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Yeow! The Canyon Spectral is a bike that loves to be thrown around at every pop and jump, it’s  great fun!

Yeow! The Canyon Spectral is a bike that loves to be thrown around at every pop and jump, it’s great fun!

None of our testers liked the cheap compound Continental Mountain King II tires which lacked grip and bite in loose terrain.

None of our testers liked the cheap compound Continental Mountain King II tires which lacked grip and bite in loose terrain.

Despite the budget price tag, there is a lot of high tech components. The Fox FiT4 damper is a prime example, composed and high performance.

Despite the budget price tag, there is a lot of high tech components. The Fox FiT4 damper is a prime example, composed and high performance.

We have been impressed with the SLX drivetrain, soldering on in the mud and always shifting accurately.

We have been impressed with the SLX drivetrain, soldering on in the mud and always shifting accurately.

We were a little annoyed that all the ‘push in’ cable guides fell out, having to resort to ties to keep the cables under control.

We were a little annoyed that all the ‘push in’ cable guides fell out, having to resort to ties to keep the cables under control.

Powerful brakes are important at this price.

Powerful brakes are important at this price.

After over 650km on their very affordable 2016 Canyon Spectral AL 6.0 model, it's time to find out if the bargain basement price means budget performance.

After over 650km on their very affordable 2016 Canyon Spectral AL 6.0 model, it's time to find out if the bargain basement price means budget performance.

It's the small touches like this chain guide that make the Canyon such an attractive deal.

It's the small touches like this chain guide that make the Canyon such an attractive deal.

It’s always great to see an inclusion of a Reverb dropper post.

It’s always great to see an inclusion of a Reverb dropper post.

The central and dynamic riding position makes the Canyon Spectral easy to rail any corner.

The central and dynamic riding position makes the Canyon Spectral easy to rail any corner.