Canyon neuron Al 7 or Sonder Cortex

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  • Canyon neuron Al 7 or Sonder Cortex
  • Premier Icon nickliv

    I’m a bit of a carthorse and I wouldn’t describe my riding style as ‘technically accomplished’ – I can land jumps, but Im generally not on my bike for long afterwards.

    My current MTB is a (slightly battered) singular swift (XL) which leads to more mashed plums than I’m happy with on rough terrain. I run it rigid or hardtail with Jones or flat bars. I quite fancy a FS 29er from a comfort / reduced fatigue / n+1 perspective.

    I’ve got (i.e. can probably get away with spending) up to about 2k, and the offerings from Canyon and Sonder have caught my eye so far. I’m not a trail centre sort of guy, unless it’s the swoopy flowy sort of stuff, I’m in NE Scotland and the Cairngorms is where it’ll spend most of its time.

    If anyone’s got an alternative or any particular reason why I ought to give either of these a wide berth, let me know.


    Premier Icon ampthill

    It’s easy to get a ride on a Sonder if you get to the shops. Your nearest is the lakes. I’ve ridden a cortex but it just made confused me being use to an older bike

    Premier Icon nickliv

    I’d thought that too. There’s no real way to get onto a Canyon until you’ve handed over the readies, as far as I can tell.

    Premier Icon ampthill

    Canyon did do early year demos. I see Canyon a maybe not possible after the end of October though

    Premier Icon matt_outandabout

    Radon Skeen Trail ? It’s Shimano rather than SRAM but very similar to the Neuron AL.

    Keep an eye out on bike-discount, our Radon was a weekend sale with £600 off.


    The Radon looks a good package, but the geometry looks much less fun! Steeper head angle, shorter reach, taller seat tube, shorter wheelbase.

    Premier Icon jimdubleyou

    Canyon sent a mailer about them being at the UCI Worlds In Harrogate this year – probably have to call them to see if the MTB fleet is on show too.

    They also do a roadshow travelling the UK doing demo days, but there’s nothing on their events page now.

    Or, you can rent one on your holidays,

    Both look like solid choices to me. Have you considered the Giant Trance 29er 2? Looks like it would suit your style of riding and it’s on offer at the moment at £2000 and has good reviews.

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