No Routine: Canyon Launches the New Spectral

STORY BY Megan Hughes 11th December 2017

Get up. Go to work. Come home. Go to bed. Repeat. The routine is the enemy. Try again. Get up. Go to work. Leave early. Go ride. Better. It’s a stretch to guarantee that a bike can change how someone lives, but it can help. The new Canyon Spectral was developed by riders, for riders, to have the most fun riding. To get people to say no to the routine and yes to the trails.

What makes a trail bike fun? Taking cues from the unique riding styles of Joe Barnes and the Dudes of Hazzard, the Canyon Development Team set out to find the right mixture of traction, control, handling and, above all, playfulness. To create a simple and robust bike that begs to be thrown through corners and fly down trail, while also being easy to service so mountain bikers can set, forget and just go ride. From suspension and geometry to wheel and tyre size, the all-new Spectral finds the right balance.

With 27.5” wheels, 2.4” or 2.6” rubber and a new linkage inspired by the Sender, the new Spectral is Canyon’s take on the modern trail bike. The progressive geometry uses 150 and 140 mm of front and rear travel respectively and will have riders ready to attack technical singletrack, while remaining easy to pedal to the trailhead.

The new Canyon Spectral is available in three versions, full carbon, carbon front and aluminium rear and full aluminium, with each version featuring a new integrated cable channel. The impact-resistant plastic cover integrates seamlessly into the frame to maintain a clean look that keeps cables safe and silent, while also making service simpler than ever.

Paying attention to the details, Canyon has developed two new bottle cage systems to work with the new lateral position of the shock, as well as a storage box that easily attaches within the frame. By integrating the seatpost clamp and introducing a new sealed bearing concept, Canyon has placed special emphasis on weatherproofing and longevity.

It’s design reflects this; simple, precise, dynamic. Performance and design belong together. The creative spark behind the new Spectral comes from Canyon’s in-house Design Team, a team who were awarded the title “Design Team of the Year” by the renowned jurors at Red Dot, becoming the first bike manufacturer ever to be singled out for the award.

The Canyon Spectral is now available to order. For more information on the bike, go to


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