Canyon have leading bikes in just about every category. From the Sender being piloted by downhill legends Kye A'Hern and national champ Troy Brosnan, through to the highly regarded Canyon Spectral trail bike and of course their XC weapon - the Exceed hardtail. We have thrown a leg over a number of Canyon bikes here at AMB, and the bikes from the direct to consumer German brand have always impressed.

With Canyon releasing new trail and downhill bikes (and gravel and cyclocross models as well) their full-suspension XC bike was starting to look like it needed an update. The Exceed hardtail was launched for the 2016 model year with a shift to modern XC geometry and a big drop in weight compared to their previous hardtail.

And that is exactly what the new Canyon Lux has done compared to the first Lux.

Canyon riders have been seen aboard the new Lux at too many occasions to count. From (winning stages at) the Cape Epic, XCO World Cups, many European and South African marathons... the fact that there was a new cross-country full-suspension bike was certainly not a secret. It was just the full details that were.

Marathon World Champ Alban Lakata, onboard the new Canyon Lux earlier this year.

New geometry for the Canyon Lux

So what's new, exactly? Let's start with the geometry.

Canyon wanted to make sure that riders swapping between the Lux and the Exceed hardtail could do so relatively easily, so much of the Canyon Lux geometry matches that of the Exceed. The reach has grown about 20mm compared to the previous Canyon Lux, and the head angle sits at 70 degrees when paired with a 100mm fork, which is the same as the previous Canyon Lux.

The chainstays have shrunk from 450mm down to 435mm, thanks in part to a move to Boost spacing. The original Canyon Lux already used a flexstay (so there was no pivot near the dropout) and the new Canyon Lux does the same. The headtube length has changed a little, mostly to be a little lower in the small size and a little higher in XL, to suit the height of the riders getting onto those bikes.

As with most Canyon frames, there is the SL carbon version, and the top tier SLX carbon. The SLX frame uses a higher grade carbon making for a lighter bike. Canyon aimed for a sub 2000g weight for the SLX frame with a shock, and with a medium frame weight of 1662g for a SLX frame and 1852g for an SL frame (without rear shocks) they nailed it!

But the whole bikes differ a little when it comes to spec, with the SL models coming equipped with 110mm travel forks, which drop the head angle to 69.5 degrees and reducing the seat angle from 74.5 degrees to 74 degrees, shortening the reach a little, lifting the BB a tiny bit and obviously changing the stack and wheelbase a bit. Mostly it all adds up to do what tyou'd expect - the Canyon Lux SL whole bikes will be a little steadier handling than the SLX, while the SLX will be a bit more about all out race performance.

Bear in mind the only change is fork travel, there are no changes to the frame. So the SL models are specced with forks limke a RockShox Reba or Fox 34 Step Cast, but if you wanted to buy an SLX and fit a 110mm fork, you could.