When the folks at Canyon updated the Neuron, they might have gone any number of directions with it while still sticking to 130 millimeters of travel. They could have made a bony and leggy marathon bike like the Rocky Mountain Thunderbolt or a meaty and stocky enduro bike like the Yeti SB130. Instead, they did something rare by today's standards: They made a normal bicycle.

The Neuron's geometry tells that story first. The 67.5-degree head angle could easily have been lifted from a modern aggressive-XC bike. And the 440-millimeter chainstays weren't built for manuals and cuttys, but for stability. And to keep it all consistent, small and extra-small Neurons get 27.5-inch wheels, shorter chainstays and shorter rear shocks, resulting in a lighter tune but the same travel. The components pick up where the geo numbers leave off. The Maxxis Forekaster tires and SRAM Guide R brakes aren't meant for enduro, but for endurance. And in the end, it's not disjointed and confused like some envelope-pushing trail bikes of today can be. It's complete. It’s a trail bike that rides like a trail bike.