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