A Burly 140mm Trail Bike
While Canyon's Strive garners plenty of attention under Fabien Barel as he races it in the Enduro World Series, it's the brand new, 140mm travel Spectral lineup that caught our eye during Eurobike's first day. The Spectral range consists of five 650B-wheeled models, with the AL 9.0 EX standing out thanks to a component spec that is burlier than the rest of its brothers. This includes a 150mm travel RockShox Revelation RCT3 fork - the others use 140mm travel forks, a stout looking Renthal handlebar and stem, as well as a Continental's Trail King 2.4'' tires font and rear. It is also the only Spectral to not make use of a front derailleur, with SRAM's single-ring X01 drivetrain utilized instead.
Spectral AL 9.0 EX details
• 140mm of rear wheel travel
• 150mm Travel RockShox Revelation
• Aluminum frame
• 650B wheels
• SRAM X01 drivetrain
• Renthal stem and handlebar
• MSRP: TBA
The bike's aluminum frame is executed quite nicely, with colour matching decals on the fork, shock, and wheels, as well as nearly invisible external cable routing that gives the bike a remarkably clean appearance. Like many machines these days, there is the requisite tapered head tube, as well as an entry port for an internally routed dropper seat post, but we were surprised to see that there are no ISCG chain guide tabs welded in place around the bottom bracket shell, an unexpected omission given the Spectral's sturdy build kit, even considering the X01 group's chain retention abilities. Out back, a 12 x 142mm thru-axle is used, and Canyon offers both standard and Direct Mount rear derailleur hangers for the bike. All told, it appears to be a smartly spec'd machine that is ready for some serious terrain, and we're looking forward to seeing if Barel chooses to race a Spectral on less demanding Enduro race courses.
The Spectral's 140mm travel rear suspension utilizes a four-bar layout with a shapely rocker arm to activate its RockShox Monarch Plus RC3 shock, and while there are no travel or geometry adjustments, the design is very streamlined and gimmick-free, with aluminum pivot hardware holding everything together. There is also plenty of mud clearance at both the chain and seat stays, even with a high-volume 2.4'' wide Trail King tire installed on the rear wheel. It should be mentioned that this last point isn't common among most mid-trail trail bikes, although it's one that we greatly appreciate. Stay tuned for more from Eurobike 2013www.canyon.com