After we presented you with the Trek Slash 9 long-term testbike of Editor and Portal Manager Aaron, now we introduce you to the Canyon Spectral AL 9.0 SL of Christoph, editor and photographer at ENDURO. With this bike he will collect lot’s of trail miles, testing it for you thoroughly.
The heart of the bike is the Enduro World Series proven, light, elegant and black anodized aluminum frame. Together with the 27.5 inch wheels, 140 Millimeter of travel and a brilliant list of parts the Spectral is for me my do-it-all bike for the 2014 season. As I am 180 centimeters tall, I chose the Spectral in frame size Large.
The suspension of the 3499 Euro “cheap”, top-equipped Canyon Spectral AL 9.0 SL consists of a Fox 32 Talas FIT Kashima Factory CTD fork and a Kashima coated Fox Float CTD shock. Both suspension parts offer 140 Millimeter of travel on the Spectral.
Granted, during the test period on a long-term test bike, parts should be replaced as infrequently as possible. Nevertheless, the performance of a bike can be optimized with several small changes pretty easy. Here it depends mainly on personal preferences. For the following reason, I will do some minor changes on my long-term test bike. There will be more information about that in the first riding article, which will be published here soon.
This year, my focus is mainly on trips to the alpine trails right outside my front door and some STRAVA battles against friends and acquaintances. If I have the opportunity I will also participate once on an enduro race with the Spectral.