Canyon starts selling bikes in U.S.

German direct-to-consumer brand finally opens up shop

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Canyon starts selling bikes in U.S.

The German direct-to-consumer brand has a full range of bikes on offer.

After months if not years of waiting and anticipation, German direct-to-consumer bike seller Canyon has officially opened for business in the U.S. Right now about 20 percent of their total model line-up is available, with bikes for mountain, road, triathlon, and commuting. The hook in all cases is that prices across the board are typically well below what you can expect to pay for similarly spec’d models from your local bike shop. The hitch is that the bike is shipped to your house in a box, meaning you have to build it up yourself.

Canyon starts selling bikes in U.S.

The Canyon Strive enduro bike.

The current mountain bike line-up includes the Exceed for XC, Strive all-mountain rig, and their Dude fat bike. Expect the Spectral trail bike and Sender downhill racer to become available sometime in fall. Road bikes on offer include the Ultimate (race bike), Endurace (endurance bike), Aeroad (aero road), and Inflite (cyclocross).

Canyon starts selling bikes in U.S.

Your new Canyon will show up in one of these oversized boxes.

Any conversation about a Canyon bike must include the delivery and build process. Because unlike the “normal” bike buying process, where you roll your new ready-to-ride two-wheeler off the floor of your local bike shop, a Canyon bike shows up at your doorstep in a box and you have to build it yourself. The good news is that if you have even modest bike mechanic skills (or can put together an Ikea bookshelf) you’ll have no problem assembling your new German engineered trail tamer or road racer.

Read the Mtbr longterm review of the Canyon Spectral CF trail bike.

Canyon starts selling bikes in U.S.

Assembly is fairly straight forward and all necessary tools are included.

Bikes come securely packed in an oversized Canyon Bikeguard box. FedEx ground shipping is $89, or there is a two-day option for $150 and overnight for $175.

In the case of the Spectral CF Mtbr tested earlier this year, it was just a matter of attaching the bars, pulling through the already routed dropper post housing, mounting the wheels, and inflating the fork and shock. Working at a slow pace (and taking pictures along the way) it took about 30 minutes to complete the assembly process, which is explicitly outlined in the included instruction manual. Add another 10-15 minutes to do a tubeless conversation and it was ride time.

Canyon starts selling bikes in U.S.

If you’re into reading manuals, you’ll get the chance.

Our test bike’s shipping box also included a massive general bike care manual with instructions in 16 languages (including 70 pages of English text), plus a host of other handy items: shock pump, torque wrench, tubeless valves, hub wrenches, fork tokens, pedal washers, sticker kit, and component manuals for essentially every part on the bike. If you still need a hand, Canyon has a dedicated call center in the U.S. to assist its new North American customers, and has already posted tons of on-line resources, including videos such as this.

“Thirty years ago I started Canyon, selling parts from a trailer I brought to local races,” said CEO and founder Roman Arnold in a press release. “Launching sales in the United States marks another great milestone for all of us in the Canyon family, from our design team to our engineers to our top professional riders, as we begin a new chapter of sharing our passion for cycling.”

Find out more about Canyon the company.

Canyon starts selling bikes in U.S.

The Canyon Exceed XC bike.

Canyon USA is based in Carlsbad, California, and they have a shipping warehouse in nearby Chino. You can learn more at www.canyon.com.

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About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Tour de France, the Olympics, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures all over the globe. Sumner, who joined the Mtbr staff in 2013, has also done extensive gear testing and is the author of the cycling guide book "75 Classic Rides: Colorado." When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying life with his wife Lisa and daughter Cora in and around their home in the MTB Mecca of Crested Butte.


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  • myke2241@earthlink.net says:

    no longer a huge deal. they simply took too long and now other brands are hip to the hustle. i took a look at their site and was not all that impressed. i wish them luck tho

  • tyrebyter says:

    Oh, thank God! A Chinese Horst-Link bike is finally available in the US.

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