With the new 2020 Pathlite:ON, Canyon present their first e-trekking bike. An ebike for day to day life: commuting, shopping, long day trips and weekend excursions. We tested the Canyon Pathlite:ON 8.0 with the Bosch dual battery system and we’ve got all the details.

Canyon Pathlite:ON 8.0 | Bosch Performance CX (GEN 4) 1000 Wh | 100 mm | 28.95 kg in size L (fully equipped including ABUS lock and dual battery) | € 4,399 | Manufacturer’s Website

There’s no mistaking the Pathlite:ON for anything but a Canyon. The accentuated hydroformed tubes in combination with the one-piece cockpit and the logo on the down tube give the bike its distinctive brand look. Providing assistance on this e-trekking bike is a Bosch Performance CX Gen 4 motor, which is powered by an integrated yet easily removable 500 Wh battery, as featured across the range. The two flagship models also come with an external 500 Wh Power Pack as standard, the dual battery system providing a whopping 1,000 Wh battery capacity. According to Canyon, the powerful motor is ideally suited to pulling a trailer or conquering steep climbs.

Canyon’s first e-trekking bike comes fully equipped to survive in the urban jungle
The new Pathlite:ON is driven by a 4th generation Bosch Performance CX motor
Long-range: thanks to the dual battery system, the two higher-end Pathlite:ON models offer a whopping 1,000 Wh battery capacity.

Cleverly designed details for a wide range of applications

The new Pathlite:ON is very versatile, excelling at everything from your daily commute to work, to running errands and multi-day excursions on unpaved roads. To make sure that you’re prepared for every eventuality, the three higher-end models feature an integrated Supernova lighting system, including a high beam function, a rear rack with Ortlieb’s QL 3.1 interface and high-quality aluminium mudguards. All bikes come equipped with a Croozer trailer hitch and an SR Suntour XCR 34 100 mm travel fork. In combination with Schwalbe’s G-ONE Allround tires, you should be guaranteed a comfortable ride.

Even with the range extender battery installed, the Pathlite:ON still has room for two water bottles or one bottle and a lock in the front triangle – at least in the larger frame sizes.
The rear rack features Ortlieb’s Quick-Lock 3.1 mounting system, which makes it quick and easy to fit panniers
The three top-end models come with a Supernova lighting system as standard and the flagship model even features the M99 mini Pro headlight. With the light positioned far forward on the sturdy aluminium mudguard, Canyon have ensured that the mudguard doesn’t cast any shadows, keeping the area directly in front of the wheel brightly illuminated.
The ergonomic grips ensure a high level of riding comfort, but most customers will probably want a customisable cockpit that the integrated solution can’t offer.
The 100 mm travel SR Suntour fork is designed to filter out irregularities with ease
Schwalbe’s G-ONE Allround tires offer a good mix of low rolling resistance and grip in the city and on bike paths
Stands are super practical in everyday life

Ranging from € 2,499 to € 4,999, the pricing for the Pathlite:ON is very fair, even allowing customers with a limited budget to experience the joy of an ebike. The option of leasing is particularly interesting with the Pathlite:ON too – Canyon have a cooperation with Jobrad in Germany, among others.

The spec list of the Pathlite:ON models at a glance

Canyon PATHLITE:ON 5.0

€ 2,499

Specifications

Motor Bosch Performance Line CX 75 Nm
Battery Bosch PowerTube 625 Wh
Display Bosch Purion
Fork Suntour XCR 34 Coil 100 mm
Seatpost Iridium
Brakes Shimano MT200 180/180 mm
Drivetrain Shimano XT M8000
Handlebar Canyon CP0016
Wheelset Shimano MT400/Alex MD25 29"/27,5"
Tires Schwalbe G-One Allround

Technical Data

Size XS S M L XL
Trailer approval yes
Kickstand mount yes

Specific Features

Lights: –

Canyon PATHLITE:ON 6.0

€ 2,799

Specifications

Motor Bosch Performance Line CX 75 Nm
Battery Bosch PowerTube 625 Wh
Display Bosch Purion
Fork Suntour XCR 34 Air 100 mm
Seatpost Iridium
Brakes Shimano SLX M7100 180/180 mm
Drivetrain Shimano XT M8100
Handlebar Canyon CP0016
Wheelset Shimano MT400/Alex MD25 29"/27,5"
Tires Schwalbe G-One Allround

Technical Data

Size XS S M L XL
Trailer approval yes
Kickstand mount yes

Specific Features

Lights: –

Canyon PATHLITE:ON 7.0

€ 2,999

Specifications

Motor Bosch Performance Line CX 75 Nm
Battery Bosch PowerTube 625 Wh
Display Bosch Purion
Fork Suntour XCR 34 Coil 100 mm
Seatpost Iridium
Brakes Shimano MT401 180/180 mm
Drivetrain Shimano XT M8000
Handlebar Canyon CP0016
Wheelset Shimano MT400/Alex MD25 29"/27,5"
Tires Schwalbe G-One Allround

Technical Data

Size XS S M L XL
Trailer approval yes
Kickstand mount yes

Specific Features

Lights: Supernova E3 Pro with blast/Supernova E3 tail Light 2

Canyon PATHLITE:ON 8.0

€ 4,399

Specifications

Motor Bosch Performance Line CX 75 Nm
Battery Bosch Dual Battery 1000 Wh
Display Bosch Purion
Fork Suntour XCR 34 Air 100 mm
Seatpost Iridium
Brakes Shimano MT500 180/180 mm
Drivetrain Shimano XT M8000
Handlebar Canyon CP0016
Wheelset Shimano MT400/Alex MD25 29"/27,5"
Tires Schwalbe G-One Allround

Technical Data

Size XS S M L XL
Trailer approval yes
Kickstand mount yes

Specific Features

Lights: Supernova E3 Pro with blast/Supernova E3 tail Light 2

Canyon PATHLITE:ON 9.0

€ 4,999

Specifications

Motor Bosch Performance Line CX 75 Nm
Battery Bosch Dual Battery 1000 Wh
Display Bosch Nyon
Fork Suntour XCR 34 Air 100 mm
Seatpost Canyon Carbon
Brakes Shimano XT M8100 180/180 mm
Drivetrain Shimano XT M8100
Handlebar Canyon CP0016
Wheelset Shimano MT400/Alex MD25 29"/27,5"
Tires Schwalbe G-One Allround

Technical Data

Size XS S M L XL
Trailer approval yes
Kickstand mount yes

Specific Features

Lights: Supernova M99 mini Pro with blast/Supernova E3 tail Light 2

The geometry of the Canyon Pathlite:ON

Canyon are offering the Pathlite:ON in five sizes from XS to XL, enabling both very short and very tall riders to find a size suitable for them. For the wheels, Canyon deliberately opted for a so-called size split, so the models in sizes XS and S come with 27.5” wheels, and M, L, and XL all roll on the larger 29ers.

Size XS S M L XL
Seat tube 440 mm 465 mm 490 mm 520 mm 550 mm
Top tube 549 mm 556 mm 575 mm 600 mm 640 mm
Head tube 92 mm 98 mm 92 mm 114 mm 163 mm
Head angle 69.5° 69.5° 70.0° 70.0° 70.0°
Seat angle 73.5° 73.5° 73.5° 73.5° 73.5°
Chainstay 443 mm 443 mm 460 mm 460 mm 460 mm
Wheelbase 1,058 mm 1,066 mm 1,098 mm 1,125 mm 1,167 mm
Reach 368 mm 374 mm 385 mm 404 mm 430 mm
Stack 610 mm 615 mm 630 mm 651 mm 697 mm

Our first impression of the Canyon Pathlite:ON

Before the official presentation, we had the exclusive opportunity to test the Pathlite:ON around our headquarters in Leonberg. We’ve done everything from short trips to the bakery in the morning to longer rides with our dog. The Pathlite:ON always proved to be a reliable companion.

Thanks to the huge battery capacity, long rides are no problem at all and you rarely need to plug it in as you go about your day to day routine. The riding position is central, although the rather aggressive, low front end will appeal more to fast commuters than relaxed cruisers. In terms of handling, the high centre of gravity is noticeable, especially through the corners where the bike feels a bit top-heavy and needs to be ridden actively. While we understand that the external range extender had to be positioned high to provide enough room for two bottle bosses in the front triangle, the question arises as to why the internal 500 Wh battery has also been positioned so high in the down tube. If you buy the flagship model and plan to ride without the additional range extender installed, you should know that the bike doesn’t come with an additional battery cover. In other words, the battery mounting hardware remains visibly exposed, which is a bit ugly, but at least it gives you the option of mounting another water bottle. We would have preferred some kind of cover, such as Simplon offer for their dual-battery bikes. As of now, Canyon aren’t planning on making one, but you could resort to using a cover from a different brand.

The Pathlite:ON remains easy to control with the rear rack fully loaded (certified up to 25 kg), but with the high centre of gravity at the front, we recommend you keep your hands on the handlebars! After all, the added weight on the back has a big impact on handling.

As usual, the assistance of the Bosch motor is powerful and very easy to control. We would have liked a bit more comfort at the rear and a dropper seat post – the latter does wonders for your confidence, even in an urban environment. There are a few suspended dropper seat posts available on the market that would offer exactly this combination. The shallow-profiled tires work well on paved roads, but they offer too little grip in muddy conditions.

The high-quality mudguards are very effective at keeping you free of mud and water…of course, there is a limit to what they can do, as we found out while playing around in puddles.

With the exception of the flagship model, all bikes come with a Bosch Purion display, which works well on an eMTB, but we think the Intuvia or the smartphone hub would have been the better choice for an e-trekking bike. Not least because both versions allow you to attach your smartphone to the handlebar for navigation.

Our verdict on the new Canyon Pathlite:ON

The Pathlite:ON is a great addition to Canyon’s portfolio. It offers excellent value for money, specced with high-quality components designed for everyday practicality. The dual battery system increases range significantly, but the high centre of gravity noticeably affects handling. The integrated cockpit looks clean, but most riders who want a higher or a more customisable cockpit are likely to exchange it. Fast commuters who want to travel long distances or are simply too lazy to charge their bike every day will find a very attractive option in the Canyon Pathlite:ON.


For more information, visit canyon.com

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Words & Photos: Robin Schmitt

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Robin Schmitt

As one of the publishing house’s founding duo, Robin is somewhat of a visionary with a let’s-do-it mentality. After many years racing enduro races and various Downhill World Cups, he now has a more laid back approach, enjoying every second spent on a bike to balance his packed work schedule. When not on the bike, Robin will be found practicing kung-fu, zen meditation, or playing the cello. The rest of his time is spent travelling to foreign countries, ticking off innumerous test rides, or cosying up with his girlfriend’s dog that he likes to claim is his. Progressive ideas, new projects and major challenges – Robin’s all about unlocking potential and scoping out future trends.