Canyon's cross-country racers showed up to the Stellenbosch World Cup XCO aboard a brand new full-suspension race bike that's a massive departure from the company's Lux platform, a machine that's getting a bit long in the tooth these days. The two bikes do share the same approach to their dropout pivots - both have engineered-in flex to their carbon rear ends rather than traditional pivots that require hefty hardware and bearings - but that's where the similarities end.
The Lux (pictured at right) sports a vertically mounted shock that's driven by a rocker link that pivots off of the seat tube, whereas the new and very black prototype sees its pint-sized shock mounted beneath the top tube. While out of sight in these photos, the prototype (pictured above) employs a miniature version of the linkage that Canyon uses on their new and much longer travel Torque frame. No word on travel or geometry numbers, but it's surely sporting around 100mm out back, and Canyon does use some fairly forward-thinking (but not too wild) geometry on their burlier bikes, so it wouldn't be a surprise to see this new cross-country whippet running some untraditional numbers.
Pauline Ferrand-Prévot nearly gave the new bike a debut victory, but a mechanical near the end meant that a still impressive second place was on the cards. ''Happy with my 2nd place in today’s @epicworldcup. Just a shame for my mechanical problem when I was in the lead! But we all know that MTB is a mechanical sport, and @AnnikaLangvad was really strong @canyon_bikes @WMNcycling,'' she said on her personal Twitter account
Cyclocross phenom (and grandson of road legend Raymond Poulidor) Mathieu van der Poel rode his prototype to an impressive fourth-place finish. Not too shabby for the 23-year-old Corendon–Circus racer whose main focus has always been on cross and road racing. Here's hoping we see the young Dutchman at more XCO events this season.