A 27.5″ / 29″ aluminum frame full suspension trail bike with upper mid-range components. Compare the full range
|Travel||130mm rear, 140mm front|
|Fork||RockShox Recon Silver RL|
|Wheels||27.5″ / 29″ Aluminum|
|Drivetrain||1 × 12|
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1 × 12 — 12 speed
The Neuron 5 is easier to ride up hills than similar bikes.
The Neuron 5 won‘t keep up with similar bikes while riding downhill or sprinting.
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5'4" – 5'9"
5'8" – 6'1"
5'11" – 6'4"
Luke MarshallMar 2023
Canyon hits the nail on the head with this true all-rounder that will tackle a wide variety of trails and give you a wonderful time doing so
Neat frame integration
Covers ground fast, yet can still get loose
Reasonable price considering the spec
Frame has limitations
The new 2023 Canyon Neuron trail bike gets every update you could wish for in a modernized mountain bike - lighter, stiffer & more capable than ever
Danny MilnerMar 2023
The affordably-priced Canyon Neuron is a versatile, back-to-basics mountain bike, designed to be as adept as clocking up the miles as delivering the smiles on fun singletrack. So does it deliver against those promises? Best mountain bikes: XC, hardtail, trail and enduro for all budgets Best budget full-suspension bikes Need to know Entry-level trail bike with 130mm travel 11 bike range, offering both carbon and alloy-framed options starts at £1,849 Small frame sizes come with 27.5in wheels, larger sizes get 29in wheels Updates include more progressive geometry, integrated protection and a focus on low maintenance The Canyon Neuron was only launched in 2017, but its roots can be traced right back to the brand’s very inception. It was the replacement for the full-suspension Nerve; a bike that was born all the way back in 2002. And it happened to be the first Canyon model we ever tested here at MBR. That bike was the 2011 Nerve XC 5.0, and it featured an alloy frame with 120mm of travel and 26in wheels. It also weighed 12.9kg and cost £1,188 excluding the box and shipping. This new Canyon Neuron might have radically different geometry to its forebear, wheels that are 3in bigger in diameter, and a price and weight that have succumbed a little to middle-aged spread, but it’s still intended to be an affordable, versatile, friendly trail bike that is as approachable for beginners as it is thrilling to experienced riders. Unfortunately the first generation Neuron (at least in my opinion) fell wide of its intended mark. Canyon chose to take a very cautious approach at a time when geometry and sizing was settling down after a period of rapid evolution. Which meant that the head angle was too steep, the seat angle was too slack, the wheelbase was dinky, and the seat tube too long. As a result, the bike was twitchy and unstable on descents, and the steering too light when climbing. Ultimately, the 2017 Canyon Neuron was out of date from the moment it hit the market. Which was a huge shame, because the suspension was excellent, with a smooth, supple response to small bumps while never being overwhelmed by rougher terrain. Canyon Neuron frame So does this updated version correct the mistakes of its predecessor? It’s obvious that the latest bike is an entirely different proposition just by comparing the old and new side-profiles. The seat angle is visibly steeper, the head angle obviously slacker and the reach appreciably longer. To put numbers on these changes, the seat angle is 1.5º steeper, the head angle a similar amount slacker, the seat tubes are around 20mm lower, and the reach has grown by between 10mm and 40mm depending on the frame size. And TLDR; these changes to the geometry transform the Neuron for the better. But before I get to the ride, let’s run through the basics of the range. Available in either carbon or alloy, the Neuron frame delivers 130mm of travel matched with a 140mm travel …Continue reading »
Hyper-fast. Friendly yet rewarding geometry. Excellent value.
Seat tube could be a bit shorter. Saddle is a bit too racy.
More trail-friendly than a Lux, not as burly as a Spectral, the Neuron is Canyon’s bread and butter mountain bike. How does it respond to getting hit with the Longer/Slacker/More stick?
Henry QuinneyMar 2023
Canyon's classic trail bike receives numerous frame and geometry updates.
The Neuron is now lighter, tougher and more capable than ever
The Canyon Neuron has received a big overhaul for 2023. So how does it perform on the trail? Read on for our Canyon Neuron review.
Sleek & lightweight frame
Responsive & well-balanced handling
Efficient pedalling performance
Short seat tubes & long dropper post
Fantastic build kit for the money
Firm tyre compound struggles on rocky terrain
FIT4 fork damper lacks sensitivity
Ergon grips creak
Felix StixJun 2021
Launched in 2018, the Canyon Neuron is no stranger to ENDURO. Over the past three years, we've tested Canyon's bestseller in all possible versions and specs. But where does it sit compared to the latest and greatest mountain bikes of 2021? Can the Canyon Neuron CF SLX 9 still deliver on the trail?
Fully-sealed linkage bearings
Weak performance uphill despite the focus on tours
Permanently overwhelmed downhill
Despite the attractive price and high-quality components, only poor value for money
BB Standard: BSA, 73mm, Threaded
Hanger Standard: UDH
Colors: Dark Grove; Dipped Summit
Rock Shox Recon Silver RL
RockShox Deluxe Select+
Race Face BSA Cinch
Iridium Flatbar, Material: Aluminium, Rise: 5mm, Width for S and XS frames: 740 mm
Selle Italia X3
Shimano Deore, 12-speed, 1x12 drivetrain for simpler, intuitive shifting. Long-cage design is compatible with wide-range cassettes.
Shimano Deore M6100 12s
SunRace CSMZ800 12s 11-51T
Shimano CN-M6100 12s
Iridium 30 | Iridium 25
Schwalbe Nobby Nic 29x2.4" bronze skin | Schwalbe Wicked Will 29x2.4" bronze skin
SRAM Centerline, 180mm