As one of the most popular human-powered bikes in Canyon’s range, it’s no surprise the Neuron’s electric counterpart — the Neuron:ON — has been refreshed with an update that brings its aesthetics in line with its non-motorised carbon sibling, first released in 2019.
Most notably, the new model’s power supply is now integrated — the battery sitting sleekly inside the bike’s downtube rather than above it, in a move that Canyon claims should help improve frame stiffness and lower its centre of gravity. This should, it says, enhance how the Neuron:ON rides.
The top-spec Neuron:ON 9.0 mixes SRAM and Shimano components.Canyon
The frame still has a full alloy construction with 130mm of rear wheel travel for medium, large and extra large bikes (the XS and S bikes get 125mm of travel) — the rear suspension featuring Canyon’s triple-phase system that it claims is tuned to be supple to begin with, then with plenty of mid-stroke support and finally an increased amount of ramp-up for bottom-out resistance.
The XS and S bike feature a different kinematic to the larger bikes, too, so that they’re more linear. This, Canyon hopes, means that lighter or smaller riders will be able to run slightly higher spring rates on their shocks while still getting full travel.
The Neuron:ON has a standard Shimano STEPS display.Canyon
The Neuron:ON is built around Shimano’s E8000 motor with a 300% peak power assistance, 500Wh battery and bar-mounted display. Integrated into the bike’s top tube is the on button and a handy USB-C plug that’s been waterproofed so you can charge or power lights, GPS units and phones even when it’s wet.
However, the XS bike doesn’t have enough space for the USB-C port but does still have the integrated on/off button.
The battery can be charged on or off the bike and removed with a 4mm Allen key to undo the securing bolt located underneath the downtube.
The front end is purposeful.Canyon
The bike’s sold with a 2M charger that can charge the battery to 80 percent from empty in four hours and a full charge takes 7.5 hours. A 4M charger is also available that halves charge time.
The geometry remains unchanged for the new model except for a steeper seat-tube angle across all sizes: the XS and S bikes now have a 75-degree seat-tube angle, while medium and bigger sizes get a 74.5-degree angle.
The on/off button is located on the top of the top tube.Canyon
Canyon offers five sizes, from XS to XL, and claim the Neuron:ON can fit people between 153cm and 192cm tall. However, not all models are offered in all sizes.
Like a lot of bikes in Canyon’s range, the XS and S sizes use 27.5in wheels, while the medium, large and extra-large bikes have 29in hoops.
Elsewhere, the medium, large and extra-large bikes have 203mm disc rotors and a four-piston brake caliper up front with a two-piston caliper out back. The extra-small and small sizes get a 203mm front disc rotor but a smaller 180mm rear.
Its looks are an improvement over the outgoing model.Canyon
The bike also has — what Canyon claims is — an electric-mountain-bike-specific saddle dubbed the ‘SD:ON’. This has a large flat surface for spreading weight across the sit bones, while a raised rear shelf helps keep you sitting in the correct place on steep climbs.
Of course this is a band-aid solution to help reduce the symptoms of a slacker-than-ideal seat-tube angle, but it’s a nice touch nonetheless.
Canyon Neuron:ON geometry
Standout figures for the size large include a conservative 455mm reach, a 1197mm wheelbase, 67.5-degree head tube angle, 440mm chainstays and a 74.5-degree effective seat-tube angle.
The bike’s geometry is quite old-school.Canyon
Canyon Neuron:ON models and prices
The new Neuron:ON is priced between €3,599 and €4,499 and the range features four models and five colours.
Canyon Neuron:ON WMN 7.0
Frame: 6061 Aluminium frame, 125mm travel (sizes XS and S) / 130mm travel (size M)
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