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Eurobike 2012 tech: Canyon unveils 2013 road and mountain bike offerings

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Canyon previewed its Grand Canyon CF SLX 29 carbon 29er hardtail at last year's Eurobike show but it's now an official product for 2013.

Canyon previewed its Grand Canyon CF SLX 29 carbon 29er hardtail at last year's Eurobike show but it's now an official product for 2013. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Canyon is looking forward with the thru-axle rear dropouts on its new Grand Canyon CF SLX 29 carbon 29er hardtail.

Canyon is looking forward with the thru-axle rear dropouts on its new Grand Canyon CF SLX 29 carbon 29er hardtail. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Omiting the dropout pivots on Canyon's new Nerve CF both reduces weight and improves stiffness, according to Canyon.

Omiting the dropout pivots on Canyon's new Nerve CF both reduces weight and improves stiffness, according to Canyon. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Canyon still isn't coming into the US just yet but the seatpost will. Starting next year, the new VCLS seatpost will be sold in the states as an Ergon product. Conveniently, Ergon founder Franc Arnold and Canyon founder Roman Arnold are brothers.

Canyon still isn't coming into the US just yet but the seatpost will. Starting next year, the new VCLS seatpost will be sold in the states as an Ergon product. Conveniently, Ergon founder Franc Arnold and Canyon founder Roman Arnold are brothers. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Canyon showed these front and rear derailleur shrouds for triathletes looking for every bit of aerodynamic edge.

Canyon showed these front and rear derailleur shrouds for triathletes looking for every bit of aerodynamic edge. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Triathletes looking for a more upright position than what TT riders normally run can use a taller setup on Canyon's new Speedmax CF.

Triathletes looking for a more upright position than what TT riders normally run can use a taller setup on Canyon's new Speedmax CF. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Canyon showed both TT and tri-oriented variants of its Speedmax CF at this year's Eurobike show.

Canyon showed both TT and tri-oriented variants of its Speedmax CF at this year's Eurobike show. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Time trialists subject to UCI rules certainly wouldn't be able to use Canyon's rear derailleur shroud but it might appeal to triathletes who aren't held back by the same restrictions.

Time trialists subject to UCI rules certainly wouldn't be able to use Canyon's rear derailleur shroud but it might appeal to triathletes who aren't held back by the same restrictions. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Canyon's front derailleur shroud mounts to the Speedmax CF's seat tube bottle bosses.

Canyon's front derailleur shroud mounts to the Speedmax CF's seat tube bottle bosses. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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The Katusha team raced on Canyon's new Speedmax CF during this year's road season but not everyone can manage a position this extreme.

The Katusha team raced on Canyon's new Speedmax CF during this year's road season but not everyone can manage a position this extreme. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Canyon's prototype Ultimate CF SLX Disc uses carbon fiber post mount tabs for the front caliper.

Canyon's prototype Ultimate CF SLX Disc uses carbon fiber post mount tabs for the front caliper. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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The fork on Canyon's prototype Ultimate CF SLX Disc features a neat solution for routing the hose.

The fork on Canyon's prototype Ultimate CF SLX Disc features a neat solution for routing the hose. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Canyon showed off this Ultimate CF SLX Disc concept at this year's Eurobike show. The hydraulic calipers weren't actually hooked up to anything, though.

Canyon showed off this Ultimate CF SLX Disc concept at this year's Eurobike show. The hydraulic calipers weren't actually hooked up to anything, though. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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The rear shock on Canyon's new Nerve CF floats between two dynamic mounts.

The rear shock on Canyon's new Nerve CF floats between two dynamic mounts. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Internal routing for RockShox's Reverb Stealth seatpost makes for a notably clean appearance on Canyon's new Nerve CF.

Internal routing for RockShox's Reverb Stealth seatpost makes for a notably clean appearance on Canyon's new Nerve CF. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Cabling is fully internal on Canyon's new Nerve CF with the exception of the rear brake, which is still externally run for ease of maintenance. Despite the somewhat limited 110mm of rear wheel travel, Canyon still includes internal routing for RockShox's Reverb Stealth dropper seatpost.

Cabling is fully internal on Canyon's new Nerve CF with the exception of the rear brake, which is still externally run for ease of maintenance. Despite the somewhat limited 110mm of rear wheel travel, Canyon still includes internal routing for RockShox's Reverb Stealth dropper seatpost. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Canyon's new Grand Canyon CF SLX 29 carbon 29er hardtail integrates a cleverly compact fork stop into the top tube and headset to prevent frame damage in a crash.

Canyon's new Grand Canyon CF SLX 29 carbon 29er hardtail integrates a cleverly compact fork stop into the top tube and headset to prevent frame damage in a crash. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Canyon includes carbon fiber post mount brake caliper tabs on the rear end of its new Grand Canyon CF SLX 29 carbon 29er hardtail.

Canyon includes carbon fiber post mount brake caliper tabs on the rear end of its new Grand Canyon CF SLX 29 carbon 29er hardtail. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Also new for 2013 from Canyon is the Nerve AL 29 with 110mm of rear wheel travel and 120mm up front.

Also new for 2013 from Canyon is the Nerve AL 29 with 110mm of rear wheel travel and 120mm up front. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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The top tube and down tube make full use of the tapered head tube on Canyon's new Nerve AL 29.

The top tube and down tube make full use of the tapered head tube on Canyon's new Nerve AL 29. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Canyon welds the base of the Nerve AL 29's shock link together to keep the two sides from twisting under load.

Canyon welds the base of the Nerve AL 29's shock link together to keep the two sides from twisting under load. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Whereas the new Nerve CF uses a floating shock mount, Canyon's new Nerve AL 29 uses a conventional fixed lower anchor.

Whereas the new Nerve CF uses a floating shock mount, Canyon's new Nerve AL 29 uses a conventional fixed lower anchor. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Canyon's new 26"-wheeled Nerve CF offers 110mm of travel front and rear in a package supposedly weighing just 1,900g (4.19lb).

Canyon's new 26"-wheeled Nerve CF offers 110mm of travel front and rear in a package supposedly weighing just 1,900g (4.19lb). (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Canyon pushes the top tube and down tube as far apart as possible on the new Nerve CF's tapered head tube.

Canyon pushes the top tube and down tube as far apart as possible on the new Nerve CF's tapered head tube. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Post mount rear brake caliper tabs and thru-axle dropouts on Canyon's new Nerve CF.

Post mount rear brake caliper tabs and thru-axle dropouts on Canyon's new Nerve CF. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Canyon fits the new Nerve CF with a carbon rear end - including the upper shock link - that omits dropout pivots in favor of tuned flex in the stays.

Canyon fits the new Nerve CF with a carbon rear end - including the upper shock link - that omits dropout pivots in favor of tuned flex in the stays. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Canyon tucks the rear brake inside the triangle of its Ultimate CF SLX Disc road bike concept.

Canyon tucks the rear brake inside the triangle of its Ultimate CF SLX Disc road bike concept. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)

This article originally published on BikeRadar

German direct-to-consumer bike brand Canyon has had yet another busy year behind the curtain, unveiling not only a new road flagship but three all-new mountain bike platforms as well. Buyers in the US will still unfortunately have to wait for the chance to purchase bikes and frames but there will at least be a teaser to start.

Canyon 2013 MTB: bigger wheels, more carbon

Canyon's new race platform flagship is the Grand Canyon CF SLX 29, a 29er carbon hardtail that was already being raced this season by the Topeak-Ergon team. While light at a claimed 1,100g for a medium size, Canyon touts more heavily the frame's stiffness and handling. Front triangle stiffness is supposedly particularly high what with the bulbous down tube, tapered head tube, and 15mm thru-axle on complete bikes, all of which should make for excellent handling precision.

However, Canyon has also paid attention to the middle and rear end, too, with the frame's huge chain stays, 142x12mm thru-axle dropouts, a flared asymmetrical seat tube design borrowed from the company's road range, and an extra-wide press-fit bottom bracket shell that also lends additional tire clearance.

Handling looks to be somewhat on the quicker side but that's appropriate given the bike's racing intentions. Head tube angle is 70 degrees across the board, chain stays are an impressively short 433mm, and the bottom bracket offset is a relatively low -60mm for what we expect to nimble steering but good stability at high speed.

Canyon has even addressed impact durability – at least concerning the possibility of your bars swinging around and slamming into the top tube. Canyon's new 'Impact Protection Unit' comprises a rigid stop bolted to the top tube (with breakaway hollow bolts) and a special headset top cover that prevents the controls from ever contacting the frame in the event of a crash. Canyon didn't provide a weight estimate for the system but it looks admirably lightweight and should be at least reasonably effective for cross-country use.

Canyon also unveiled a new 120mm-travel 26" full-suspension carbon fiber cross-country platform, the Nerve CF. Boasting an ultralight claimed frame weight of just 1.9kg (4.19lb), the new bike features a single-pivot rear end with a floating shock mount and tuned flex in the stays in lieu of conventional dropouts that Canyon says improves stiffness and reduces weight.

Despite the impressive showing at the scale, Canyon insists the Nerve CF isn't just a cross-country race machine. Head tube angle sits at a middle-of-the-road 69.5 degrees, 180mm front and rear rotors and 15mm thru-axle forks are included as standard equipment on complete builds, and there's built-in routing for RockShox's Reverb Stealth dropper seatpost.

Finally, there's also a new Nerve AL 29 range, built with a slightly less generous 110mm of travel but with 29" wheels. Canyon builds this frame using hydroformed aluminum instead of carbon fiber but claimed frame weight is an impressive 2.65kg (5.84lb) nonetheless. The Nerve AL 29 also makes do with conventional dropout pivots on the true four-bar rear end instead of the Nerve CF's fancier carbon fiber flex stays plus a more conventional fixed lower anchor for the rear shock.

Additional features include a 142x12mm thru-axle rear end, a direct mount front derailleur, internal routing for a RockShox Reverb Stealth seatpost, a tapered front end, and versatile geometry with a 70-degree head tube angle and 450mm-long chain stays.

Disc brakes coming for the road

We've already covered Canyon's new Ultimate CF SLX road flagship and Speedmax CF Evo time trial/triathlon rigs in detail so we won't bother to rehash things here. However, Canyon did preview an intriguing Ultimate CF SLX Disc concept that looked tantalizingly close to production ready.

The main frame is essentially unchanged from the standard rim brake version but the non-driveside seat stay is slightly more offset from the frame's centerline to clear the chain stay-mounted caliper. Up front is an entirely new fork, however, built with asymmetrical legs, post mount caliper tabs, and a clever clip-on hose guide that's admirably sleek and tidy.

There's no word yet on when this bike will see production but it's a fairly sure bet that it will be offered to consumers at some point in the future.

US consumers will unfortunately still have to wait an unspecified amount of time to purchase any of Canyon's frames and bikes but the company has at least found a way to get its intriguing VCLS Flat seatpost on to American soil. Conveniently, Canyon founder Roman Arnold and Ergon founder Franc Arnold are brothers and the latter will sell the new post in the US under the Ergon label.