Canyon is a German direct-to-consumer brand and they recently unveiled their brand new full carbon 29er race machine. The Lux has been around South Africa for quite some time and has proven itself during the grueling Cape Epic. Local rider, Erik Kleinhans was seen piloting a prototype version during the 2018 Cape Epic. The Lux joins a long list of extremely capable, lightning fast and featherweight 29er carbon race bikes. With modern geometry, two bottles cages inside the front triangle and six different models to choose from, the Lux should be right at home in South Africa.
Efficiency will always be the highest value currency in XC racing. The lighter your setup, the faster you’ll climb. But what goes up must come down. Whether tackling technical World Cup singletrack or long stretches of washboard dirt at the Cape Epic, the rise of the lightweight full suspension setup has helped racers press home their advantage even after the climbing is done.
With the new Lux, Canyon engineers set out to build on the success of its predecessor to make the go-to full suspension XC race bike. Chief among their development objectives was an ambitious sub-2 000 g target for frame and shock, as well as providing space for two large 800 ml water bottles across all frame sizes.
Additionally, the new 100 mm flat shock configuration and heavily revised suspension linkage have been tuned to not only boost traction up loose climbs, but also make the bike far more capable over rough and technical terrain.
Even in prototype phase the new Lux got off to a winning start at the 2018 ABSA Cape Epic with a stage victory under Alban Lakata and Kristian Hynek. Over on the World Cup circuit, the bike has also accompanied Pauline Ferrand-Prévot and Mathieu van der Poel on multiple visits to the podium with the bulk of the season still to be raced. Put simply, the new Lux gives riders the speed they need to fly.
A total of six models across two frame platforms make up the Lux range, enabling riders from weekend warriors to the most committed campaigners to find the right model for them. Four Lux CF SL models starting at €2,599 (R41 137*) come equipped with 110 mm travel up-front, while two flagship Lux CF SLX models feature 100 mm forks to reflect their superlight nature.
The Lux CF SLX will also be available as a frameset option, including shock. All bikes, barring the two base CF SL models, come equipped with dropper posts, so they are ready for the demands of modern XC racing.
* Approximate price with current exchange rate
The all-new Lux is available to order right now. To find out more, go to https://www.canyon.com/lux/