2022 · CanyonSpectral 125 CF LTD

A 29″ carbon frame electronic full suspension trail bike with ultra high-end components. Compare the full range

2022 Canyon Spectral 125 CF LTD
MSRP€7,499 (about $8,059)
Weight29.5 lbs
SuspensionFull, Electronic
Travel125mm rear, 140mm front
ForkRockShox Pike Ultimate Flight Attendant
Wheels29″ Carbon
Drivetrain1 × 12 Electronic
GroupsetX01 Eagle AXS
BrakesHydraulic Disc
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1 × 12 — 12 speed

Spectral 125 CF LTD

28 mph

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The Spectral 125 CF LTD is easier to ride up hills than similar bikes.

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

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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.

  • Great handling

  • Plenty of adjustment

  • Sweet components

  • 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?

  • 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

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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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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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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

  • Aggressive shape

  • Super-fun personality

  • Frame easy to live with

  • Sluggish at low speed on mellow terrain

  • Not a sofa-like ride

  • Thin tyres

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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 »

  • 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

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

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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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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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< 5'10"


5'7" – 6'1"


5'10" – 6'5"


6'2" +


Canyon Spectral 125 CF

BB StandardBSA, 73mm, Threaded



RockShox Pike Ultimate Flight Attendant, Light air-spring fork., Through axle dimensions: 15x110 mm, Travel: 140 mm, Fork steer tube diameter: 1 1/8" - 1 1/4"

Rear Shock

RockShox Super Deluxe Ultimate Flight Attendant

Bottom Bracket

SRAM BSA DUB, Hassle-free SRAM DUB threaded bottom bracket., Bottom bracket standard: BSA 73


Canyon G5 Stem, Modern design, extreme durability: Canyon G5 components were developed by our pros on the world's toughest trails., Clamping diameter: 31,8 mm


Canyon G5 Carbon Riserbar, Material: Carbon, Rise: 30 mm


Ergon SM10 Enduro Comp


RockShox Reverb AXS, Clamp diameter: 30,9 mm


None included


Ergon GE1 Evo

Rear Derailleur

SRAM X01 Eagle AXS, Precise 1x12 rear derailleur with wireless AXS technology.


SRAM X01 Eagle Flight Attendant, Number of chainrings: 1


SRAM Eagle AXS Rocker 12s


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 Eagle XG-1295 12-speed Cassette


SRAM GX Eagle 12-speed, Flowlink inner plate design reduces friction, solid pin construction, PowerLock tool-less master link. | SRAM GX EAGLE 12-speed Chain 126L


SRAM Code RSC, Powerful rear brake. With tool-free reach and bite point adjustment. | SRAM Code RSC


DT Swiss XMC 1501, Light, durable, high-end 29-inch carbon wheel., Tubeless-ready, Internal rim width: 30 mm, Axle dimensions: 15 x 110 mm, Rotor mount: IS 6-bolt | DT Swiss XMC1501 29", Light, durable, high-end 29-inch carbon wheel. Tubeless-ready. With reliable Ratchet EXP freewheel., Internal rim width: 30 mm, Axle dimensions: boost,12 x 148 mm


Maxxis Dissector 2.4", The Dissector rear tire offers outstanding traction and braking control., Width: 2.4" | Maxxis Minion DHRII 3C MaxxTerra EXO 2,4x29“, Wheelsize: 29"

Disk Rotors

SRAM HS2 180 mm | SRAM HS2 | SRAM HS2 6-Bolt Brake Rotor 180mm | SRAM HS2 6-Bolt Brake Rotor 200mm

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