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.)
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.
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.
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
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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.
|Tested:||by Chipps for Two weeks|