Canyon’s high XC race bike will get a delicate however substantial overhaul as the brand new Lux World Cup CFR, hiding loads of upgrades inside a familiar-looking carbon cross-country mountain bike. At first look, the brand new bike cuts virtually precisely the identical profile as its predecessor, however the particulars make all of the distinction – extra succesful fashionable geometry that’s extra aggressive going each up & downhill, upgraded suspension curves, neatly built-in cable routing, tweaked tube shaping that yields a stronger & stiffer bike, and on high of that… a 7.5% lighter frameset due to upgraded CFR carbon layup…
Canyon Lux World Cup carbon XC bike
Canyon’s massive message right here is that the brand new Lux World Cup is an uncompromising light-weight XC race bike, that’s already been confirmed on the World Cup… and likewise on the Cape Epic, as properly. In reality, we caught a number of glimpses of the brand new bike already – with Canyon CLLCTV, Canyon Northwave & Alpecin Fenix riders… But there was so little totally different, it was arduous to inform if it was actually an all-new bike.
Notice, the brand new routing by the headset and symmetrical form of each left & proper chainstays because the true differentiating options within the new Lux World Cup CFR vs. the older Lux CF SLX.
The new bike is lighter although. At a claimed 1535g for the highest CFR frameset (measurement M) that’s 127g lower than its predecessor, sufficient for Canyon to say it is “quite possibly the lightest full-suspension mountain bike frame on the market”. A difficult declare for certain, however the brand new bike is undoubtedly gentle. And lighter bikes are sooner, proper?! It is truly stiffer, stronger & simply as sturdy as properly, nonetheless examined to Canyon’s path bike “Level 3” too.
Plus, there’s a extra inexpensive CF-level carbon layup at 1925g for a frameset that’s in any other case an identical, right down to the improved power & stiffness, simply made with a extra inexpensive mixture of carbon fibers inside.
Updated, upgraded XC geometry
Cross-country racing retains getting extra technical, and the brand new Lux World Cup is as much as the problem. Instead of giving their XC race bike extra suspension journey, Canyon centered on refining a more-capable fashionable XC geometry for the brand new bike… making it longer, decrease & slacker. A 1.5° slacker head angle to 68.5° was an enormous shift in direction of extra path functionality, however nonetheless cut up the distinction to their slacker Lux Trail for riders on the lookout for extra of a light-weight Trail bike.
With the slackened entrance, Canyon provides 15mm longer body Reach by 15mm throughout the board paired with shorter stems, and as much as 19mm decrease body Stack to get your bars again down.
But whereas that goals to get you downhill sooner, 5mm shorter chainstays and a 0.5° steeper seattube purpose to get you again uphill rapidly, too.
From a tech perspective, there’s not a ton model new on this bike, largely the Lux World Cup is all about refinement.
Canyon does say slight tweaks to the shock place and rocker hyperlink format have improved the core kinematics of the bike, barely rising anti-squat and enhancing climbing effectivity along with the revised rider weight steadiness ensuing from the ahead geometry shift and shorter stays.
The transfer to self-lubricating CeramicSpeed SLT bearings in any respect pivots and the headset are a pleasant thought for long-life and low upkeep. Since the headset will get a lifetime guarantee, why not route all of the cables internally by the headset cap, and never have any cable ports within the headtube itself. Just be joyful the bike arrives with all of it pre-set up and hope you don’t have so as to add a dropper cable your self!
With the brand new inner routing, the rotation blocking headset is now inside – and never detachable – which is a a lot cleaner-looking setup.
Beyond that, you continue to get Canyon’s triple-phase single-pivot suspension with flex stays and a rocker-driven shock, Boost spacing with the hide-away QR rear axle lever, a 1x-specific body however with a tiny built-in chain information, a flat mount rear disc brake, and molded-on downtube & chainstay protectors.
You nonetheless even have room for 2 full-sized (sideloader) water bottles. No dropper posts on any full construct, however seattubes are all 10mm shorter, so you could have extra room for longer droppers if you happen to so select.
2022 Canyon Lux World Cup – Pricing, choices & availability
Two builds of the top-tier Canyon Factory Racing ultralight 1535g CFR carbon layup will likely be provided (127g lighter than the earlier Lux CF SLX), in addition to two CF stage bikes with the 1925g frameset (60g lighter than the earlier Lux CF SL layup).
The lightest full construct is the 8000€ Canyon Lux World Cup CFR LTD with RockShox SID SL Ultimate fork, SID Luxe Ultimate shock, a SRAM XX1 Eagle AXS groupset, Level Ultimate brakes, and carbon DT Swiss XRC1200 wheels at a claimed 9.8kg full.
Then there’s a $7500 / 7000€ Canyon Lux World Cup CFR Team with Fox 32 SC Factory fork, Float DPS Factory shock, full Shimano XTR, and the identical DT XRC1200 carbon wheels at 10.0kg full.
The extra inexpensive and barely heavier CF bikes come within the 4300€ Canyon Lux World Cup CF 7 with Fox Performance Elite suspension, Shimano XT, and Reynolds TR wheels at 11.6kg.
Or choose the $4000 / 3500€ Canyon Lux World Cup CF 6 with Fox Performance suspension Shimano SLX, and DT Swiss XR1900 alloy wheels at a claimed 12.1kg full.
The trick as with most bikes nowadays is availability. The two CF bikes can be found globally beginning at this time, besides within the US which should wait till September for his or her CF 6. The two light-weight CFR bikes are anticipated to reach within the Canyon on-line ship someday in August 2022, however the US’s CFR Team mannequin is not going to present up stateside till the start of 2023.
I’ve been using the Shimano/Fox-spec Canyon Lux World Cup CFR Team for a few weeks now, and it does what Canyon says – rocketing up the climbs whereas being able to bomb down technical descents, too. It is, by all means, a extra succesful mountain bike than the unique Lux CF SLX I examined again in 2019. The 100/100mm journey hasn’t grown, however the extra fashionable geometry actually does really feel extra versatile. My massive take a look at bike weighed in a pair hundred grams over the medium claimed weight, however nonetheless one of many lighter full-suspension XC bikes on the market. Interestingly although, even with a lighter body and a swap again to a inflexible seatpost, this whole bike is a shade heavier than that bike three years in the past.
But even including additional weight to place a dropper on this new bike, I’d nonetheless select it over the outdated one in a heartbeat. Check again nearer to the supply of the brand new CFR bikes and I’ll have a full evaluation of my full setup (and an in depth precise weight breakdown). But for now, I can depart so simple as this… While the brand new Lux World Cup is absolutely a race bike, it feels extra enjoyable exterior of the race tape as properly. Sure, do some XC racing, perhaps race a Marathon or two. But coaching in your native singletrack is going to be sooner and extra enjoyable than ever, too.