2021 Canyon Exceed CF 7

A 29″ carbon frame hardtail crosscountry bike with high-end components, priced near the low end of the Exceed model range. Compare the full range

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2021 Canyon Exceed CF 7
Weight27.0 lbs
Travel100mm front
ForkRockShox Recon Silver RL
Drivetrain1 × 12
GroupsetNX Eagle, Truvativ Stylo
BrakesHydraulic Disc
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1 × 12 — 12 speed

Exceed CF 7

27 mph

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27 mph

The Exceed CF 7 is geared about the same as similar bikes for riding up hills.

The Exceed CF 7 is geared about the same as similar bikes for riding downhill.

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Drawing on new carbon fibre tech, the 2021 Canyon Exceed is lighter, sharper, and more refined than ever before. But when full suspension bikes are so good, is there still a genuine market for a hardtail? To find out, we've been testing the super-light Canyon Exceed CFR Team - read on for our full review.

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August 2020

Canyon Exceed Team CFR: first ride review - MBR

With a single-minded focus on success, Canyon’s new Exceed hardtail is aimed at vanquishing long-distance stage races, such as the Cape Epic, and blitzing short-course XC sprints. Need to know New 29er hardtail from Canyon boasts an impressive 835g frame weight All five frame sizes roll on 29in wheels and accommodate two water bottles. Chainstay lengths increase on L and XL sizes for better weight distribution across the size range Fatter tyres and wider rims increase comfort and control Custom 60mm dropper posts on CF SLX models and Exceed CFR LTD Range starts with the Exceed CF5 at £1,599 >>> Best XC race hardtail and full-suspension bikes When the new Canyon Exceed arrived we had some recalibrating to do. Even on the scales we thought we were using the wrong units, as it’s rare for us to weigh a bike and get a single-digit reading. Just how light is the Exceed CFR Team? It’s 9.01kg for the size L bike, and that’s with two bottle cages fitted and both tyres converted to tubeless. So it’s light, but it’s not your typical, modern 29er XC race bike. Developed and tested in marathon style races like the Cape Epic, where riders huddle in packs to protect themselves from the wind blowing across the plains, the attitude of the new Exceed is actually quite traditional. The head angle is a smidge under 69º, the seat angle a safe 74º, and with a BB height of 312mm you won’t have any issues keeping the crank spinning at all times. There is no concession for increased standover clearance either; the relatively flat top tube needed to accommodate two full-size water bottles even on the smaller frame sizes – which are now all on 29in wheels. It’s why the Exceed has Canyon’s Impact Protection Unit built in. It’s basically a steering block headset to prevent the handlebar and controls smashing through the top tube in a crash. It’s a nice touch and well executed, but best of all it offers a turning circle that would impress a London cabbie. The real tech here though, is around the seatpost interface. At first glance we thought it was some sort of isolating design, like Trek’s ISO Speed. On closer inspection however, it’s actually the split seatpost design that helps reduce saddle buzz. Adjusting the tilt of the saddle is achieved by sliding both halves of the seat post past each other. Slide the rear portion of the post up to lower the nose of the saddle and vice versa, there’s even a small scale marked on the post to let you know where you’re at. Inspired by Canyon’s world championship winning Cyclo-Cross bike, the frame has a collarless seatpost clamp that looks super clean, and thanks to the rubber seal it should stay that way too. Also we had no issues securing the seatpost without it slipping, creaking or twisting in the frame, so that’s a bonus. Canyon also designed a custom dropper in conjunction with DT Swiss …Continue reading »

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< 5'6"


5'8" – 5'6"


5'8" – 6'1"


5'11" – 6'4"


6'3" +


FR EXD CF SL M076-01 M P02


Rock Shox Recon RL Remote

Bottom Bracket

SRAM Pressfit DUB


Race Face Ride


Race Face Ride Rise


Selle Italia Model X, Saddle with central cut-out and flexible wings for maximum comfort. Featuring durable Soft-Tek cover for maximum durability and scratch resistance. Rail material: manganese.


Race Face Ride


None included



Rear Derailleur

SRAM NX Eagle, The NX Eagle rear derailleur delivers consistent shifts thanks, in part, to its robust steel/aluminum chassis.


Truvativ Stylo 6K DUB 34T


SRAM NX Eagle Trigger 12s


SRAM PG-1230 Eagle 11-50 12s, SRAM's NX Eagle 11-50 cassette packs a wide, 454% gear range into a surprisingly affordable package.


SRAM NX Eagle 12s


SRAM Level T


RaceFace AR25 | Shimano MT400 | RaceFace AR25 | Shimano MT400 S11


MAXXIS Aspen 2.25" | MAXXIS Ikon Exo 2.35"

Disk Rotors

SRAM Centerline Rounded Edges, Disc Mount: Centerlock | SRAM Centerline Rounded Edges, 160mm SRAM Centerline rear rotor offers excellent braking control.

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