A Consumer-Direct Trail Bike for Everyone


When the folks at Canyon updated the Neuron, they might have gone any number of directions with it while still sticking to 130 millimeters of travel. They could have made a bony and leggy marathon bike like the Rocky Mountain Thunderbolt or a meaty and stocky enduro bike like the Yeti SB130. Instead, they did something rare by today's standards: They made a normal bicycle.

The Neuron's geometry tells that story first. The 67.5-degree head angle could easily have been lifted from a modern aggressive-XC bike. And the 440-millimeter chainstays weren't built for manuals and cuttys, but for stability. And to keep it all consistent, small and extra-small Neurons get 27.5-inch wheels, shorter chainstays and shorter rear shocks, resulting in a lighter tune but the same travel. The components pick up where the geo numbers leave off. The Maxxis Forekaster tires and SRAM Guide R brakes aren't meant for enduro, but for endurance. And in the end, it's not disjointed and confused like some envelope-pushing trail bikes of today can be. It's complete. It’s a trail bike that rides like a trail bike.