Going Beyond Limits — that was our aim when we set out to develop a new XC race bike. Up to now, the performance of hardtail racers has been judged primarily by one key parameter: stiffness-to-weight. From the outset, we decided that focussing on this alone is too limited. when looking to create the ultimate modern-day racer. In addition to stiffness-to-weight, the relationship between weight and control, comfort and durability also plays an essential role when it comes to overall performance.
One of the main goals in the development of the Exceed CF SLX was to set a new benchmark when it comes to low frame weight. At just 870 g, the Exceed CF SLX frame alone is a whole 300 g lighter than its predecessor, the Grand Canyon CF SLX. This impressive weight reduction is a result of surface optimisation according to our Minimal Surface Concept.
Stiffness-to-weight is what determines how quickly you reach the top of the climb. this value isn’t just a generic term for how good a bike is, it’s an actual measurement. That’s why we made it our primary goal to set a new stiffness-to-weight benchmark with the Exceed CF SLX.
Vibrations that enter the body via the bike have a negative effect on rider endurance by causing unwanted muscle and joint fatigue. Reducing these vibrations to increase comfort can therefore directly improve rider performance.
The perfect race bike has to deliver stability and control in every scenario. When your heart rate is maxed out and energy levels start to drop off at the top of a climb, you need to be able to recover on descents while still riding fast. The Exceed CF SLX has a progressive geometry with an extended front center and slackened steering angle for fast and confident descending. When things get technical, wide bars and a short stem enhance agility so you always find the perfect line.
The demands of designing a frame that weighs less than 900 g and is strong enough to be ridden hard across the most testing terrain are enormous. With the Exceed CF SLX we applied a blend of high performance fibres with an advanced layup to achieve the advanced levels of strength, stiffness and vertical compliance we were after.