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A Mountain Bike This Good Shouldn’t Be This Affordable


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When Gear Patrol dug into the question of why good bikes are so expensive, we found out that not only are bicycles — and their price tags — a sum of their parts, they’re also a tally of innovation on the level of exotic cars. Unfortunately for us, the high cost of great bikes seems to make sense. And that’s why we’re floored by the affordability of Canyon’s updated Neuron AL mountain bike.

Despite the Neuron being a full-suspension mainstay in Canyon’s trail line, the top new aluminum model costs $2,399. That’s a hefty chunk of change by almost every consideration, but not when it comes to high-end mountain bikes. The Neuron AL is positively stocked; Canyon swapped the vertical rear shock for a horizontal one to give it the same kinematics as its pricier models. The system makes the ride responsive and stable, as well as comfortable and efficient. It’s a true jack-of-all-trades — Canyon even varied its sizing, so smaller models come with 27.5-inch wheels while larger sizes have 29ers.

It’s okay if you aren’t thinking about dropping a wad of cash on a mountain bike this spring, there’s no harm in ogling. What’s more, there’s plenty of time to sleep on the matter, as the new Neuron AL will be available for purchase on June 2.

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Tanner Bowden

Tanner Bowden is a staff writer at Gear Patrol covering all things outdoors and fitness. He is a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School and a former wilderness educator. He lives in Brooklyn but will always identify as a Vermonter.

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