The 2022 Canyon Lux World Cup is Still an Unapologetically Sharp-Edged XC Race Bike

Jun 14, 2022
by James Huang  

World Cup cross-country courses may be getting progressively more technical, but by and large, races are still won — or lost — on the climbs. And so while Canyon’s revamped Lux World Cup has grown expectedly longer and slacker to boost its downhill capabilities, its main goal is still to go uphill as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Built for climbing

Canyon concentrated a lot of its efforts on trimming weight from the previous-generation Lux. Despite that bike already being one of the lighter ones in the category, Canyon says the new Lux World Cup CFR is 127 g lighter than the current Lux CF SLX, tipping the scales at just 1,535 g (3.38 lb) in a medium size, with hardware, but without paint, shock, or rear axle. Bundling those remaining bits would add another 435 g or so.
Canyon Lux World Cup Details

Intended use: XC racing
Frame Weight: 1,535 g (Lux World Cup CFR); 1,925 g (Lux World Cup CF); unpainted medium frame, without shock or axle
Wheelsize: 29"
Travel: 100 mm front and rear
Head tube angle: 68.5°
Price: US$3,999-7,499 / AU$5,349-12,049 / €3,499-7,999
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The updated rear suspension has more anti-squat than before for even better pedaling efficiency but there s still a remote lockout for when you really don t want any movement at all.
The rear suspension has been updated for even better pedaling efficiency, but there's still a remote lockout for when you really don't want any movement at all.

Part of the weight loss is due to refined tube shapes and upgraded carbon fiber types, but there are some upgraded suspension bits now, too. The shock extension is once again made of injection molded composite, but in place of the previous forged aluminum rocker link is a new molded carbon fiber piece that Canyon says is both lighter and more rigid.

As before, Canyon is making the Lux in two different carbon fiber versions. The Lux World Cup CFR is the flagship model with the top-shelf carbon fiber blend, while the Lux CF uses the same mold, but more affordable carbon fibers. That brings the price down, but also brings the frame weight up to 1,925 g.

Both Lux versions get the same suspension upgrades, though. Rear travel remains at 100 mm, and Canyon is sticking with a simple single-pivot design with a link-driven shock and pivotless seatstays to minimize weight and flex.

Frame stiffness has supposedly increased, too, and despite the lower weight, Canyon says durability has actually gotten better. Notably, Canyon says all Lux frames pass the same Category 3 test standards as its Neuron trail bikes.

The new Lux World Cup is supposedly a more capable climber but the updated geometry should also make it a more capable descender in the right hands of course .
The new Lux World Cup is supposedly a more capable climber, but the updated geometry should also make it a more capable descender (in the right hands, of course).

But also a more capable descender

Even by XC race bike standards, the 70° head tube angle of the previous Lux was a little too steep for modern tastes and courses, so Canyon has gone with the longer-and-slacker approach to make the new Lux World Cup a more confident descender. Even so, the updates aren’t too extreme.

The biggest change is the head tube angle. It’s still pretty quick at 68.5°, but that’s nevertheless a 1.5° decrease from the previous version. Reach has also grown by 15 mm for each of the five frame sizes, and stems have shortened by 10 mm. To help maintain proper weight balance, the seat tube angle has steepened by a modest 0.5° — it’s still pedaling-friendly at 75° — and the chainstays are 5 mm shorter than before. Those shorter chainstays also help keep the changes in reach and head tube angle from ballooning the wheelbase, which grows by a reasonable 16 mm in the medium size.

Seat tubes have also been shortened by 10 mm across the board for better dropper compatibility, and tire clearance has grown to 2.5".

Canyon has made some suspension tweaks, too. Although Canyon says there’s the same amount of anti-squat as before, slight changes in the leverage curve supposedly add a bit more initial sensitivity to smooth out the ride, and also make it easier to use the full travel.

Let s see if Canyon ever gets around to fixing the typos in this geo chart.

No one should take any of this to suggest that Canyon is going downcountry with the Lux World Cup, though. That 100 mm of rear travel is matched with a similarly minimal 100 mm up front, none of the bikes come equipped from the factory with droppers — though they do come with remote lockouts for the rear shocks — and stock bikes are fitted with 2.35"-wide tires, max.

Currently, that role is filled by the Lux Trail, which features a bit more suspension travel, more relaxed frame geometry, and a generally beefed-up spec. Canyon hasn’t yet announced a new Lux Trail to go along with this new Lux World Cup, but you can rest assured it’s on its way.

Carving out enough room inside the main triangle of a full-suspension bike for two large bottles is a neat trick in and of itself but managing that even on the XS frame size is particularly impressive.
Carving out enough room inside the main triangle of a full-suspension bike for two large bottles is a neat trick in and of itself, but managing that even on the XS frame size is particularly impressive.

Water, water everywhere

Canyon has clearly invested a fair bit of time sweating the details on the new Lux World Cup, too.

Suspension pivots have additional seals, and the cartridges at the main pivot are notably wide-set, both of which should lengthen service intervals, especially for riders in wetter climates. Up top, the aluminum axle on the rocket pivot goes all the way through both bearings to minimize twisting under load, while collet-style fasteners should hopefully keep creaking at bay.

All of the Lux World Cup frames use a PF92 press-fit bottom bracket shell.
All of the Lux World Cup frames use a PF92 press-fit bottom bracket shell.
The CeramicSpeed SLT solid-lube cartridge bearings on the Lux World Cup CFR models rotate with more friction than conventional cartridges but they re supposedly ultra-resistant to corrosion and carry a lifetime warranty.
The CeramicSpeed SLT solid-lube cartridge bearings on the Lux World Cup CFR models rotate with more friction than conventional cartridges, but they're supposedly ultra-resistant to corrosion and carry a lifetime warranty.

The main pivot rotates on two cartridge bearings that are set wide apart and pressed into the swingarm.
The main pivot rotates on two cartridge bearings that are set wide apart and pressed into the swingarm.
Collet-style hardware for the rocket link pivot at least promises creak-free running.
Collet-style hardware for the rocket link pivot at least promises creak-free running.

Canyon s Quixle isn t quite as low-profile as some tooled thru-axle designs but it s still pretty tidy while offering the convenience of a built-in hidden lever.
Canyon's Quixle isn't quite as low-profile as some tooled thru-axle designs, but it's still pretty tidy while offering the convenience of a built-in, hidden lever.
The rear derailleur housing and rear brake hose are fully guided from end to end.
The rear derailleur housing and rear brake hose are fully guided from end to end.

Lux World Cup CFR models go a step further with standard CeramicSpeed SLT bearings at the suspension pivots and headset. This isn’t to reduce friction or to save watts, however, and the bearings aren’t even actually ceramic. The races and bearing balls are all stainless steel, but instead of a typical plastic retainer and conventional grease, the bearing balls are encased in a solid polymer that’s both permanently lubricated and helps protect the balls from water infiltration. CeramicSpeed is so confident in their longevity that they even come with a lifetime warranty.

Upper-end models come with Canyon s one-piece carbon fiber bar-and-stem combo.
Upper-end models come with Canyon's one-piece carbon fiber bar-and-stem combo.
The steerer stop guts are now fully hidden underneath the headset cover.
The steerer stop guts are now fully hidden underneath the headset cover.

That’s a good thing, since headset maintenance will be anything but straightforward on the new Lux World Cup.

Canyon is unfortunately on-trend in terms of cable routing, equipping the Lux World Cup with an internal setup where the rear brake hose and derailleur housing enter the frame at the upper headset cover. This makes for a clean look, sure, but since the lines all pass through the upper headset bearing, that’ll make even basic headset maintenance a multi-hour affair since both rear lines need to be disconnected (and the rear brake re-bled).

On the plus side, that internal routing is at least fully guided from end to end.

"Insert a new cable and housing in the back of the bike and it will pop right out at the headset — no fishing about or cursing required."

We’ll see about that.

Just behind the headset, Canyon’s Impact Protection Unit steerer stop is now more fully recessed into the top tube for a sleeker appearance, while down below is the same ultra-minimalist chain guide used on the current Lux. And out back, there’s Canyon’s handy Quixle thru-axle, which offers the low profile of a tooled axle, but the convenience of a pop-out handle.

The Canyon Lux World Cup CF models are each offered in a mild and mildly wilder color scheme.
The Canyon Lux World Cup CF models are each offered in a mild and mildly wilder color scheme.

Models and availability

Canyon will offer four Lux World Cup models globally, although only two models will be offered in the United States.

The flagship Lux World Cup CFR LTD features a RockShox SID Ultimate fork and SID Luxe rear shock (with remote lockouts), a SRAM Eagle XX1 AXS wireless electronic drivetrain, DT Swiss XRC1200 carbon wheels, a Canyon carbon seatpost, and Canyon CP0008 one-piece bar-and-stem combo. Retail price is US$7,499 / AU$12,049 / €7,999.
Hope you like the color because this is the only one offered.
The Lux World Cup CFR Team is built on the same frame, but uses a Fox 32 SC Factory fork and Float DPS Factory rear shock (with remote lockouts), a Shimano XTR mechanical drivetrain, DT Swiss XRC1200 carbon wheels, and the same Canyon seatpost and cockpit. Retail price is AU$10,549 / €6,999.

The Lux World Cup CF 7 uses the second-tier CF-level frame, and is equipped with a Fox 32 SC Performance Elite fork and Float DPS Performance Elite rear shock (with remote lockouts), a Shimano XT drivetrain, Reynolds TR 309/289 carbon wheels, and a Race Face Ride seatpost, stem, and bar. Retail price is AU$6,549 / €4,299.

Finally, there’s the Lux World Cup CF 6, which uses the same suspension and finishing bits of the CF 7, but with a Shimano SLX drivetrain and DT Swiss XR1900 aluminum wheels for US$3,999 / AU$5,349 / €3,499.

Canyon says all of the new Lux World Cup CF models should be available to order immediately in their respective markets, while CFRs will arrive around August/September. We’ve got a sample inbound from Germany, so stay tuned for a full review in the coming weeks.

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  • 70 3
 What scares me about cables entering through the headset is it looks neater. If you show someone (that has no idea about bike maintenance) the same bike both with and without this system they will choose the cleaner cabled headset. This clean look will become a selling point and if you are not doing it to your next bike you will loose sales to all the people (and let's face it it's most bike riders) who choose a bike based on looks and not what's practical.
  • 26 4
 Playing devil's advocate here, but on most bikes the upper headset will last the lifetime of the bike. And even if the one that comes preinstalled on this bike isn't the most resistant to water/abuse/excessive preload, there are some pretty durable ones on the market, that will be a better investment than getting a cheap one that will require all that time to replace.
  • 15 3
 @DavidGuerra: This all depends where you're living. For my own little case, living in the wet and muddy part of Belgium. I change my headset bearings every year
  • 17 1
 @Mecadav: But do you need to?
  • 14 20
flag mgs781HD (Jun 14, 2022 at 4:23) (Below Threshold)
 @DavidGuerra: Exactly. I have built bikes with routing thru the headset and it isn't as bad as all the "experts" seem to insist. Yes, it is harder and you are hosed if you have to replace a brake line but not a huge deal and servicing the bearings is about the same on my bike. The cleaner look is total worth it IMO.
  • 22 0
 @mgs781HD: I don't know about clean. I find the plastic hardware super ugly, both for the material, the hoses/cables sticking out, and even how it's "integrated". For me "clean" is a plain head tube and a plain metal upper headset.
  • 10 2
 @mgs781HD: Yes, water comes in and the bearings are rusted . To be honest, I could ride like it until they completely grip. But you want your cockpit to move flawlessly and not having the feeling of loose fork.

Which I had by neglecting the change once
  • 18 1
 @DavidGuerra: It's a solution to a problem that didn't exist, which then creates loads of completely unnecessary problems. Everyone I know with bikes with these headsets has had serious issues with water ingress and consequent bearing failure, often after a few months of use. It's a moronic idea.

  • 6 1
 @Mecadav: I live in the wet and muddy part of England and my headset bearings last multiple years. Are you using a power washer?
  • 1 0
 @DavidGuerra: Fair enough, everyone likes different aesthetics. My '22 Boone has a color matched top headset cover that the hoses route thru. It looks trick and the brake hoses are nearly hidden completely. Super clean look that I'm willing to put up with the slight inconvenience of cleaning the bearing once a year....
  • 3 5
 @chakaping: We can say we have the same weather. I confess I'm using a Kärcher and this must be certainly the reason why; but still having two holes in the headset won't avoid (in the contrary) having water coming in
  • 7 1
 @Mecadav: well there you have the problem... using a pressure washer to wash your bike will for sure end up ruining the bearings after a certain while. Cable routing through the headset is not necessarily bad, if anything it's better than routing them through the downtube or any other larger opening in the frame as water will tend less to try to go inside the frame. If done well (aka not rubbing or rattling) it's a decent solution that will only hamper you 1-2 times per year (or your local bike shop for 1-2 hours if you don't maintain your bike yourself)
  • 1 0
 I actually like the clean look that routing through the headset enables. And I'm sure that some company will at some point develop a headset that can prevent the ingress of dust and water through the cable ports. But until then, it remains a solution to a problem that no one had. For now, it's just unnecessarily making things more complex.
  • 2 0
 I don't care where my tubes are routed, but if they are going to be internal, I'd like to see them not requiring any foam tubes or fiddling to get it to work. Carbon fiber frames are nearing $4K and we're still having to fish cables through ports and work our magic to keep them silent (on some, not all frames).
  • 1 0
 @foggnm: I feel ya, some frames are actually well made and simplify the routing by a lot, while others will leave you fishing and cursing trying to pass a hose through a hole that's only slightly bigger than the hose... and then it will rattle (happened on my forbidden)
  • 2 0
 @Mecadav: Riding north shore vancouver, BC and I haven't changed my stainless Hope headset bearings for multiple years. I HAVE fully serviced them multiple times, though. If they're good quality and corrosion resistant, giving them a good flush/clean/regrease keeps stuff going a long time.
  • 5 6
 @DavidGuerra: as a mechanic, I disagree, plus there’s other reasons for headset service, like when you have to do fork service a few times a year. All those cables will slow that down, and cost me time and therefore money in the shop, not to mention the majority of canyons I see come through the door are owned by people who don’t understand what “maintenance” is, heck, not one canyon owner Ive met even had a spare derailleur hanger.
  • 1 0
 @5afety3rd: Can't argue against the voice of experience as I never dealt with that. I imagine that taking the fork out is just the same, putting it back might require some extra attention, I guess I'll have to rely on your feedback. Good thing I'm in no need of a new frame right now.
  • 1 0
 @DavidGuerra: Acros has entered the chat…
  • 2 1
 @Mecadav: Really? Might I suggest simply popping the covers with a pick, injecting some good quality bearing grease, when new, then once a year, instead? I bet they last you many seasons. I ride plenty of wet here in the Northeast US, and I have never replaced a headset in almost 4 decades of riding and keeping bikes for many seasons. Same for BB and hubs. I do same for pivots, but replace some every few seasons as they wear the most.
  • 3 0
 @Chuckolicious: Yeah but there always has to be "that guy" that is so tough that no matter what bearings, dh casing tires, kevlar lined shorts, adamantium frame....he'll still break it!
  • 1 0
 and sometimes we upvote because it makes sense and not because it's funny, hard to disagree with you mate !
  • 64 7
 Fucking hell, kill the headset routing!
  • 49 6
 No dropper post on any model? I'd take a hardtail + dropper over a full sus with a rigid post any day of the week for XC
  • 7 2
 They say it's because it's a "race" bike and it's "lighter" without a dropper
  • 29 1
 Suspension on XC bike is not for going downhill so much, as it is to go uphill or on flats when the surface is bumpy. To protect the rider from fatigue, and to allow to produce watts while seated. On descents, yes, HT+dropper is better, but thats not the goal here apparently. Go ride a 4hr xcm race and then see if you would still choose a HT.

That said, i hope they at least left an option for aftermarket installation of droppers with that bullshit headset piece of shat
  • 2 1
 @GZMS: fair enough, especially as I've only ever ridden full sus in XCM races Big Grin

I've always had a dropper fitted though, it seems like something that most racers would want, and that's a chunk of change to drop on a bike to then have to dismantle the thing
  • 3 1

I do between 6 and 8 XCM races per year in the US Rockies and surrounding areas, and about 1/4 of the racers are on hardtails, some low single digit percentage are on gravel bikes.
  • 5 0
 @laupe: their HT XC race bikes come with a dropper, so you can only assume they’re aiming for a weight target?
  • 4 1
 I ride XC FS and dropper on either bike. Everyone thinks I'm crazy but I was riding XC long before droppers were around so I simply don't know of any other way. Had the opportunity to ride a tricked out Orbea for a few days last week that had a dropper.....don't think I used it once. To each there own I guess
  • 3 0
 @laupe: they mean cheaper for Canyon and weight looks less bad on the website
  • 1 1
 @SATN-XC: I'm the same way, I barely use the one on my 150mm when I went out west. At home I only use it when I'm putting it in back of the van.
  • 6 0
 A dropper is essential for most XC riders these days, and it makes a modern XC bike much more versatile.

But, I don’t mind that most XC bikes come without, for the same reason I don’t mind them shipping without pedals: I want to choose my own.

Even droppers on XC bikes are consensus, the type is not. For pure racers, an ultra-light short-travel post like a Yep Podio or BikeYoke Divine SL probably makes the most sense. If you want more versatility, you might sacrifice some weight for a full length post. Or, if you’re not fully committed you could swap in an AXS post for trail days.
  • 4 1
 @nattyd: Not committed, but use the most expensive dropper post just on occasion? We're not all dentists! Razz
  • 7 2
 @handynzl: To be clear, I hate the AXS post. It's double the price of any other post, twice the weight, and the ugliest gddm bike component I've ever seen in my life. But when people try to justify it, this is the reason I usually hear.
  • 3 0
 @SATN-XC: it’s like any technology. Some will take the time to learn it, adopt it, and benefit from it, and others will be against it.
  • 5 0
 @SATN-XC: Why fix it if it ain't broken. I respect where u coming from. If u open minded, I would like to suggest next time u throw a leg over a capable XC rig with a dropper, u consciously drop it on a mild descent. Bring your crotch forward and ride within the bike, not with your posterior behind the seat. Not even talking features or drops or anything critical-- just cornering... lean that thing over. See if the body/bike separation with a lower seat does anything for u. It's a thing that makes a real difference for a lot of the XC mtb humans. YMMV.
  • 1 1
 @jcrr: imo, droppers are awesome tech.. but, once my broke down on my xc bike, and i put back the stock rigid post and rode with it for a few months, i noticed how it forces me to have better technique.. with dropper it is very easy to let your ass go lower, but forget about the chest and arms.. with rigid post youre forced to work with your upper body agressively, otherwise it is a guaranteed OTB
  • 29 0
 I really like that it has both more anti-squat than before and also the same amount of anti-squat as before; what a world.
  • 16 0
 Best of both worlds
  • 1 0
 How about the 100 ft tall wheels on the size xl? Proofreading ain't what it used to be!
  • 16 0
 This headset routing is just a stopgap for bluetooth brakes. Dont let the pros fake hoses trick you. Everyone from nino to Loic to MVP have been running them for over a year. Reliable sources tell me spindleless cranks are next.
  • 11 0
 With the way most Ebikes are used by the general public, they could just build them without cranks.
  • 19 0
 1535g without paint?? desperate
  • 17 0
 Measuring weight without the paint is like measuring myself from the taint.
  • 18 0
 I guess a dropper post would ruin their claimed weight figures.
  • 14 0
 Without the shock, axle, paint, fibres, adhesives, aluminium, atoms, protons, neautrons the frame has come in very light.
  • 5 0
 @fektor-b: The lower carbon frame is a heavyweight adding those protons, shock, and paint.
  • 1 0
 @fektor-b: Just get rid of the frame itself in that calculation and this all weighs in a svelte 0g.
  • 15 0
 The presence of anything by Ceramic Speed indicates that Canyon is willing to equip the bikes with severely overpriced mediocre parts.
  • 16 0
 68.5 this old Scott Spark head angle
  • 2 0
 My thought exactly. 2016 Scott Spark geometry. Ok, it's longer. But hey, maybe that was ideal for XC and now everyone is overshooting.
  • 11 0
 Well my bike is 800g lighter*....

**without seatpost hardware, rear brake, front rotor, deraileur hanger bolt..
  • 12 1
 Dear Product Managers:
I will NEVER buy a bike with hydraulic line routing through the headset.
  • 6 0
 Same headset system of my Exceed (sold…).
A real nightmare for installing the dropper and adjust the “impact protection system”, it complicates maintenance and it’s prone to have a faster bearing wearing from my experience (11 months, in Spain not Ireland…)
  • 5 7
 Reverb AXS Wink
  • 7 0
 So like 2,000 grams with shock, paint and other tidbits? So not even competitively light.

My Epic Evo was around 1,800 with ugly green paint, shock, axle, and seatpost clamp.
  • 4 0
 The pricing is so much better though. Honestly, its like 30% cheaper than a specialized, maybe more.
  • 1 0
 @HB208: Is it really? The '22 GX + SID Select Epic Evo comp is $4500 with a dropper? Around $500 more for similar package. Some models are a bit more, but not 30%?
  • 1 0
 @Mannra: This comes with carbon wheels and XT, so there is that. But, the main thing is that this bike is similar to the Epic not the Epic Evo. The closest epic build is $6,300.
  • 1 0
 @HB208: the $4k Lux and $4.5k Epic Evo both have alloy wheels.

True re:Epic. They don't make lower levels of that, so not apples to apples.
  • 1 0
 @HB208: even the comparable epic pro is $1100 more than the top of the line Lux but you may be right at S works level.
  • 6 0
 Still almost a 2kg frame once all said n done for the top model, headset routing, steeper geo compared to most of the field of new xc bikes, and still a PF92…dang canyon you could have done so much…
  • 9 4
 that C shaped headset bearing is genius you can swap the bearing easily now without disconecting the cables, I love that idea. I always thought closed round bearings were overrated.
  • 1 0
 C-shaped bearing? Did I miss something?
  • 3 0
 @Muscovir: yes the picture !
  • 2 2
 @fredddbg: It's not a C, it's a full ring you still need to disconnect the hoses and cables to swap the bearings
  • 1 1
 @fredddbg: That is just a cutaway illustration of how the solid lubricating tech works. The bearing is actually circular.
  • 4 1
 Do you guys know what sarcasm is ?
  • 1 1
 @laupe: obviously not ;-)
  • 5 0
 Taking a moment to beg others to not produce frames with cable routing through the headset. Politely encouraging Canyon to consider changing this.
  • 3 1
 Looks like a solid race bike at a great price! The thing that always confuses me though is Canyon's sizing chart. I'm 168cm tall and run my saddle at 677mm, I suppose that puts me on a small, but dang does that not leave a lot of wiggle room given that the minimum saddle height is published at 675mm. Might be a tight fit for a dropper.
  • 1 0
 The MTBs seem true to size. However, I sat on a Grizl this weekend and I would be on a L at 6'3". That bike is huge.
  • 2 0
 Solid race bike with spot-on XC geometry for a great price. I like it. Especially the neat engineering, like the clean lines and lightweight frame, but also the collet-style hardware, solid-lubricating cartridge bearings in the main pivot, bar-stem combo, steering limiter that doesn't look like an afterthought, etc. Canyon seems to be sort of going through a renaissance right now, with their latest models all being pretty on point.
  • 4 0
 Those solid-lubricating cartridge bearings seem to be only speced on the most expensive CFR model.
  • 2 0
 except that headset cable routing
  • 1 0
 @hamncheez: That's correct I guess. I have a through the headset cable routing on my gravel bike already and was well sceptical. I put in some additional grease after purchase (generally a good idea) and no problems so far. I've been commuting with it all winter. So, I am becoming less and less critical about those headsets, because it seems to work just fine.
  • 5 0
 The next thing to come: unbelievable light frame weight without shock, paint, hardware, axles, rear triangle, and resin
  • 1 0
 New models are irrelevant until they are actually available. I have been following availability of the Endurace CF SLX closely since last year, and every time an availability deadline is nearing, it just get pushed further into the horizon.
  • 1 0
 Have you subscribe the newsletter ? Because I did, and I must admit , Canyon is following it
  • 3 0 do you put a dropper on it? Do you need a new headset cap? Is there routing for that or do you get to listen to it slapping around in there forever?
  • 3 6
 Reverb AXS, anything else does not belong on such a nice bike Big Grin
  • 1 0
 Should be extra ports at the headset to run it through.
  • 6 1
 @ice29: Reverb AXS looks like baboon hemorrhoid.
  • 2 0
 @hellanorcal: that’s why everyone loves it!
  • 1 0
 @ice29: Okay SilverBack.
  • 1 0
 Regarding serviceability...
Manufacturers are in the process of making bikes to be serviced @shops and not @home for some time now, and since direct sales is "The Thing" it's just a way to "protect" bikeshops...
Ebikes will go this process:
- customer buys online and "saves" some money
- customer services bikes @shop, and shops make "some" money
At the end...

Customer will pay MORE
Independent shops will have less
Coorporate will have all!
  • 5 1
 But can it do a front-flip?
  • 10 1
 only MvdP can
  • 3 0
  • 2 0
 When it became a plus having fully guided internal routing? It was a standard before the crazy plastic headsets with cable ports.

Looks really sporty otherwise
  • 2 0
 Love it but would be putting a tranfer sl on it. Wish the fox ones came with the 34sc 100mm not the 32? Thought that was suppose to happen.
  • 1 0
 I don't think the 100mm 34 SC is out to the public yet
  • 2 0
 And when it breaks doing World Cup XC stuff, they probably won't warranty it.
  • 1 0
 What's the solution when seatstay/rocker bearing wiggles in its position in the seatstay, and there are no seatstay spares in stock?...
  • 2 1
 "CFRs will arrive around August/September"

Of what year? It's funny that Canyon is releasing new models when none of their current bikes are available to buy.
  • 2 0
 lmao what the f*ck is this bike??? couldn't have made it much worse even if i tried
  • 1 0
 Can they do anything about those ugly cables hanging in front of the bars ? So gross! Hide them please . My God I want a pretty bike !
  • 1 0
 Thank christ for this article. Wasn't far off pulling the trigger but had completely missed the integrated headset. Bullet dodged!
  • 2 0
 No grease ports on the headset?
  • 2 0
 Can you fit a 2.5 tire with a stepcast 32 fork?
  • 1 0
 I think the max is 2.4
  • 1 1
 Read in another release (bike radar), that there is no guide for internal dropper routing, though you could fish it through. It is 2022, WTF?
  • 2 0
 What bikes have guides for dropper routing??? And why would you need it, the holes are massive to fish out the cable??
  • 1 0
 @GZMS: essentially any new carbon frame.
  • 1 0
 @GZMS: The size of the holes isn't the hard part, it's getting the cable to make the turn up the seat tube at the bottom bracket. A total pain in the ass! Sometimes 15 minutes, sometimes 90.
  • 1 2
 This bike is pretty disappointing to me. I was excited when I heard that they were updating this bike, and am a hard pass now. The geometry is very outdated, and the cable through the headset is lame.
  • 1 0
 The Ancient Mariner likes this element.
  • 2 1
 Head Tube Angle (°) 68.5

Only 1° slacker than my hybrid!
  • 1 0
 Lux World Cup CF 6 at $3,700 USD… I’ll take it!
  • 3 4
 So some xc racers (nino) are using 2.4 tyres…this bike can’t take them!
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 Text states: tire clearance has grown to 2.5
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 Weight with shock?
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 Nothing to see here, just another conservative XC bike from Canyon.
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 It's a pure XC race bike. What did you expect...
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 @Muscovir: Yeah, IDK. I want to get into marathon xc riding and I ride a Spur right now. My compliant on the Spur is that it is too long and slack for really efficient pedaling. It is a slayer downhill but I'll probably get a long travel rig and an XC bike.
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 @HB208: your answer is the Revel Ranger. Seriously, much more of a quiver killer than the Spur.
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 @Muscovir: It's Scott Spark geometry from 2016. Almost every other XC race bike has left this behind. So, conservative seems like the right word.
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 @MDW83: I'm not really looking for a quiver killer TBH. I think I am just going to buy a bike at both ends of the spectrum.
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 @Muscovir: From Canyon nothing really. They're not innovators nor are they willing to push any boundaries.
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 As others have said. Many people don't want a big slack bike for racing XC/Marathon.
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 Sounds perfect! There's no need for some slacked out down country bike for most XC racing. My local XC race courses certainly don't look like World Cup races.
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 Yep. My local trail is designed when mtb bikes are on 26" wheel and have 660mm bar. As such, it has a lot of tight twisty spots that modern long bike with wide bar struggle on, or at least have to go through slower.
Modern progressive bike isn't as good on my trail.
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 @SintraFreeride: "not willing to push boundaries"? Have you seen the new Torque?
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 @Muscovir: That is a decent bike but it is just a copy of the Transition Spire, Nicolai Geometron, Norco that all came out way before that.
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 @SintraFreeride: “looks like session”?? Every bike is a copy of every other bike but they all ride differently
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 @GZMS: I was talking geometry wise.
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 @SintraFreeride: yes, geometry wise bike companies replicate each other
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 @GZMS: Not the innovators, they actually go out there and test different things.
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