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Spectral 125 AL 5
The Spectral 125 AL 5 is geared about the same as similar bikes for riding up hills.
Similar bikes won‘t keep up with the Spectral 125 AL 5 while riding downhill or sprinting.
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Leon PoultneyJan 2023
With shorter travel and a lighter frame, the Canyon Spectral 125 CF 9 is designed to rip on a multitude of terrains.
Plenty of adjustment
Not much weight saving over 150mm version
Carbon frame prone to chipping
Fair amount of initial set up
Simon KohlerJul 2022
The Canyon Spectral 125 CF 9 combines little travel and a progressive geometry. How did it fare in our 2022 trail bike group test?
Feels as if it had more travel and thus inspires confidence
Direct handling and firm suspension
Pedal-neutral rear suspension uphill
Tires don’t do justice to the potential of the bike
Requires an experienced rider
Guy KestevenJul 2022
Canyon’s shorter travel Spectral is a sawn-off shotgun blast bike, but does a trail bike need heavyweight enduro spec?
Nic HallJun 2022
In our Canyon Spectral 125 CF8 review, we found its confidence inspiring and can ride terrain we usually don’t think about taking a 125mm bike in. Learn more!
Tom MarvinJun 2022
The Spectral 125 is a hooligan of a bike that encourages you to try things you might otherwise not dare
Frame easy to live with
Sluggish at low speed on mellow terrain
Not a sofa-like ride
I had a blast riding the Spectral 125. With its familiar geometry I felt comfortable on it right away but it took a good few rides to recalibrate myself to the shorter travel and sharpen up my riding. Once I figured out how to ride it, the small Canyon returned the favour by giving me a feeling of being more in tune with the trails I rode and being more rewarded for the effort I put in.
As its name suggests, the Canyon Spectral 125 is the shorter travel counterpart to the much loved Spectral. Although its meager travel figures suggest otherwise, the Spectral 125 is every bit as aggressive as its longer travel sibling but it benefits from a much more supportive rear end and a dynamic ride that’ll unleash the inner hooligan of anyone who swings a leg over.
Ryan PalmerApr 2022
As the most expensive bike at the value bike Field Test, it wasn’t surprising that the Canyon Spectral AL 6 was spec’d better than the rest.
Excellent parts spec and value
Feels more stable at speed than most short-travel bikes
Unique mix of pop and brawl
Long, slack geometry can be cumbersome on technical climbs
Lacks small bump sensitivity
Not the most space for water
5'7" – 6'1"
5'10" – 6'5"
Canyon Spectral 125
BB Standard: BSA, Threaded
Colors: Real Raw; Flat Earth
RockShox 35 Gold RL
RockShox Deluxe Select+
Shimano BSA BB52
Canyon G5 Stem
Canyon G5 Riser Bar
Selle Italia X3
Iridium Dropper, The Iridium dropper post offers 150-200mm of on-the-fly seat height adjustability.
Canyon G5 Grips
Shimano Deore, 12-speed, 1x12 drivetrain for simpler, intuitive shifting. Long-cage design is compatible with wide-range cassettes.
Shimano Deore M6100 12speed, 133 g
Shimano Deore M6100 12speed, Gear range: 10-51
Shimano M6100 12-speed
Shimano Deore, High-power 4-piston Deore brake, quick pad retraction, compatible with ICE TECH brake pads | Shimano Deore M6120
RaceFace AR30 | Shimano MT400 | Alexrims AR30 | Shimano MT410
Maxxis Dissector 2.4", The Dissector tire offers outstanding traction and control. | Maxxis Minion DHRII 3C MaxxTerra EXO 2,4x29“
Hayes D-Series 180 mm | Rotor Hayes, 203 mm