2023 Canyon

Exceed CF SLX 8

A 29″ carbon frame hardtail crosscountry bike with high-end components.
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Weight22.4 lbs  
SuspensionHardtail, 100mm
ForkFox Performance Elite Float 32
Wheels29″ Carbon
Drivetrain1 × 12
BrakesHydraulic Disc
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The Gear Loop
Canyon bolsters XC bike line-up with refreshed Exceed range

Mar 2023

New models, new colours and new graphics arrive on popular, racy hardtail

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Bike Perfect
Canyon Exceed CF 7 review – a classical cross-country hardtail

Nov 2022 · Graham Cottingham

Is there still a place in mountain biking for conservatively shaped cross-country MTBs like Canyon’s Exceed CF 7?

  • Fast and efficient over long distances

  • Agile handling

  • Well specced

  • Slow pick up on the rear hub

  • Seatpost would occasionally slip

  • Easy to find the limits

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First Look: Canyon's 2022 Exceed and Lux Get Even More Race Focused

Sep 2021 · Seb Stott

At the entry-level is the Lux CF 6 which is equipped with Shimano SLX shifting, Fox SC Performance suspension, and DT Swiss XR1900 wheels.

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Cycling Tips
2021 Canyon Exceed CF SLX 9 hardtail review: a bike for MVDP - CyclingTips

Feb 2021 · Dave Rome

A mountain bike so clearly intended to win World Cups that it carries a number of significant compromises for the recreational racer.

  • Focussed design for the racer, super stiff, agile handling, climbs like a goat, open frame design is easy to shoulder, low weight, good tyre clearance, race-ready spec, quality consumer-direct packaging.

  • Rides like an unprotected jackhammer, tall standover causes sizing woes, fiddly cable routing, press fit bottom bracket, price.

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Canyon Exceed CFR 2021 Review | An insanely lightweight, unapologetic race bike

Nov 2020

Drawing on new carbon fibre tech, the 2021 Canyon Exceed is lighter, sharper, and more refined than ever before. But when full suspension bikes are so good, is there still a genuine market for a hardtail? To find out, we've been testing the super-light Canyon Exceed CFR Team - read on for our full review.

  • Stonking power transfer

  • Responsive, undiluted handling

  • Astonishingly low weight

  • One-piece bars and internal cabling are super clean

  • Flex post adds welcome comfort

  • Steering limiter is effective, but unnoticeable

  • Not exactly the most forgiving ride

  • Bottom bracket bearings already feeling rough

  • Seatpost clamp could be more user-friendly

  • Tubeless valves & sealant should be included

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BIKE Magazine
Canyon Tips the Scales with New Exceed Hardtail

Aug 2020

We’ve seen a few high-profile XC hardtails released in the past month. BMC twisted out the Twostroke, a modern yet measured approach to a category that is still relevant, but takes a back seat to full-suspension. On the other hand, Orbea dropped the Alma, a purist’s race machine that takes a spare-no-expense approach to making…

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Canyon spins Unicorn Hair into their lightest hardtail ever with new Exceed XC Race bike

Aug 2020

Is this the lightest bike ever made with Unicorn Hair? Maybe for an XC hardtail, that is. Check out the new Canyon Exceed CFR!

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Canyon Exceed Team CFR: first ride review - MBR

Aug 2020 · Alan Muldoon

With a single-minded focus on success, Canyon’s new Exceed hardtail is aimed at vanquishing long-distance stage races, such as the Cape Epic, and blitzing short-course XC sprints. Need to know New 29er hardtail from Canyon boasts an impressive 835g frame weight All five frame sizes roll on 29in wheels and accommodate two water bottles. Chainstay lengths increase on L and XL sizes for better weight distribution across the size range Fatter tyres and wider rims increase comfort and control Custom 60mm dropper posts on CF SLX models and Exceed CFR LTD Range starts with the Exceed CF5 at £1,599 >>> Best XC race hardtail and full-suspension bikes When the new Canyon Exceed arrived we had some recalibrating to do. Even on the scales we thought we were using the wrong units, as it’s rare for us to weigh a bike and get a single-digit reading. Just how light is the Exceed CFR Team? It’s 9.01kg for the size L bike, and that’s with two bottle cages fitted and both tyres converted to tubeless. So it’s light, but it’s not your typical, modern 29er XC race bike. Developed and tested in marathon style races like the Cape Epic, where riders huddle in packs to protect themselves from the wind blowing across the plains, the attitude of the new Exceed is actually quite traditional. The head angle is a smidge under 69º, the seat angle a safe 74º, and with a BB height of 312mm you won’t have any issues keeping the crank spinning at all times. There is no concession for increased standover clearance either; the relatively flat top tube needed to accommodate two full-size water bottles even on the smaller frame sizes – which are now all on 29in wheels. It’s why the Exceed has Canyon’s Impact Protection Unit built in. It’s basically a steering block headset to prevent the handlebar and controls smashing through the top tube in a crash. It’s a nice touch and well executed, but best of all it offers a turning circle that would impress a London cabbie. The real tech here though, is around the seatpost interface. At first glance we thought it was some sort of isolating design, like Trek’s ISO Speed. On closer inspection however, it’s actually the split seatpost design that helps reduce saddle buzz. Adjusting the tilt of the saddle is achieved by sliding both halves of the seat post past each other. Slide the rear portion of the post up to lower the nose of the saddle and vice versa, there’s even a small scale marked on the post to let you know where you’re at. Inspired by Canyon’s world championship winning Cyclo-Cross bike, the frame has a collarless seatpost clamp that looks super clean, and thanks to the rubber seal it should stay that way too. Also we had no issues securing the seatpost without it slipping, creaking or twisting in the frame, so that’s a bonus. Canyon also designed a custom dropper in conjunction with DT Swiss …Continue reading »

  • 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.

  • Not as versatile as other modern XC bikes.

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Canyon Exceed CF SLX, The Exceed is our hardtail weapon of choice for XC riders and racers. 29 inch wheels, 100mm of travel for peak performance between the tapes or on the trails., Material: Carbon (CF), Weight: 900 g

BB StandardBB86/BB92, Press Fit

Hanger StandardUDH

ColorMtb Racing Team Replica


FOX 32 Step-Cast Performance Elite Remote, Axle dimension: 15x110 mm, Stanchion Diameter: 32 mm, Travel: 100 mm, Fork steer tube diameter: 1 1/8" - 1,5"


Spring TypeAir

Bottom Bracket

Shimano Pressfit BB71, Bottom bracket standard: PF 89,5/92, Weight: 10 g


Canyon V14, Fork steer tube diameter: 1 1/8"


Canyon H21 Carbon Flatbar, Material: Carbon, Rise: 5 mm


Selle Italia SLR Boost, Gender: Unisex, Weight: 198 g


DT Swiss D 232, Clamp diameter: 30,9 mm, Material: Aluminium (AL), Weight: 10 g



None included


Ergon GA20

Rear Derailleur

Shimano DEORE XT M8100, Cage length: long, Weight: 286 g


Shimano DEORE XT M8120, Number of chainrings: 1


Shimano DEORE XT M8100


Shimano DEORE XT M8100, Number of sprockets: 12


Shimano CN-M8100 12s


Shimano Deore XT M8100 | Shimano Deore XT M8110 Flatmount

TypeHydraulic Disc


DT Swiss XRC 1700 Spline, Rotor mount: Center Lock | DT Swiss XRC 1700 Spline S12, Rotor mount: Center Lock


Maxxis Ikon Exo 2.35", Width: 2.35", Weight: 740 g

Disc Rotors

Shimano DEORE XT MT800, Size: 180 mm, Weight: 100 g | Shimano DEORE XT MT800, Size: 160 mm, Weight: 123 g

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