Canyon refreshes their Exceed CFR LTD cross-country race hardtail

Canyon refreshes its Exceed CFR LTD cross-country race hardtail
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Canyon has refreshed the spec of their Exceed CFR LTD hardtail which is ridden by the likes of cross-country World Champion Andreas Seewald. The Exceed is a very classic cross-country race bike, the now traditional style geometry is aimed at covering ground fast and Canyon has refreshed the spec to reflect that.

At the center of the bike is the Exceed CFR frame which remains unchanged. The CFR level frames use Canyon's best carbon fiber which allows Canyon to achieve a claimed medium frame weight of 835g and makes the Exceed CFR Canyon's best lightweight mountain bike. Geometry is classic cross-country mountain bike with a steep, by modern standards, 69-degree head angle, short reach, and tight 425mm back end.

That sets the precedent for the spec and Canyon has unsurprisingly specced the top of the range LTD model with the best cross-country components. Up front the bike has RockShox SID SL Ultimate fork with 100mm of travel. Theres a SRAM XX1 AXS 12sp drivetrain and a set of SRAM Level Ultimate brakes.

Canyon Exceed CFR LTD

(Image credit: Canyon)

The big update for the new Exceed is that the bike comes equipped with DT Swiss top-of-the-line XRC 1200 wheelset. DT Swiss say this wheelset is the fastest wheels they do and weighs in at a claimed 1411g. The carbon rims have a 30mm internal rim diameter and are fitted with Maxxis Ikon 2.35in tires.

Canyon has also opted to ditch the DT Swiss dropper post, which is one of the best short-travel dropper posts, in favour of a rigid post. Canyon has fitted their SP059 VCLS 2.0 post, which has a leaf spring design that offers a significant amount of flex to improve comfort when riding seated off-road.

Canyon says that the Exceed CFR LTD weighs in at a claimed weight of 8.92kg (in a medium). Interestingly, this is the same stated weight as the previous Exceed, despite that the new model should have lighter componentry on paper.

The new Exceed is priced at £6,949 / €6,799 (US pricing TBC). For those in the UK who want a top of the range cross-country hardtail, the refreshed Exceed is quite a bit more expensive than the current model, which is £600 cheaper.

The Exceed CFR LTD is available directly from Canyon.com (opens in new tab).

Graham Cottingham
Senior reviews writer, Bike Perfect

Graham is all about riding bikes off-road. Based in Edinburgh he has some of the best mountain biking and gravel riding in the UK right on his doorstep. With almost 20 years of riding experience, he has dabbled in downhill, enduro and, most recently, gravel racing. Not afraid of a challenge, Graham has embraced bikepacking over the last few years and likes nothing more than strapping some bags to his bike and covering big miles to explore Scotlands wildernesses. When he isn’t shredding the gnar in the Tweed Valley, sleeping in bushes or tinkering with bikes, he is writing tech reviews for Bike Perfect and the muckier side of Cyclingnews 


Rides: Canyon Strive, 24 Bicycles Le Toy 3, Surly Steamroller

Height: 177cm

Weight: 71kg