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Canyon’s 2019 Neuron CF 9.0 SL is a step up from the old model, but it isn’t for everyone

canyon neuron cf 9.0 sl

It’s been fairly a couple of years since we final noticed a carbon fibre path bike from Canyon. In reality, it was 2014 when the Nerve CF was final kicking about – a quite marathon-ish, light-weight full susser that featured racy geometry, 120mm of journey, and 26in wheels.

Fortunately, issues have moved on only a wee bit since then, and that’s left Canyon’s vary considerably languishing and not using a high-end path bike. Properly, till now.

Canyon’s Carbon Fibre Neuron

Unveiled simply earlier than the top of 2018, the Neuron CF has arrived to take the mantle as Canyon’s model new carbon fibre path bike.

Plugging the hole between the Lux (Canyon’s 100mm journey XC racer) and the Spectral (the 150mm journey AM bike), the Neuron brings 130mm of bounce entrance and rear. Relying on body measurement, it’s constructed round both 29in wheels (M/L/XL) or 27.5in wheels (XS/S).

canyon neuron cf 9.0 slThe Neuron CF is an all-new platform for Canyon. All photographs shot by Timothy Arch.

Canyon provides each full-alloy (AL) and full-carbon (CF) variations of the Neuron. Each are new for 2019, although the alloy body is extra of a refresh, and carries over the prevailing body form and suspension platform from the pre-2019 mannequin. Of notice is that the 2019 Neuron AL shares virtually equivalent geometry to the Neuron CF, and we’re informed that the suspension leverage price could be very comparable too.

It’s the graceful, plastic-fantastic body that we’ve acquired on check right here although, and this specific mannequin – the CF SL – sits proper in the midst of the five-bike vary, which begins off with the CF (£2,449 / $three,949 AUD) and peaks with the LTD (£5,099 / $eight,149 AUD). There are additionally two ladies’s fashions that utilise the identical body, however are spec’d with a lighter suspension tune, narrower bars, a shorter 50mm stem, and a ladies’s saddle.

canyon neuron cf 9.0 slcanyon neuron cf 9.0 slThere’s 130mm of journey at each ends, and both 29in or 27.5in wheels.

All You Want?

Canyon’s advertising tagline for the Neuron CF is ‘All You Want’. That’s not completely the reality, as a result of you’ll require pedals to journey this bike. For greatest outcomes, I might additionally advocate footwear, a helmet, and a constructive, can-do angle.

In all seriousness although, I consider Canyon is referring to the truth that the Neuron CF is just meant to be an excellent ol’ common path bike – one thing that pedals effectively, and goes up ze hills equally in addition to it goes down.

canyon neuron cf 9.0 slcanyon neuron cf 9.0 slThe Neuron sits in between the Lux (XC) and the Spectral (AM).

Certainly a fast take a look at the numbers will reveal that this isn’t the slacked-out, trail-blazing, genre-bending, adrenaline junkie from a 50to01 video. No, the main target right here is rather more on endurance driving, over enduro racing. The Neuron CF needs to be extra Associates somewhat than Jackass.

Now I’d usually be down with that, however I’ve beforehand examined an alloy Neuron, again when it was nonetheless referred to as the Nerve AL. It had a pleasant black anodized body and it was spec’d well for the worth. Sadly I used to be left utterly underwhelmed by the rear suspension. Until you pumped the rear shock as much as the wazoo, it had a behavior of blowing via the journey, leading to a spectacular bottom-out on even the smallest of landings. It critically let the entire bike down.

It appeared I wasn’t solely the one both, as you’ll learn in Antony’s evaluate of the 2017 Neuron AL.

canyon neuroncanyon neuronThe Neuron AL will carry over the prevailing suspension design and body format.

Given our prior expertise, I used to be curious to see how the newest carbon fibre model would examine.

Wouldn’t it stay an solely wheels-on-the-ground, barely heavy, longer-legged XC bike? Or would I discover a noticeable enchancment from the sprightly, versatile path bike Canyon has promised us?

Time to seek out out.

canyon neuron cf 9.0 slcanyon neuron cf 9.0 slThe 2019 Canyon Neuron CF SL sits in the midst of a 5-model lineup.

The Bike

Let’s not beat across the bush – that is one excellent wanting bicycle. With its matte paint job, full carbon fibre body, and the neatly built-in composite shock yoke, the Neuron CF is uber clear. Its dashing appears have definitely confirmed sufficient to warrant inquisition on each single group experience I’ve been on with it.

At a claimed 2920g with the rear shock (Medium measurement), the carbon body isn’t as mild as I used to be anticipating. Examine that to Canyon’s Lux SLX frameset, which purportedly weighs a lithe 2128g. Except for the flattened prime tube although, all the things is fairly chunky and outsized.

Plump tapered head tube junction.
canyon neuron cfcanyon neuron cfMassive boxy chainstays are bridged for power and stiffness.

There’s a plump tapered head tube, an enormous hexagonal downtube, and the boxy chain and seatstays are each bridged for added rigidity. Given the, err, Rubenesque form and a spotlight to element, I’d recommend this can be a body made for the lengthy haul.

All of the bearings are absolutely sealed, with the drive-side foremost pivot that includes dual-row bearings, and every pivot capped with plastic covers to maintain crap out within the first place. Having eliminated a couple of of the pivot bolts out of curiosity, I used to be impressed to seek out them adequately greased, with the threads prepped with Loctite too.

With the brand new Triple Part Suspension format, Canyon has flipped up the rear shock, which now mounts beneath the highest tube. This enables for respectable standover clearance, whereas nonetheless offering room for a water bottle contained in the mainframe.

canyon neuron canyon neuron Water bottle goes ‘ere.
canyon neuron cf 9.0 slcanyon neuron cf 9.0 slThreaded BB shell.

Different practicalities embrace a threaded backside bracket shell (in contrast to the press-fit shell the carbon Spectral and Lux frames use) and the now-familiar IPU headset, which prevents over-rotation of the bars, whereas offering a higher vary of motion than Trek’s Knock Block design.

The cutely-named Quixle thru-axle combines bolt-up cleanliness with a hid pop-out lever on the rear dropouts, although it does want cranking up fairly tight to cease it from working unfastened whereas driving.

canyon neuron ipu headsetcanyon neuron ipu headsetThe straightforward IPU doesn’t interference with steering on the path.
canyon neuron quixlecanyon neuron quixleQuixle lever slides again contained in the axle for a clear look.

Canyon earns a vivacious high-five from me for the intelligent cable tunnel beneath the downtube, which makes use of bolt-on plastic plates to each disguise and shield the cables with out having to resort to routing them contained in the body itself.

Genius proper? Sadly the solitary mech cable does flap a few bit on the entry level although, and mixed with some occasional chain slap on the chainstay cable information, the Neuron CF doesn’t fairly stay as much as its stealthy seems on the path.

canyon neuron cable routingcanyon neuron cable routingThe bolt-on plastic stomach armour captures the cables.

Although not the priciest choice, the CF SL nonetheless comes dressed with a schmick outfit. The Fox suspension and dropper submit package deal complement the swish body, with shiny black stanchions and, extra importantly, high-tech internals all-round.

Reynolds TR 309 wheels are a robust spec selection at this worth level. The carbon wheelset is constructed with straight-pull spokes, sealed bearing hubs, and a Four-pawl freehub mechanism with 36 engagement factors. Confirmed weight is an inexpensive 1803g, and the 30mm inner width supplies a great platform for the tubeless Maxxis Forekaster tyres.

reynolds wheels hubreynolds wheels hubReynolds TR309 wheels function on the SL.
reynolds wheels hubreynolds wheels hubThe 30mm broad (inner) carbon rims proved strong all through testing.

The 1×12 SRAM drivetrain is tarted up with an X01 mech and the superb X01 set off shifter, which possesses pretty, clean paddles which were a welcome change from the GX Eagle shifters I’ve been utilizing recently.

On the notice of gears, it seems the Neuron CF will truly match a entrance derailleur. The CF truly comes with a 2×11 drivetrain as inventory, however any Neuron CF body can have a mech bolted onto a particular bracket by way of the primary pivot. I point out this 2x compatibility, as a result of chainring and tyre clearance are a bit restricted. 32t is the most important 1x chainring you’ll be able to run (38/28t for a 2x setup), and Canyon states an official restrict of two.4in for the rear tyre.

canyon neuron sram stylo eagle xo1canyon neuron sram stylo eagle xo1Extra bolt-on armour for the chainstay.

I used to be capable of simply slot in a 2.6in broad Maxxis Rekon tyre, although I personally wouldn’t advocate it, notably for muddy circumstances. Given the rising reputation of massive quantity 2.5-2.6in tyres within the path bike area, this lack of clearance looks like a missed alternative on Canyon’s behalf.

Sizing & Setup


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2019 Canyon Neuron CF SL Specs

  • Body // Carbon Fibre, 130mm Journey
  • Fork // Fox 34 Float, Efficiency Elite, 51mm Offset, 130mm Journey
  • Shock // Fox Float DPS, Efficiency Elite, EVOL Air Can, 210x50mm (195x45mm on XS, S sizes)
  • Hubs // Reynolds TR3 Mountain Hub, 110x15mm Entrance & 148x12mm Rear
  • Rims // Reynolds TR 309 Carbon, 28h Entrance & Rear, 30mm Inner Rim Width
  • Tyres // Maxxis Forekaster EXO 2.35in Entrance & Rear
  • Chainset // SRAM Stylo 7K DUB, 30t Chainring
  • Rear Mech // SRAM X01 Eagle, 12-Velocity
  • Shifter // SRAM X01 Eagle, 12-Velocity
  • Cassette // SRAM GX Eagle, 10-50t, 12-Velocity
  • Brakes // SRAM Information R, 180mm Entrance & 160m Rear Rotors
  • Bar // Canyon H15 Alloy , 15mm Rise 760mm Large
  • Stem // Canyon V12 Alloy, 60mm Lengthy
  • Grips // Ergon GA2, Lock-On
  • Seatpost // Fox Switch, Efficiency Elite, 150mm Journey
  • Saddle // Iridium Path
  • Measurement Examined // Medium
  • Sizes out there // X-Small, Small, Medium, Giant & Additional Giant
  • Confirmed Weight // 12.56 kg (27.63 lbs)
  • RRP // £three,349 / $5,399 AUD

Evaluation Information

Model: Canyon
Product: Neuron CF SL
From: Canyon,
Worth: £three,349 / $5,399 AUD
Examined: by Wil Barrett for two months