“I can’t, I’m not allowed, I shouldn’t…” – seriously, this is old news. The change is too risky, the route too hard, the political correctness too correct. For issue #18 we threw all those concerns overboard and got hold of the absolute sickest bikes money can (not) buy. We at ENDURO are convinced: Dreams can come true!
This article is part of our magazine feature: Dreams Come True – 7 Incredible Bike Builds.
Canyon Spectral CF Custom
It took less than three minutes for Canyon to enthusiastically accept our invitation: “Yeah! Dream bikes? That’s such a cool task – of course, we’re in!” A few weeks later, their entry arrived and rendered the entire office speechless. Upon opening the box, we discovered a veritable dream-come-true in bad-ass black. Cue: sweaty palms, racing hearts, and glazed eyes.
There’s no other way to describe the Canyon Spectral CF than just to say ‘simply perfect’. The exclusively black colourway gives the bike an extremely high class, aggressive, and swaggeringly-cool aesthetic. The choice of parts is equally as uncompromising, with minimal weight meeting maximum performance as the guiding principle.
The results are visible; weighing no more than 11.1kg, the Spectral can take on any trail, and even tackled the bike park without any issues during our testing. Canyon wisely saved weight in the right areas – going for the crucial gram-saving SRAM XX1 drivetrain, lovely Enve M60 carbon wheels, a Tune carbon saddle, and ESI grips – while recognising where robust parts would serve a better purpose. Thanks to the grippy Maxxis tyre combination (a Highroller II at the front and a Minion SS at the rear) as well as the potent RockShox PIKE fork, the Spectral descends with no holds barred. The lightweight Canyon glides over the trail, ironing big hits flat without even raising an eyebrow. The low weight, progressive rear with a tidy ‘pop,’ and short chainstay mean it takes corners like on rails, a true corner killer – but one that knows just how to get air when you want it. The slack 66.4° head angle and long 455mm reach (large frame) deliver stability and handling precision that excels no matter how technical the trail. Thanks to the bar-mounted switch for the hydraulic damping platform on the RockShox Monarch XX damper, those spontaneous sprints and attacks take less than half the usual time – an incredible overall package!
Specification: Canyon Spectral CF Custom
- Fork: RockShox Pike RCT3 Solo Air 150 mm
- Rear Shock: RockShox Monarch XX Debon Air 140 mm
- Drivetrain: SRAM XX1
- Cranks: RaceFace Next SL
- Brakes: SRAM Guide RSC
- Seatpost: RockShox Reverb Stealth
- Stem: Canyon V12 Carbon
- Handlebar: Canyon H23 CF 2
- Tyres: MAXXIS Highroller II / Maxxis Minion SS
- Wheelsize: 27.5″
- Wheels: ENVE M Series 60 Forty Carbon
- Price: € 7,000
- Geometry to put you at ease.
- Black and rad.
- Incredibly efficient.
- Super lightweight.
- The ENVE rim suffered a defect.
If you’re looking for the perfect trail bike defined – look no further. With this test-customised creation, Canyon have tuned the Spectral CF to reach dizzy new trail bike heights. Lightweight, playful, and extremely fast, this bike keeps it cool on the gnarliest of terrain – and looks damn good in the process. A true dream bike!
For more information on the Canyon Spectral visit the Canyon website.
This article is part of our magazine feature: Dreams Come True – 7 Incredible Bike Builds. Check out the other dream bikes from this feature here: Bold Linkin Trail Race Day 29 Custom | Ghost PathRiot LC 10 | Focus SAM C Team | Mondraker Dune Carbon XR | Scott Genius LT 700 Tuned Plus | Trek Top Fuel 9.9 SL
Words & Photos: Christoph Bayer
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