2022 Canyon Exceed CFR LTD

A 29″ carbon frame hardtail crosscountry bike with ultra high-end components. Compare the full range

2022 Canyon Exceed CFR LTD
Spec Level
Weight19.7 lbs
Travel100mm front
ForkRockShox SID SL Ultimate
Wheels29″ Carbon
Drivetrain1 × 12 Electronic
GroupsetXX1 Eagle AXS, X01 Eagle AXS
BrakesHydraulic Disc
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1 × 12 — 12 speed

Exceed CFR LTD

29 mph

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The Exceed CFR LTD is easier to ride up hills than similar bikes.

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

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  • Light, fast and efficient, providing the terrain’s not too technical. Bigger tyres and compliance built into the frame and seat post offer a modicum of comfort. Ergon grips, Maxxis tyres and DT Swiss wheels are a bonus.

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< 5'6"


5'4" – 5'10"


5'8" – 6'1"


5'11" – 6'4"


6'3" +


Canyon Exceed CFR

ColorEclipse Black


RockShox SID SL Ultimate RaceDay Remote

Bottom Bracket

SRAM Pressfit DUB


Selle Italia SLR KC Boost


DT Swiss D 232 One


None included


Ergon GA20, High-grade lock-on grips providing comfort and control in equal measure.

Rear Derailleur



SRAM XX1 Eagle DUB 34T, Material: Carbon


SRAM Eagle AXS Controller


SRAM XG Eagle 10-52, All the range you need to climb the biggest mountains, courtesy of SRAM's 10-52, 12-speed cassette.


SRAM X01 Eagle 12-speed


SRAM Level Ultimate


Reynolds Blacklabel XC


MAXXIS Aspen 2.25" | MAXXIS Ikon Exo 2.35"

Disk Rotors

SRAM Centerline, 160mm, Disc Mount: Centerlock | SRAM Centerline X Rounded Edges, Disc Mount: Centerlock

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