First Ride – Canyon Lux CF 9.9 Pro Team
There had been endless rumors the last couple years that Canyon Bikes would be selling its bikes in North America, and this winter the news became official. Canyon is coming to America.
Canyon has a pretty deep line of bikes with the Lux being their flagship XC/marathon machine.
We got ahold of the higher end version Lux CF 9.9 with a full SRAM XX1 Eagle kit with Level Ultimate brakes and Rise 60 carbon wheels. On the suspension side is a RockShox RS-1 fork and Monarch XX shock with Full Sprint Remote. Retail price on this is $7,000.
The bike was shipped to us and showed up in some seriously well thought out packaging (sorry we didn’t take any photos) including everything we needed to put the bike together.
Assembly was pretty simple, we installed the handlebars and the headset stop and bolted on the front wheel.
Throwing the Lux in the work stand we were pretty surprised to see the gears already dialed in and the brake calipers properly centered. Given they are a consumer direct brand, this is paramount.
We dropped the stack height down mid-way, though we will most likely drop the stem all the way down for the rest of our testing. The geometry is fairly compact with a modest reach and position that puts you more on top of the bike. The fit is comfortable and not overly aggressive eluding to its marathon abilities. This bike came stock with 720mm flat bars and a 90mm stem, that seems to compliment the geometry well.
In the fork we are running 20% sag with two Bottomless Tokens and 25% sag in the shock. We will most likely leave the fork alone, but the shock will take a couple more rides to dial in. The shock has quite a bit of pedaling support, even in the open mode.
There is no doubt this is a quick and nimble bike. We did some hot laps on a local XC trail and are eager to put in some bigger miles on this machine. Full review and write up is slotted for our September issue.