Review | Canyon Pathlite:On 8.0 and Croozer Vaaya 1 trailer – The ultimate family adventure setup?
Download the app for iOS or Android to read all articles on your tablet or smartphone. This scale indicates how efficiently the bike climbs. It refers to both simple and technical climbs. Along with the suspension, the riding position and the weight of the bike all play a crucial role. How spritely is the bike, how agile is it through corners, how much fun is it in tight sections and how quickly can it change direction? Is it easy to stay in control in demanding terrain?
How composed is it on rough trails? Stability is a combination of balanced geometry, good suspension and the right spec. Balanced bikes require little physical effort from the rider and are very predictable. If a bike is unbalanced, the rider has to work hard to weight the front wheel to generate enough grip.
However, experienced riders can have a lot of fun even with unbalanced bikes. Can it absorb hard impacts and does it soak up repeated hits? Plush suspension not only provides comfort and makes a bike more capable, but it also generates traction.
The rating includes the fork and the rear suspension. We are more concerned with how a bike performs on the trail and how the bike benefits the rider. Expensive bikes with a lower-end spec can offer very good value for money — provided they excel where it matters.
Fast, fleet-footed and efficient — those who want to speed along flowy singletrack and gravel roads need a defined and spritely bike that accelerates with ease and efficiency.
Nevertheless, reliable components are important too. We interpret XC more like the Americans do: big back-country rides instead of a marathon or XC World Cup with the ultimate in lightweight construction! Classic singletrack with roots, rocks and ledges — sometimes flowy, sometimes rough. For this, you need a bike with good all-round qualities, whether climbing or descending.
Climbing is just a means to an end. Those would be the black or double-black-diamond tracks in a bike park. On foot or with a shuttle, please!
Canyon Pathlite:ON — robust all-round e-bikes with dual battery option
The Canyon Pathlite:On originally caught our eye thanks to a feature idea involving a family gravel tour of the Alps. Billed as a super-long range e-touring bike that could tackle rougher terrain, it seemed perfect for a big old lap around Innsbruck, towing our 18 month-old daughter in a trailer and stopping at mountain huts for ham and cheese-based treats. Then had other ideas. This content would usually be for Members only.
Or, check out our web shop and support our work by making a bike related purchase from us. As a brand, Canyon does a few things very well. It puts out-there ideas into the wider world who could forget Hoverbars? Canyon also makes bikes that cater to a particular market.
But while a lot of touring bikes seem to be deliberately unadventurous, Canyon has equipped the Pathlite:On range with full fat 29er tyres, mountain bike components, and mm suspension forks, hinting that it might be more fun on the rough stuff than some of its ilk. All the variations of Pathlite:On sport the same frame and the same range of accessories.
Fully loaded, even before you put any bags on it. So the beefy alloy mudguards feature built-in light mounts and channels for hidden wiring; the kickstand yes, this bike has a kickstand bolts directly to mounts in the chainstay; and the integrated bar and stem has a couple of hidden bosses for an out-front smartphone or GPS mount.
Even the Knog bell is neat. Just because they can yon. Underneath all that kit is a chunky aluminium frame with a high riding position and a very short reach, by the standards of modern mountain bikes.
Both batteries charge via a single port in the seat tube, or can be removed and charged separately if you prefer. And another battery. You can also remove the upper battery to save some weight, or even to bail out a stranded friend with the same assist system.
Detaching the battery reveals a third set of bottle cage mounts, but also exposes the electrical contacts, so really filthy rides without it fitted might be inadvisable. If you have both batteries fitted, the Bosch system draws on them simultaneously, which should help prolong their life.
The built-in charge port is rather tidy. The drivetrain and brakes on the Pathlite:On are mostly drawn from the Shimano stable, featuring an XT rear derailleur, SLX speed cassette and shifters. To mix things up slightly, the bike is equipped with an FSA chainset sporting a decent sized 42T ring. Big gearing for mashing out the miles. Unless you go for the smallest size, all of the Pathlite:On range roll on 29in wheels with tubeless-compatible Alex rims.
SR Suntour supplies the front suspension. Fortunately all the handlebar cabling is external, so you can swap cockpit parts without having to retrain as an electrician.
The bar-end comeback starts here. The Pathlite:On is very much at home on this sort of stuff. Speaking of stiffness, the back end of the frame is also quite unyielding, something that going tubeless or fitting a suspension seatpost might help to alleviate. The Schwalbe G-One tyres have a surprising amount of grip, although a tread with a more defined edge might be better suited to our muddy little island.
Having had one puncture, I also wonder if a tougher casing might suit the long haul aspirations of the bike better. Despite being a few tiers down the range, the brakes are also decent enough. The rotors took on some interesting colours after a particularly long, fast fully laden road descent in the Yorkshire Dales, but they kept working, although the brake pads are ready for a change after a few hundred miles.
Canal path crushing. For the Pathlite:On 8. The steel rear rack has nary a trace of twanginess, and has neat little rubber buttons to stop you wearing holes in your panniers. The full mudgards are also excellent, and do a great job of keeping the muck off.
Never heard of it mate. The bracket spins on the bars easily, making it hard to press the button, and on rougher trails the button tends to separate from the mount and ends up dangling on its wire like a fishing lure. A centre-mounted double stand would offer a more stability at the expense of a bit of ground clearance and weight. Speaking of weight, the dual battery version of the Pathlite:On is packing plenty of it, and even as a relatively young, able-bodied person I found getting it up steps or into the car a bit of a workout.
The high top tube would also make mounting and dismounting a challenge for anyone with limited lower body mobility. The trade-off, thanks to that extra battery, is range, and loads of it. Long, hilly rides, even fully loaded, are no longer an exercise in range anxiety and even after mile days hauling a fully loaded trailer and panniers, there was still plenty of charge left.
The own-brand finishing kit has started to look slightly tatty, and a set of mudguard bolts shook loose on a longer ride, but functionally everything is still working as well as the day it arrived. Three Things That Could Be Improved It would be nice to see more off-road friendly geometry in addition to load hauling capability.
The extra battery and accessories mean the cost — and weight — are probably a bit much for a lot of riders. The range does include some much more affordable models though. Tougher, mud-friendly tyres would suit the UK better. The accessories, particularly the lights, are top quality and genuinely useful. You can do a proper long ride without having to think about the battery life. Canyon Pathlite:On 8. The Trailer Canyon supplied the Pathlite:On 8.
A two wheel design also means a trailer can be used independently for trips to the park and the shops or, if you fit an optional jogging wheel, taking your little darling along for Parkrun. The Vaaya is a smart looking bit of kit. The Croozer Vaaya is entering quite a crowded marketplace, but it has a few tricks up its sleeve. First of all, it boasts a very sturdy looking aluminum chassis that looks like it could survive being clattered off a few rocks or anti-moped barriers. The profile of the trailer is a tad narrower than some, and it also has a very low centre of gravity, making tests of the built-in roll bar less likely.
The trailer attaches via a sturdy alloy hitch arm at the axle of the tow bike, which requires either a universal QR mount or a specific thru-axle for your bike. It can be a bit reluctant to detach however. A proper five-point harness for your little racing driver.
There are a couple of handy mesh pockets for toys and snacks. The front half of the trailer is fully waterproof, with the option to roll up the cover on dry days. Croozer claim it holds 43 litres, although the frame of the trailer reduces this somewhat in practice.
Room for loot in the boot. The Airpad suspension should hopefully make up for any clumsy line choices by the driver. For storage, the hitch arm and wheels detach and the trailer folds flat. The built-in lights are a neat safety upgrade. The trailer also comes with everything you need to use it as a buggy.
We tended to leave the push handle attached, partly due to the aforementioned lights, partly because it makes it easier to manoeuvre a laden trailer through the gates and barriers that afflict typical British cycling shitfrastructure.
The other necessary element is a dinky wheel that clips into the underside of the trailer at the front edge. It even comes with its own little pouch in the trailer boot, which means you can sling it in there and keep it handy. One ickle wheel converts the trailer to a buggy.
The low centre of gravity keeps things super stable and the suspension seems to take the sting out of the trail. Our daughter has spent multiple consecutive days in it, and only started to grumble on the third day, after it was used as part of an enforced separation process with some particularly interesting ducks. The true test of any trailer. Weather has stayed out, even on some truly filthy rides, although the bottom of the bags in the boot got a bit damp and muddy, as they sit on top of a large mesh vent.
Beware duck distraction… Durability Notes The Croozer Vaaya has had a fair bit of use over summer and autumn, and there have been no issues to speak of. Croozer are confident enough in their product to offer a 3-year warranty on the trailer fabric and a year warranty on the frame.
The cover is also very tight on the frame, and even after using it for a few months I still struggle to pop it into shape. Review Info.
2020 Canyon Grail AL 7.0 gravel bike review: Big fun, small price
Canyon Pathlite:ON 8.0 in Review
One thing becomes clear straight away: despite sharing similar geometries the Inflite and the Grail are two entirely different machines — and the handling is totally different too.
Both are new school representatives of their genre, both feature unique solutions and both prove that the market is rapidly adapting to the new segmentation-trends of the bicycle industry. The playful character begs you to blast out of every corner and tickles the competitive spirit of all passionate lactate junkies with off-road skills.
A genuine cross bike with racing ambitions. The Grail too keeps going when the tarmac ends but it feels most comfortable on gravel highways and in a straight line. This makes it more of a gravel specialist than a gravel all-rounder. The Hover cockpit is an exciting concept, but is not yet mature enough for everyday gravel life. And why? Because the added comfort is handy in some situations but sets you back in others. If you are likely to venture further afield and explore off the beaten track on your daily training lap, this is definitely an efficient option.
Conclusion Our test clearly shows that there is no winner and no loser in a direct comparison between a gravel-bike and a CX-rig. The technical solutions are truly fascinating but sometimes not entirely thought through e. When it comes to gravelling we are huge fans of all-rounders — because they give us the freedom to do it all! The Grail and the Inflite are two radical representatives of their genres and the gap between them is huge.
Perhaps Canyon will come up with a simpler and more minimalist gravel concept which observes the strict UCI regulations but also allows for mudguards. No matter how extreme each category might become, most riders would rather have a great all-round option they can use in different situations.
Maybe the Canyon Grail AL can build this bridge? If so, find out here! For more info head to: canyon. Download the app for iOS or Android to read all articles on your tablet or smartphone. Did you enjoy this article? The new Pathlite:ON bikes are aimed at comfort-oriented drivers who also want to cover longer distances — for which the option for a dual battery mode of the Bosch drive is ideal.
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This allows the wheel to be used with two batteries at the same time in this case twice Whthus doubling the range. A feature that Canyon uses for the new model series and is similarly possible with the Cannondale Canvas Neo 1 tested here. The drivetrain used is the XT series from Shimano with 11 gears 12 gears for the 9. The PowerTube battery integrated in the frame provides a capacity of Wh, the additional PowerPack battery doubles this value with another Wh.
The mentioned comfort is provided in particular by the large SR Suntour XCR34 suspension fork, which offers mm suspension travel and can also cope well with unevenness off the beaten track. The Float DPX2 also has a 3-position compression lever, though I personally never ran anything other than fully open.
Canyon has fitted a smaller 0. Any slower than that, and the back end would start to feel too boggy. As for the tyres, I set these up with 21psi in the front and 25psi in the rear. Our testers ranged from cm tall, so we picked the Medium size in the Spectral:ON. However, when you step up to the Large the seat tube grows by a whopping 40mm, while the reach is only 20mm longer.
This is an important consideration for riders in the cm height range, who may be tossing up between a Medium and a Large. We had room to spare with the mm dropper post, but the seat tube lengths are on the longer side. The other reason is the handlebar, which helps to stretch you out over the bike.
Review | Canyon Pathlite:On 8.0 and Croozer Vaaya 1 trailer - The ultimate family adventure setup?
However, directly compared to the cockpit on the Levo, which has the same mm width bar and 50mm stem length, the grips on the Spectral:ON sit quite a bit further ahead of the steerer tube. The carbon handlebars have a great profile, though they do bring you further forward over the front of the bike.
In fact, I quite like the way the bar profile encourages you to bring your chest forward and properly weight the front wheel. It also enhances the open cockpit feel, providing more balanced weight distribution between your contact points.
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I found this particularly noticeable when jumping from the Spectral:ON onto the Mt Bromo, the latter of which puts a lot more pressure on your wrists due to its steeper seat tube angle and super-short stem. As for the contact points themselves, the grips do offer a nice textured profile, though the compound is too firm for my liking. While my arse got along with that Ergon saddle really well, the Canyon saddle had a habit of shunting me forwards, especially if I hit the brakes.
Tilting the nose up helped in this regard, but resulted in way too much perennial pressure on the climbs. In the end I setup the saddle with the nose level, and just dealt with the occasional sliding. Climbing is good — mostly Once the front wheel is pointing upwards however, that kick-tail really saddle comes into its own.
You get excellent support for your sit bones, with the scooped profile locking you in securely to prevent you from slipping off the back. And with the saddle pushed all the way forwards, it also helps to steepen the effective seat tube angle — I measured our test bike at Along with the forward-leaning handlebar, the Spectral:ON delivers an excellent seated climbing position. On purpose-built climbing trails, the agile Spectral:ON dispatches tight switchbacks with ease.
The Spectral:ON feels perky on the climbs, with quick handling and responsive power delivery. The steeper and rougher it gets though, the less planted the whole bike feels. The short back end reduces the amount of weight you can put on the front wheel, and that sees the steering becoming a little too light.
This was something we encountered when riding the Spectral:ON on the same blown-out moto climbs as the Specialized Levo and the Norco Sight VLT 29, both of which felt more planted overall. The Sight VLT 29 in particular, with its humongous mm rear centre, delivers a more stable ride on uber-steep climbs. In comparison the Spectral:ON felt more likely to loop out earlier, and it required a whole lot more attention over the front wheel to keep it from wandering off-line.