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We’ve finally managed to swing a leg over Canyon’s first E-Bike – the Canyon Spectral:ON. The brand’s first foray has produced an E-Trailbike with 150 mm travel and a Shimano motor unit. Along with its playful geometry and handling, the Canyon Spectral:ON impressed us with a few well thought out details. Here’s what we thought!
Canyon Spectral:ON – Summary
The Canyon Spectral:ON is a purebred E-Trailbike with 150 mm of travel.
The Canyon Spectral:ON is the first E-Bike that the brand have produced and was developed by the company over a period of three years. Emphasis was put on designing an eMTB that would retain its playful trail handling with short chainstays and 150 mm travel. The chassis is based on the recently updated Canyon Spectral, albeit powered by the compact Shimano Steps E8000 Motor unit. Canyon are focussed on competition, so it was essential to maintain that performance pedigree with the Spectral:ON. The design of this E-Bike involved 10 industrial designers – there’s absolutely no playing around here.
The chosen wheel sizes follow the current trend of the “wheel mullet” with a 29” wheel at the front and 27.5” + at the back. This, paired with excellent suspension kinematics creates a very agile E-Trailbike. Sit astride it and you’ll be perched on the new in-house E-Bike saddle from Canyon. The extended rails let you slide it far forwards and the additional volume at the back gives you a little extra grip when things get steep. The nose is wide and dropped, allowing you to move your weight forward without too much discomfort on steep climbs. The saddle is available in both a men’s and women’s version with different levels of padding.
The base of the motor is protected with a sturdy plate. An integrated chainguard protects not only your chainring, but also ensures that the frame doesn’t get caught on steep steps and can slide over them instead. The plate is strategically vented to ensure the motor doesn’t overheat.
The chainguard actually uses two different strengths of plastic to provide protection to your chainring. Handily, it also minimises the motor noise experienced whilst riding the Canyon Spectral:ON.
Price: from € 3799 | Bikemarkt: Canyon Spectral ON kaufen
It’s clear that the focus was on creating an agile and playful E-Trailbike the Canyon Spectral:ON – it’s definitely not a full-on racer. The geometry also reflects this. 430 mm chainstays ensure manoeuvrable and fun handling. A relatively long reach maintains stability and composure at high speeds. Adjustable geometry means you can change the bottom bracket height (+/-11mm) as well the head and seat angle (+/- 0.8). The bike is available in 5 sizes from XS to XL and all (except the XS, which uses 27.5” wheels at the front) maintain the wheel mullet configuration. The 740 mm bars and lowered standover height of the XS should pique the interest of smaller riders out there.
You can find the geometry here
|A||Sitzrohr||420 mm||430 mm||440 mm||480 mm||520 mm|
|B||Oberrohr (horizontal)||430 mm||597mm||616 mm||638 mm||660 mm|
|C||Steuerrohr||100 mm||95 mm||100 mm||112,5 mm||125 mm|
|D||Lenkwinkel||66°/66,8°||66,8°/ 67,6°||66,8°/ 67,6°||66,8°/ 67,6°||66,8°/ 67,6°|
|F||Kettenstrebenlänge||430 mm||430 mm||430 mm||430 mm||430 mm|
|G||Radstand||1151/1149 mm||1161/1159 mm||1183/1181 mm||1208/1206 mm||1233/1231 mm|
|H||Reach||405 mm||425 mm||445 mm||465 mm||485 mm|
|I||Stack||605 mm||618 mm||622 mm||634 mm||644 mm|
|J||Tretlagerabsenkung||20/9 mm||33/24 mm & 22/13 mm||33/24 mm & 22/13 mm||33/24 mm & 22/13 mm||33/24 mm & 22/13 mm|
|Federweg vorne||150 mm||150 mm||150 mm||150 mm||150 mm|
|Federweg hinten||150 mm||150 mm||150 mm||150 mm||150 mm|
|Dämpferlänge||230 mm||230 mm||230 mm||230 mm||230 mm|
|Sitzrohr Innendurchmesser||30.9 mm||30.9 mm||30.9 mm||30.9 mm||30.9 mm|
|Sattelstützenlänge||350 mm||400 mm||450 mm||450 mm||mm450|
|Sattelstützenhub||100 mm||125 mm||150 mm||150 mm||150 mm|
|Kurbellänge||165 mm||165 mm||165 mm||165 mm||165 mm|
|Vorbaulänge||40 mm||50 mm||50 mm||60 mm||60 mm|
Canyon hold fast to the maxim “Built for the task” when equipping their bikes. All versions of the bike are fitted with 4-piston brakes and 200 mm rotors front and rear and stiffened, E-Bike specific forks. Equally, the DT Swiss rims are also E-Bike specific. The second most expensive model, 8.0, has 160 mm travel forks, all the other models have 150 mm. Happily, dropper posts are fitted across the board – above a size M you’ll get a whole 150 mm of travel to play with. Things are finished off with 780 mm bars. The Canyon Spectral:ON comes in four different specs, with an additional two Spectral:ON WMN female specific versions available too.
|Model||SPECTRAL:ON 6.0||SPECTRAL:ON 7.0||SPECTRAL:ON 8.0||SPECTRAL:ON 9.0|
|Rahmen||Canyon M 0 64 Spectral:ON||Canyon M 0 64 Spectral:ON||Canyon M 0 64 Spectral:ON||Canyon M 0 64 Spectral:ON|
|Federgabel||Rock Shox Yari RC, 150 mm||Rock Shox Lyrik RC, 150 mm||Fox 36 Performance Elite, 160 mm||Fox 36 Factory, 150 mm|
|Dämpfer||RockShox Deluxe R||RockShox Deluxe R||Fox DPS Performance Elite||Fox DPS Factory|
|Schaltwerk||Shimano XT, 11s||Shimano XT, 11s||SRAM EX1, 8s||Shimano XT Di2, 11s|
|Schalthebel||Shimano SLX, 11s||Shimano XT, 11s||SRAM EX1, 8s||Shimano XT Di2, 11s|
|Bremsen||Magura MT Trail Sport 203/203 mm||Shimano Zee 203/203 mm||SRAM Code R 203/203 mm||Shimano Saint 203/203 mm|
|Laufräder||DT Swiss H1900 Spline||DT Swiss H1700 Spline||DT Swiss H1501 Spline||DT Swiss H1200 Spline|
|Vorderreifen||Schwalbe Magic Mary||Maxxis Minion DHF||Maxxis Minion DHF||Schwalbe Nobby Nic|
|Hinterreifen||Schwalbe Nobby Nic||Maxxis Minion DHR2||Maxxis Minion DHR2||Schwalbe Nobby Nic|
|Kassette||Shimano SLX CS-M7000 , 11s||Shimano SLX CS-M7000, 11s||Sram XG-899, 8s||Shimano SLX CS-M8000, 11s|
|Kurbeln||Shimano FC-E8000||Shimano FC-E8000||Shimano FC-E8050||Shimano FC-E8050|
|Vorbau||Race Face Aeffect R||Race Face Aeffect R||Race Face Aeffect R||Canyon V12|
|Lenker||Race Face Aeffect Riser||Race Face Aeffect Riser||Race Face Aeffect Riser||Canyon CF Riser|
|Sattel||Canyon SD:ON||Canyon SD:ON||Canyon SD:ON||Canyon SD:ON|
|Sattelstütze||Kind Shock Lev integra SI||Kind Shock Lev integra SI||Kind Shock Lev integra SI||Kind Shock Lev integra SI|
|Motor||Shimano DU-E8000||Shimano DU-E8000||Shimano DU-E8000||Shimano DU-E8000|
|Batterie||Shimano BT-E8010, 504 Wh||Shimano BT-E8010, 504 Wh||Shimano BT-E8010, 504 Wh||Shimano BT-E8010, 504 Wh|
|Fernbedienung||Shimano SW-E8000||Shimano SW-E8000||Shimano SW-E8000||Shimano SW-E8000|
|Display||Shimano SC-E8000||Shimano SC-E8000||Shimano SC-E8000||Shimano SC-E8000|
|Farben||stealth / green glow||stealth / green glow||stealth / green glow||stealth / green glow|
|Größe||27.5: XS | 29 & 27.5: S, M, L, XL||27.5: XS | 29 & 27.5: S, M, L, XL||27.5: XS | 29 & 27.5: S, M, L, XL||27.5: XS | 29 & 27.5: S, M, L, XL|
|Preis||3.799 €||4.299 €||4.999 €||5.999 €|
Motor & Battery
Canyon have used a Shimano Steps E8000 motor for the Spectral:ON. The low overall package volume means it’s possible to design a “pure” E-Mountainbike. The motor provides power at a low cadence and is always very responsive.
The battery is “semi-integrated” – the stock Shimano battery is decidedly large and bulky. With ease of use and user friendliness high on the list of priorities, having a removable battery means it’s possible to take a spare with you in your rucksack, extending your range and your adventure potential.
- Motor: Shimano Steps E8000
- Battery: 500 Wh
- Power: max. 250 Watt
- Display: Shimano Steps 8000
On the trail
On the way up, the E-Bike specific saddle developed by Canyon was very comfortable. We especially liked the wide and dropped, supportive nose that let us move our weight forward easily. Good thing too, as the short chainstays on the Canyon Spectral:ON mean the front has a tendency to lift – more so than we’ve been used to with similar bikes. Despite that, the 2.8” Maxxis Minion rear tyre works well, and we never experienced any lack of traction.
As soon as you start heading down the Canyon Spectral:ON becomes an absolute riot. The 150 mm travel rear suspension keeps the rear wheel stuck to the ground, yet manages to avoid bottoming out. The centre of gravity of the E-Bike is low, resulting in a good mix of stability and manoeuvrability. On tight sections the Spectral:ON showed itself to be agile and more than willing to drift around bends. The precise 2.5” Maxxis WT front tyre and grippy, wide rear one make all this easy and predictable. Unfortunately, the RockShox Yari on our test bike couldn’t quite keep up with the performance of the rear, running a little soft for our taste. However, the E-Bike will be supplied with Tokens so that you are able to tune the spring rate of the fork. The combination of Shimano motor and the jumps on the SRAM EX1 cassette also left us feeling like some gears were missing at times.
Sumary – Canyon Spectral:ON
Canyon have put together a bike that is wonderfully agile on the way down. Despite this it manages to maintain a feeling of security and thanks to the 29 x 2.5” front tyre has very precise steering. The eMTB lets you feel comfortable even on the hardest and steepest trails. However, the short chainstays mean the Spectral:ON requires a little more finesse when climbing, despite the huge traction offered by the 2.8” wide rear tyre. Overall, Canyon have put together a thoughtful, coherent and well-designed package, with the usual value for money that we associate with Canyon.
- E-Bike specific components
- Very good suspension
- Playful handling
- Value for money
- Front wheel has a tendency to lift on steep uphills
Video: Canyon Spectral:ON
About the test
We tested the Canyon Spectral:ON for a day on the challenging trails around Nice. The terrain varies from sandy ground, flowing wooded trails to rocky, technical descents and climbs. Canyon covered the costs for our visit to the press launch.
We tested the Canyon Spectral:ON here
- Nice/Provence: rough, rocky descent and uphills. Steep pedalling sections and downhills, tight switchbacks.
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Sebastian loves riding bicycles from all categories, from mountain bikes to road bikes. But most of all he likes riding his enduro or trail bike – with pleasure also under pressure of time during races. For a quick spin on the hometrails he of course also loves riding an eBike.
- Fahrstil / Riding style
- verspielt / playful
- Ich fahre hauptsächlich / I mainly ride
- Trail, Enduro, Park / Trail, Enduro, Park
- Vorlieben beim Fahrwerk / Preferred suspension setup
- recht straff mit Progression / pretty firm with progression
- Vorlieben bei der Geometrie / Preferred geometry
- relativ flacher Lenkwinkel, kurze Kettenstreben, langes Oberrohr mit kurzem Vorbau / slack headangle, short chainstays, long toptube with short stem
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- 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)
- max. Drehmoment zwischen 30 und 60 Nm, Akkukapazität unter 500 Wh
- max. Drehmoment zwischen 60 und 90 Nm, Akkukapazität über 500 Wh
- max. Drehmoment über 90 Nm, Akkukapazität über 500 Wh
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