2020 canyon spectral cf 9.0
09 Oct 2019

We check out some of the highlights from the 2020 Canyon Spectral mountain bike range, which have just launched on the Canyon website.

With very little fanfare, Canyon has quietly ushered in a bunch of 2020 models onto its website overnight. Those sneaky Germans! Some of the new models that have magically appeared online include the Grail gravel bike, as well as the Spectral full suspension trail bike – the latter of which we’ll be taking a closer look at here.

Canyon has launched its 2020 Spectral range, which sees Shimano’s new XT & SLX groupset featuring on certain models – like this AL 6.0.

What’s New With The 2020 Canyon Spectral?

Compared to the 2019 Spectral, the 2020 version carries over the same chassis, which features 150mm of rear wheel travel courtesy of the four-bar Triple Phase Suspension design. Fork travel also remains at 160mm, and that means the geometry is also the same. So no big changes there.

Canyon has switched up the spec on the 2020 Spectral though, and there have been a few key updates including the addition of Shimano 12-speed groupsets on both the Spectral AL 6.0 and the Spectral CF 8.0. All Spectral models have also changed out the rear tyre to a faster-rolling Maxxis Aggressor. That differs from the Minion DHR II that came spec’d on the 2019 model – a tyre that we found to be pretty draggy on the 2019 Canyon Spectral AL 6.0 that we recently finished testing.

2020 canyon spectral cf 9.0
Canyon may have been listening to our criticism of the current Spectral, and has given the 2020 version a faster-rolling rear tyre.

You’ll find new 2020 RockShox forks and shocks, Race Face cockpit components, and the Spectral CF 9.0 features Reynolds carbon wheels – a brand that we’re seeing more of on complete Canyon bikes.

And The CFR Models?

Yep, they’re still available. But as of right now, the Spectral CFR 9.0 and the Spectral CFR 9.0 LTD remain on the Canyon website, with their specifications unchanged. We’re yet to confirm if there’ll be 2020 versions of these two bikes, or if they’re simply carry-over models from 2019.

Here’s the current 2020 Canyon Spectral lineup;

2020 canyon spectral al 5.0
The entry-point into the 2020 Canyon Spectral range is this blacked-out beauty; the new AL 5.0.

2020 Canyon Spectral AL 5.0

  • Frame | 6061 Alloy, Triple Phase Suspension Design, 150mm Travel
  • Fork | RockShox Pike Select, Charger RC Damper, 160mm Travel
  • Shock | RockShox Super Deluxe Select+ RT, 230x65mm
  • Wheels | Shimano MT400 Hubs & Race Face AR30 Rims, 30mm Inner Rim Width
  • Tyres | Maxxis Minion DHR II EXO 2.4in WT Front & Aggressor EXO 2.5in WT Rear
  • Drivetrain | SRAM NX Eagle 1×12 w/Descendent 6K 32t Crankset & 11-50t Cassette
  • Brakes | SRAM Guide T w/200mm Rotors
  • Bar | Race Face Ride Alloy, 20mm Rise, Width: 760mm (XS-M), 780mm (L/XL)
  • Seatpost | Iridium Dropper
  • Claimed Weight | 14.50kg
  • RRP | $3,299
2020 canyon spectral al 6.0
Canyon is spec’ing Shimano 12-speed on a range of models, including this AL 6.0, which gets the SLX M7100 1×12 groupset.

2020 Canyon Spectral AL 6.0

  • Frame | 6061 Alloy, Triple Phase Suspension Design, 150mm Travel
  • Fork | Fox 36 Rhythm, GRIP Damper, 160mm Travel
  • Shock | Fox Float DPX2, Performance Series, 230x65mm
  • Wheels | DT Swiss M 1900, 30mm Inner Rim Width
  • Tyres | Maxxis Minion DHR II EXO 2.4in WT Front & Aggressor EXO 2.5in WT Rear
  • Drivetrain | Shimano SLX M7100 1×12 w/SLX 32t Crankset & 10-51t Cassette
  • Brakes | Shimano SLX M7120 4-Piston w/200mm Rotors
  • Bar | Race Face Aeffect Alloy, 20mm Rise, Width: 760mm (XS-M), 780mm (L/XL)
  • Seatpost | Iridium Dropper
  • Claimed Weight | 14.40kg
  • RRP | $3,949
2020 canyon spectral cf 7.0
Love carbon? The Spectral CF 7.0 gives you a carbon mainframe along with RockShox suspension for less than five grand!

2020 Canyon Spectral CF 7.0

  • Frame | CF Carbon Fibre Mainframe & 6061 Alloy Rear, Triple Phase Suspension Design, 150mm Travel
  • Fork | RockShox Pike Select, 160mm Travel
  • Shock | RockShox Deluxe Select+ RT, 230x65mm
  • Wheels | DT Swiss M 1900, 30mm Inner Rim Width
  • Tyres | Maxxis Minion DHR II EXO 2.4in WT Front & Aggressor EXO 2.5in WT Rear
  • Drivetrain | SRAM GX Eagle 1×12 w/Descendent 7K 32t Crankset & 10-50t Cassette
  • Brakes | SRAM Guide R 4-Piston w/200mm Rotors
  • Bar | Race Face Aeffect Alloy, 20mm Rise, Width: 760mm (S-M), 780mm (L/XL)
  • Seatpost | Iridium Dropper
  • Claimed Weight | 13.80kg
  • RRP | $4,749
2020 canyon spectral cf 8.0
Fox suspension combines with Shimano XT 12-speed on the 2020 Canyon Spectral CF 8.0. How’s the luxury handbag paint job?

2020 Canyon Spectral CF 8.0

  • Frame | CF Carbon Fibre Mainframe & 6061 Alloy Rear, Triple Phase Suspension Design, 150mm Travel
  • Fork | Fox 36 Float, Performance Elite, FIT4 Damper, 160mm Travel
  • Shock | Fox Float DPX2, Performance Series, 230x65mm
  • Wheels | DT Swiss M 1700, 30mm Inner Rim Width
  • Tyres | Maxxis Minion DHR II EXO 2.4in WT Front & Aggressor EXO 2.5in WT Rear
  • Drivetrain | Shimano Deore XT M8100 1×12 w/XT 32t Crankset & 10-51t Cassette
  • Brakes | Shimano Deore XT M8120 4-Piston w/200mm Rotors
  • Bar | Canyon G5 Alloy, 20mm Rise, Width: 760mm (S-M), 780mm (L/XL)
  • Seatpost | Fox Transfer, Performance Elite
  • Claimed Weight | 13.90kg
  • RRP | $5,499
2020 canyon spectral cf 9.0
One step up is the Spectral CF 9.0, which gets SRAM X01 Eagle shifting and carbon Reynolds wheels.

2020 Canyon Spectral CF 9.0

  • Frame | CF Carbon Fibre Mainframe & 6061 Alloy Rear, Triple Phase Suspension Design, 150mm Travel
  • Fork | RockShox Pike Ultimate, Charger2 RCT3 Damper, 160mm Travel
  • Shock | RockShox Super Deluxe Ultimate RCT, 230x65mm
  • Wheels | Reynolds TR 307 Carbon, 30mm Inner Rim Width
  • Tyres | Maxxis Minion DHR II EXO 2.4in WT Front & Aggressor EXO 2.5in WT Rear
  • Drivetrain | SRAM X01 Eagle 1×12 w/Descendent Carbon 32t Crankset & 10-51t Cassette
  • Brakes | SRAM G2 RSC 4-Piston w/200mm Rotors
  • Bar | Canyon H24 Carbon, 20mm Rise, Width: 760mm (S-M), 780mm (L/XL)
  • Seatpost | RockShox Reverb Stealth, 1X Remote
  • Claimed Weight | 13.30kg
  • RRP | $6,799
2020 canyon spectral al 6.0
Compared to the 2019 version, the 2020 Canyon Spectral AL 6.0 gets a Shimano SLX 1×12 groupset in place of the SRAM GX Eagle drivetrain and Guide R brakes.

We’ll update you as we hear of any new models that join the 2020 Spectral range, though in the meantime you can head to the Canyon website for further details on the bikes shown above. If you’re interested in hearing what the Spectral actually rides like, then be sure to check out our long term review of the 2019 Canyon Spectral AL 6.0 and the 2018 Spectral CFR 9.0 SL.


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