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We’ve been riding and testing the Canyon Neuron:ON 7.0. With 130 mm travel, 27,” or 29″ wheels and plenty of power from the Shimano Steps E8000 motor, there’s lots to like with the brand new Canyon Neuron:ON. How does this E-Trailbike ride? We’ve had the chance to do some thorough testing and have all the details for you here.
Canyon Neuron:ON: Key facts and pricing
|Area of Use||Trail, All-Mountain|
|Travel||130 mm/130 mm|
|Wheel Size||27.5ʺ, 29ʺ|
|Battery Capacity||500 Wh|
|Weight (w/o Pedals)||21.7 kg|
The new Neuron:ON marks the second of Canyon’s e-bikes and is a purpose built trail rider. This e-bike is designed to be less about the frills and more about the substance. The lightweight (21.7 kg for a size L) E-Trailbike offers 130 mm travel and rolls on speedy 29” wheels. There are some interesting things going on with the suspension kinematics. According to the project manager for Canyon, Philipp Klein, the suspension offers great sensitivity with a linear stroke throughout the travel. We’re also enthused by the USB port on the top tube. This feature provides a convenient way to charge your phone, or, with its 2 A output, can power your headlights on the trail. The smart USB module draws its power from the 500 Wh battery. Even though the port is somewhat exposed in its current position, we think that this is a practical and useful idea. Powerful lights offer improved safety and increase the practicality and value of an E-Moutainbike. Along with three men’s models there will also be two women’s bikes. There’s one quirk, with both the size XS and S fitted with 27.5” wheels.
- Frame material Aluminium
- Travel 130 mm (front) / 130 mm (back)
- Supension system four bar
- Wheel size 29″
- Special Features USB port on the top tube, semi integrated battery
- Weight 21,7 kg (Size L, manufacturer information)
- Colours black / red / blue
- Sizes XS / S / M / L / XL
- Motor Shimano Steps E8000
- Battery Shimano 500 Wh
- Available from now on
Pricing: Neuron:ON 5.0: 3.299 € (RRP) | Neuron:ON 5.0 WMN: 3.299 € (RRP) | Neuron:ON 6.0: 3.799 € (RRP) | Neuron:ON 6.0 WMN: 3.799 € (RRP) | Neuron:ON 7.0: 4.299 € (RRP)
The engineers at Canyon have designed the geometry with comfort in mind. The position on the bike is very central and upright. The 130 mm travel is supple and sensitive and the shock at the rear is actuated with linear suspension kinematics. In comparison, the Canyon Spectral:ON was designed with significantly more progressive kinematics – faster riders love this kind of design.
Measured standover: 740 mm (Size L)
|Body size (XX cm - XX cm)||157 – 166||166 – 174||174 – 183||183 – 191||191 – 200|
|Seat high (mm)||640 – 736||650 – 746||685 – 806||725 – 846||765 – 886|
|Seattube length (mm)||420||430||440||480||520|
|Top tube length (mm)||565||586||611||635||659|
|Head tube length (mm)||95||100||110||125||140|
|Head tube angle (°)||66.3||66.3||67.5||67.5||67.5|
|Seat tube angle (°)||74||74||74||74||74|
|Standover hight (mm)||760||764||779||785||788|
|Neuon:ON 5.0||Neuon:On 5.0 WMN||Neuron:ON 6.0||Neuron:ON 6.0 WMN||Neuron:ON 7.0|
|Frame||Rahmen||Canyon M093 Neuron:ON / Alloy 6066 / Semi-Integrierte Shimano Batterie / Size Split (XS/ S: 27.5" / M - XL: 29") / Skid- und Taco Plate, 130 mm FW||Canyon M093 Neuron:ON / Alloy 6066 / Semi-Integrierte Shimano Batterie / Size Split (XS/ S: 27.5" / M - XL: 29") / Skid- und Taco Plate, 130 mm FW||Canyon M093 Neuron:ON / Alloy 6066 / Semi-Integrierte Shimano Batterie / Size Split (XS/ S: 27.5" / M - XL: 29") / Skid- und Taco Plate, 130 mm FW|
|Fork||Gabel||RockShox Recon RL||RockShox Recon RL||Fox 34 Float Rhythm||Fox 34 Float Rhythm||Fox 34 Float Performance|
|Shock||Dämpfer||RockShox Deluxe R||RockShox Deluxe R||Fox DPS Performance||Fox DPS Performance||Fox DPS Performance|
|Shifter||Schalthebel||Shimano Deore M6000||Shimano Deore M6000||Shimano SLX M7000||Shimano SLX M7000||Shimano XT M8000|
|Derailleur||Schaltwerk||Shimano XT M786||Shimano XT M786||Shimano XT M8000 GS||Shimano XT M8000 GS||Shimano XT M8000 GS|
|Cassette||Kassette||Shimano Deore HG50-10||Shimano Deore HG50-10||Shimano SLX M7000||Shimano SLX M7000||Shimano XT M8000|
|Cranks||Kurbel||Shimano E8000||Shimano E8000||Shimano E8000||Shimano E8000||Shimano E8000|
|Brakes||Bremse||Shimano MT500||Shimano MT500||Shimano MT500||Shimano MT500||Shimano XT M8000|
|Wheel front||Vorderrad||Shimano Deore, HB-MT400 / E-Thru Axle 110 x 15 mm||Shimano Deore, HB-MT400 / E-Thru Axle 110 x 15 mm||Shimano Deore, HB-M6010 / E-Thru Axle 110 x 15 mm||Shimano Deore, HB-M6010 / E-Thru Axle 110 x 15 mm||Shimano XT, HB-M8010 / E-Thru Axle 110 x 15 mm|
|Wheel rear||Hinterrad||Shimano Deore, FH-MT400|
- E-Thru Axle 148 x 12 mm
|Shimano Deore, FH-MT400|
- E-Thru Axle 148 x 12 mm
|Shimano Deore, FH-M6010 / E-Thru Axle 148 x 12 mm||Shimano Deore, FH-M6010 / E-Thru Axle 148 x 12 mm||Shimano XT, FH-M8010 / E-Thru Axle 148 x 12 mm|
|Tire front||Vorderreifen||Schwalbe Hans Dampf||Schwalbe Hans Dampf||Schwalbe Hans Dampf||Schwalbe Hans Dampf||Schwalbe Hans Dampf|
|Tire rear||Hinterreifen||Schwalbe Nobby Nic||Schwalbe Nobby Nic||Schwalbe Nobby Nic||Schwalbe Nobby Nic||Schwalbe Nobby Nic|
|Seat||Sattel||Canyon SD:ON||Canyon SD:ON WMN||Canyon SD:ON||Canyon SD:ON WMN||Canyon SD:ON|
|Seatpost||Sattelst√ºtze||Iridium||Iridium||Iridium||Iridium||Fox Performance Transfer Post|
|Bar||Lenker||Race Face Ride / Riser / 35 mm clamp||Race Face Ride / Riser / 35 mm clamp||Race Face Ride / Riser / 35 mm clamp||Race Face Ride / Riser / 35 mm clamp||Race Face Ride / 35 mm|
|Stem||Vorbau||Race Face Ride||Race Face Ride||Race Face Ride||Race Face Ride||Race Face Ride|
|Motor||Motor||Shimano Steps E8000||Shimano Steps E8000||Shimano Steps E8000||Shimano Steps E8000||Shimano Steps E8000|
|Battery||Akku||Shimano Steps BT-E8010 / 504 Wh||Shimano Steps BT-E8010 / 504 Wh||Shimano Steps BT-E8010 / 504 Wh||Shimano Steps BT-E8010 / 504 Wh||Shimano Steps BT-E8010 / 504 Wh|
|Power||Leistung||250 W||250 W||250 W||250 W||250 W|
|Price (RRP)||Preis (UVP)||3299 €||3299 €||3799 €||3799 €||4299 €|
Supernova M99 Mini
The optional Supernova M99 Mini lamp can be connected to the USB port on the top tube. It has an intensity of 1150 lux and does a good job at illuminating the trail.
Motor & Battery
The Shimano Steps E8000 motor was introduced in 2016 and since then has started popping up on more and more E-Bikes. The 2.8kg motor is definitely one of the lighter systems available and together with the ergonomic controls, it’s an intuitive system to use. Along with its stellar performance, the popularity of the Shimano motor is likely also due to its small volume. The compact dimensions free up the design of the frame allowing agile geometries and kinematics to be engineered. Chainstays don’t have to be excessively long because cranks are mounted fairly centrally in the motor unit, meaning that the dimensions are usually similar to a non-motorised bike. Finally, the 175mm Q-factor is narrower than many competitors on the market.
Three assistance modes – ECO, TRAIL and BOOST – cover all eventualities during your rides. ECO reduces the power, but you’ll get increased range. The dynamic TRAIL mode modulates the power up to 60% of the maximum power, depending on what’s required. Software analyses your pedal strokes to determine how much assistance is required at any given moment. Pedalling in this mode feels particularly natural and the mode offers a good compromise between support and range. BOOST puts the pedal to the metal and always delivers the maximum available power. The Shimano Steps E8000 delivers a maximum 70Nm torque and we have never experienced any overheating problems.
The display can only be described in one way – excellent. The unit is small, robust, well finished and mounted in a protected place just behind the bars. That’s how it should be. Wherever you’re riding the high contrast and high saturation LCD panel is easy to read and understand. The display tells you which gear you are in and colour codes the different assistance modes to let you know which you are using. Using Bluetooth and a companion smartphone app you can adjust settings to your taste. If you want to know your cadence – you can show that on the display. The combination of a compact motor, powerful assistance and the brilliant display makes the Shimano Steps system one to look out for if you’re in the market for an E-Bike.
- Motor: Shimano Steps E8000
- Batery: 500 Wh
- Power: max. 250 Watt
- Torque: 70 Nm
- Display: Shimano Steps SC-E8000
33,8 km / 713 metres vertical ascent
1 h 25 min
Quoted figures for range tend to be on the optimistic side so we like to test bikes for ourselves, draining a whole battery and seeing how far the bike will go. For this test we managed 33.8 km and 713 metres of ascending, staying in the highest power setting throughout. Please note that these values in no way represent rigorous or normalised testing, instead they should be seen as ballpark figures. Using lower assistance modes increases the range significantly too.
You can view the exact details of our test ride with the Canyon Neuron:ON 7.0 here.
There are two noticeable features on the new Canyon Neuron:ON 7.0: the large 29” wheels and the two-tone paint job. The black and blue paint is matt and is complemented by glossy logos. There’s a smooth transition between the two colours which creates a harmonious overall look. All in all, the aluminium frame looks and feels high quality, up to date and ready to ride. The company has fitted the bike with Fox suspension. A Fox 34 Float Performance air fork is fitted at the front and a matching Fox DPS Performance shock at the back. These provide a balanced and capable suspension setup with 130 mm travel.
The motor, transmission, gearing and brakes all come from Shimano. The Canyon Neuron:ON is powered by the capable Shimano Steps E8000 which delivers 75 Nm torque and draws its juice from a 500 Wh battery. A complete Shimano XT groupset shifts the 11-gears quickly and accurately. Shimano XT brakes provide the stopping power, though unfortunately they are matched with rather diminutive 180 mm disc rotors. The tyres are a mix of items from Schwalbe. The front is fitted with the precise Hans Dampf, while the rear is fitted with high-traction and grippy Nobby Nics. The ergonomic saddle completes the package nicely.
On The Trail
Despite the short chainstays, it still climbs really well.
We were initially a little sceptical about the 440 mm chainstays, as eMTBs tend to lift at the front – especially on steeper ramps – when they are this short. Thankfully we didn’t notice any signs of that with the Canyon Neuron:ON. The balanced geometry, large wheels and central position keep you in complete control, even on steep slopes. The power of the motor is transmitted to the ground by the Schwalbe Nobby Nic tyre at the back, allowing this E-Mountainbike to claw its way up loose ground too.
One big plus is the ergonomic saddle, which is designed specifically for the unique requirements of an E-Bike. The wide nose and raised end means you won’t slide off the back on steep terrain, as well as being able to keep the front wheel weighted. We quite honestly think this is a brilliant idea.
On rough trails, 130 mm isn’t enough.
After making your way uphill, you expect to be rewarded by a downhill. The Canyon Neuron:ON flew up the hill, but how quickly did it make its way back down? Of course, 130 mm travel is a little limited for hard downhills and the 760 mm bars a little narrow for technical downhill sections, but the E-MTB was still able to make its way down without fuss. The capable suspension and favourable roll-over of the 29” wheels flattened out rock gardens and roots as though they weren’t there.
In contrast to the progressive suspension of the Canyon Spectral:ON, the kinematics of the Neuron:ON are very linear. In practice this means that the suspension travel is also used linearly. The suspension doesn’t ramp up at the end of the stroke and retains its supple and sensitive behaviour deep into the travel. The only disadvantage is that if you’re riding fast on rough terrain, it’s relatively easy to bottom out the shock.
We were also disappointed by the small disc rotors on long downhill sections. 180 mm at the front and back is just too little for an E-Mountainbike.
The trail is where it belongs!
Smooth and flowing trails are where the Canyon Neuron:ON belongs. The comfortable E-MTB is an E-Trailbike par excellence and rolls quickly and happily along the trails. It can feel a little slow in the corners due to the long 1.20 m wheelbase, but it’s still extremely fun to ride, as we cruise through the forest with the Shimano Steps E8000 motor pushing us along.
- 180 mm rotors Public announcement: E-MTBs should always be fitted with 200 mm discs. This improves all braking characteristics and the weight increase is negligible.
- Narrow 760 mm bars For an E-Trailbike, especially a size L, and fitted with 29” wheels, we’d prefer to see wider bars (preferably 780 to 800 mm).
- Linear suspension The suspension is happy to use all of its travel and provides a very sensitive feel, so we would recommend running slightly less sag than usual. We’d say around 20% front and rear.
eMTB-News Summary: Canyon Neuron:ON 7.0
The Canyon Neuron:ON 7.0 is Canyon’s answer to those who are looking for comfort. The supple suspension offers a sensitive 130 mm of travel and the linear kinematics help that travel feel like more. Paired with the 29” wheels and their inherent stability, as well as their climbing and roll-over capabilities makes the Neuron:ON into a veritable little trail rocket.
The complete Shimano XT groupset and the competitive price of €4,299 makes the Canyon Neuron:ON a top recommendation for the price.
- Sensitive suspension
- High-quality paint and finishing
- USB port on the top tube
- E-Bike specific saddles
- good price-performance ratio
- 180 mm disc rotors
- Angular edges of the USB port
- 760 mm bars
What do you think of the Canyon Neuron:ON?
About the test
On our test runs we usually stay in the highest assistance mode and drain the battery completely at least once. We then publish our results on our Strava account.
Our loop has everything we need to test what our E-bikes are capable of:
- Tight uphill trails with roots, rocks and loam
- Flat trails with small climbing sections
- Fast and flowing downhills
- Long gravel trails up- and downhill
E-bikes are subjected to our route multiple times to allow us to draw our conclusions.
We tested the Canyon Neuron:ON 7.0 here:
- On the trails around Bamberg and Bad Kreuznach, Germany. The riding provides narrow and tight trails with technical rooty, rocky sections, steep and technical uphills as well as flowing downhills.
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I ride everything: E-Enduro, E-Trailbikes, hardtails, downhill, road – I enjoy it all, whether it’s E-assisted or not. I’ll admit that I do quite like having a motor on the uphills though. There’s lots to love about flowing trails; natural or built. The only thing I hate – switchbacks.
- Fahrstil / Riding style
- Verspielt und flowig / Flowing and playful
- Ich fahre hauptsächlich / I mainly ride
- E-Enduro, E-Trailbike, aber auch XCO, DH und Road / E-Enduro, E-Trailbike but also XCO, DH and road
- Vorlieben beim Fahrwerk / Preferred suspension setup
- Straff und schnell – ich möchte wissen, was unter mir passiert / Firm and reactive – I like feedback from the trail
- Vorlieben bei der Geometrie / Preferred geometry
- Langer Reach, kurzer Vorbau, breiter Lenker / Long reach, short stem, wide bars
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Canyon Neuron:ON 7.0 – Summary
- 0 to 120 mm Travel (Hardtails and Full-Suspension)
- 100 to 150 mm Travel (Hardtails and Full-Suspension)
- 120 to 150 mm Travel (Full-Suspension)
- 150 to 180 mm Travel (Full-Suspension)
- more than 180 mm Travel (Full-Suspension)
- Das hier angegebene Gewicht ist die Summe aus den Einzelgewichten (E-Bike, Fahrer, Rucksack usw.), welches bei unserem Reichweitentest zum Einsatz kam.
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