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2021 Canyon Lux builds up full-suspension 29er XC bike with latest race-ready tech

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Cross-country racing may have been seriously stunted this season like most things, but as rescheduled World Cups & World Champs creep back up Canyon’s XC race-winning Lux gets spec updates with the latest and greatest tech. Whether you are looking at the latest lightweight DT droppers, SRAM Eagle AXS drivetrain & SID Ultimate SL suspension, the Lux forms a prefect platform to move from cross-country to marathon to all-day singletrack riding, delivery killer build kits at impressive price levels.

2021 Canyon Lux 100mm carbon XC race mountain bikes

2019 Canyon Lux 100mm carbon full-suspension XC race bike
photo by Markus Greber

The 2021 Canyon Lux isn’t a new platform – it’s the same bike we reviewed when it was last overhauled two summers ago. But with two different 100mm travel carbon frame material options with two different personalities, it’s a high-performance bike to suit a lot of mountain bikers. Pick the top-spec 1662g CF SLX frames for more of a race-oriented outlook paired to 100mm travel forks. Or go for the more affordable CF carbon frame that adds less than two hundred grams, but pairs with 110mm forks to slacken the bike out by 1/2° to boost high-speed stability & create a more versatile all-day setup.

2021 Canyon Lux XC bike – Pricing & availability

Lux CF

2021 Canyon Lux CF XC mountain bike, 100mm carbon 29er cross-country race MTB, 6
2021 Canyon Lux CF 6

Seven different carbon Lux models are being offered (available now of through mid-September for the most part), starting from 3000€ for the 100mm/110mm NX Eagle Lux CF 6, 3500€ for the XT equipped Lux CF 7 & CF 7 WMN, or 4000€ for the X01 Eagle Lux CF 8. All of the Lux CF bikes get the latest light, short 60mm travel DT Swiss D232 alloy dropper seatpost.

2021 Canyon Lux CF XC mountain bike, 100mm carbon 29er cross-country race MTB, 7
2021 Canyon Lux CF 7
2021 Canyon Lux CF XC mountain bike, 100mm carbon 29er cross-country race MTB, 7 WMN
2021 Canyon Lux CF 7 WMN
2021 Canyon Lux CF XC mountain bike, 100mm carbon 29er cross-country race MTB, 8
2021 Canyon Lux CF 8

Lux CF SLX

2021 Canyon Lux CF SLX XC mountain bike, 100mm carbon 29er cross-country race MTB
2021 Canyon Lux CF SLX 9

The pure XC race 100mm front & rear Lux CF SLX 9 starts at 5000€ with mechanical XX1 Eagle, the alloy DT dropper & carbon DT Swiss XRC 1501 wheels.

2021 Canyon Lux CF SLX XC mountain bike, 100mm carbon 29er cross-country race MTB, team
2021 Canyon Lux CF SLX 9 Team

Or choose the 6000€ Lux CF SLX 9 Team which opts for an XTR 1×12 with carbon RF Next SL cranks, upgrades to Fox Factory suspension, and get the lighter carbon DT Swiss D232 One short dropper.

2021 Canyon Lux CF SLX XC mountain bike, 100mm carbon 29er cross-country race MTB, LTD
2021 Canyon Lux CF SLX 9 LTD

Then, if you want the fully top-tier, you can pick the 7000€ Lux CF SLX LTD with SRAM XX1 AXS Eagle wireless shifting, the carbon DT dropper, Reynolds 309 XC carbon wheels, and the latest RockShox SID Ultimate SL XC race suspension.

2021 Canyon Lux CF SLX XC mountain bike, 100mm carbon 29er cross-country race MTB, frameset
2021 Canyon Lux CF SLX frameset

The top-spec CF SLX frameset is also available on its own with a Fox Float DPS Factory remote shock for 3500€ so you can build the custom XC or marathon bike of your dreams.

2021 Canyon Lux CF SLX XC mountain bike, 100mm carbon 29er cross-country race MTB, Pauline Ferrand-Prevot
all photos c. Canyon

The new 2021 Lux bikes will be making their way to the US later as well, with pricing ranging from $4000-$7500, but no official word has been issued yet when they are expected either later this year or at the start of 2021 proper.

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Frank
Frank
2 years ago

That is a fast looking bike, but what is with the inadequate dropper post. That woman is riding that huge drop and ridiculous rock garden, and all they are equipping her with is a 60mm dropper? With that tall seat tube it doesn’t look like you could put anything longer on it, which is a hard pass.

Kayce
Kayce
2 years ago
Reply to  Frank

That woman is pauline ferrand-prévot on her way to winning her 2nd MTB world championship. She also has a cross and a road and a cross world’s title too. I am pretty sure she knows how spec her bike to win.

Danno
Danno
2 years ago
Reply to  Kayce

O snap!

TheStansMonster
2 years ago
Reply to  Frank

Thank you for providing a perfect real-world example for us to link to for any future situation in which we need to explain what “mansplaining” is.

Tom
Tom
2 years ago

Ease up Turbo. I had the same first reaction as Frank, and I didn’t notice the pony tail. Hence, I didn’t know it was a woman. That still looks like an effing big drop, and not very much saddle drop.

Jeff
Jeff
2 years ago
Reply to  Frank

This is a perfect example of how having skill is more important than a 175mm dropper.

Tim
Tim
2 years ago
Reply to  Frank

When I first saw the pic, my thoughts were, “Damn, that is a big drop to do on an XC bike with a dropper that isn’t all the way down. Whatever, it looks like an advertising shot illustrating the unbelievable awesome hardcoreness of a bike that will let you shatter your limits. Oh, well, that’s advertising for you. It does look like they’re showing a type of riding that’s a bit inappropriate for this bike.” It could be that Frank’s thoughts were similar to my own, or it could be that he was a sexist pig who chronically underestimates women’s riding abilities. Given the scant evidence, I’ll reserve judgment.
It does turn out that the rider is a famous woman rider, hats off to her or anyone who can do such a drop with a 60mm post, or any post; I wouldn’t have the courage to do it, even on a DH bike. I think her abilities have little bearing on what most of us mere mortals are able to do.

Hamhead
Hamhead
2 years ago

*Pauline Ferrand-Prévot.

MRK
MRK
2 years ago

A bit disappointed that they did not slacken the frame geometry and offered a CFR frame option.

Antoine Martin
Antoine Martin
2 years ago
Reply to  Cory Benson

That geo looks so 2012, so glad other brand understood a bit slacker front is just better.

Justin
Justin
2 years ago

The paint and skinwalls on the WMN are so fantastic.

John
John
2 years ago

Happy to see this proven geometry remain. Longer/lower/slacker does not equal better on some terrain.

Laurent
Laurent
2 years ago

Bonjour à tous Pauline kick ass! She date Julien Absalon, so she must gets great training and advice.
Now, Cory I am sorry but I am pretty sure that drop is part on the xc course at Mount Saint Anne in Quebec.
If you look at The other pic of Pauline on Canyon website, you can read the name of the drop, on the side trail banner « Beatrice drop » I was there for the 2013 World Cup…
Cory, are you sure it is safe to set a 110 fork on the CF SLX lighter race frame? It’s not going to snap?
I read an owner review, that while waiting for a friend, the rider sat on the top tube of his bike, and the carbon snapped on each side of the tube…
Yeah, a slacker Head tube geometry, would have been a bit easier on downhills.
But still love the bike. L

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