Canyon releases carbon version of Neuron — everything you need to know

Trickle-down upgrades to frame hardware and improved builds throughout range

Canyon has today launched a carbon version of its much-loved Neuron 130mm travel do-it-all trail bike. Alongside its new carbon frame, the Neuron CF range features a host of other upgrades to frame hardware, and improved builds.

Canyon has also released the Neuron:ON, an e-bike version of the bike, but we’ll have more on that later.

Canyon Neuron CF

Canyon Neuron CF vs Canyon Neuron AL

Getting the inevitable out of the way to start, and in keeping with wider industry trends, the Neuron has got a touch longer, lower and slacker for 2019.

The head tube angle is 67 degrees for the size small and extra small bikes, steepening just a touch to 67.5 degrees for larger sized bikes. The seat angle remains a constant 74.5 degrees throughout the size range.

The stack and reach have also grown a touch, with the reach coming in at 433mm on a size medium.

The 130mm travel is comparable to other similarly-minded bikes on the market, but the geometry isn’t particularly wild in the wider context of the modern mountain bike market.

This is in keeping with Canyon’s approach to geometry on its other bikes and fits in with its aim to make the Neuron a more accessible do-it-all platform for most riders — there are rowdier options, even in Canyon’s own lineup, for dedicated riders who prefer a bigger bike.

Canyon Neuron CF geometry chart

Frame sizeXSSMLXL
Seat tube length (mm)400400445480520
Top tube length (mm)558581603626654
Head tube length (mm)88100102112143
Head tube angle (degrees)676767,567,567,5
Seat tube angle (degrees)74,574,574,574,574,5
Chainstay length (mm)430430440440440
Wheelbase (mm)1,1211,1451,1661,1901,222
Stack (mm)577588613622651
Reach (mm)398418433453473
Stem (mm)6060606060
Handlebar width (mm)740740760760760
Trail (mm)9595999999
Crank length (mm)170170175175175
Wheel size 27.527.5292929

Triple Phase dominates

As with all of its new mountain bikes, Canyon has adopted its 'triple phase' suspension layout on the new Neuron.

This is essentially a fancy way of marketing the contemporary bike-tester's favourite phrase, describing a suspension curve that is "active off the top of the stroke, supportive in the middle, but ramps up nicely towards the end of the travel."

(If none of that made sense to you, a good explainer on common suspension concepts can be found in our ultimate guide to mountain bike suspension.)

As with the Lux, the new suspension layout — which sees the shock slung below the top tube — is said to transmit forces more directly into the shock, allowing Canyon to reduce weight and wear on the linkages.

As is expected, the tune on the shock is tailored to smaller and lighter riders on the size small and extra small bikes. The same is claimed to be done to the layup of the frame, with larger sizes gaining a touch more material to maintain the same level of stiffness as smaller sizes.

On that note, both the extra small and small bikes use 27.5-inch wheels, and larger sizes move up to 29-inch wheels. Bar width and stem length also change proportionally with size.

Interestingly, both the 27.5- and 29-inch-sized bikes use a 29er fork with a 51mm offset.

Many brands are moving to shorter offsets because, in some scenarios, they can provide more stable handling, but Canyon has opted for the more traditional offset in a bid to keep the handling nimble and engaging.

Improved frame hardware

The bearings are, supposedly, filled with a highly water-resistant grease
The bearings are, supposedly, filled with a highly water-resistant grease

The hardware of the frame has also been improved, with double-sealed bearings that are filled with what Canyon claims to be a particularly hard-wearing and water resistant grease.

Interestingly, the bearing layout on the main pivot is asymmetrical, with an additional bearing added to the driveside to help cope with the additional loads put through the suspension links by the drivetrain. These forces are increased due to the higher-than-average levels of anti-squat built into the suspension design.

As with all of its carbon bikes, the Neuron features a bump stop to prevent damage to the top tube
As with all of its carbon bikes, the Neuron features a bump stop to prevent damage to the top tube

As with all of Canyon’s carbon mountain bikes, the Neuron features a knock-block style headset bump stop that prevents the bars from over-rotating and damaging the top tube in the event of a crash.

Fans of not-hating-themselves will also be delighted to see that the Neuron employs a good ol’ threaded bottom bracket. This is particularly notable because neither the recently updated Lux or Spectral use a threaded bottom bracket.

The quixle system hides the lever inside the thru-axle
The quixle system hides the lever inside the thru-axle

The bike also adopts Canyon’s Quixle thru-axle system, which sees a folding lever stowed away inside the thru-axle itself.

Fiddle-free cable routing

No internal cable routing woes here
No internal cable routing woes here

A particular highlight of the build is Canyon’s solution to cable routing. There’s no denying that hidden cables can make for a clean-looking bike, but any mechanic will be all too happy to tell you any number of internally-routed horror stories.

As with the Spectral, the Neuron features a large plate that bolts onto the down tube. This shrouds the cables, keeping the lines of the bike clean and protects them from damage all while making maintenance a lot less painful.

A very Canyon-like Canyon

Finally, ‘design language’ has been a particularly popular buzzphrase throughout Canyon’s launches this year and the new Neuron CF is unmistakably ‘Canyon’. The bike has adopted a silhouette that is largely similar to many of its bikes, defined largely by the kinked down tube before the head tube and the flat-mounted shock as seen on the Lux.

Canyon Neuron limited edition clothing

If you've been left wanting by other bike launches that didn't include a range of matching kit, then the Neuron is the bike for you with a jersey and socks in both men's and women's options available to accompany the bike. What more could you ask for?!

Canyon Neuron CF range overview — price, specs, details

In typically Canyon-like fashion, all of the bikes in the Neuron CF range present, on paper at least, stupendous value for money, with bikes starting at £2,449 for the Neuron CF 8.0 and rising to £5,099 for the top-end Neuron CF 9.0 Unlimited build.

Glancing at the spec lists, the Neuron CF 9.0 SL stands out in particular, with a full X01 Eagle groupset, a Fox 34 Performance Elite fork and, most notably, Reynolds TR309 carbon rims for just £3,349 / $4,799 / €3,699 / AU$5,399

Neuron CF 8.0

Canyon Neuron CF 8.0
Canyon Neuron CF 8.0

Canyon Neuron CF 8.0
Canyon Neuron CF 8.0

  • Fork: Fox 34 Rhythm
  • Shock: Fox Performance Float DPS LV
  • Groupset: SRAM GX Eagle
  • Brakes: SRAM Guide T
  • Wheels: DT Swiss M1900 30/25mm
  • Tyres: Maxxis Forekaster
  • Crankset: Truvativ Stylo 6K
  • Cockpit: Canyon Iridium
  • Saddle: Canyon Iridium Trail
  • Seatpost: Canyon Iridium Dropper
  • Colours: Stealth, Flash Blue
  • £2,449 / $3,499 / €2,699 / AU$3,949

Neuron CF WMN 8.0

Canyon Neuron CF WMN 8.0
Canyon Neuron CF WMN 8.0

Canyon Neuron CF WMN 8.0
Canyon Neuron CF WMN 8.0

  • Frame: Canyon Neuron CF
  • Fork: Fox 34 Rhythm
  • Shock: Fox Performance Float DPS LV
  • Groupset: SRAM GX Eagle
  • Brakes: SRAM Guide T
  • Wheels: DT Swiss M1900 30/25mm
  • Tyres: Maxxis Forekaster
  • Crankset: Truvativ Stylo 6K
  • Cockpit: Canyon Iridium
  • Saddle: Canyon Iridium WMN Trail
  • Seatpost: Canyon Iridium Dropper
  • Colours: Rapid Grey, Candy Red
  • £2,449 / $3,499 / €2,699 / AU$3,949

Neuron CF 9.0

Canyon Neuron CF 9.0
Canyon Neuron CF 9.0

Canyon Neuron CF 9.0
Canyon Neuron CF 9.0

  • Frame: Canyon Neuron CF
  • Fork: Fox 34 Performance
  • Shock: Fox Performance Float DPS LV
  • Groupset: Shimano Deore XT
  • Brakes: Shimano SLX
  • Wheels: DT Swiss M1501 30/25mm
  • Tyres: Maxxis Forekaster
  • Crankset: Shimano Deore XT
  • Cockpit: Canyon Iridium
  • Saddle: Canyon Iridium Trail
  • Seatpost: Canyon Iridium Dropper
  • Colours: Stealth, Matcha Green
  • £2,899 / $N/A / €3,199 / AU$4,649

Neuron CF WMN 9.0

Canyon Neuron CF WMN 9.0
Canyon Neuron CF WMN 9.0

Canyon Neuron CF WMN 9.0
Canyon Neuron CF WMN 9.0

  • Frame: Canyon Neuron CF
  • Fork: Fox 34 Performance
  • Shock: Fox Performance Float DPS LV
  • Groupset: SRAM X01/GX Eagle
  • Brakes: SRAM Guide R
  • Wheels: DT Swiss M1501 30/25mm
  • Tyres: Maxxis Forekaster
  • Crankset: Truvativ Stylo 6K
  • Cockpit: Canyon Iridium
  • Saddle: Ergon SM10 Sport Women
  • Seatpost: Canyon Iridium Dropper
  • Colours: Rapid Grey, Candy Red
  • £2,799 / $3,999 / €3,099 / AU$4,449

Neuron CF 9.0 SL

Canyon Neuron CF 9.0 SL
Canyon Neuron CF 9.0 SL

Canyon Neuron CF 9.0 SL
Canyon Neuron CF 9.0 SL

  • Frame: Canyon Neuron CF
  • Fork: Fox 34 Performance Elite
  • Shock: Fox Performance Float DPS LV
  • Groupset: SRAM X01 Eagle
  • Brakes: SRAM Guide R
  • Wheels: Reynolds TR309 30mm
  • Tyres: Maxxis Forekaster
  • Crankset: Truvativ Stylo 7K
  • Cockpit: Canyon V12/H13
  • Saddle: Canyon Iridium Trail
  • Seatpost: Fox Transfer Performance Elite
  • Colours: Stealth, Flash Blue
  • £3,349 / $4,799 / €3,699 / AU$5,399

Neuron CF 9.0 Unlimited

Canyon Neuron CF 9.0 Unlimited
Canyon Neuron CF 9.0 Unlimited

  • Frame: Canyon Neuron CF
  • Fork: Fox 34 Factory
  • Shock: Fox Factory Kashima Float DPS LV
  • Groupset: SRAM X01 Eagle
  • Brakes: SRAM Guide RSC
  • Wheels: DT Swiss XMC1200 30mm
  • Tyres: Maxxis Forekaster
  • Crankset: SRAM X01 Eagle Carbon
  • Cockpit: Canyon V12/H21 Carbon
  • Saddle: Fizik Traiga
  • Seatpost: Fox Transfer Factory
  • Colours: Stealth, Carbon Blue
  • £5,099 / $N/A / €5,599 / AU$8,149

Neuron CF SLX 9.0 Unlimited US (US only)

Canyon Neuron CF 9.0 Unlimited US
Canyon Neuron CF 9.0 Unlimited US

  • Frame: Canyon Neuron CF
  • Fork: Fox 34 Factory
  • Shock: Fox Factory Kashima Float DPS LV
  • Groupset: SRAM XX1
  • Brakes: SRAM Guide Ultimate
  • Wheels: DT Swiss XMC1200 30mm
  • Tyres: Maxxis Forekaster
  • Crankset: SRAM X01 Eagle Carbon
  • Cockpit: Canyon V12/H21 Carbon
  • Saddle: Fizik Traiga
  • Seatpost: Fox Transfer Factory
  • Colours: Stealth, Carbon Blue
Jack Luke

Staff Writer, UK
Jack has been riding and fettling with bikes for his whole life. Always in search of the hippest new niche in cycling, Jack is a self-confessed gravel dork and thinks nothing of bivouacking on a beach after work. Also fond of cup and cone bearings, skids and tan wall tyres.
  • Discipline: Long days in the saddle by either road or mountain bike
  • Preferred Terrain: Happiest when on a rural road by the coast or crossing a remote mountain pass. Also partial to a cheeky gravel adventure or an arduous hike-a-bike.
  • Current Bikes: Custom Genesis Croix de Fer all road adventure wagon, Niner EMD 9.
  • Dream Bike: A rigid 44 Bikes Marauder, all black please.
  • Beer of Choice: Caesar Augustus
  • Location: Bristol, UK

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