One thing’s for sure: Canyon are deeply commited to shaping the future of urban mobility. And this year, we’ve consistently underlined this commitment. First came the groundbreaking Future Mobility Concept. At the same time, we also launched two all-new e-city bikes – the Precede:ON and Commuter:ON – in a push to inspire more people to get around their city on two wheels. But this wasn’t the beginning. But rather the latest steps in a journey that began all the way back at Eurobike in 2013, when we first unveiled the concept study of the original Commuter urban bike. The bike’s launch soon followed in 2014, the first ever model in Canyon’s Urban & Fitness category. And in the years since, the bike has built up an iconic reputation, racking up countless test wins and a Red Dot Design Award in the process.
And in 2021, we’re taking things to the next level, with a new and updated version of the non-motorised Commuter. Because even in the age of e-city bikes, there are still many reasons to keep things simple – lower costs, easier travel and carrying, and no complex electronics to replace and maintain.
The changes are many, and the changes are significant. Firstly, there’s a new mid-step frame variant that’s easier for all riders to mount and dismount. But without doubt, the standout new feature of the new Commuter is its further refined design. A new D-shape downtube transitions smoothly into the head tube for an elegant, flowing aesthetic. Furthermore, the cockpit and spacers – 20 mm on all models for a more dynamic riding position – are also more smoothly integrated into the frame design. A completely redesigned rear triangle now offers greater compatibility for kickstands and pannier racks, including compatibility with Ortlieb’s practical QuickLock QL3.1 system on selected models. The mounts for the integrated mudguards are also specifically designed for the bike for optimal aesthetics and performance. The Commuter’s silhouette is super-clean thanks to internal cable and line routing through the downtube, and by running the front brake line through the fork. All models are equipped with disc brakes, and finally, a longer extension length lets the seatpost flex for additional comfort.
The new range starts at £999 with the minimalist Commuter 5 and Commuter 5 WMN (with mid-step frame), fitted with Shimano Nexus 8-speed hub gearing with gripshift. The Commuter 6 (and WMN) come in a £1,299 with the same components, and more features: integrated road-legal Supernova lights, mudguards, and rear rack. The £1,499 Commuter 7 (and WMN) replaces the Nexus 8-speed with Shimano’s premium 11-speed Alfine internal hub shifting. This drivetrain also features on the flagship Commuter 8, the sole unchanged bike and an iconic testament to fully-integrated design.
All new MY21 models use clean, quiet, low-maintenance, and durable Gates belt drive drivetrains. The seven new Commuters are available on the Canyon site here.