electrical mountain bike Canyon Spectral:ON CF 7.0 overview
Launched in March 2020, the latest iteration of Canyon’s Spectral:ON had a complete redesign, together with the mixing of Shimano’s 504Wh battery into the bike’s down tube and additional refinements of the body’s aesthetic.
I’ve already reviewed the top-spec CF 9.0 version and was impressed with the quantity of enjoyable I had driving the mullet-wheeled bike, however wished to see how a lot of that was right down to the spec and whether or not a cash-conscious purchaser might benefit from the more-affordable (£4,299 / €4,479) CF 7.0 simply as a lot.
Canyon Spectral:ON CF 7.0 body and suspension particulars
Constructed with a carbon-fibre entrance finish – that conceals the 504Wh battery – and an alloy rear finish, there’s nothing to tell apart the cheaper 7.0 body from the costlier 9.0.
It’s bought a water-proof USB-C port that can be utilized to cost GPS computer systems or energy an 0n-board mild and a single energy button close to the pinnacle tube, internally routed brake, gear and dropper cables and an built-in chain information.
The seatpost foregoes a conventional clamp, as a substitute there’s a discrete wedge on the entrance of the seat tube to maintain the publish in place.
It has 150mm of rear wheel journey managed by Canyon’s impressively progressive suspension system with low anti-squat figures to assist enhance compliance. The bottom-spec 7.0 bike has a RockShox Deluxe Choose shock with exterior rebound adjustment and two tokens fitted as commonplace.
There’s 12 x 148mm Increase rear axle spacing and a QUIXLE tool-less rear axle to connect the again wheel.
Canyon Spectral:ON CF 7.0 motor and battery particulars
The Spectral:ON CF 7.0 is fitted with Shimano’s E8000 Steps motor with a most 250W help output. It has Shimano’s 504Wh battery and E8000 pedal crank with 34-tooth chainring.
The E8000 motor is not Shimano’s latest and strongest system after the Japanese model launched its EP8 system earlier this 12 months, with headline torque will increase and bigger battery capacities.
Canyon Spectral:ON CF 7.0 geometry
The scale giant CF 7.0 I examined has the identical geometry because the costlier mannequin and is predicated round a mullet setup – the place the rear wheel is 27.5in in diameter and the entrance 29in.
The essential figures embody a 66.5-degree head-tube angle, a 74.5-degree seat-tube angle, 435mm chainstays and a 465mm attain.
The big’s wheelbase is 1,221mm and has a 635mm stack top.
Arguably, the Spectral:ON’s geometry is ‘playful’ moderately than progressive.
- Seat tube size: 480mm
- Seat angle: 74.5 levels
- Head angle: 66.5 levels
- Prime tube (efficient): 632mm
- Attain: 465mm
- Chainstay: 435mm
- Wheelbase: 1,221mm
- Stack: 635mm
- Head tube size: 125mm
- Sizes (* examined): S, M, L*, XL
Canyon Spectral:ON CF 7.0 specs
Regardless of the CF 7.0 being the most affordable Spectral Canyon affords, it’s nonetheless fitted with a number of branded, high-performing elements.
Notably, it’s bought a Shimano XT 12-speed rear mech and an SLX 10-51-tooth cassette and shifter. There are additionally four-piston Shimano MT520 brakes with 200mm disc rotors.
It’s bought a Race Face AR30 29in entrance rim constructed onto a Shimano MT400 hub and a Race Face AR35 rear wheel laced to a Shimano MT510 hub.
These wheels are wrapped in Maxxis rubber, with a Minion DHF 2.5 x 29in WT EXO TR entrance tyre and a Minion DHR II 2.6 x 29in EXO+ rear.
There’s a RockShox Lyrik Choose fork with exterior rebound and low-speed compression adjustment that’s fitted with two tokens from the manufacturing facility and a RockShox Deluxe Choose rear shock with exterior rebound adjustment, additionally fitted with two tokens from the manufacturing facility.
Canyon-branded elements make up many of the ending equipment together with the electrical mountain bike particular bars, stem and saddle. It’s bought a Canyon Iridium Dropper seatpost and Canyon lock-on grips.
The CF 7.0 in a dimension giant with out pedals weighed 22.32kg, barely heavier than Canyon’s claims.
Canyon Spectral:ON CF 7.0 journey impressions
I tested the Spectral:ON CF 9.0 on the hills outdoors Barcelona in Spain earlier this 12 months, so I used to be eager to see how a special model of the identical mannequin would carry out on my residence trails in wetter and extra assorted situations.
Canyon Spectral:ON CF 7.0 setup
Canyon’s rear suspension system was simple to arrange, pressurising the air spring to present 25 per cent sag for my 73kg weight — which was round 165psi.
Canyon becoming two tokens from the manufacturing facility was key to the arrange’s simplicity.
The fork was somewhat trickier to get proper. Though the Lyrik is fitted with a Charger damper, it was the extra fundamental model and the low-speed compression capabilities extra like a lock-out than a real compression adjuster, which made me hesitant to make use of it to regulate the fork’s damping.
After a number of rides and some furry bottom-outs, I ended up including an extra token to the 2 already put in within the bike and growing air stress within the fork to 125psi. Though this appears fairly laborious for my weight, I nonetheless bought full journey repeatedly.
I inflated the entrance tyre to 26psi and the rear to 31psi, elevating pressures to accommodate the heavier hits electrical bikes typically take.
Elsewhere, it was only a case of dialling in brake lever angle, saddle angle and bar roll.
Of notice, the cable between the motor’s left-hand distant mode swap and handlebar show unit had been pinched, which stopped the distant from working.
With out the distant the bike was nonetheless usable – the small button on the underside of the show might be used to alter modes – till I changed the cable with one other one, which cured the issue.
Canyon Spectral:ON CF 7.0 climbing efficiency
The motor is all the time going to be an ebike’s most dominating ingredient, and the Shimano E8000 didn’t disappoint. Whereas it doesn’t have as a lot torque as Bosch’s Performance Line CX or the new EP8, it nonetheless offered loads of punch to energy to the highest of the steepest climbs.
Admittedly, if I wished to maintain velocity up or preserve battery life I did break into a substantial sweat, particularly in Eco and Path modes, however the help supplied is predictable and straightforward to handle with adjustments in pedalling enter stress when the terrain is slippery or the gradient very steep.
It’s difficult to distinguish assist ranges between Path and Increase modes on most climbs, and I used to be very happy leaving the Steps system in Path for 90 per cent of the time. Solely when the climbs grew to become extremely steep or technical did the Increase mode assist.
Leaving the system in Path mode 100 per cent of the time depleted the 504Wh battery after 1,050m of climbing and roughly 27km distance in 17 to 18°C temperatures. When left totally in Increase mode, I managed to do 850m of climbing earlier than the battery ran completely flat.
The most effective compromise gave the impression to be utilizing Eco mode wherever it was attainable and decreasing my common velocity, solely upping the help to Path for the steepest sections of climbs. Using that technique, I might hit 1,245m of climbing earlier than completely draining the battery.
Battery life will rely on a large number of things together with rider weight, climate situations and path sort so don’t be stunned should you handle to get kind of vary from the 504Wh battery in comparison with my experiences.
Whereas the seat tube angle isn’t notably steep, the stepped rear portion of Canyon’s ebike saddle, the SD:ON, helped to maintain my weight additional ahead than a conventional one. It might be good to see manufacturers like Canyon growing seat tube angles to higher centralise rider weight on climbs to enhance consolation and management – a change that will be notably useful on an ebike.
Usually talking, although, the bike’s climbing place was snug, particularly when seated. Out of the saddle, it felt somewhat cramped however the motor’s help compensated for this by offering on-demand energy – one thing ‘acoustic’ bikes with lower than ideally suited geometry can’t compensate for.
The plus-size rear Maxxis Minion DHR II tyre offered loads of grip on the ascents, even at my most popular increased ebike pressures, and until the terrain was boggy, it didn’t clog up with mud.
The 22.32kg weight didn’t seem to carry me again and until I used to be hopping up and over roots and rocks, it truly helped me maintain the bike underneath management.
Canyon Spectral:ON CF 7.0 descending efficiency
The Spectral:ON was impressively assured within the turns. As soon as it was leant over, it felt prefer it saved on gripping regardless of how laborious it was pushed. This meant cornering speeds had been exhilarating and comparatively simple to entry.
I consider the lean angles and grip obtainable had been generated by the low-slung motor, down tube battery and mullet wheel setup making the bike extra desperate to lean.
Regardless of the geometry – notably the attain and warmth tube angles – not being probably the most excessive, the bike managed to deal with most tough and technical terrain I might discover with relative ease.
It was when the descents grew to become extra steep with numerous giant steps that I felt just like the bike was reaching its restrict. This occurred as a result of the extra weight from the motor and battery induced the chassis to pitch forwards and started to overwhelm the head-tube angle, pretty quick attain and fork damper.
A slacker head-tube angle would assist to cut back this pivoting feeling and I can see no disadvantages to reducing it to 63 and even 62 levels on an ebike, the place motor help performs the biggest half on the climbs and flat terrain.
At excessive velocity, the Spectral:ON felt extra flicky and playful than completely planted, however the giant and low weight of the motor helped to take care of a fairly calm platform from which to shred.
Its rear suspension additionally helped maintain issues in test, proving to be exceptionally supple and energetic over smaller bumps whereas retaining that all-important end-stroke ramp up for the large hits. Canyon has labored laborious to get its suspension dialled throughout its vary of bikes – like the Neuron – and the Spectral:ON isn’t any exception.
From time to time I did discover the simplistic RockShox Deluxe Choose shock changing into overwhelmed by bigger successive hits, one thing the costlier CF 9.0 with Fox DPX2 Manufacturing facility shock didn’t endure from. General, although, it carried out solidly, and the damper tune was well-suited to the body’s kinematic.
As soon as I’d inflated the fork to 125psi and upped the token rely to 3 it carried out nicely, absorbing large hits whereas remaining supple sufficient for consolation.
Shimano’s four-piston MT520 brakes impressed me and didn’t endure from a wandering chunk level like another Shimano stoppers do. They managed to regulate the bike’s weight nicely and I used to be by no means left hanging on for pricey life eager to cease faster.
Equally, the XT mech and SLX chain and cassette have been faultless and I’ve not dropped a single chain.
The largest let down for me was the rear tyre’s EXO+ casing which ripped past restore on a rocky path pretty early on in the course of the testing interval. I consider the benefit at which the tyre ripped was exasperated by the bike’s weight and improve tyre put on related to ebikes.
On the very least I believe a Double Down or related casing tyre needs to be specced on electrical mountain bikes. The load penalty is negligible on each the climbs and descents on an ebike, however the further safety and management given by a stiffer and stronger rear tyre could be a terrific enchancment with no vital drawbacks.
I changed the Maxxis with a Michelin Wild Enduro Rear Gum-X tyre and haven’t suffered a single puncture since.
Canyon Spectral:ON CF 7.0 backside line
So, does the CF 7.0 equal the efficiency of the costlier 9.0 mannequin for a fraction of the £6,499 price? In brief, just about, sure.
The motor and battery are the identical, as is the body’s geometry. The 7.0’s brakes, drivetrain and wheels carry out in addition to the XTR and Reynolds elements on the costlier bike. The tyres are additionally equivalent throughout the 2 fashions, so that you’ll run into the identical issues with untimely punctures on the 9.0, too.
And though the CF 9.0’s Fox Manufacturing facility suspension is healthier than the 7.0’s RockShox equipment, the Lyrik and Deluxe don’t drastically prohibit enjoyable or scale back efficiency.
For that cause, should you’ve bought your coronary heart set on a Spectral:ON, there’s little or no incentive to purchase the costlier mannequin over the cheaper CF 7.0.