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.

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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 size XS S M L XL
Seat tube length (mm) 400 400 445 480 520
Top tube length (mm) 558 581 603 626 654
Head tube length (mm) 88 100 102 112 143
Head tube angle (degrees) 67 67 67,5 67,5 67,5
Seat tube angle (degrees) 74,5 74,5 74,5 74,5 74,5
Chainstay length (mm) 430 430 440 440 440
Wheelbase (mm) 1,121 1,145 1,166 1,190 1,222
Stack (mm) 577 588 613 622 651
Reach (mm) 398 418 433 453 473
Stem (mm) 60 60 60 60 60
Handlebar width (mm) 740 740 760 760 760
Trail (mm) 95 95 99 99 99
Crank length (mm) 170 170 175 175 175
Wheel size  27.5 27.5 29 29 29

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
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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
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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
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