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    2018 Spectral AL 6.0 size L vs XL

    Anyone ride a L vs XL? As comparison being 6'1" with a 34" inseam, I just rode the Santa Cruz 5010 and Tallboy and the L felt very cramped, and I would definitely choose the XL. Just wondering similar sized Spectral owners are riding? I do realize the 2018 is a new frame, but wanted some real world feedback.

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    Have you ridden any other bikes with a 460 reach (size of medium Spectral)?
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    you mean large Spectral? Looks like its between the Santa Cruz L/XL. What site are you comparing geometry like that? Its pretty slick.

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    Correct, Large.
    https://geometrygeeks.bike/ is your friend

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    Apparently I am an anomaly when it comes to bike size (from what I am reading online from others) but at 5'11.5" and 31" inseam I ride a L 2018 Spectral AL 6.0 and it fits. My 150mm dropper is pulled out 1 1/4" from the top of the seat tube/rubber collar. The bike feels more on the shorter side from my previous and current other bikes (2015 Orbea Rallon and 2018 YT Capra XL) but it is a very fast and playful bike. I would love to try an XL to get that longer reach but I am satisfied with the L as I use it for everyday trail riding.
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    Canyon runs bigger than SC. I've got a 2016 XL spectral, I'm 6' 2-1/2" and 34" inseam and I feel like it's a little long for me. I rode an XL SC 5010 last year and it felt a little short. I think a large Spectral would be perfect for you.

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    Anybody else have any experience with the L or XL spectral. I'm in the same boat. I'm 6'1" with a 34.5" inseam and I'm torn between the L and XL. I come up as a L on the website but I'm right on the border. I spoke to canyon on the phone and they said its really a matter of personal preference. I went into a LBS the other day and they were adamant I am an XL in any FS bike because I'm a big guy, they said they could tell just by looking at me.
    I rode a 2018 XL transition sentinel which could have worked but did feel a little big, I also rode a L Jamis Dakaar which felt a little small (those 2 have very different geometry tho). A couple years ago I test rode a 2016 L FS Stumpjumper and it was def too small and the XL felt way better. I checked out geometry geeks and its pretty awesome but a lot of the bikes are really different in terms of the geo. Any other input would be appreciated. Thanks!

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    Another thing to consider is that if you tend to do long rides, being stretched out on a long bike may get uncomfortable after a while. I rode 12 hours on my XL this weekend and my arms were getting tired supporting my torso, couldn't help but think I might be better off on a large. Stem length is 50mm, looking at going to 35mm. All that being said, there are definite advantages to being on a long bike, and if I did have a large I'd probably be bitching about why I'd rather have an XL...

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    6'1" here and I ride a Large 2018 Spectral 6.0.
    I actually went to a 50mm stem...felt cramped.
    Buddy has an XL and it's a monster for me.

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    Thanks for the info! I started off thinking I would go L originally and then was leaning to XL but I think I'm back to L after reading your comments. Waiting for it to get back in stock. I'll update when I get it, thanks again!

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    DTMFM let us know how it turns out, I'm curious. After many calls and promised dates of stock passed, I couldn't wait any longer (summer is here)! I went with a Trek Fuel EX 19.5 frame which I could test ride. Fits really well for our stats fyi.

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    Cool thx, I will, there is something to be said for a test ride.
    Just saw the 2019 stumpjumper, looks nice. It has pretty similar geometry to the spectral. I wanna see how it feels. I may even shell out a few extra bucks and support the LBS, just don't like it's component build quite as much and it's more money, I'm on the fence. Either way I want to ride it.

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    I just rode the 2019 stumpjumper in a L and it just felt too small, so now I'm torn again if I do go with the spectral. BTW the 27.5 stumpjumper doesn't come in xl until the fall and canyon pushed back the spectral restocks until sometime in August maybe. I am also concerned about cracked chainstay as someone had mentioned. I have seen a number of people complaining about that. I called canyon and they didn't really have anything to say about it.

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    So after many in stock dates came and went there were XL's available for a few hours at the end of August and I snagged one. Its a big change from my old hard tail so I was trying to figure out if it is a good size while getting used to a new kind of bike.
    Long story short, I think it's slightly big for me but I don't know how the L would have felt. It's comfortable and I am able to go faster and tackle harder stuff than my last bike, but it just feels a little big sometimes. If the seat could go a little lower I prob wouldn't feel that way, even with the seat slammed it's a bit more in the way than I would like.
    I don't think I will get rid of it, but if I sat on something I liked better I would seriously consider selling it.
    Wish I had a more definitive answer for anyone reading.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DTMFM View Post
    So after many in stock dates came and went there were XL's available for a few hours at the end of August and I snagged one. Its a big change from my old hard tail so I was trying to figure out if it is a good size while getting used to a new kind of bike.
    Long story short, I think it's slightly big for me but I don't know how the L would have felt. It's comfortable and I am able to go faster and tackle harder stuff than my last bike, but it just feels a little big sometimes. If the seat could go a little lower I prob wouldn't feel that way, even with the seat slammed it's a bit more in the way than I would like.
    I don't think I will get rid of it, but if I sat on something I liked better I would seriously consider selling it.
    Wish I had a more definitive answer for anyone reading.
    Man, you make me nervous, I just ordered an XL. 6'2 tall comparing my current seat height I'm right where the seat post will be slammed and be right where I want it at full extension. I'm coming from a large bronson which needed a 50mm to not feel cramped (still does slightly). Hoping the XL spectral wont be too much (figured I could shrink the stem if required)


    Edit: Just was comparing - if I went 35mm stem im only 7mm longer away from a stock bronson XL

    If I stuck with 50mm im only 1.45in from my current reach without taking stack or handlebars into account...it should be spot on or reachable. Less concerned about seatpost as its w/in an inch too, currently could go higher on my current ride. But its still right there at the bottom limit - hopfully Canyons saddle height info accounts for the spec'd dropper

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