Canyon Revises Exceed Hardtail Mountain Bike and Launches Flagship CFR Line



If the growing audience numbers weren’t enough proof already, then the recent wave of new bikes is proof that cross-country (XC) racing is alive and well. Canyon is the latest company to announce a new race-focused XC machine with a revamped version of the already lightweight Exceed carbon hardtail.

Designed for world champions Pauline Ferrand-Prevot and Mathieu van der Poel, this new hardtail benefits from updated geometry, a number of smart features and an incredibly lightweight construction in the top offer. range.

The new Exceed

Of the five frame sizes available, Canyon’s new Exceed hardtail features a carbon frame, 100mm front fork, 29-inch wheels, and space in the main triangle for two. bottles. And while none of this is remarkable for a modern racing hardtail, it applies impressively to the new extra-small frame size intended for riders up to 158cm (5’2 “).

The new Exceed features a slightly looser head tube angle (69 °) and a 10mm longer reach to match the 80mm stems fitted to all sizes. The base length is a shorter mustache than before, now at 425mm for the three smaller sizes and spanning the two larger ones.

Overall, the new Exceed doesn’t see huge geometry changes from the old one. According to Canyon, the previous Exceed was already competitive when it comes to a dedicated cross-country racing machine.

There are three levels of the new Exceed framework: CFR, SLX and CF. These all share the same mold, but use different carbon composite layers, resulting in different frame weights and very different prices. Still, the features are consistent throughout.

The cables are now guided through the top cap of the helmet (and through the inner race of the top bearing of the headset).

The front end of the bike is noticeably cleaner, and that’s not just due to Canyon’s one-piece carbon handlebars (748mm wide) and stem fitted to the CFR and SLX models. The cable routing is inspired by almost every road bike released in the past year and now feeds these plastic sleeves through the top cap of the helmet. Of course, the cables are external to the brake levers, shift lever, and dropper post lever, but then they slide quickly out of the front of the bike and through the headset bearing. Yes, that makes replacing a headset painful.

At the opposite end of the top tube is a new seatpost mounting wedge, something that aims to provide a clean aesthetic and lack of space for the mud to sit on. This contains a 30.9mm seat post, for which Canyon partnered with DT Swiss to create a unique dropper that offers 60mm of travel via an upside-down design that is said to be one of the lightest options on the market.

The Exceed SLX features an alloy version of the dropper post that would weigh 420g with remote control, while the Exceed CFR comes with the carbon version at a claimed 390g weight. And Canyon uses its flexible VCLS 2.0 carbon post, but that’s unfortunately only found on the Exceed CFR team.

Said to be unique to the Exceed, the DT Swiss dropper features an inverted design.

Regardless of the price, the Exceed is designed to fit a 2.35 / 2.4 “tire when mounted on a modern 30mm internal width rim. Although it might look ridiculously wide. , it should be noted that Nino Schurter spent last season exactly on this width.

Other details to note include a revised and more polished ‘crash protection unit’ that keeps the handlebars and top tube from fighting. The derailleur hanger is now the new universal derailleur hanger, recently introduced by SRAM (it also works with Shimano). The thru axles are Canyon’s stealth Quixle type with a fold-out lever for tool-less wheel removal. The bottom bracket shell is the BB92 Shimano type press fit.

And of course, it’s light.

CFR – Canyon Factory Racing

As stated, Canyon offers the new Exceed in three levels (CFR, SLX and CF) of carbon fiber layer. Ride quality, stiffness and frame characteristics are said to remain the same between the three, while the more you spend, the less the frame will weigh. So what’s the lightest (and most expensive) option? Let me introduce you to Canyon’s CFR.

Much like S-Works is at Specialized, SLR is at Trek, or Hi-Mod is at Cannondale, CFR (Canyon Factory Racing) is Canyon’s name for its premium frames and complete bikes. These new frames feature an expensive high-stiffness, high-strength carbon fiber layer (Toray M40X) that provides incredibly low frame weight. The direct-to-consumer company announced its new CFR lineup last week with the introduction of a new downhill mountain bike and the 641g Ultimate CFR Disc frame. And of course there is also a CFR version of the new Exceed.

Pretty, quite light.

The Exceed CFR would only weigh 835g for an average frame (including paint and hardware), which is incredibly light, but surprisingly not the lightest on the market. The rare Unno Aora, at 730g, remains the lightest offering in the hardtail mountain biking sphere while Specialized’s S-Works Epic HT is not that far off at 790g. And while I can’t say who it’s from yet, another hardtail is expected to hit the market this week with a frame weight of less than 780g.

Comparing the claimed frame weights can be a bit tricky, as you never really know which parts are included and which are not. In the case of Canyon, remove the paint, chainstay protector, rear derailleur hanger, and that integrated seat clamp, and the Exceed CFR frame would weigh just 748g bare. The end result sees the flagship CFR LTD bike weighing 8.9kg, and that’s with a dropper post (but no pedals).

Whether it’s the lightest or not, it’s an impressive number for a frame that will allow a powerhouse like Van der Poel to style it for fans. Meanwhile, the more affordable SLX and CF versions of the Exceed are reportedly weighing 1,015g and 1,312g (paint and hardware included), respectively.

Prices and things

Canyon’s greatest fame is its ability to offer world-class bikes at generally lower prices, and the Exceed continues this trend. There are nine complete bike models to choose from, two of which are specific to women (WMN) and none are framesets.

All Exceed CF models are equipped with RaceFace Ride aluminum stems, bars and seat posts. Jumping all the way to the Exceed CF SLX or higher gets you that DT Swiss dropper post and Canyon’s XC cockpit. Full component details are available at

Exceed CF 5: $ NA / € 1,699 / £ 1,599 / AU $ 2,649
Exceed CF 5 WMN: $ NA / € 1,699 / £ 1,599 / AU $ 2,649
Exceed CF 6: $ NA / € 2,199 / £ 2,099 / AU $ 3,499
Exceed CF 7: US $ 1,999 / € 2,699 / £ 2,499 / AU $ 4,249
Exceed CF 7 WMN: US $ / € 2,699 / £ 2,499 / AU $ 4,249
Exceed CF 8: US $ 3,499 / € na / £ na / AU $ NA (US model only)
Exceed CF SLX 8: $ NA / € 3,699 / £ 3,499 / AU $ 5,799
Exceed CF SLX 9: US $ 4,499 / € 4,699 / £ 4,449 / AU $ 7,349
Exceed the CFR team: US $ / € 5,699 / £ 5,349 / AU $ 8,899
Exceed CFR Ltd: US $ 6,999 / € 6,499 / £ 6,149 / AU $ 10,199

We will soon be putting our crampons on an Exceed CF SLX 9.0. Stay tuned for an in-depth review.



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