FUN:ON | THE NEW SPECTRAL:ON
There’s a saying in German, “Man kann nicht auf zwei Hochzeiten gleichzeitig tanzen.“ Direct translation? You can’t dance at two weddings at the same time or, as the English saying goes, “You can’t have your cake and eat it too.”
Conventional wisdom is clear –you can’t always get what you want. Consider E-MTBs… For years, riders have been told that they can either choose a clumsy, boat anchor of a bike with a big battery and massive range… or they can buy a lighter, playful bike with a small battery and abysmal range. What they can’t have, however, is a single bike that boasts both great ride quality and range.
At the risk of flinging dirt in the eye of conventional wisdom, we think that’s utter crap.
The all-new Spectral:ON is proof that you can have your cake and eat it too – playful, nimble ride quality combined with the power to reel off the biggest rides. To make all that a reality, we went back to the drawing board and designed an even lighter and stronger, full-carbon chassis. While we were at it, we also co-developed our own state-of-the-art power supply. The end result is an e-mountain bike that gives riders the two things they want most – outstanding ride quality and the power to ride all day long.
LIGHTER. STIFFER. STRONGER.
We faced a dilemma when we began developing the new Spectral:ON. We wanted to maintain the bike’s trademark playful on-trail personality, but we also wanted to give riders the power and range to ride further than ever before. And there’s the rub– adding range generally means adding more battery cells (and therefore weight) to the mix. So how do you achieve the best of both worlds? You redesign the entire bike.
Starting from scratch, we cleaved massive weight from the Spectral:ON chassis. The new bikes are now fully carbon –gaining a carbon rear triangle for the first time. All new carbon layup schedules and even more efficient frame architecture enabled us to gain strength while shearing grams. As befits a bike that’s designed to be rallied hard on the roughest trails, both the CF and CFR frames now meet even higher and more rigorous “Category 4E” strength and impact resistance testing standards.
That same drive to make a truly bombproof beast led us to bolster rear end stiffness with the addition of a new seat stay bridge and the adoption of burly ball bearings that now revolve around massive 15 mm thru-axles at both the main and seat stay pivots. The obvious upside is suspension that remains smooth in crappy conditions and outstanding durability. A less obvious (but no less important) benefit is a noticeable boost in handling precision as the stouter connections between frame members boost rear end stiffness – something you appreciate when pushing the limits of speed and common sense.
STILL PLAYFUL. NOW MORE CAPABLE.
Let’s cut to the chase – yes, we made the new Spectral:ON longer, lower, and slacker. But, no, this isn’t the slackest, longest, most progressive E-MTB on the market. And with good reason – we weren’t aiming to build an E-Gravity or E-Enduro bike. We were looking to create the ultimate all-rounder – a bike that’s equally at home on steep and technical trails as it is on flowy forms of singletrack.
So, here’s what we did: We gave the Spectral:ON a more balanced and centered feel on steep descents by growing reach 25 millimeters per frame size, slackening the head angle by a degree and adding five millimeters of length to the chainstays. We also lopped about 20 millimeters of length from the seat tube, giving riders more opportunity to run longer dropper posts that make it easier to maneuver the bike on descents. Those modest (but significant) changes helped us retain the Spectral:ON’s trademark lively ride quality while boosting its high-speed stability and confidence on steep, sketchy tracks.
MORE MILES. MORE STOKE.
Range anxiety – the fear that you’ll suddenly run out of power– sucks. So, we eliminated it. We’ve equipped the new Spectral:ON with one of the biggest (and smartest) power plants in the world. The Spectral:ON is now available with both 720 and 900Wh batteries that boost your mileage and stoke factor by 15 to 42%* respectively. Or to put it in more practical terms – ride long, ride hard – the Spectral:ON gives you the power to absolutely crush the biggest rides with total confidence.
*When compared with a standard Shimano EP8/630Wh battery combo.
RANGE DONE RIGHT.
Range matters. But strapping the biggest possible battery onto a bike doesn’t always equal instant awesome. In fact, adding more cells to a battery generally adds more weight to the frame. The end result can be a top-heavy, unbalanced bike that handles with all the grace and precision of a high-speed train wreck. We went a different – and entirely awesome – route with a novel battery cell architecture that boosts both your range and ride quality. By arranging the battery cells horizontally, we’ve created a more compact and efficient battery layout.
We also optimized battery placement within the frame itself. Tilting the Shimano EP8 motor upwards at a 30-degree angle allowed us to tuck the battery lower within the frame – in front of the motor instead of above it. The end result is a lower center of gravity and an evenly-balanced weight distribution that makes the Spectral:ON an absolute ground-hugging, corner-schralping ripper of a bike.
We’ve also made refueling the Spectral:ON a hassle-free affair whether you choose to charge the battery on or off the bike. The new Spectral:ON features a Rosenberger self-locating, magnetic charger plug. Charging the battery on the bike simply requires flipping open the waterproof charge port cover and letting the magnetic charger plug snap into place. No potential for broken connecting pins or imprecise connections – the magnetic attachment is simple, proven, and holds up to years of repeated charging.
For riders who prefer to remove the battery and charge it outside of the frame, we’ve engineered a new battery removal tray that’s easy to use and absolutely secure –pull the lever, unscrew the two Allen bolts that secure the battery, and slide it right out of the downtube. A built-in charge indicator on the battery housing itself helps you gauge how much charge remains stored within the battery even when the battery is disconnected from your bike.
PROVEN AND RELIABLE.
The Spectral:ON is powered by Shimano’s EP8 motor. At 2.6 kg, the magnesium-clad Shimano motor is one of the lightest full-power motors on the market. It’s also one of the most powerful, with 85Nm of peak torque that effectively quadruples your pedaling power and makes punching up steep climbs that much easier.
DETAILS MAKE THE DIFFERENCE.
The Spectral:ON is loaded with smart details that deliver out on the trail. Our fiber-reinforced skid plate, for instance, simultaneously shields the motor from rocks and serves as a bash guard for your chainring. Our Canyon:ON bar and stem reduce cockpit clutter by allowing you to route wiring through the bar and stem. What’s more, our novel headset design (born from a partnership between Canyon and Acros) enables us to route the cables through the headset. This, in turn, allows for tighter cable routing with no loss in shifting performance or binding sensation in the steering. Finally, our Quixle thru-axle design boosts rear end stiffness while tucking neatly into the axle – providing easy, tool-free wheel removal in a similarly streamlined package.
CANYON SPECTRAL:ON CFR AND CFR LTD DETAILS
The Spectral:ON CFR LTD (21.94kg with 720Wh battery/22.85kg with 900Wh battery) features brand-new and exclusive RockShox Flight Attendant suspension comprised of a RockShox Lyric Ultimate Flight Attendant fork with 150mm of travel at the front and a RockShox Super Deluxe Ultra Flight Attendant shock providing 155mm of travel at the back. Shifting and dropping is conducted wirelessly thanks to a SRAM XX1 Eagle AXS drivetrain und SRAM Reverb AXS dropper post. This dream build is rounded off with a DT Swiss HXC 1501 carbon wheelset, SRAM Code RSC brakes and an in-house cockpit by Canyon that features partially integrated cable routing to create an extremely clean look.
The Spectral:ON CFR (21.84kg with 720Wh battery/22.75kg with 900Wh battery) features top-of-the-line Fox Factory suspension comprised of a Fox 36 Factory Grip2 fork with 150mm of travel at the front and a Fox Float X Factory shock providing 155mm of travel at the back. The Reynolds TRE309 carbon wheelset of the Spectral:ON CFR is driven and stopped by Shimano’s legendary XTR group while a Fox Transfer dropper post moves the saddle out of the way. The build is rounded off by an in-house cockpit by Canyon that features partially integrated cable routing to create an extremely clean look.
Both the Canyon Spectral:ON CFR and Spectral:ON CFR LTD are available in all markets outside of the United States as of right now with the three CF models following in May. To start things off, both CFR models will only be available with the large 900Wh battery. Riders will be able to choose between the 720Wh and 900Wh battery option on all CF and CFR models from May. All size Small Spectral:ON models are limited to 720Wh batteries due to the size of their down tubes. Canyon USA, on the other hand, expects to have Spectral:ON CF models in late spring and should have CFR models in the Fall of 2022.