Canyon Tips the Scales With New Exceed Hardtail MTB

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We’ve seen a few high-profile XC hardtails released in the past month. BMC twisted out the Twostroke, a modern yet measured approach to a category that is still relevant, but takes a back seat to full-suspension. On the other hand, Orbea dropped the Alma, a purist’s race machine that takes a spare-no-expense approach to making the best (read: lightest) hardtail on the market. The new Canyon Exceed is in the latter school, and because it’s within five grams of the Alma, we’ll call that part a tie. But there’s a lot more to it, so let’s dig in.

Photo: Courtesy of Canyon Bikes/BIKE Magazine

The Exceed doesn’t see many of the updates we usually talk about in the trail bike category. The geometry didn’t change much at all. The reach increased by about 10 millimeters across all sizes, and the size-specific chainstay lengths decreased by…

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