A 29″ carbon frame full suspension trail bike with ultra high-end components, priced at the high end of the Spectral 125 model range. Compare the full range
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|Travel||125mm rear, 140mm front|
|Fork||Fox Factory Float 36|
|Drivetrain||1 × 12 Electronic|
|Groupset||GX Eagle AXS, X01 Eagle|
1 × 12 — 12 speed
Spectral 125 CF 9
The Spectral 125 CF 9 is easier to ride up hills than similar bikes.
Similar bikes won‘t keep up with the Spectral 125 CF 9 while riding downhill or sprinting.
Based on build material and quality level of the frame, fork, wheelset, groupset, suspension system, and more. Learn more
The Spectral dominates smooth, steep tech, but flatter or rougher sections can be frustrating to ride
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.
Enduro speed meets trail-bike pop
Brand new for 2022, the Canyon Spectral 125 jumps into the lineup as a shrunken down version of the Spectral 29. So what sort of riding is it designed for? And why would you choose to have less travel than the regular Spectral? Read on for our Canyon Spectral 125 review.
Don’t let the relatively short travel on the Canyon Spectral 125 fool you; this is a bike that’s been engineered to feel capable in a wide range of trail environments. But does its performance live up to its design, who’s going to get the most out of this bike, and is it good enough to potentially warrant a position on our list of the best trail bikes? Or would it be more at home amongst the best cross-country bikes? 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 Finding its niche What makes a trail bike a trail bike? Is it the weight, geometry or how much travel it has? Or is it simply the terrain you chose to ride it on? After all, trail riding can be anything from a fast, flat, singletrack loop around your local woods, to shredding high alpine trails that would be difficult to navigate on foot. A trail bike means different things to different people, especially in different countries. And with such a broad spectrum of riding to cover, it seems daft that we pigeonhole trail bikes as having to have 150mm travel, weigh under 15kg and sport X, Y and Z geometry. Yet designing a trail bike to cover the widest possible variety of terrain is a very good idea, even if it’s clear that trail bikes exist on a spectrum – some indistinguishable from enduro rigs, others inspired by cross country racing. So where does the new Canyon Spectral 125 CF 9 fit on this sliding scale? Canyon Spectral 125 geometry In terms of travel it’s definitely at the shorter end of the spectrum. It uses the latest Fox Float X shock, just like the 150mm version, but Canyon hasn’t simply fitted a shorter stroke shock to the standard bike to reduce the travel by 25mm. Instead it opened a new carbon mould and designed the bike around the suspension, where the seat stay assembly is noticeably longer than on the 150mm bike. And when we compare the rear suspension characteristics directly, the Spectral 125 is more progressive and has more anti-squat for improved support and pedalling efficiency. The frame shape is also subtly different. The head tube is 15mm taller, which makes it easy to match the bar height of both models, even with the shorter travel 140mm fork on the Spectral 125. The seat tube on the Spectral 125 is also 20mm shorter, so you’ll have no issues running the 200mm Canyon G5 dropper post. The post height can also be reduced in 5mm increments by up to 25mm, which makes upsizing even easier than before. In terms of geometry, the angles on the Spectral 125 are within fractions …Continue reading »
Review: Canyon short-travel enduro Spectral 125 is the most playful mountain bike in their lineup, more capable than 125mm travel suggests!
The Spectral 125 is Canyon’s newest offering in the busy, short-travel category. It’s a trail bike with 125mm of rear wheel travel matched to a 140mm travel fork, with geometry matching the newly updated Spectral 150 long-travel line.
5'7" – 6'1"
5'10" – 6'5"
Spectral CF 125
BB Standard: BSA, 73mm, threaded
Color: Big Bamboo
FOX 36 Factory
FOX Float X Factory
SRAM BSA DUB, Hassle-free SRAM DUB threaded bottom bracket.
Canyon G5 Stem
Canyon G5 Carbon Riser Bar, Highly robust carbon handlebar. G5 stands for gravity and category 5., Rise: 30 mm., Clamping diameter: 31.8 mm.
Ergon SM10 Enduro Comp
G5 Adjustable Dropper Post
Ergon GE1 Evo
SRAM GX Eagle AXS 12s, Next-gen wireless 1x12 groupset. App-configurable.
SRAM X1 CF Eagle, SRAM X01 Eagle crankset with 32-tooth chainring and 170mm crankarms for plenty of pedaling clearance.
SRAM GX Eagle AXS Contoller
SRAM GX Eagle, 12-speed (10-52), Cassette size: 10-52T. Gear range: 520%.
SRAM GX Eagle 12-speed, FLOW LINK inner plate design reduces friction, solid pin construction, PowerLock tool-less master link
SRAM Code RSC
DT Swiss XMC 1501 | DT Swiss XMC1501 29"
MAXXIS Dissector 2.4", The Dissector tire offers outstanding traction and control. | Maxxis Minion DHRII 3C MaxxTerra EXO 2,4x29“
SRAM HS2 180 mm | SRAM HS2