Canyon just updated the Neuron, a trail bike with cross-country capabilities, and it’s now available in the US. The previous generation of the Neuron was not available in the US.
The new Neuron sits between the 100mm cross-country Lux, and the 140mm frame-travel Spectral.
With 130mm of front and rear travel, the Neuron is intended to be pedally and still plush enough for rough terrain.
Canyon wanted to make an every man and woman’s mountain bike, rather than what they perceive being made by most brands, and that is trail bikes made for the advanced rider.
“For the rider to fully enjoy big rides in the mountains, long days in the hills, or just the usual after work loop, the bike simply has to have other qualities,” said Canyon Product Manager Michael Staab.
The Neuron gets a full carbon frame from Canyon, 29-inch wheels on sizes medium and above, and 27.5-inch wheels on sizes small and extra small. Compared to the previous version, the updated Neuron adds more rear travel and a slacker head tube angle.
Other features on the Neuron include sealed pivot bearings, a cable channel on the downtube, and an impact protection unit on the top tube that protects the tubing from crashes and knocks from the cockpit.
Canyon uses a horizontally-mounted shock with linkage that is said to be sensitive, stable, and then progressive through its travel.
The geometry for the Neuron starts with a 74.5-degree seat angle, and a 67-degree head angle on extra-small and small-sized frames, and a 67.5-degree head angle on sizes medium and above. This is nearly two degrees slacker than the previous version.
Canyon lowered the standover height on the smaller Neuron frames by dropping the bottom bracket height and lowering the top tube.
Canyon also sized the tubing on the Neuron to be proportionate to the size of the frame for ideal stiffness. So, smaller-sized frames will have more narrow tubing and larger frames will have wider tubing.
The smaller Neuron frames also get more narrow handlebars and shorter stems. Canyon seems to have gone the extra mile to really make the Neuron specific to everyone’s size.
The Neuron starts at $3,000 for a women’s-specific build with a SRAM GX Eagle drivetrain. They have one other women’s specific build that sells for $4,000 with a SRAM XO Eagle drivetrain.
The trail bike will come in three other unisex builds, starting at $3,500 for a GX Eagle-equipped model, and then $4,800 for a SRAM XO Eagle build, and $7,000 for a top-of-the-line build with a SRAM XX1 drivetrain and DT Swiss XMC 1200 wheels.
For more information visit the Canyon website.