As the most expensive bike in the shootout, the Canyon Neuron AL needed to perform well and it did. From a pure performance standpoint, it is definitely one of the top picks for our group of five riders and it offers some really great on-trail characteristics. From a spec perspective compared to price, it gets harder to come away with clear winners as what we may find more important may not coincide with the consumer’s opinion. The Canyon has slightly nicer suspension spec than its closest competitor, the $200 cheaper Giant Stance 29-1, however, the cranks and other drivetrain components are not as nice on the Canyon Neuron AL. We’d rather have nicer suspension and brakes but there is certainly some heavy thinking that needs to go into comparing bikes with Truvativ Stylo cranks to SRAM SX Eagle. Likewise, it’s worth looking at SX vs NX components matchups to see what makes the most difference to you.
Putting tire spec and small components aside, the Canyon Neuron AL is Nic Hall’s top pick of the shootout and the bike he would spend his own $2,000 on. The rest of the crew can’t fault him there as this bike is a very well-rounded trail bike and will not only be a huge step up in performance for novice-level riders, but it will certainly help intermediate riders push their skills and development even further. The suspension performance is great, it looks sharp and is a great platform to upgrade as you grow into the sport.