At a time when many brands are diverging from designing and manufacturing different frames for their women’s-specific models, Canyon is moving in the opposite direction. The German brand is launching two new models today, both of which have different geometry and sizing than their unisex counterparts, as opposed to swapping out select components on an existing frame.
To build the new frames, Canyon gathered data from its online sizing tool to analyze the fit of more than 68,000 female riders to identify key differences between male and female riders. Canyon engineers then used that data to develop frames with a slightly shorter reach, lower toptubes for a reduced standover height and lower bottom-bracket heights on smaller size frames.
Both women’s models will be available in sizes from XXS to medium. Canyon claims this size range will fit riders between 4 feet 10 inches (148 centimeters) and 5 feet 10 inches (179 centimeters).Canyon will start with two women-specific models, a full suspension and a hardtail. The full suspension is the Spectral WMN—a 140-millimeter-travel, 27.5-inch-wheeled trail bike. Suspension on the Spectral features a new leverage curve engineered with extra responsiveness at the start of the stroke to reflect the lower weight of many female riders. There are five different Spectral WMN models available in Europe and three available in the U.S. Stateside consumers have options for a full-carbon CF 9.0 SL at $6,000; a carbon front, aluminum rear triangle CF 8.0 for $5,000 and a full aluminum AL 6.0 for $2,500. The Grand Canyon WMN AL SLX hardtail features 110 millimeters of travel , serviced by a RockShox Reba RL fork with an exclusive-to-Canyon tune. The Grand Canyon is only available in Europe.
We have a Spectral on its way to the office now, so keep an eye out for ride impressions coming soon.
Both the Spectral WMN and the Grand Canyon WMN AL SLX are available to order now from Canyon.com