Another weekend of World Cup cross-country mountain bike racing is here, and with it more new bikes & tech come to light. Yesterday Shimano unveiled a new 1x XTR revamp. Now a prototype carbon Canyon full-suspension XC race bike ridden by Mathieu van der Poel is one of just three to sport the new drivetrain.
Prototype Canyon full-suspension XC mountain bike
The ex-CX World Champ turned XC racer is doing well on the cross-country bike this season, as ready sitting second in the World Cup standings going into the round 3 Nové Město World Cup. And he gets a new weapon in this, as yet unannounced Canyon full-suspension bike.
For the most part the new bike looks distinct from any of Canyon’s other full-suspension designs.
Looking like a bike to replace the current Lux, the new prototype likely gets the same 100mm of rear wheel travel. That is paired to a 100mm Fox 32 Step Cast fork here, rolling on 29″ French carbon Duke Racing wheels and 2.2″ Maxxis Ikon tires for the dry & Dusty Nové Město short track course.
It uses a 90° rotated lower shock mounting position.
That curiously eliminates the ability of the shock to pivot around that lower bushing, which would seem to be needed as the rocker moves through its travel. OK, a closer look shows that the tiny link is indeed two separately rotating elements, hence the shock orientation actually reulsts in ideal isolation of the shock from linkage forces. The frame also mounts the Float’s adjuster dials up tight against the toptube, which allows for clean & direct internal routing of the shock’s cable-actuated lockout.
The prototype does retain the same effectively single pivot design, relying on carbon flex in the stays that Canyon calls Flex Pivot. It also features Canyon’s toptube protecting Impact Protection Unit that combines a limit-stopped headset and breakaway bolted bumper.
Van der Poel is one of only two elite men to be racing on the new XTR M9100 mechanical groupset. Here he is running the 1×12 configuration with a 38T direct mount ring and the widely spaced 10-51 cassette.
Interestingly, even as we saw Shimano push their direct mount derailleur hanger concept, they said that with the development of the new XTR derailleur geometry they needed to move back to the conventional mounting location.
And yes, it does look like this new Canyon XC bike will be 1x specific. There appears to be no accommodation for any front derailleur mounting or routing.
No word yet as to when Canyon plans to introduce this new full-suspension XC bike. Van der Poel’s team was very tight-lipped, keeping the bike under tight wraps once it left the race course.