Canyon Neuron SLX 9.0 LTD Review – A Bike With All The Upgrades?

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Cables all disappear under the Neuron SLX’s downtube cover…

Take any full suspension trail bike, regardless of wheel size and if you leave it in the shed for any length of time, maybe swapping tyres or upgrading a few bits, it’ll inevitably come to about 31lbs. It’s just one of those things – like it used to be that any cassette tape left in a car for more than two weeks would turn into Best of Queen* – well, that’s certainly not the case with the new special edition Canyon Neuron SLX 9.0 LTD. It caresses the scales at barely 26.6lbs, or dead-on 12kg. 

(* Thanks to Neil Gaiman/Terry Pratchett for that one.)

Two bags of sugar short of a full fat cake

The Canyon Neuron SLX, with its none-more-top-shelf spec, drops about two bags of sugar in weight over your average trail 29er, yet it manages to come out without looking, or feeling, over-fragile or ‘race-only’.

While the bike looks to be an instant hit on paper, I’ll have to start with a dig at the name. The Canyon Neuron is already a well-established name in the Canyon canon, taking on the role of 29in wheel all-rounder. Capable enough for hardcore trail riding, but light enough for some bit mountain days, point to point racing or all round trail bike fun.

Goes up exceptionally well.

However, this being the Canyon Neuron SLX… having ‘SLX’ as the suffix of your top-end, Shimano XTR-equipped special edition bike is just silly and confusing. While it derives from the Super Light label that describes the lighter carbon frame layup, it’s bound to have people scratching their heads and looking for the SLX components – of which there are none. 

XTR Trail brakes give max stopping power on the downs…

No, there are no SLX components to be seen, just a special edition ‘journo spec’ top shelf component selection, hung off a special edition frame. So, without further ado, let’s get stuck in to the Canyon Neuron CF SLX 9.0 LTD

…while XTR 10-51T cassette allows wall-climbing ability on the ups.

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Canyon Neuron SLX 9.0 LTD Specification

  • Frame // Carbon
  • Fork // FOX 34 Factory
  • Shock // FOX FLOAT DPS Factory
  • Wheels // DT Swiss XMC 1200, Carbon
  • Tyres // MAXXIS Forekaster 2.35”
  • Crankset // Race Face Next SL G5 Carbon 32T
  • Rear Mech // Shimano XTR M9100 SGS
  • Shifters // Shimano XTR M9100 12speed
  • Cassette // Shimano XTR M9100 10-51 12speed
  • Brakes // Shimano XTR M9120
  • Stem // Canyon V12
  • Bars // Canyon H23 Carbon Riserbar
  • Grips // Ergon GA20
  • Seatpost // FOX Transfer Factory
  • Saddle // Fizik Taiga
  • Size Tested // Large
  • Sizes Available // M, L, XL
  • Weight // 26.6lbs/12kg

For more details, see Canyon’s page on the bike.

Review Info

Product:Neuron SLX
Tested:by Chipps for Two weeks


Singletrack Editor

Chipps wasn’t around for the dawn of mountain biking in the UK, but he likes to claim that he arrived in time for second breakfast (about the time he shows up for work, then…) starting in the bike trade in 1990 and becoming a full time mountain bike journalist at the start of 1994. Over the subsequent quarter century, he has seen mountain bike culture flourish and diversify and bike technology go from rigid steel frames to fully suspended carbon fibre (and sometimes back to rigid steel as well.)

His riding style is best described as ‘medium, wheels on the ground, trail riding’ though he’s been spotted doing everything from endurance downhill racing to 24 hour cross country racing. He favours mid-travel trail bikes and claims to be wheel-size, gear, brake and tyre agnostic. In fact, his garage spans most bicycle flavours, taking in steel hardtails, carbon trail bikes, even a mountain bike tandem, along with road, touring and gravel/cyclocross bikes.

While he’s happy to chat about bikes all day, his real interest is in the people and places that bikes can introduce you to and he talks as fondly about the trails he’s ridden and riders he’s met as the bikes that took him there.

Comments (2)

    Conservative geometry?

    And you could still ride it?

    That’s going to be a shock to many on here…

    Nice review thanks.

    I’m in doubt with the sizing.
    I’m 179cm and 86cm inseam (76,5cm saddle).
    Canyon says a M but you’re 175cm on a L, so…
    Could you help me ?
    Thanks a lot.

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