Canyon Spectral:ON CFR LTD review

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The Canyon Spectral:ON CFR LTD is the top of the model range: RockShox Ultimate Flight Attendant system controls a 150mm travel Lyrik and a SuperDeluxe rear shock delivering 155mm of travel.

Not overly ungainly for a very-full fat ebike
  • Brand: Canyon
  • Product: Spectral:ON CFR LTD
  • From: canyon.com
  • Price: £10,299 inc. VAT, customs duties and import costs (shipping and bike box cost not included)
  • Tested by: Hannah for 3 months

The Canyon Spectral:ON CFR LTD’s power is delivered through the Shimano EP 8 motor to mullet wheels, and 155mm rear/150 front suspension. SRAM Code RSC brakes do your stopping, and SRAM AXS with Flight Attendant system keeps everything moving forward and bouncing about as you’d want.

Three things I liked

  • More lively than many full fat ebikes, it feels fast and agile, and happy to get air
  • Point and pedal. The bike just works, and Flight Attendant helps keep it that way
  • Excellent traction – there’s never any need to wrestle the bike

Three things I’d change

  • So. Many. Batteries. I hope you’re more organised than me!
  • The integrated handlebar and stem combo is stiff and removes flexibility in the set up
  • The charger cover could be neater for a bike at this price
Bonus points for sparkles

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Canyon Spectral:ON CFR LTD specification

  • Frame // CFR Carbon, 155mm
  • Shock // RockShox SuperDeluxe Ultimate Flight Attendant
  • Fork // RockShow Lyrik Ultimate Flight Attendant, 150mm, 44mm offset
  • Wheels // DT Swiss HXC1501
  • Front Tyre // Maxxis Assegai 29×2.5in
  • Rear Tyre // Maxxis Minion DHR II 27.5×2.6in
  • Chainset // Shimano STEPS, 165mm
  • Drivetrain // SRAM XX1 Eagle AXS 12-speed
  • Brakes // SRAM Code RSC, 203/203mm rotors
  • Stem // Canyon:ON CP12 carbon cockpit, 50mm
  • Bars // Canyon:ON CP12 carbon cockpit
  • Grips // Canyon Lock-on
  • Seatpost // RockShox Reverb AXS
  • Saddle //Fizik Terra Aidon X5
  • BB // Shimano
  • Size Tested // M
  • Sizes Available // S, M, L, XL
  • Weight // 22.85kg

Geometry for our size M test bike:

  • Head angle // 65.5°
  • Effective seat angle // 76.5°
  • Seat tube length // 440mm
  • Head tube length // 125mm
  • Chainstay // 440mm
  • Wheelbase // 1,223mm
  • Effective top tube // 613mm
  • BB height // 36mm BB drop
  • Reach // 460mm

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  • Canyon Spectral:ON CFR LTD review
  • Premier Icon honourablegeorge
    Free Member

    Yeah, that integrated bar/stem would put me right off. That new Trek has it too, its an expensive way to make a bike less adjustable.

    Premier Icon Gary Biles
    Full Member

    Just for a change …. how many batteries!!!!!
    So before you go out on your new toy you have to ensure all the batteries are charged or “usable” and I assume carry spares (AAA, CR2032, etc), what a faff. I recently started a thread in the forum, “Are MTB’S getting too complicated”, this is exactly the type of bike I was alluding to.
    Then there’s the price, I know it’s “top of the range”, but any manufacturers bike with a £10k+ price tag is a rich man/woman’s toy.

    Premier Icon Tom Howard
    Full Member

    The CR2032 batteries in the shifters last years, so no need to carry spares. I imagine the same for the AAA. The batteries in the mechs and shocks last 20-40 riding hours (IME it’s on the higher end of estimates). As a ‘thing to worry about before you ride’ it’s pretty low on my worry list. Plus even if one does die, they’re all swappable, so it’s not a ride ender.

    Then there’s the price, I know it’s “top of the range”, but any manufacturers bike with a £10k+ price tag is a rich man/woman’s toy.

    Meh 🤷

    Premier Icon thegeneralist
    Full Member

    Been a while since I’ve seen a review for a bike with so many negative points.
    It just looks awful, in so many ways.

    ( and I don’t mean visually)

    Premier Icon HoratioHufnagel
    Free Member

    8 batteries and not much seems upgradeable or serviceable. I really hope most bikes don’t end up like this! Thankfully the lower end ones only have the main battery.
    The “sump” also seems very exposed to rock strikes?

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