Canyon Shaves 250 Grams off Top of the Range Neuron Frame With New Carbon Lay Up

Nov 19, 2019
by James Smurthwaite  
Photos: Markus Greber

Canyon has announced a new version of its 130mm Neuron full suspension bike that shaves 250 grams off the frame weight thanks to a different carbon layup.

The Neuron SLX frame now has a claimed weight of 2,280 grams (in size M without axle and shock) thanks to the 40T-UD carbon fibers. The fibers also apparently increase the tensile strength of the frame, so Canyon is claiming this top of the range option is for those riders wanting to charge a bit harder. Thankfully you can also show off your fancy fibers due to the bike only coming in a clear lacquer, that gives the bike an almost raw finish.
Canyon Neuron SLX Details

Travel: 130mm
Wheel size: 27.5" (XS, S, M), 29" (M, L)
Frame construction: 40T-UD carbon fibers
Weight: 11.7kg (M)
Price: €5,999
More info: canyon.com



The Neuron is Canyon's 130mm travel platform that sits between the XC focussed Lux and their more aggressive trail bike, the Spectral. With fairly conservative geometry, Canyon call it an all-day, touring bike rather than a winch-up, fly-down gravity machine. There are a number of interesting features to the Neuron though, including different sized wheels for through the sizing range, thinner tubes for smaller frames and a suspension concept inspired by the Sender downhill bike. You can read our first impressions of the bike here.

The geometry on the SLX version is the same as the rest of the range but it comes with a top-level spec including Shimano XTR 1x12 drivetrain and brakes, a Fox DPS Factory shock, Fox 34 Factory fork and a pair of DT Swiss XMC1200 carbon wheels. This brings the total weight to a claimed 11.7 kg (size M).



The new Neuron CF SLX 9.0 Ltd. will be available from 19 November for €5,999, more info here.


66 Comments

  • 177 2
 But can it huck to flat from a 2 foot ramp?
  • 93 1
 Well duh, name a bike that can't. Oh.
  • 94 1
 Well it has an XC swingarm........
  • 7 0
 their classification says "occasional jumps max from 60cms" but on the other hand 6 year warranty for frame if you are not a nut and don´t put the 2 meters huck to flat video on networks
  • 34 0
 It will be able to handle a savage 2 footer when then add 98 grams back onto the frame.
  • 4 0
 @jackalope: I hope so, I can't imagine riding 130mm travel full sus and holding back more on xc hardtail
  • 6 0
 too soon LOL
  • 2 0
 @bok-CZ: Maybe I´m wrong, but I think you don´t see what the others are doing in this thread Big Grin
www.pinkbike.com/news/field-test-2020-pole-stamina-140-the-fastest-trail-bike.html
  • 2 0
 @KrisRoth: No no, I am aware of that fun Smile I just wanted to note out this "limitation" which sounds crazy to me
  • 1 1
 A friend of my could not do that with his Carbon Strive...So i think this bike will taco
  • 24 0
 "The Neuron is Canyon's 130mm travel platform that sits between the XC focussed Lux and their more aggressive trail bike, the Strive"

Isn't the Spectral the trail bike and the Strive the Enduro race bike?
  • 3 0
 Yep, must be a typo! Even now, the spectral is more and more Enduro oriented than just trail riding.
  • 3 0
 @Aksel31: Yeah I think they increased the travel by 10mm front and rear on last year's model.

But looks like the article got fixed now.
  • 1 0
 All-Mountain vs Enduro. Don't you know the difference!?
  • 24 1
 What a very German thing to brag about.
  • 7 0
 Zurück an die Arbeit Herbert!
  • 22 1
 So I've just got to spend another €5,999 to save 250 grams? Bargain!
  • 68 0
 if you buy two you get 500 grams, even better
  • 5 1
 thats 1 Bic Mac!
  • 18 1
 @BochyTheKid: A Royale with Cheese
  • 22 1
 A typical turd of mine is over 500g.
  • 5 0
 @BochyTheKid: they sell them for 6k in Germany? i mean i knew your economy is strong but damn that's some Big Mac index..
  • 2 0
 No it is 4000€ for a 12,8kg and 6000€ for 11,7kg. That's 2000€ for a 1kg difference. Still stupid. 12,8kg for a trail bike is already really light.
  • 2 0
 @Konyp: How many Courics is that?
  • 1 1
 @JWP:

Crazy! Cube sells their top of the line Stereo 120 for 3700 Euros and it weighs 11,9.....
  • 19 0
 Tom Shaves 250 Grams off Top of the Body With New Hair Lay Up
  • 18 1
 Kind of odd to name it SLX and put XTR stuff on it..?
  • 4 0
 AFAIK SLX refers to the used material/Layup, since their higher tier roadbike frames alre called SLX too.
  • 15 0
 I wonder how much of the weight savings came from the nearly raw finish.
  • 6 1
 most... paint easily adds a couple hundred grams.
  • 12 0
 When will they have to add that back in to have "noticeable increase in stiffness over previous model"?
  • 5 0
 "engineered flex for compliance" You have now two periods of three years to increase stiffness by 2.4%
  • 13 1
 To put that into perspective, a 6 oz yogurt weighs 170 grams.
  • 32 2
 Or you know, just use the metric system.

;-)
  • 18 0
 @pdxkid: So you are saying Canyon shaved approximately 0.00275 washing machines off this new frame?
  • 9 1
 Canyon, I challenge you to reduce 2 months cycle time for warranty claims next.
  • 7 0
 Nice geo like my stumpy 2014.
  • 7 0
 Huck to crack....
  • 3 0
 I believe I couldn't care less. Saving weight at a part, where low weight doesn't really matter, potentially having it weaker. Why? I thought this crazy low weight race is over, it's reliability time!
  • 3 0
 I wish Canyon would maybe update their geo numbers... 473mm reach and 74,5 degree SA on an XL is just dumb... (I own 4 canyon bikes and probably wont get a fifth because of this)
  • 8 0
 People at Canyon will be very sad that you only bought 4 of their bikes.
  • 1 0
 @PeaFunk: Especially because other than my spectral, they're all the cheapest model available lol
  • 6 0
 Someone needs to tell Canyon that reach should be longer than seat tube length.
  • 5 1
 Seems that canyon now removed the last bits of soul for an anyway comparatively low-souled direct sales bike
  • 3 0
 Iv just shed 500g off my 2016 marin mount vision, I took a heroic dose of sena, my bike still doesn't go any faster...
  • 2 0
 Super good looking bike but the geometry is kinda outdated..... And, please work on your cable routing Canyon. You did it way better on your Strive.
  • 2 1
 It indicates what's possible in the future imo.

Honest ignoramus question: how long do carbon fibre frames last? Like, forever? Does the material lose integrity over time?
  • 5 9
flag phutphutend (Nov 19, 2019 at 5:15) (Below Threshold)
 The resin absorbs moisture which degrades performance. Any little knock and whacks can delaminate internally degrading performance.
  • 2 0
 In the theory carbon have no breaking point like alloy after an amount of load cycles within the loadlimit, but in real world is aging of the resin matrix and overloads a thing, so i think the lifespan of carbon is similiar to alloy :-)
  • 1 0
 The stress/fatigue life of the material of carbon is pretty strong and lengthy but alloy material bends and creases, carbon just snaps
  • 2 0
 @phutphutend: why the donvotes? You just stated two facts
  • 2 0
 The comments thus far do not disappoint. Well done PB readers. Well done.
  • 3 0
 The SLX comes with XTR... good work marketing dept.
  • 2 2
 For sure it will make u much, much faster lycra guy throwing plastic bags after eating energy gels in the woods. This upgrade is for them.
  • 1 0
 Super good looking trail bike I must say. It would be on my short list if I were looking.
  • 1 0
 If the frame was 4 pounds - then they could Braggart.
  • 1 0
 Does it have an xc swingarm?
  • 1 0
 Let's see the Huck to Flat!
  • 1 0
 Brilliant, they've saved us the weight of a few pellets of poo.
  • 1 0
 Pretty sure snoop dog smokes that much weed on a daily basis
  • 4 5
 0.55 lbs for anyone else
  • 2 16
flag JohanG (Nov 19, 2019 at 7:48) (Below Threshold)
 Weight in lbs for the people who went to the Moon. All the other losers can do the metric thing.
  • 3 0
 @JohanG: I never knew that the Liberian Space Program went on the moon too. Amazing info..
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