THE SPECTRAL:ON USES A 29-INCH FRONT WHEEL AND 27.5 REAR WHEEL. WHY?
The mixed wheel size configuration allows you to have a shorter rear centre for playful handling, while the 29er front wheel gives you stable handling and the ability to roll over anything that gets in its way. For an aggressive trail bike, it’s an excellent combination of traits.
THE TIRE WIDTH HAS CHANGED ON THE SPECTRAL:ON. WHY?
The original Spectral:ON featured a 27.5×2.8 rear tire because we were looking to boost uphill climbing traction with the “plus-sized” tire. While the larger-volume tire did provide additional grip, the 2.8 tires also tended to wallow and feel vague when pushed hard while cornering.
Consequently, we’ve moved to a Maxxis 27.5×2.6-inch rear tire and a Maxxis 29×2.5 WT front tire. This tire width combination gives you more precise handling and is better suited to aggressive riding. And as for the climbing traction, we’ve gained it back by lengthening the Spectral:ON’s chainstays.
DO SPECTRAL:ON BIKES FEATURE ANY E-MTB SPECIFIC COMPONENTS?
We aim to hit that ideal balance between keeping the bike light, while also equipping it with parts that hold up to hard riding at high speeds. The result? A good number of carefully selected components that might be easy to overlook at first glance.
All of the Spectral:ON models feature 203 mm rotors and four-piston brakes (front and rear) for maximum stopping power. In fact, we equipped the frame with a 203 mm post mount, so there’s no need to use an adaptor in order run big rotors. It’s a cleaner design that also simply makes sense.
Wheels on e-MTBs take a lot of abuse. If you look at the spec sheet, you’ll see that the models are spec’d with either e-MTB-specific wheels or RaceFace rims paired with reliable Shimano hubs and DT Swiss spokes. The Shimano freehub bodies are made of steel, to better withstand with increased torque transferred to the freehub by the motor. Another subtle but important bit of kit is the Maxxis Minion DHR2 2.6 EXO+ rear tire, which we’ve spec’d across the line. That tyre’s reinforced casing provides good pinch-flat protection without adding much rotating weight to the bike.
Finally, we want to give riders the best performance from their suspension. Burly crowns, lowers, and stanchions are necessary here, which is why you’ll find either Fox 36 or RockShox Lyrik forks on all the Spectral:ON models.
WHAT ULTIMATELY SETS THE CANYON SPECTRAL:ON MODELS APART FROM OTHER E-MTBS?
TWO THINGS: RIDE QUALITY AND ATTENTION TO DETAIL.
We designed this bike, from the start, to be an absolute ripper. We wanted a bike that was both nimble and capable. The combination of progressive geometry, a proven four-bar suspension system, mixed wheel size, and outstanding, component spec sets the Spectral:ON apart from other e-MTBs out on the dirt.
The overall attention to detail also distinguishes the Spectral:ON. This is an incredibly streamlined bike with intuitive controls and a host of smart features that you don’t find on most models:
• A fibre-reinforced motor cover that not only shields the motor from rocks, but also serves as a bash guard protecting our unique direct-mount chainring
• The cleanly integrated upper chainguide
• Integrated seatpost clamp
• USB-C charging port
• Custom grips
• Handlebars with internal wiring (for a very tidy cockpit)
• A saddle designed specifically to improve your control on the kinds of steep climbs that an e-MTB makes possible.