Shred More Trail In Less Time
The Updated Spectral:ON CF
Can you have your cake and eat it too? Can you build a balanced and playful e-MTB that is an absolute ripper on the downhill yet still packs a serious motor and a huge battery capable of running laps all day? With the relaunch of the full-carbon Spectral:ON in 2022 we were pretty damn sure we did exactly that. Now, one year on, after thousands of miles, hundreds of hours of riding and tons of glowing reviews, we know we did.
From rapid afterwork laps to epic weekend sessions, the Spectral:ON tears up more trail in less time. The lightweight frame and playful geo coax out grins on even the grimmest days and the industry-leading power plant means you finish the ride, not your battery. For 2023, we’ve taken the opportunity to do more test riding and make those little tweaks to make the Spectral:ON that much better. Because there’s nothing finer than getting out for a big ride on a lively bike that gives you confidence on the downhill, and all but eliminates range anxiety – a bike that makes you want to play on repeat.
So, here’s the stuff you might already know: The Spectral:ON is a full-carbon e-MTB with a balanced trail geometry built around mullet wheel sizing to get the best mix of high-speed composure and tight turn agility. It uses the lightweight and reliable Shimano EP8 motor to deliver smooth pedal assist and a high maximum torque of 85 Nm and the whole system is powered by our industry-leading 720 and 900 Wh hour batteries that set the bar for the e-MTB scene. It’s a loose loam, berm busting, corner crushing beast that’s begging to have a good time on the trail.
Here’s what you probably don’t know: The Spectral:ON range now comes equipped with larger and sturdier 160 mm forks. This not only makes the bike more confident on aggressive trails, it also slackens the head tube angle by about 0.5 degrees to make it a bit more stable at speed. An update to the Shimano EP8 motor ups its peak wattage to a wild 600 watts with power delivery across a wider range of cadences, and the whole bike connects to the new Canyon app for GPS tracking and security notifications if someone is creeping on your new whip. It also, of course, has some sweet new colourways and yes, there are multiple all black models.
Canyon put together a true dream build bike with the Spectral:ON CFR LTD. The flagship bike is built around the ultralight and durable Canyon Factory Racing (CFR) frame that uses only the highest quality carbon fibres. It’s outfitted with the updated Shimano EP801 motor for maximum pedal assist on steep trails and features the all-new SRAM XX AXS shifting. The new wireless rear derailleur forgoes a traditional derailleur hanger and mounts directly to the thru axle for a safer and more reliable connection to the cassette. Paired with the RockShox Lyrik Ultimate fork and Super Deluxe Ultra shock, both with wireless Flight Attendant control, and you have a fully electronic component spec on the cutting edge of mountain bike technology.
For riders that don’t need the best-of-the-best components the rest of the Spectral:ON line-up is more than capable of serious trail riding. The Spectral:ON CFR has the same no compromises frame as the flagship model and comes outfitted with sensitive FOX suspension and reliable Shimano wireless shifting. Down two pegs the Spectral:ON CF 8 gains a little weight but adds a lot of value. The playful all-carbon trail bike has full FOX suspension, a Shimano 12s drivetrain and bomber DT Swiss wheels for seasons worth of shredding. Finally, the Spectral:ON CF 7 has the same motor and battery as the flagship model while only making a few concessions on components from both RockShox and Shimano.
The Spectral:ON CF 7 starts at € 4,999 with a 720 Wh battery and tops out with the Spectral:ON CFR AXS at € 11,999 (720 Wh) or € 12,399 (900 Wh).
Visit Canyon.com to learn more.