2.6in Rear
  • Drivetrain // SRAM GX Eagle 1×12
  • Brakes // SRAM Guide R
  • Bars // Race Face Aeffect, 760mm Wide
  • Seatpost // RockShox Reverb Stealth, 150mm Travel
  • RRP // €2999
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One of the lightest options in the range, the Spectral CF 9.0 Pro features carbon Mavic XA Pro wheels.

2018 Canyon Spectral CF 9.0 Pro Specifications

  • Frame // Carbon Fibre Mainframe, 6066 Alloy Frame, 140mm Travel
  • Fork // RockShox Pike RCT3, 150mm Travel
  • Shock // RockShox Deluxe RT3
  • Wheels // Mavic XA Pro Carbon, 26mm Internal, Boost Front & Rear
  • Tyres // Mavic Charge Pro 2.4in Front & Quest Pro 2.4in Rear
  • Drivetrain // SRAM GX Eagle 1×12
  • Brakes // SRAM Guide RS
  • Bars // Renthal Fatbar Lite 35, 760mm Wide
  • Seatpost // RockShox Reverb Stealth, 150mm Travel
  • RRP // €3999
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Being a ‘CF SLX’ model, this guy gets the full carbon treatment for the frame, and is running Kashima-coated Fox suspension.

2018 Canyon Spectral CF 9.0 SL Specifications

  • Frame // Carbon Fibre, 140mm Travel
  • Fork // Fox 34 Float, Factory Series, 150mm Travel
  • Shock // Fox Float DPS, Factory Series, EVOL
  • Wheels // DT Swiss XMC 1200, 30mm Internal, Boost Front & Rear
  • Tyres // Maxxis Minion DHF 2.6in Front & Rekon 2.6in Rear
  • Drivetrain // SRAM GX/X01 Eagle 1×12
  • Brakes // SRAM Guide RSC
  • Bars // Renthal Fatbar Lite Carbon 35, 760mm Wide
  • Seatpost // RockShox Reverb Stealth, 150mm Travel
  • RRP // €4999
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If you want bling – this is it. Full SRAM XX1 Eagle drivetrain, ENVE M60 wheels and a carbon frameset make up the Spectral LTD.

2018 Canyon Spectral CF 9.0 LTD Specifications

  • Frame // Carbon Fibre, 140mm Travel
  • Fork // Fox 34 Float, Factory Series, 150mm Travel
  • Shock // Fox Float DPS, Factory Series, EVOL
  • Wheels // ENVE M60, 26mm Internal, Boost Front & Rear
  • Tyres // Maxxis Rekon 2.6in Front & Rear
  • Drivetrain // SRAM XX1 Eagle 1×12
  • Brakes // SRAM Guide Ultimate
  • Bars // Renthal Fatbar Lite Carbon 35, 760mm Wide
  • Seatpost // RockShox Reverb Stealth, 150mm Travel
  • RRP // €6999
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Mountain biking. You will require a mountain bike to do it. Canyon recommends the Spectral.
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THE FOG IS COMING FOR US.
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*Note: Bike can also be pedalled uphill.

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