2023 Canyon

Spectral 4

A 27.5″ / 29″ aluminum frame full suspension enduro bike with upper mid-range components.

MSRP$2,299  
Weight36.2 lbs  
FrameAluminum
SuspensionFull, 150 / 160mm
ForkRockShox 35 Silver
ShockRockShox Deluxe Select+
Wheels27.5″ / 29″ Aluminum
Drivetrain1 × 12
GroupsetSX Eagle
BrakesHydraulic Disc
SeatpostDropper
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Sizing
XS

< 5'7"

SM

5'4" – 5'10"

MD

5'7" – 6'1"

LG

5'10" – 6'5"

XL

6'2" +

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Reviews
MBR
Canyon pulls out all the stops on the new 2024 Spectral CF 9 trail bike with less travel, more sizes, internal storage and steering stabilisation as standard - MBR

Feb 2024 · Alan Muldoon

Canyon clearly isn’t afraid to innovate. Because after just one year and a trial on just one model, it is back with a brand new range of Spectral CFs, all sporting KIS, its Keep It Stable steering technology. Not to be confused with a steering damper, KIS has springs that attach to a cam on the fork steerer that help recenter the front wheel after a deflection. And based on rider feedback the latest version has been tweaked to feel less intrusive. Best of all, there’s no longer an additional upcharge associated with the cutting edge tech. Packed with mod-cons, Canyon is plainly serious about building one of the best full-suspension trail bikes on the market. Canyon Spectral CF 9 need to know Updated Spectral CF is an out-and-out trail bike Rear travel is capped at 140mm Five sizes, reach on M is now 475mm, L grows to 500mm Geometry designed around a 150mm fork Internal frame storage first seen on the Grail gravel bike Wheel size flip-chip on the chainstays Chainstay length shortens from 437mm to 429mm in 27.5in setting New frame is only 20g heavier than the old one. Geometry flip-chip in shock eyelet gives high/low settings Detuned KIS steering stabiliser comes standard Four models, all with the same frame and all with KIS Prices start at £3,299 for the Spectral CF 7 – to find out more about the new Canyon Spectral range, read our news story and range overview One look and the new Spectral CF chassis and it’s clear that Canyon also isn’t afraid to imitate. Specialized pioneered internal frame storage with SWAT and given that we predicted that the new Spectral would have the same internal storage as the recently launched Canyon Grail gravel bike, its addition should come as no surprise. But that’s not the only technology the Canyon has borrowed from Specialized when reimagining the latest Spectral CF range. Take a closer look at the carbon rear dropouts on the new Spectral CF and you’ll notice the asymmetric Horst link pivots first used on the Gen 2 Specialized Levo SL to accommodate 27.5in or 29in rear wheels without messing up the geometry. Canyon is even referring to them as wheel size flip-chips, and just like on the Specialized Levo SL they keep the geometry identical, bar the 8mm shorter chainstay length when swapping from a 29in rear wheel to 27.5in. It’s a great feature and having measured the geometry of the Canyon in both settings, with both wheel sizes, both shod with same tyre treads and widths, it does exactly as claimed.  You simply choose your preferred wheel size at checkout and the bike ships in the corresponding geometry setting.  What’s interesting is that Canyon has claimed that the new frame with KIS and internal storage is only 20g heavier than the old one and retains its Category 4 rating. And I don’t doubt that for a second, but when I looked up my notes on the 2021 Spectral 29 CF 8 …Continue reading »

Highs
  • • Progressive geometry that's 29in and MX compatible

  • • Extended size range + internal frame storage

  • • Innovative KIS technology at no extra cost

  • • Loads of suspension support for pedalling

  • • Improved heel clearance with slender stays

Lows
  • • Rear suspension bottoms too easily

  • • With 136mm travel, things gets rowdy on rough trails

  • • Internal frame storage has limited capacity

  • • Complete build is heavier than the old bike

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BIKE Magazine
Tested: Canyon Spectral Mullet CF 8 K.I.S.

Sep 2023

Everything except the K.I.S.

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Bikerumor
Canyon Release Spectral Mullet K.I.S. with Steering Stabilizer

Jul 2023

The $4,699 USD Canyon Spectral Mullet K.I.S. benefits from the Syntace-developed steerer self-centering device said to Keep It Stable

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Flow Mountain Bike
Canyon Spectral CF 8 KIS Review | Is this the future of mountain bike steering?

May 2023

We put the Canyon Spectral CF 8 KIS to the test to see how the new steering stabiliser works, and how it impacts your riding.

Highs
  • Improved cornering performance on loose terrain

  • Significantly reduces wheel flop on the climbs

  • Simple & lightweight

  • Adjustable slider is useful for different terrain

Lows
  • KIS system adds cost & complexity

  • There are notable quirks on the trail

  • Price of entry is relatively high

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Revolution Mountain Bike Magazine
Introducing the new ‘new’ Canyon Spectral :: On!

Jan 2023

The previous generation of Canyon’s Spectral:On was so impressive that our test rider Blake, who reviewed the bike, ended up buying it because he simply didn’t want to stop riding it. That bike was such a good ‘all round package’ it left us wondering, “what could they possibly improve on the next model”? Well, Canyon has answered that question with the new Spectral:On. A bigger battery, slightly more travel and a mullet setup means this bike looks serious, but has […]

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The Gear Loop
Canyon Spectral 125 CF 9 review

Jan 2023 · Leon Poultney

With shorter travel and a lighter frame, the Canyon Spectral 125 CF 9 is designed to rip on a multitude of terrains.

Highs
  • Great handling

  • Plenty of adjustment

  • Sweet components

Lows
  • Not much weight saving over 150mm version

  • Carbon frame prone to chipping

  • Fair amount of initial set up

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NSMB
2 Mullets: Canyon Spectral CF 8 (CLLCTV) and Torque CF8 Reviewed

Aug 2022

The 2022 versions of the big brawlin' Torque and the "go anywhere" Spectral - which one brings mo business without spoiling the party in the back?

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

Jul 2022 · Guy Kesteven

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

Highs
  • Slack, long, stiff and confident

  • Top non shop value

  • Impressive short travel control

  • Enduro strength spec

Lows
  • Enduro spec adds weight

  • Suspension hard to balance

  • Not mullet or coil compatible

  • Unreinforced rear tire

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Geometry
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Specs
Build
Frame

Canyon Spectral, Aluminium frame with optimised frame forms for increased stiffness and strength with thinner walls. Category 4., Axle dimension: 12x148 mm, Material: Aluminium (AL)

BB StandardBSA, 73mm, Threaded

ColorsRaw'kn'roll; Sand

Fork

ROCKSHOX 35 Silver TurnKey, Travel: 160 mm, Fork steer tube diameter: 1 1/4", Weight: 5.03 lbs

Travel160mm

Shock

RockShox Deluxe Select+, Weight: 0.83 lbs

Travel150mm

Bottom Bracket

SRAM DUB BSA, Bottom bracket standard: BSA 73, Weight: 0.19 lbs

Stem

Canyon G5, Modern design, extreme durability: Canyon G5 components were developed by our pros on the world's toughest trails., Fork steer tube diameter: 1 1/8", Clamping diameter: 31,8 mm, Material: Aluminium (AL)

Handlebar

Canyon G5, G5 stands for gravity riding, and category 5. This aluminium bar has superb ergonomics and durability., Clamping diameter: 31,8 mm, Width: 780 mm, Rise: 30 mm

Saddle

Ergon SM10 Enduro, Developed on the Enduro World Series, the SM10 gives you max freedom of movement in technical terrain., On certain models, this saddle may be substituted for an alternate, equivalent Selle San Marco model., Potentially affected models include:, Spectral 6 27 (Model #3184), Spectral 6 29 (Model #3185)

Seatpost

Iridium Dropper Post, Move more freely on steep descents, by dropping down saddle with the press of a handlebar-mounted button. With internal cabling., Clamp diameter: 30,9 mm, Material: Aluminium (AL), Weight: 1.28 lbs

TypeDropper

Pedals

None included

Grips

Canyon G5

Groupset
Rear Derailleur

SRAM SX Eagle, Weight: 0.90 lbs

Crank

SRAM SX Eagle DUB, Number of chainrings: 1

Shifters

SRAM SX Eagle, Weight: 0.29 lbs

Cassette

SRAM PG-1210 Eagle, Number of sprockets: 12

Chain

SRAM SX Eagle

Brakes

SRAM DB8 | SRAM Matchmaker Clamp

TypeHydraulic Disc

Wheels
Rims

RaceFace AR30 | Shimano MT400, Axle dimension: 15x110 mm, Rotor mount: Center Lock, Weight: 2.62 lbs | RaceFace AR30 | Shimano MT400, Axle dimension: 12x148 mm, Rotor mount: Center Lock, Weight: 2.98 lbs

Tires

Maxxis Minion DHR II Exo, Width: 2,4", Weight: 2.11 lbs | Maxxis Minion DHR II Exo+, Width: 2,4", Weight: 2.38 lbs

Disc Rotors

SRAM Centerline Rounded, Size: 200 mm, Weight: 0.50 lbs

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