Canyon had some lofty goals when designing the new Lux--a sub-2000 gram frame with shock, and room for two water bottles in all sizes. The company succeeded at both. But that isn’t all it did.
Compared to the previous version of the Lux, the new frame is outfitted with a completely new linkage. It’s a four-bar, flat shock configuration. Canyon claims this results in reduced weight, lowered stress on the overall system and better responsiveness. The new linkage additionally allowed a change the Lux’s leverage curve. In the initial 25 percent of travel, the curve declines sharply, resulting in a supple beginning stroke that quickly ramps to provide a stable pedaling platform. Beyond 25 percent, the curve falls at a slower rate. Canyon claims this creates supportive pedaling before the ratio nearly flattens at the end stroke, making final millimeters accessible without a harsh bottom.
Aside from a new linkage, the revised Lux can also now fit two water bottles within the front triangle of all frames, uses a flat mount rear brake, has a Flex Pivot and still maintains XC geometry through and through. Canyon didn’t make a XC/Trail hybrid as we’ve seen with other brands. The Lux knows exactly what it is: a race machine. But that doesn’t mean it didn’t take notes from the current trend in the industry. The Lux’s reach has grown 20 millimeters, and its chainstays have lost 15 millimeters. All sizes also arrive with 80-millimeter stems.
The Lux has two different fork-travel options. The Lux CF SLX that uses a 100-millimeter fork, for a head angle of 70 degrees and a seat tube angle of 74.5 degrees. The CF SL uses a 110-millimeter fork, resulting in a head angle of 69.5 degrees and a seat tube angle of 74 degrees.
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There are six models across the two fork-travel options. Prices start at $3,000 and go as high as $6,500. We can thank Canyon’s consumer-direct business model for those prices. The bikes are available now here.