2022 · CanyonSpectral 125 CF 8

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2022 Canyon Spectral 125 CF 8
MSRP$5,199
Weight30.4 lbs
SuspensionFull
Travel125mm rear, 140mm front
FrameCarbon
ForkFox Performance Elite Float 36
Wheels29″ Aluminum
Drivetrain1 × 12
GroupsetXT
BrakesHydraulic Disc
SeatpostDropper
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Gearing

1 × 12 — 12 speed

Spectral 125 CF 8

28 mph

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26 mph

The Spectral 125 CF 8 is geared about the same as similar bikes for riding up hills.

Similar bikes won‘t keep up with the Spectral 125 CF 8 while riding downhill or sprinting.


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Reviews
The Gear Loop
Canyon Spectral 125 CF 9 review

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.

Pros
  • Great handling

  • Plenty of adjustment

  • Sweet components

Cons
  • Not much weight saving over 150mm version

  • Carbon frame prone to chipping

  • Fair amount of initial set up

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Enduro Mountainbike Magazine
Canyon Spectral 125 CF 9 – In our 2022 trail bike group test

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?

Pros
  • Feels as if it had more travel and thus inspires confidence

  • Direct handling and firm suspension

  • Pedal-neutral rear suspension uphill

Cons
  • Tires don’t do justice to the potential of the bike

  • Requires an experienced rider

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Bike Perfect
Canyon Spectral 125 CF8 review – less travel, more fun?

Guy KestevenJul 2022

Canyon’s shorter travel Spectral is a sawn-off shotgun blast bike, but does a trail bike need heavyweight enduro spec?

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Loam Wolf
Review: Canyon Spectral 125 CF 8

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!

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BikeRadar
Canyon Spectral 125 CF 7 review

Tom MarvinJun 2022

The Spectral 125 is a hooligan of a bike that encourages you to try things you might otherwise not dare

Pros
  • Aggressive shape

  • Super-fun personality

  • Frame easy to live with

Cons
  • Sluggish at low speed on mellow terrain

  • Not a sofa-like ride

  • Thin tyres

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MBR
Canyon Spectral 125 CF 9 review - MBR

Alan MuldoonJun 2022

Take a cursory glance at the new Spectral 125 and you could easily mistake it for the full-blown 150mm Spectral. Make no mistake though, the Spectral 125 is a unique bike in its own right. And not just unique; the performance is impressive to count it among some of the best mountain bikes we’ve tested this year. Need to know: A 125mm travel 29er designed to tackle big terrain CF models use a full carbon frame with tube-in-tube internal cable routing All models use 140mm travel forks with a 64º head angle in slack/low setting G5 dropper post can be adjusted internally in 5mm increments,  with a 25mm adjustment range Alloy Spectral 125 bikes available from £2,449 Canyon Spectral 125 frame and geometry The most telling difference is that the head tube is 15mm taller on the 125, it also has a 20mm shorter seat tube and the seat stay assembly is longer too. Other than that, the geometry is nigh on identical. In fact, the 125 CF carbon frame is only 100g lighter and meets the exact same safety standards, so you know it is designed for hard charging. Canyon offers three carbon versions, where the Spectral 125 CF 9 tested here is the top-end bike. There are also two alloy bikes, the entry-level AL 5 costing £2,399. The carbon bike gets a hi/low flip-chip that adjusts the BB by 8mm and the head angle by 0.5º. The alloy version forgoes the geometry adjustment and combines the slacker head angle with the steeper seat angle for a best of both worlds approach.  Other neat features on the CF 9 include tube-in-tube cable routing and extra seals on the pivot bearings to ensure that the bike spends the minimum amount of time in the workstand. It also has mounts under the top tube for attaching tools or Canyon’s Load frame bag. Canyon has missed a trick with its chainstay protector though, because chips in the carbon swingarm right beside the chain ring indicate that the rubber protection falls just short. Canyon Spectral 125 suspension With 125mm of rear travel but geometry fitting of a 150mm bike, it makes sense that the shorter travel Spectral has more progressive suspension than its big brother. It also has more anti-squat, which combined with the reduced travel makes the bike feel tighter and more reactive when you get on the gas. Yes, the rear suspension can feel a little too progressive at times, so we found that running the bike in the high geometry setting, with a lower spring pressure gave us the best response. Another option would be to remove the biggest of the two volume spacers from the Fox Float X shock and keep it in the low setting. To balance vertical wheel travel front and rear, Canyon fits a 140mm Fox 36 Factory fork. The Grip 2 damper provides plenty of support, and riding the Spectral 125 back-to-back with the longer travel version really highlighted just how stable the geometry is …Continue reading »

Pros
  • Tight responsive handling that rewards riders who want to engage with the terrain. Top quality build kit. Low-slung frame design looks killer. Niche never looked so mainstream

Cons
  • Needs an EXO+ casing rear tyre. Not much lighter than a 150mm bike

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NSMB
2022 Canyon Spectral 125 CF 8 Review

Jun 2022

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.

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off.road.cc
2022 Canyon Spectral 125 CF8 review

May 2022

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.

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Geometry

Sizing
SM

< 5'10"

MD

5'7" – 6'1"

LG

5'10" – 6'5"

XL

6'2" +


Specs
Build
Frame

Spectral CF 125

BB StandardBSA, 73mm, Threaded

ColorRollercoaster

Fork

FOX 36 Performance Elite

Rear Shock

FOX Float X Performance

Bottom Bracket

Shimano MT800, Threaded

Stem

Canyon G5 Stem

Handlebar

Canyon G5 Riser Bar

Saddle

Ergon SM10 Enduro Comp

Seatpost

G5 Adjustable Dropper Post

Pedals

None included

Grips

Ergon GE1 Evo

Groupset
Rear Derailleur

Shimano Deore XT M8100 12speed, Precise 1x12 drivetrain.

Crank

Shimano XT M8120 32T

Shifters

Shimano Deore XT, 12-speed, Rear derailleur shifter, 12-speed, Textured rubber lever pad, Multi-Release, 2-way release, I-Spec EV clamp allows 14mm lateral adjustment and 20-degrees rotation adjustment, 130 g

Cassette

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

Chain

Shimano M7100 12-speed

Brakes

Shimano Deore XT M8120 | Shimano Deore XT M8120, High-power 4-piston brake, reach adjust, quick pad retraction, banjo-type connection, ICE TECH brake pads, 410 g

Wheels
Rims

DT Swiss XM 1700 | DT Swiss XM 1700 S12

Tires

Maxxis Dissector 2.4", The Dissector tire offers outstanding traction and control. | Maxxis Minion DHRII 3C MaxxTerra EXO 2,4x29“

Disk Rotors

Shimano XT brake rotor, 203mm, ICE TECH FREEZA design reduces heat build-up and brake fade, center lock mounting for quick installation/removal | Shimano RT-MT800, 180mm

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