2022 Canyon Exceed CF 8

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

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2022 Canyon Exceed CF 8
Weight23.9 lbs
Travel100mm front
ForkFox Performance Elite Float 32
Wheels29″ Carbon
Drivetrain1 × 12
GroupsetXT, SLX
BrakesHydraulic Disc

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1 × 12 — 12 speed

Exceed CF 8

29 mph

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27 mph

The Exceed CF 8 is geared about the same as similar bikes for riding up hills.

Similar bikes won‘t keep up with the Exceed CF 8 while riding downhill or sprinting.

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< 5'6"


5'4" – 5'10"


5'8" – 6'1"


5'11" – 6'4"


6'3" +


Canyon Exceed CF

BB StandardBB86/BB92, press-fit


FOX 32 Performance Elite

Bottom Bracket

Shimano Pressfit BB71


Race Face Ride


Race Face Ride Rise


Selle Italia SLS Boost FeC, Saddle shaped to support a more aggressive riding position.


Race Face Ride


None included


Canyon push-on Grips

Rear Derailleur

Shimano Deore XT, 12-speed, Precise 1x12 drivetrain.


Shimano Deore XT M8100 34T, 34-tooth single chainring.


Shimano SLX, 12-speed


Shimano SLX, 12-speed (10-51), Cassette size: 10-51T. Gear range: 510%.


Shimano CN-M8100 12s


Shimano Deore XT M8100 | Shimano Deore XT M8110 Flatmount


Reynolds TR289 C XC | Reynolds TR309 C XC


MAXXIS Aspen 2.25" | MAXXIS Ikon Exo 2.35"

Disk Rotors

Shimano RT86, Disc Mount: 6-Hole | Shimano RT86, 180mm, 180mm Shimano RT86 rotor provides a good balance of stopping power and modulation.

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