Beyond limits

Every aspect of the Exceed has been tested with the best of the best XC racers.

The Exceed line-up is based on the existing Exceed frame, a proven performer at the pinnacle of XC racing in the hands of generational talents such as Mathieu van der Poel, Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado, and Andreas Seewald to name just three. The new bikes combine fresh new artworks and race-proven components with all the signature design innovation that has taken the Exceed to the very top for season after season – incredible stiffness-to-weight, superlight carbon construction, and a perfectly balanced geometry.

Exceed CF SLX: World Cup DNA in a privateer race package

The Exceed CF SLX is a bike made for serious competition, taking the pro-level design of the World Championship-winning Exceed CFR and making it available on a privateer racer’s budget. For 2023, Canyon are slimming down and simplifying their Exceed CF SLX offering, with one CF SLX model available. The Exceed CF SLX uses the same race-proven 1015 g (size M) frameset from last year’s bike, now with a dash of extra eye-catching style.

Exceed CF: a more accessible entry-level build

The Exceed CF is all about taking the Exceed’s World Championship-winning, Leadville-smashing, podium-dominating design and making it available to more riders than ever before. Just like the CF SLX, the Exceed CF range features new paintjobs across the board for 2023, with highlights including the CF 6’s gorgeous Quick Silver colourway and the understated class of the Sandstone Fire design available on the CF 7, 5, and 4.

Complete Control

It’s no secret–World Cup cross country courses have gotten rowdy. That’s why we gave the new Exceed a thoroughly modern yet balanced geometry that boosts your control on tough terrain while still proving quick and nimble through the tightest trails. In practical terms, we slackened the head angle to 69 degrees, increased the reach 10 millimeters, moved to 80 millimeter stems on all frame sizes, and shortened the rear center 2 millimeters.

The end result is a bike that’s both confident on tough descents and an absolute rocket on steep climbs and through tight corners. IN SHORT, THE NEW EXCEED IS FASTER ANY WHERE THE COURSE TAKES YOU.

Stellar handling, in every size

It’s a simple principle: your bike should fit you — not the other way around. And, yet, frame geometry is often compromised if you’re either short or tall. The Exceed boasts stellar handling in every frame size. The new Exceed features 29er wheels and room for two water bottles, even in the new XS size, which fits riders down to 158cm (5’2”). What’s more, we continue to equip the Exceed with frame size specific chainstays. Chainstay
length grows on Large and X Large frames, giving riders of all heights ideal weight distribution and superior handling.

Built for speed

While we obsessed over every detail of the new Exceed frame, we paid just as keen attention to each component fitted to that frame. CFR and SLX models feature a new, full carbon mountain bike cockpit that tidies up your handlebar/front end while providing you with an aerodynamic riding position that shaves precious seconds from your best efforts. What’s more, we partnered with DT Swiss to create ultra light dropper posts specifically for the Exceed. The novel droppers are available in carbon (CFR) and aluminum (SLX) and provide racers with 60mm of seat height adjustability. More to the point, the DT Posts are among the lightest production dropper posts available today, weighing in at 390 grams (carbon post with remote) and 420 grams (alloy post with remote). We build every Exceed to be that rare combination of uncompromising performance and outstanding value.

Every detail matters

Our Impact Protection Unit (IPU) protects the Exceed’s carbon frame by preventing the handlebars from over rotating into the top tube. We refined the IPU on the new Exceed, reducing its size and integrating it even more neatly within the frame.

We streamlined the new Exceed with an integrated seatpost clamp. Likewise, we reduced the potential for mud build up by equipping the Exceed with sludge shedding tube profiles, adopted from our World Championship winning Inflite cyclocross bike.

The new Exceed even takes tidy cable routing to a higher level. A novel headset design enables us to route the cables within the headset. This, in turn, allows for tighter cable routing with no loss in shift ing performance or binding sensation in the steering. The end result is less cockpit clutter, a lighter steering feel, and a design that ultimately enabled us to create a lighter, stiffer headtube.

Introducing the new Exceed | Beyond Limits