Canyon reinvents the way to ride a MTB with the amazing K.I.S. technology

Mountain bike 25/10/22 11:10 Migue A.

Canyon has just introduced the new Spectral CF 8 K.I.S., a very attractive trail model that has been overshadowed by the innovative technology it incorporates. The K.I.S. stabilizer. 

Imagine turning the handlebars of your mountain bike and when you release them, they return to their centred position to keep the steering straight. That's the functionality that Canyon has just introduced. 

New Canyon Spectral CF 8 K.I.S. comes with innovative integrated stabilisation system

What is K.I.S. steering-assist technology?

This system has been invented by Jo Klieber from the bike brand Syntace and has been installed for the first time on the Canyon Spectral CF 8. The K.I.S. technology seems as simple as it is ingenious, something that is rarely seen in today's innovations and could be a major paradigm shift in the future.

The K.I.S. technology consists of a spring system, kevlar bands and a cam ring. 

The mechanism consists of a system of custom springs, ultra-strong polymer fibre risers and a high-precision steering ring that are integrated inside the top tube and actively centre the handlebars when riding the MTB. 

The speed at which the handlebars return to their initial position is gradual and proportional to the angle of rotation.

Although it is not the first system of its kind for mountain bikes, the brand claims that the K.I.S does not increase the turning friction and generates a force, adjustable in intensity, to return the handlebars to their "straight" position in any situation.

K.I.S. System Prototype

Is it possible to regulate it?

The K.I.S. has an adjustment plate on the top tube which allows it to be adjusted with a simple screw.

On the top tube there is only an adjustment control that can be tightened or loosened according to the needs of the terrain.


The system can be adjusted according to the rider's weight, terrain or riding style. So heavier riders or riders who want firm steering on fast downhills may want to opt for a heavy setting of the system. Or if you're tackling slow, twisty singletrack, a softer setting will be more appropriate.

Perfect system integration

What is it really for?

Canyon states that this system improves stability at all speeds, offers a more predictable ride and reduces rider fatigue.

Canyon's comparison with the sensations of a sports car is a good one for the time being. A more "robust" steering system improves handling and safety at high speed. Roots or bad receptions in a jump cause unintentional changes of direction which are minimised with this system. In addition, they claim it improves braking, reducing vibrations, and the relationship between the front and rear of the bike.

Firmer and more predictable steering improves safety and feel on fast terrain.

Canyon even goes so far as to suggest that these systems could change the geometry of bicycles once again, as their added stability would make it unnecessary to include such relaxed steering angles, as has been the trend in recent years.

When climbing, K.I.S. technology also offers benefits. It avoids unintentional swinging by reducing the energy needed to keep moving forward. 

When climbing, the K.I.S promises to put an end to annoying unintentional handlebar turns.

Has it got maintenance? Can it break?

Regarding durability and resistance, Canyon explains that the components of the K.I.S. should last a lifetime, as the forces it withstands are minimal compared to its maximum load capacity.

No matter how hard the impact or how much force it receives, it will not overload and damage the system. The most that can happen is that the adjustment will be disconfigured and you will have to adjust it again.


Maintenance free and corrosion resistant, the system should last a lifetime.

In addition, it is the system itself that includes the pivot stops so that the handlebars do not hit the frame.

The K.I.S. unit only increases the weight of the assembly by 110g, does not need to be lubricated and is corrosion resistant.

Aesthetically we only know about it by the adjustment plate installed on the top tube.


The new K.I.S weighs only 110 g and can support handlebar turns of any force.

Is this system necessary?

We have to confess that K.I.S. technology has taken us by surprise. Few would have expected such a system on a standard MTB, but if history has taught us anything, it's that we can't be too quick to judge such developments. 

It is a very invasive technology in our riding style and that means that we will have to learn to ride with it, but 29" wheels or disc brakes were also changes of this type and their first detractors are far behind us.

Only time and experience will tell if we really needed a steering stabilisation system on our mountain bike. But there is no doubt that it is this type of technology, rather than electronics, that could lead to great advances in the evolution of MTB.

Canyon Spectral CF 8 K.I.S: price and set-up

This innovative system will only be available for two brands, Canyon and Liteville (Syntace's component brand) and the first model to integrate this system is the new Canyon, the Spectral CF 8 K.I.S.

The Spectral is Canyon's benchmark trail MTB and its 2023 range has been revamped with new colours and specifications, although only one model will include the K.I.S. system.

The Canyon Spectral CF 8 K.I.S. is priced at €4,999 and comes with Fox Performance Elite suspension, Shimano Deore XT drivetrain and brakes and DT Swiss XM1700 wheels with Maxxis tyres.

Spectral CF 8 K.I.S. Set-Up

  • Frame: Canyon Spectral 29 CF M120 feat K.I.S. 1.0
  • Fork: Fox 36 PE Grip2 160 mm
  • Shock: Fox DPX2 PE
  • Brakes: Shimano XT M8120
  • Wheels: DT Swiss XM1700 with 30mm internal width
  • Tyres: Maxxis Minion DHR II MaxTerra EXO Front | EXO+ Rear
  • Groupset: Shimano XT M8120 32t with 10/51t cassette
  • Handlebar: Canyon G5
  • Saddle: Ergon SM10 Enduro Comp
  • Dropper Seatpost: Canyon G5 Adjustable Dropper
  • Colours: Reflective Grey/Yellow
  • Sizes: S, M, L, XL
  • Weight:14.55 kg

The rest of the Spectral 2023 range is made up of 7 models starting at € 2,499 and going up to € 6,499 for the CFR version, the lightest. They are available now and you can check out all the setups at



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