Canyon Releases New Torque:On & Upgrades Spectral:On With EP8 Motor

Jan 29, 2021 at 8:26
by Mike Kazimer  

The Torque:On is a brand new addition to Canyon's lineup, a 27.5”-wheeled, motorized freeride machine that's aimed at riders who are focused on the descents, but don't have a chairlift or shuttle truck readily available. The aluminum bike has 175mm of rear travel that's paired with a 180mm fork, and geometry that's significantly longer and slacker than the non-motorized Torque.

Shimano's new EP8 motor powers the Torque:On, with 85 Nm of peak torque that makes it a whole lot easier to get to the top. Canyon chose to go with the smaller 504 wH battery in order to help keep the overall bike weight a little lower, although at 53 pounds it's still not exactly a lightweight.
Torque:On Details

• Travel: 175mm rear / 180mm fork
• Wheel size: 27.5"
• Aluminum frame
• Shimano EP8 motor
• 504 Wh battery
• 63.5-degree head angle
• 430mm chainstays
• MSRP: 4,499 € - 6,299 €

For riders that want to go longer than one battery will last, there are models available that come with a spare. The thinking is that riders can take laps until one battery is drained, pause for a quick battery swap back at the car, and then head out for more riding.


Key geometry numbers include a slack, 63.5-degree head angle, a 485mm reach on a size large, and short, 430mm chainstays. It is a little surprising to see that all models are spec'd with a 150mm dropper post, and that the seat tube lengths are a little longer than what's fast becoming the norm, measuring 460mm on a large. On a bike like this, I'd imagine that most riders will want their seat as far out of the way as possible when descending. I haven't ridden this bike, so I don't want to nitpick too much, but it's also worth noting that the 74-degree seat tube angle does create a fairly long top tube length.

The Torque 8 is the version that will be available in the US.

There are two Torque:On models, the 9 and the 8. The 8 has a Shimano SLX 12-speed drivetrain with an XT derailleur, SLX brakes, a RockShox Zeb R fork and SuperDeluxe Select R shock, and DT Swiss H1900 wheels. It's priced at 4.499 €, or 4.999 € with an extra battery. The 8 is the only model that Canyon USA will carry, and it'll go for $5,399 USD.

The 9 is priced at 5,799 € or 6,299 € with an extra battery, and has a parts kit with highlights that include a SRAM GX Eagle 12-speed drivetrain, Fox 38 Factory fork and Factory Float X2 shock, SRAM Code RSC brakes, and DT Swiss H1700 wheels.




The Spectral:On has been updated for 2021 with Shimano's EP8 motor and a 630 Wh battery, giving it more torque and a longer range than before. The rest of the details remain unchanged - it's a carbon framed, 150mm bike with a 29" front wheel and 27.5" rear aimed at trail riders, as opposed to the gravity fiends that the Torque was made for.

The Spectral:On's geometry numbers remain on the conservative side, especially when they're put next to the non-motorized Spectral that was released earlier this year - that bike has a head angle that's 2-degrees slacker, and a reach that's 20mm longer. On the trail, the :On's figures create a bike with relatively quick handling, especially on more rolling terrain, although its limits do start to become apparent in steeper terrain.


Canon Presscamp Barcelona. Photo credit Canyon Markus Greber
The bar / stem combo is designed to integrate with the Shimano display unit and control wires.
Canon Presscamp Barcelona. Photo credit Canyon Markus Greber.
Need to steal some juice for your phone or lights? That's possible with the USB-C port on the top tube.



There are four complete models of the Spectral:On, with prices ranging from $5,5500 to $8,500 USD, or 4,599 € to 7,599 €.

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  • 64 11
 53lbs and 504wH battery is just silly right now. There are lighter bikes with 700+wH batteries coming in literal months. This would be a really uneducated purchase right meow.
  • 35 0
 I don't know, not sure there is any other bike on the market for 4500euros with a decent mid-range rockshox, shimano, DT swiss build. None of the components need replacing and the bike should be compatible with shimano's 630Wh battery. It should be a mullet and the seat angle should be closer to 77, but still, not a bad bike on paper.
  • 11 3
 Agreed, 504wh is an epic fail on a brand new bike.
  • 7 0

This isnt far off the mark...better Zeb fork, DD tyres, big battery
  • 13 1
 How much weight does it actually save to drop the battery from 630 to 504? I mean come on. The range gains literally outweigh the weight savings. I will say, being a proud owner of an E-bike, I definitely like the idea of the package deal containing two batteries in the retail price. But honestly the 700wh battery from Specialized gives you enough juice to ride essentially all day...
  • 5 1
 @ncrider5: Its about a 1kg extra from a quick search, which is more that I would have thought. But yeah, give me the bigger battery anyday.
  • 9 1
 504 W It is not silly for freeride because of less front weight. For freeride it's better to have two 504 W.
  • 7 0 I have ridden the Torque, you don't need a 700 wh battery for its intended use.
  • 3 0
 Yep. My carbon Sight VLT 29 with a 630wH battery, DoubleDowns + Inserts is 52lb and I honestly think it's perfect at that weight. I wouldn't notice another pound, but no need to add weight if it's unnecessary!
  • 4 5
 @Eduardoramundo: this x1000

How any company could release something with less than 700 wHr right now is beyond me. Especially since the Shimano motors eat battery vs Specialized. Did a ride yesterday with a friend on a Shimano setup with a 503 wHr battery. We both rode the same modes for the entire ride, same weight riders, etc. He finished with the red light blinking, I finished with 59% battery left on my 700 wHr. No way there should have been that big of a difference, but that has been consistent across all of my friends with Shimano EP7's.
  • 5 0
 I note the 2nd battery option is pretty reasonably priced also at 500euros. Im used to specialized battery pricing, so thats a pretty decent deal. Still I wouldn't want to give up the 700 battery in my kenevo though.
  • 5 0
 not technically true, as you really need 900-1000 watt hrs on these bikes to do all the rides you want. It is true a 630 or 700 watt hr battery will take you on a longer single battery ride, on bigger rides you will still need 2 batteries. Around squamish and Whistler I do solid 40-55km loops where I need 2 504 watt hr batteries but so does someone with a specialized with a 700 and they infact are carrying around 400-450 watts hrs of unused battery. I like the 504 as they are smaller and lighter at 6.5 pounds so easy to have one in the pack for longer rides. Once batteries do 1000 watts/hr then it will be a 1 battery operation.
  • 3 0
 @coletrane-mtb: totally agree, my devinci dc 29r is 56 pounds with cush cores and it feels like a 20 pound bike!
  • 1 0
 The bike come with 630W now.
  • 2 0
 @norona: we have done 60 mi with 7K of elevation on a single charge. My ride yesterday was 20 mi with 4.1K of elevation and I had 59% battery remaining at the finish. Most of the climbing on that ride was done in Eco though.
  • 2 0
 @fssphotography: Ummm, unless your riding buddies have 630 or 700 wh batteries!
  • 1 0
 @Eduardoramundo: Unless it is a sub 18kg e-bike. In that case it might be an epic win.
  • 3 0
 I believe that best thing would be to have the freedom to choose the battery. I mean for my general riding i will prefer a fairly lighter setup with a 250-320wh battery and eventually been able to add an expander like Specialized or change battery pack with a bigger one for big days out .
  • 1 0
 And how much travel do those bikes have?
  • 66 30
 Don't worry, most of those bikes will be riden around on fireroads by beer-bellied mid-agers. So the geometry numbers don't really matter as long as you can attach a long plastic fender to the seat tube.
  • 23 2
 That was quite funny. But can you stop making these jokes say 14 years from now when I turn 55 and will be ready for an enduro ebike rig (hopefully without belly)?
  • 10 1
 @MTB-Colada: You've literally got "colada" in your name. That belly's coming faster than you think. Wink
  • 6 24
flag Pavel-Repak (Feb 2, 2021 at 6:27) (Below Threshold)
 I don't think the average pinkbike user would like be into ebikes.
  • 20 13
 @Pavel-Repak: you would be averagely wrong. Every single person I ride with and 95% of the riders I know now have an eBike. These were all 10+ year analog riders and a few of them have sold all of their analog bikes.
  • 23 11
 @salespunk: that’s sad.
  • 3 0
 @salespunk: Where in the States are you if you don't mind asking? Biggest issue these days seems to be trail access.
  • 5 1
 @withdignityifnotalacrity: San Diego, I won't delve into trail access issues since half of the MTB trails here are either illegal or quasi legal anyway.
  • 15 2
 @CircusMaximus: why is it sad? We ride both eBikes and analog. Sometimes we have group rides that have both, it just depends on what everyone wants to do on any given day.

It's more sad that people want to isht on something they know nothing about just because it doesn't fit their narrative.
  • 4 2
 Every PBer will getting an e-bike in the future to extend their riding. A lot of times it doesn't have to do with laziness or lack of fitness, but physical problems with knee joints.
  • 1 0
 @salespunk: It was a joke about how a lot of pinkbike users are overweight.
  • 2 1
 @salespunk: What is analog? You mean a bicycle?
  • 29 4
 53lb. wow, you literally are getting 2 bikes for 1...
  • 24 3
 The 2010s called, they want their seat angle back.
  • 13 0
 The late 90's also called and want their DH bike weight back. They should have just put a DH fork on it and gone full motor monster tank.
  • 3 0
 The 70's called and wondered why there wasn't a shag-carpet battery cozy included for those green models.
  • 4 4
 I’m not so sure you want a steep seat tube angle on an ebike. Your momentum is going to carry you over trail objects so you are better off with your weight being a bit further back. People on ebikes I reckon do a lot of seated riding.
  • 1 2
 Just a complete miss on the geometry on both bikes.
  • 3 0
Ive demoed lots of ebikes, its just as important.
with the seat too far back its harder to climb very steep sections as the front will wander very very easily with all that torque.
  • 1 0
 @Richt2000: I’m guessing you aren’t a big time seated rider though. I mean what is ideal for someone that is good may not be ideal for someone more out of shape or novice.
  • 22 3
 When the Seat Tube is longer than the Reach, something is not right
  • 11 0
 That 66.5° head angle of the Spectral:ON.. why?! That's the same as the Neuron:ON trail bike.
  • 4 1
 Just a complete miss on the geometry on both bikes
  • 1 0
 Just off a week with the Spectral:ON and I don’t think the geo is as bad as it appears on paper. I guess at first glance I might have pegged this as an enduro-ish bike but now with some time on it, I’d adjust my expectations and call it a trail bike. And it’s damn good at that, I’ll say, I was surprised at how confidence inspiring it is. Chalk that up to MX wheels, four-piston brakes, short stays, and playfully short (for me at 6’5”) overall size. I was hoping it’d be the case that the (large) mass would melt away at speed, and it certainly does. I hit all the regular jumps on my go-to after work lap and it didn’t feel 16# heavier than my regular steed (a current-gen Slash).
That said, the 165mm cranks caught be by surprise, and I smashed those cranks a LOT more often than expected, even running recommended sag. And again at my height this so called XL frame seems to have been left in the dryer too long: the 485 reach is more like large+ in my book. I’d like to see Canyon add an XXL option, with more BB clearance, and a 515ish reach as the short nature of the bike, including stays and slack SA, means my gangly frame sits a bit too far back on this chassis. Also, the 150mm travel Kashima dropper is a bit laughable. First, who needs that coating on a dropper, and second why’s an “XL” have such a short post? Too much is showing above the tall-looking seat mast when fully dropped. I’m undecided on wheels. These Reynolds carbons are stout as hell but i wonder about long-term durability.
In sum if this was available with the EP8 motor, 630W batt, non-series Shimano 4 pot brakes, SLX drivetrain, 210mm dropper, a Pike and a Super Deluxe or FOX equivalents, I’d happily throw down. It’s a damn blast.
Happy to field your questions.
  • 35 25
 oh yeah, becouse what world really needs in 2021 is a freeride moped
  • 17 0
  • 26 3
 Absolutely, why not shuttle with an e bike instead of an big truck?
I'll take an e bike over a slow bike or truck shuttle any day of the week. I'll also have less environmental impact than the truck and do twice as many DH laps as a slow bike.
  • 10 19
flag dark-o (Feb 2, 2021 at 6:39) (Below Threshold)
 Lazy fat fucks want to send
  • 10 2
 @DoubleCrownAddict: This. I just think it's more fun riding my bike than riding a truck or a chairlift. Sue me.
  • 1 0
 @vemegen Okay, Melvin.
  • 2 8
flag CircusMaximus (Feb 2, 2021 at 10:54) (Below Threshold)
 @DoubleCrownAddict: so twice as many laps = less environmental impact? Mmmkay
  • 3 4
 @CircusMaximus: He probably takes his car first to save some Battery for all the laps
  • 5 2

or non-lazy rippers older than you with worse knees want to send.

not there yet, but by the time I am I won't be giving two sh*ts about adding a motor.
  • 8 2
 @DoubleCrownAddict: this is whats up. Wife and I just sold our "Enduro° rigs and bought Range VLT's. We ride together and own one vehicle, so shuttling isn't always available and grinding DHF Supertackys uphill usually means 1 lap. Now we get more than just 1 lap in, and still have energy in us to live life after the ride is over. Want a natural bike feel? Put it in Eco. Just the right amount of support? Trail. Boost is ridiculous. E7000/E8000 and 504wh batteries outlast our ride, I see no need for bigger just yet.
  • 3 7
flag dark-o (Feb 2, 2021 at 18:02) (Below Threshold)
 @cstishenko: So you run heavy bikepark tires and complain that they roll like shit on the uphills?
  • 1 1
 @dark-o: If an E bike means we ride twice a week, instead of once every two... thats enough for us. Then consider that you can now ride a gravity oriented bike uphill!? There isn't a downside we've found yet.
  • 10 1
 Lets see if the torque gets the same rear-linkage play that is not fixable like its predecessor
  • 5 1
 I can't help but think of all the very expensive and fancy "battery powered" bikes that are decommissioned or just sitting around due to problems like this. proprietary parts being abused by non-human made torque. bound to wear and then what? try to recoup some fo your 5 Grand. 5 years from now... Canyon/Rocky/Santacruz?Trek E-Bike for sale. needs work runs good. needs to ESC and motor bearing re-build. Only slight play in rear triangle. $400 obo
  • 8 0
 With that seat angle it might as well be called the Jog-on. With an 180mm ebike I want modern climb and descend geometry.
  • 4 0
 Why can't these companies just realize the success of the Kenevo and just copy it instead of staying in the past?
  • 1 0
 I talked with someone at Canyon today. They said the Spectral geometry wasn't updated because "they like it" ? That bike needs to have a 65hta, 76sta with 480 reach (large) and I'd consider it. They also said the Torque was meant to go downhill and be playful only and "get back up on a fire road". Pretty expensive DH bike.
  • 1 0
 Only get back up a fire road? Well a 80sta would be more suitable if the bike isn't designed for pedaling along flat trail sections.

At least there are plenty of other brands who know what they're up to.
  • 10 3
 Did canyon and YT just go halves on an ebike designer? Or did canyon just copy the decoy outright?
  • 2 0
 I dunno but i do know the decoy is an absolute beast
  • 4 0
 Why aren't more companies making lighter e-bike like the Levo SL? I think a lot of people want a lighter e-bike with less assistance.
  • 2 2
 ...and they can go pay $13k for a Levo SL... I just think those bikes are just in a completely different market from these “self-shuttling” bikes.
  • 1 0
 I thought the heaviness would be an impediment to descending fun, but so far that has not been the case for me. YMMV of course.
  • 4 1
 Normally I love Canyon bikes but these two look a little dated just on their release. Too heavy for that battery and Torque should have the mullet option
  • 3 0
 Torque looks pretty decent. 2 batteries is a must though as 500 isnt big enough. But yeah, bikepark in the morning, lunch & change battery & carry on.
  • 4 0
 You can go ahead and calculate in 50$ extra dollars to the price for a new saddle.
  • 3 0
 Canyon nailing the geometry once again... Slack seat angle, long seat tubes and short chainstays add a motor and you'll be wheelying up every hill...sounds great, lol!
  • 1 0
 Its proved,Too Low bb results in lots of pedal strikes and very poor pedaling ,WRONG seat tube angle,its too relaxing and front wheel dont stay in the ground at uphills
Ep8 is below Bosch and others in terms of power delivery and is good to see other riders passing by at uphills
And finally in 6/7 months the prices rises a lot in a bike with wrong geometry that will be rectified in next future (or not )
But they sold everything so they can contnue to have wrong bikes and bad support to customers My attemps to speak to them was like speak with a wall
  • 3 0
 USB port! Add some integrated lights and that's a multi tool. (Sure, freshen the geo and lighten it up).
  • 7 4
 Why is it not a mullet?
There is no reason whatsoever to have a front 27.5 wheel. especially on a heavy ebike
  • 4 0
 at least it looks better than a Pivot Shuttle
  • 2 0
 Good job it doesn't have a model year as it will probably be 2023 before you can get one
  • 1 0
 A bottle holder! The one thing missing on my non e torque. I’m excited for it to trickle down to the person powered version next.
  • 2 1
 That Torque, kind of like the Specialized Kenevo, is my idea of the perfect ebike, but then I’d only be interested in using one for self-shuttle days.
  • 1 0
 Build up a big hype to release their new e-range in February.... that you can't order till March! Well played Canyon.
  • 7 4
 why the small battery?
  • 4 2
 It says it right there in the article - "Canyon chose to go with the smaller 504 wH battery in order to help keep the overall bike weight a little lower"
  • 1 0
 @bigtim: hmm maybe if they cant design a bike without major short coming's to keep the weight down, then maybe thta bike dose not need to be made??? just a thought. but $$$$ has spoken.
  • 9 7
 The bike nobody asked for
  • 2 0
 Spectral looks like it’s skipped leg day all it’s life
  • 4 6
 I wont lie, when I buy a bike, what it looks like is important.
As it stands, I just cant get an ebike. The lines are just so clumsy and just wrong.
The designers must just be giving birth to these things and just assuming that everyone wants to compromise and ride f^& ugly bikes. It is not their best work.
Please sort before my next purch.
  • 1 0
 So they can fit a water bottle in the E version of my Torque, but not in my acoustic version? Blasphemy
  • 1 0
 By the time I save up enough for one of these a new batch of EBikes will arrive with all the latest and greatest, I give up.
  • 1 2
 That new motor makes a claimed 60 Ft lbs of torque, thats more then my Honda CR250 which was very fast. Just because it has pedals, I wonder if you can claim its a bicycle when its more powerful then dirt bikes.
  • 2 0
 What no Left E-fork?
  • 1 0
 Straight ripped the syncros hixon bar.
  • 1 2
 Canyon, what a fail. My money will go elsewhere. Who in the hell is running your bike geometry department?
  • 1 0
 Maybe they'll start caring when their inventory doesn't all sell out months in advance.
  • 3 6
 The boomers are taking overr!!
  • 2 0
 @LaneRippy OK Melvin. APES SHOW YOU!
  • 3 0
 If it wasnt for boomers you would still be an itch in your Daddy's shorts...Show some respect for your elders...
  • 1 2
 @Bushmaster123: elders are ruining this planet with their ETRASH
  • 3 0
 @DroppingThreeTwoOne: Do you make your own clothes, grow your own food, ride your bike everywhere? Yeah didnt think so... You never buy anything from a store because it traveled on a ship or truck to get there. Dont talk about it, be about it.

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