It seems that the talk of the town these days are XC bikes made to handle the changing expectations of racing.
Singletracks recently wrote in-depth about this topic, and Canyon is contributing to the conversation with their revised, World Cup ready, cross-country bike, the Lux.
Canyon’s base model of the new Lux, the CF SL 6.0 Pro Race starts with a 100mm Rock Shox Deluxe RLR for rear suspension and a 110mm Rock Shox Reba RL in the front.
The NX drivetrain is SRAM’s newest rendition of the 12-speed Eagle, but will have a grip shift on the Lux. DT Swiss X1900 wheels and SRAM Level TL brakes accompany the build, as well as a press-fit bottom bracket. Canyon says the full suspension bike weighs 26 pounds, but more impressively it’ll sell for $3,000 in the United States.
Canyon says that the bike is made for modern cross-country, but there’s no doubt that it remains a climbing-oriented machine, at least according to the geometry. The head angle stays at a conservative 69.5-degrees and the seat tube measures 74-degrees. The cockpit comes with an 80mm stem and 720mm wide handlebars.
On the upper end of the spectrum, the Lux CF SLX 9.0 Pro Race Team model comes specced with a Shimano XTR 12-speed drivetrain, DT Swiss XCR1200 carbon wheels, and the carbon edition of the KS Lev dropper post. Mathieu van der Poel and Pauline Ferrand Prevot will race this model on the World Cup XCO courses. In the US, it costs $6,500.
The suspension and geometry is slightly different on the CF SLX model, as it comes with a100mm travel, Fox 32 step-cast fork and a Fox Factory Float DPS 100mm rear shock. The fork steepens the geometry slightly to a 70-degree head angle and the seat angle to 74.5 degrees.
The slightly higher $3,500 price tag on the CF SLX does pay off significantly with a weight savings. It tips the scales under 22 pounds.
There are two other options that cost $4,200 and $6,000. Canyon expects all of the models to be available for purchase soon, but there is no definite date yet.