Now, more than ever, consumers are looking for the best value. But, while our grandparents were shopping from the Sears Roebuck catalog with “Good, Better or Best” options, we now have carbon fiber trail bikes shipping to our doors that are available in “Amazing, Amazing-er, and More Amazing-er” options. The current DTC front-runners, in our estimation, are Canyon, YT and Fezzari. Each one is 100% founded on the premise of shipping bikes to your door that are custom fit, tuned up and ready to ride.
At this point, the 130mm trail bike market is what I’d call the sweet spot. Most shorter travel bikes lack the burliness for aggressive terrain and longer travel bikes are heavy and slow. As brand new platforms for 2020, the Canyon Neuron and YT IZZO are squaring off for trail bike duty. Honestly, they look Goldilocks for the type of riding we will typically see every day. Both are available with awesome builds for $2999 (Izzo) or $3199 (Neuron).
YT IZZO Comp
YT Industries is well-known for their long-travel rigs, but has now introduced a true trail bike — the IZZO. Sporting an even 130mm aboard a full-carbon frame, this new bike is built to rip the local trails with panache. Of course, it’s decked out with a dropper post and, in Comp guise, shifting is delivered with SRAM NX Eagle. It’s rounded out by a RaceFace Aeffect cockpit and Fox suspension. It does feature a flip chip to modify the head and seat angles by 0.5 degrees. And, best of all, the YT IZZO Comp comes in at $2999.
We are still working with YT on obtaining an IZZO review bike.
More Info: Visit YT-Industries.com
Canyon Neuron CF 8.0
The all-new Neuron platform is built around almost the same spec as the Izzo. It’s got a dropper post and shifting is delivered by the ultra-capable SRAM GX Eagle groupset. Squish is also delivered by Fox, with the Float 34 Rhythm doing the front-end duties (just like the Izzo). Maxxis Forekaster 2.35’s are also spec’d here. One nice thing about the Neuron is the low water bottle placement for a lower center-of-gravity. The Neuron CF 8.0 hits the shelves at an affordable $3199. And, for an even lower price point, Canyon offers the Neuron in alloy.
We should have our hands on the Neuron soon and anticipate a review sometime in late 2020.
More Info: Visit Canyon.com