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Issue #047, Review -

Which model would you buy if you were only allowed to own one bike with which to conquer the diverse trails of this world? Is there one mountain bike that can do it all? We tested 22 mountain bikes priced from €1,699 to € 13,999, challenging entrenched ways of thinking and discovering new perspectives in the mountain biking world.

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Issue #047, Review -

Bike categories are a thing of the past! The best mountain bikes of 2021 are extremely versatile and thus impossible to pigeonhole: they’re comfortable on long rides yet fun on fast bike park tracks. But what does that mean for a bike that was specifically developed for touring a few years back? Can the Canyon Neuron CF SLX 9 hold its own against the latest and greatest mountain bikes and keep up with the fierce competition on long rides?

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Issue #047, Review -

If you flick through Canyon’s portfolio, the newly released 2021 Canyon Spectral 29 LTD positions itself right between Canyon’s touring and enduro models, the Neuron and Strive. However, our test shows that the Spectral 29 can do a lot more than just fill a gap in a catalogue. On the trail, it doesn’t just smoke the in-house competition but also holds its own against the best bikes of 2021. Is this what a winner looks like?

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Issue #047, Review -

Do you even need a full suspension mountain bike to have fun on the trail? With their progressive Stoic hardtail, Canyon want to offer an accessible gateway to the trail riding dimension. Retailing at € 1,699, the Stoic 4 features an alloy frame, rolls on 29” wheels and offers 140 mm travel at the front. After putting the Canyon through the wringer, we can tell you whether it’s a sensible and affordable alternative to a full suspension bike or even just an exciting trail rocket!

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Issue #047, Review -

Visible carbon, shiny golden forks and ridiculous price tags. FOCUS oppose the increasing trend of astronomical bike prices and enter the race with the € 2,799 top-of-the-range version of their brand new THRON. Does the cheapest full-susser on test stand a chance against a competition that is up to five times more expensive?

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