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Canyon Spectral:ON 8.0 (2019) review – Electric Bikes – Bikes

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Canyon Spectral:ON 8.0


Our overview

Properly-dialled, good-value package deal with a fantastic form and suspension, and sizes to go well with all riders

Secure but dynamic within the corners; good worth for cash, with nice package; stable chassis with dialled geometry

Entrance finish can really feel a tad mild on the steepest climbs; steering suffers with the inventory 50mm stem

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Canyon was a bit of late to the ebike occasion, however clearly did its homework earlier than debuting the Spectral:ON.

It’s full of considerate design particulars and was one of many first to make use of a 29in entrance wheel for improved rollover and a wider 650b tyre on the rear to spice up traction – also known as a mullet bike setup.

The model’s algorithms appear to maintain decreasing its costs too, making this a really aggressive package deal contemplating the package high quality.

Canyon Spectral:ON 8.0 body

The 5 sizes are all constructed round Shimano’s STEPS E8000 drive unit, rotated upwards at the forefront for higher floor clearance.

A 504Wh battery sits externally on the 6061 alloy body, in a deep groove on the down tube that additionally wraps around the engine. The logic is that exterior energy packs save weight and are simpler to take away to cost.

There’s nice standover clearance, because of a deeply-kinked high tube, and the rear stays, solid dropouts, shock hyperlinks and {hardware} are cleanly executed.

A second bolt gap on the higher shock mount allows you to steepen the geometry barely. Utilizing the compact Shimano motor permits for 430mm chainstays, that are a number of the shortest ebike stays round.

The seatstays, relatively than chainstays, home the rearmost suspension pivot, which means this isn’t a real four-bar design like Canyon’s ‘anologue’ bikes, however I can’t say I seen any drawbacks to this structure.

Canyon Spectral:ON 8.0

Canyon gives a second higher shock mount in case you need to increase the BB and tilt the bike extra in the direction of climbing than descending.
Mick Kirkman

Canyon Spectral:ON 8.0 package

RockShox handles the damping of the 150mm of suspension journey at every finish. The Lyrik fork easily will get on with it, whereas the Deluxe R shock provides nice management and help.

Canyon specs brief 165mm crank arms to forestall the low backside bracket (13.58in / 34.5cm) inflicting an excessive amount of pedal-bashing.

Its e-specific guidelines extends to dent-resistant DT Swiss H 1700 rims – in several widths to finest help the thinner entrance and wider rear tyres – and the own-brand SD:ON saddle, which has a raised rear lip to cease moist shorts sliding off on steep climbs. This seems kooky, however works a deal with.

The fantastically highly effective four-piston SRAM Code RSC brakes are about pretty much as good because it will get.

One factor Canyon tousled is the stem size – the inventory 50mm Race Face quantity makes the steering really feel mild and floppy. Swapping it for a 40mm alternative remodeled the dealing with, which is a simple repair.

The rear brake additionally died throughout testing and wanted a bleed, however SRAM’s Bleeding Edge system is uber-quick and that is the primary situation I’ve had after utilizing dozens of units of Codes, so I’m ready to miss it this time.

Canyon Spectral ON 8.0

While you’re attempting to regulate your velocity in steep slop, the plus-size rear tyre can get a bit wild.
Mick Kirkman

Canyon Spectral:ON 8.0 journey impressions

Economical with its journey but additionally super-sensitive, the Spectral:ON stomps by means of technical terrain and repeated hits with an actual calmness.

The low backside bracket places your toes down close to the grime and ensures the journey is steady and protected on the steepest descents. Canyon’s ebike feels comparatively mild, dynamic and nimble when shifting in regards to the path in comparison with loads of its rivals.

Each ends really feel well-balanced, however the cheaper, 35mm-legged RockShox Lyrik RC fork doesn’t fairly have the ‘3D’ damping really feel of the high-end Fox 36 forks on the YT Decoy CF Pro and Vitus E-Escarpe VRX. additionally on take a look at, so it simply works, relatively than excels, by way of bump-tracking and rider stability.

In frequent with the Vitus and YT, which even have 27.5 x 2.8in rear tyres, the Canyon can wrestle to claw into the bottom beneath braking and aquaplanes a bit of throughout mud and moist ruts, which might get sketchy on the steepest tracks.

The Minion DHR II does provide gobs of traction within the dry although, and in addition when powering up steep climbs and monitoring throughout unfastened scrambles. The seated climbing place when doing that is nice, as is the rider steadiness when stood up descending (with a shorter stem).

It’s approach simpler to guide the Spectral than most ebikes too. The low BB feels nice in turns, and the rear finish is supportive sufficient to bounce the bike out and in of the path whereas cornering and leaping about.

Canyon Spectral:ON 8.0 geometry

  • Sizes (* examined): XS, S, M, L*, XL
  • Seat angle: 73.8 levels
  • Head angle: 66.8 levels
  • Chainstay: 16.93in / 43cm
  • Seat tube: 18.9in / 48cm
  • High tube: 25.12in / 63.8cm
  • Head tube: 4.45in / 11.3cm
  • Backside bracket drop: 1.3in / 3.3cm
  • Backside bracket top: 13.58in / 34.5cm
  • Wheelbase: 47.56in / 1,208mm
  • Stack: 24.96in / 63.4cm
  • Attain: 18.31in / 46.5cm

How we examined

This bike was examined as a part of a four-bike grouptest of power-assisted e-MTBs for £5,000 or much less.

They’re all high quality machines with the most recent in battery/motor tech and geometry however which is price your hard-earned money? We put them to the take a look at.

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