The Canyon Neuron family gets a new, extra light-weight addition for 2020… Introducing the Canyon Neuron CF SLX Ltd. The new top-of-the-range Neuron gets a brand new carbon frame which saves a chunk of weight over its stablemates, a drool-worthy spec and a pretty awesome paint-job! We have all the most important info for you, right here!
The new Canyon Neuron CF SLX is lighter!
With a frame-only weight coming in at a claimed 2280 grams (size medium), the new Neuron CF SLX model is claimed to be 250 grams lighter than its predecessor. So, how did Canyon manage to shave off a quarter kilo from the frame alone? Canyon credit the weight saving to their use of special 40T UD (unidirectional) carbon fibre. As well as saving grams, the new carbon layup is said to be stiffer too, increasing the tensile strength of the mainframe and the rear triangle. The designers at Canyon decided to pay homage to the carbon by finishing the frame with a “Tinted Black” clear lacquer, that lets you gaze at the carbon layup beneath it whenever you feel the urge.
Features of the new Canyon Neuron CF SLX
The Neuron CF SLX retains the 130 mm travel of its stablemates in the Neuron family, and 29/27.5” wheels depending on size – sizes XS and S get the smaller 27.5” wheels, and sizes M/L/XL roll on 29” setups. The frame has space for a sideloading bottle cage inside the front triangle and features a steering limiter that Canyon call their “Impact Protection Unit”. The full-carbon frame has fully sealed bearings and a removable mount for a front derailleur, as well as Canyon’s “Quixle” quick-release thru-axle.
Fork FOX 34 Factory130 mm
Shock FOX FLOAT DPS Factory 130 mm
Brakes Shimano XTR 4-piston
Drivetrain Shimano XTR 12-speed
Seatpost FOX Transfer Factory
Stem Canyon V12 60 mm
Handlebar Canyon H23 Riser760 mm
Wheels DT Swiss XCM1200
Tires MAXXIS Forekaster 2.35″
Weight 11.7 kg
Price 5,999 €
Geometry of the new Canyon Neuron CF SLX
The geometry of the Neuron CF SLX stays the same as all the current Neuron CF builds, including the Neuron CF 8.0 which we reviewed earlier this year. Its geometry is certainly more conservative than radical and designed with the touring rider in mind. A comfortable yet sporty position for long days in the saddle was paramount, as this bike slots in somewhere between Canyon’s Lux XC bike and their Spectral trail/enduro all-rounder.
|Top tube||558 mm||581 mm||603 mm||626 mm||654 mm|
|Head tube||88 mm||100 mm||102 mm||112 mm||143 mm|
|Chainstays||430 mm||430 mm||440 mm||440 mm||440 mm|
|BB-Drop||38 mm||38 mm||38 mm||38 mm||38 mm|
|Wheelbase||1,121 mm||1,146 mm||1,167 mm||1,190 mm||1,222 mm|
|Reach||398 mm||418 mm||433 mm||453 mm||473 mm|
|Stack||578 mm||589 mm||614 mm||623 mm||651 mm|
The Neuron CF SLX looks like a welcome addition to Canyon’s 130 mm travel trail/touring platform. Its low weight is impressive and combined with its dream spec and low price, we expect this touring rocket to be a popular choice! For info on the Neuron CF SLX and the rest of the Neuron range head to canyon.com
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Words: Photos: Canyon