Regardless of solely being first launched in 2018 as Canyon’s debut electrical mountain bike, simply two years on the Spectral:ON is getting its first main replace.
The replace sees the mixing of the bike’s battery into its down tube, a full carbon entrance triangle with strengthened carbon bash guard and a few minor geometry tweaks.
There are 4 fashions within the Spectral:ON vary — read more about them in our news story here — however I bought to journey the top-tier 9.0 XTR and Fox outfitted bike that prices £6,499 / €6,999 / AU$11,049.
Canyon Spectral:ON 9.0 body particulars
Constructed from carbon fibre, the brand new Spectral:ON 9.0 is claimed to weigh 21.6kg out of the field, simply over a kilogram lighter than the outgoing bike.
As a result of the bike’s now constructed from carbon fibre, Canyon has managed to make it as stiff because the previous bike whereas nonetheless shedding weight. The underside of the bike has a strengthened carbon fibre bash guard.
There’s an built-in on/off button on the bike’s high tube that additionally encompasses a USB-C port that’s waterproof.
The swingarm is made out of 6061 alloy and has a QUIXLE rear axle.
Canyon Spectral:ON 9.0 battery and motor particulars
The bike’s chassis is constructed round a Shimano STEPS E8000 motor with peak help of 300 per cent, 70Nm of torque and a 504Wh battery that, Canyon claims, can last as long as 100km in Eco mode.
Canyon Spectral:ON 9.0 suspension particulars
With 150mm of rear-wheel journey, Canyon tuned the bike’s kinematics to work with a coil shock that naturally will get tougher because it compresses by making the leverage ratio pretty linear.
It’s additionally diminished the anti-squat determine to 70 per cent, which implies that the rear finish needs to be extra energetic beneath energy, absorbing bumps whereas the rider is pedalling. This, it says, ought to give the bike extra grip and make it extra snug over tough terrain.
The Spectral:ON 9.0 is fitted with a Fox DPX2 rear shock with a lockout perform, low-speed compression regulate and rebound adjustment.
Up entrance is a 150mm journey Fox 36 Manufacturing facility Float fork with the FIT4 damper that additionally has a lockout perform and low-speed regulate with a single low-speed rebound adjuster.
Canyon Spectral:ON 9.0 geometry particulars
The scale giant I examined has a 435mm lengthy chainstay, a 66.5-degree head tube angle and a 74.5-degree digital seat tube angle. These are joined by a 1,221mm wheelbase and a 465mm attain.
The bike runs a mullet wheel arrange with a 27.5in wheel on the rear and 29in on the entrance.
Canyon says it’s elevated the bike’s stack top by including an extended head tube throughout the vary of sizes. This was after rider suggestions indicated that greater entrance ends have been higher for harder descents.
Canyon Spectral:ON 9.0 parts and specs
This top-of-the-range bike is claimed to weigh roughly 21.6kg and is decked out with some top-spec equipment.
Each the brakes and groupset are Shimano XTR and there’s a Fox Transfer Factory dropper post.
It’s specced with Reynolds TRe carbon wheels and Canyon’s all-in-one CF:ON CP0012 bar and stem.
There are Maxxis DHF and DHRII Large Path tyres and Canyon’s electrical mountain bike saddle, the SD:ON.
Canyon Spectral:ON 9.0 journey impressions
Canyon invited me out to Barcelona to journey the brand new Spectral:ON on the pure trails surrounding La Poma bike park.
The paths have been dry and grippy because of a sandy soil sort and interspersed sandstone rocks that additionally offered loads of traction.
I managed to get a stable journey on the Spectral:ON and even rode the identical path greater than as soon as.
Canyon Spectral:ON 9.0 climbing efficiency
The dominating aspect of the bike on the climbs is the motor, as is the case with most electrical bikes. The help offered by Shimano’s E8000 motor is predictable and comparatively straightforward to handle.
In Eco and Path modes there’s a marked hole between after I began pedalling and when the motor engaged. This may be irritating on techy climbs, particularly if I wanted to pause pedalling to keep away from hanging the cranks or pedals on a rock, as a result of the bike’s weight requires vital power and talent to manoeuvre with out the motor’s help.
In Enhance mode that is much less of a difficulty. After I finished pedalling, the motor continued to supply help for a brief time frame, serving to me recover from tough obstacles as I re-aligned the cranks.
I managed to finish a 27.3km journey with 1,250m of climbing on one single cost, and with considered one of 5 battery indicator bars nonetheless remaining. This was in blended mode utilization with a number of quick bursts in Enhance.
The seat tube angle feels prefer it could possibly be steeper nonetheless. Due to the bike’s deliberately excessive stack and 27.5in rear wheel it feels just like the rear finish sits fairly low and the bars excessive.
Whereas that is nice on the descents, I did discover myself compensating by angling the seat nostril down and pushing it as far forwards within the seatpost’s rails as potential.
Though Canyon’s SD:ON saddle does a great job of masking the slack seat tube angle, because of the massive raised part on the rear, this does really feel like a band-aid repair.
This bike was constructed from the bottom up on a completely new chassis, so Canyon might have elevated the seat tube angle with none payoffs.
Regardless of having the seat forwards on the rails when climbing seated, I felt just like the 50mm efficient stem size and high tube meant that there was loads of room.
Conversely, the attain determine made standing pedalling somewhat cramped and I’d have favored this to be a bit longer to really feel genuinely snug. I’m solely 178cm tall and wanted to journey a measurement giant to be snug.
Total, the Spectral:ON feels very settled on climbs, even when gradients have been impressively steep.
The entrance wheel did surprise when my focus lapsed, however usually talking the bike was straightforward to manage and level within the appropriate route.
The 27.5in rear wheel and tyre offered loads of grip and the suspension felt significantly supple on flat and climbing sections – each of those components helped me to climb rapidly and proficiently.
Canyon Spectral:ON 9.0 descending efficiency
The Spectral:ON took some time to arrange appropriately for the descents and I ended up counting on greater shock and fork pressures than really useful to maintain the bike propped up in its journey.
I additionally added a good quantity of low-speed compression to the rear shock to assist this additional. I did discover the FIT4 fork damper to be underwhelming at greatest, nonetheless, and relied on spring strain slightly than the damping changes to maintain it performing how I needed.
As soon as it was arrange, although, it rode confidently and playfully with loads of help from the bike’s suspension. This made it straightforward to push laborious by way of turns and up take-offs in addition to by way of tough sections of path.
The journey traits lean in the direction of playful slightly than planted, however that’s no dangerous factor. This seems like it’s generated by the mullet wheel configuration for probably the most half and it’s straightforward to provoke drifts round turns after which maintain them there predictably.
Though, when the dial will get turned as much as 11, greater speeds do spotlight some limitations of the bike’s geometry.
Whereas the chassis’ development eggs you on, the geometry can maintain you again; the quick chainstays, comparatively quick attain and pretty steep head angle do point out that this bike is a rugged path bike slightly than an enduro or all-mountain rig.
However so long as you’re using the kinds of trails the geometry is designed for there are not any issues. The low-slung weight of the motor additionally helped the bike to really feel extra managed and extra secure than it might have achieved in any other case.
The Canyon CF:ON CP0012 bar and stem felt good and the rise and sweep have been spot-on for my tastes.
Nonetheless, the paths I rode weren’t tough sufficient for me to have the ability to touch upon whether or not they have been too stiff or nicely damped. Extra testing on rougher trails ought to present some decisive evaluation right here.
Canyon Spectral:ON 9.0 backside line
On the delightfully grippy and pleasurable trails in Spain, the Spectral:ON 9.0 confirmed itself to be a tremendously enjoyable bike to journey, particularly once you’re cruising or not using as quick as you may.
Do the updates to the Spectral:ON translate to success on the path? The geometry encourages a playful manner on the bike and the way in which it rips is undoubtedly helped by its low-slung weight.
Total, it’s a enjoyable shredder — one thing that an electrical mountain bike most likely ought to try to be — nevertheless it’s by no means going to be a path destroying machine because of geometry limitations.