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Canyon releases 2022 Lux and Exceed models

German brand focuses on racing for hardtail and dual-suspension XC bikes

When Canyon released the new Lux Trail, mixing speed and fun, the German brand didn’t drop the original Lux CF and Lux CF SLX models from its line up. Now, with as the direct-to-consumer brand rolls out its 2022 Lux and Exceed, it’s clear the Lux Trail freed up Canyon to sharpen the focus on its XC race bikes.

Canyon Lux
Mathieu van der Poel races the Lux CF LTD in Nove Mesto. Photo: Michal Cerveny

Both the Lux and Exceed see minor refinements for 2022. These changes are focused on making them straight-up cross country race bikes. The changes are largely to component specs, with the frames remaining unchanged other than the addition of a few new colours.

2022 Canyon Lux CF and Lux SLX

There’s four models in the 2022 Lux line, in addition to the Lux Trail offerings. Two Lux CF SLX model offer the opportunity to ride and race a pro-level dual suspension cross country bike. An additional two Lux CF models bring race geometry and components at a more approachable price.

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Both the Lux CF 6 and 7 move to more aggressive geometry for 2022. Both bikes get 100 mm forks for sharp steering, reduced weight and faster handling. They keep the same superlight frame, with its flex pivot suspension design, and featherweight chain catcher. All Lux CF models move to rigid seat posts to further cut weight. The Lux CF 6 opens up the line with Shimano SLX 12-speed shifting, Fox SC Performance suspension and DT Swiss XR1900 wheels for $4,050.

Two Lux CF SLX keep their focus squarely on hunting podiums. The two World Cup-level builds, Lux CF SLX LTD and Lux CF SLX Team, offer an option between SRAM’s XX1 Eagle AXS wireless shifting paired with ultralight RockShox SID SL Ultimate fork and SID Deluxe Ultimate Shock on the LTD or, on the Team, Shimano XTR and Fox’s feathery 32 Step-Cast fork. Both Lux CF SLX models move to a rigid seat post for weight savings, but gain a bar-mounted remote lock-out for efficient pedalling.

All four 2022 Lux CF models are available directly through Canyon.

2022 Canyon Exceed

Canyon’s Exceed, a superlight cross country race hardtail 29″ bike is back in the line for 2022. Three different carbon fibre builds set the CF, CF SLX and CFR apart, as well as different price-point builds.

With Emily Batty joining Canyon in 2021, her Canyon MTB Rcaing Team replica artwork graces a few Exceed frames. As does the Alpecin-Fenix blue of Mathieu van der Poel and Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado.

If you want to ride the same frame as Canyon’s star athletes, the CFR range uses the incredibly light 835 g Exceed CFR frame. Again, two World Cup level builds, the CFR LTD and CFR Team, are built around either SRAM’s AXS wireless drivetrain or Shimano XTR and Fox Factory components. Both the CFR and CF SLX come with the option of DT Swiss’ 60-mm D232 One dropper post or, depending on build, Canyon’s own rigid post.

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While those elite-level builds are available, Canyon starts the Exceed line with a new-racer friendly Exceed CF line. The $3,300 CF 6 runs a Fox 32 Rhythm for, Shimano SLX 12-speed drivetrain and DT Swiss XR 1700 wheels.

All seven 2022 Exceed CF and CFR models are available now directly through Canyon.

Pricing 2022 Canyon Lux and Exceed

2022 Canyon Lux

Lux CF SLX 9 LTD – $9,150
Lux CF SLX 9 Team – $8,150

Lux CF 7 – $4,950
Lux CF 6 – $4,050

2022 Canyon Exceed

Exceed CFR LTD – $8,750
Exceed CFR Team – $7,600

Exceed CF SLX 9 – $6,200
Exceed CF SLX 8 – $4,950

Exceed CF 7 – $3,900
Exceed CF 6 – $3,300
Exceed CF 5 – $2,650