Words: Anna Beck

The Canyon Spectral has been lauded as a top-performing do-it-all 27.5” trail slayer, and when Ryan Walsch reviewed the Canyon Spectral CF 9.0 SL - he agreed. But with increasing pressure from the women's market and within Canyon’s own staff ranks, the brand decided to rebuild the Spectral from the ground up in order to offer a women’s specific version of this award-winning bike in 2019.

The bike tested, the Canyon Spectral WMN CF 8.0, sits second from the top in the offering, with the range consisting of five women’s specific bikes comprised of two alloy entry level options and three carbon framed offerings. Kudos to a direct to consumer brand like Canyon designing women's specific bikes, and shipping them ready to go. It's a bold move for a brand that doesn't have the face to face interaction that most brands have to explain why a women's specific fit is needed for some riders.

At $5249, the 8.0 offers a lot of bike for your money: featuring a full carbon front-end (alloy rear triangle), SRAM GX drivetrain with Guide RSC brakes, RockShox Pike and Deluxe RT3 suspension, lightweight DT-Swiss XM 1501 Spline Wheel set and Fox Transfer seat post.

30mm internal - the magic number for trail bikes!