Bike Check: Magnus Manson's 29er Chrome Canyon Sender

Apr 22, 2019
by James Smurthwaite  

Canadian champion Magnus Manson finally bagged himself a factory ride this year as he stepped up from a Canadian Canyon program to their proper Elite set up. As he raced on the Sender last year it should be a pretty easy transition for Magnus but there are a few changes here, most notably the move to 29-inch wheels.

This is not a new frame, rather a 27.5-inch frame put in the longest chainstay setting and with 29-inch wheels fitted. This is the first 29 inch Canyon Sender we've seen on the World Cup circuit, although curious owners have been running this standard 27.5 inch Sender with 29-inch wheels for a couple of years. It will be interesting to see how Magnus fares with this set up as opposed to a fully custom 29er.

Magnus' bike also couldn't help but draw us in thanks to the unreal chrome paint job he's turned up to Maribor with, this bike is a real head turner.

Rider Name // Magnus Manson
Age: 21
Hometown: Victoria, BC
Weight: 200lbs
Instagram: @magnusmanson

Custom chrome means Magnus announces his arrival on a factory set up with one of the coolest looking bikes out there.

Canyon has largely stuck with their tried and tested set up from last year that delivered Troy Brosnan to the podium three times and saw Kye A'Hern take some junior wins. The biggest change comes in the wheels as DT Swiss replaces Mavic. Manson is running the EX511 wheelset whereas most World Cup racers stick with the 471. The 511 is 30mm wide rim that is designed to withstand a bit more abuse than the XM 481.

The rest of the spec stays the same with RockShox on suspension duties, Maxxis for tyres and Canyon's own G5 finishing kit.

Frame: Canyon Sender 27.5
Shock: RockShox Vivid Coil
Fork: RockShox Boxxer, 169 psi 3 tokens
Wheels: DT Swiss EX511, 29
Tires: Maxxis Minion
Brakes: SRAM Code
Cockpit: Canyon G5
Size: XL
Weight: N/A
More info

The chainstays have been put in their longest setting to accommodate the 29-inch wheels

The big wheels just about work in the 27.5 Sender frame. Reports we've heard from people who have tried it is that it's a super-fast set up too.

Magnus is on Minion tyres with 27psi at the front and 31 psi in the rear.

Remember the name...

A Super Alloy Racing spring sits on a Vivid Coil for a 'super' powered rear end.

Ergon's dh specific saddle is cropping up on more and more bikes

A mix of Ergon and Canyon G5 parts for the cockpit. Magnus runs his bars at 780mm.

Crankbrothers' Mallet DH pedals finish the contact points


  • 50 0
 (1)69 PSi in fork. 420 lb coil spring. Sweet ride.
  • 9 0
 1. Nice 2. Nice
  • 31 1
 This is the perfect bike for a pair of "signature" series Boxxers in that chrome finish....
  • 25 7
 Sender?!?! I barely know her
  • 17 4
 Am I wrong or the shock is a vivid, not a Super Deluxe ?
It's known that the team is sticking to the vivid.
  • 1 0
 With the push for metric shocks I’m guessing that they moved on to the Super Deluxe Coil RC which is Rockshox’s new metric DH coil shock. Though it does lack the HSR adjustment this shock is already being used by Unior Devinci and other brands with Rockshox builds.
  • 5 0
 Also looks like A vivid to me
  • 5 0
 Definitely a vivid coil. i have that same shock.
  • 4 0
 @BaGearA: it‘s a vivid coil, you can clearly see the knobs in the picture.
  • 2 0
 @Bflutz625: just look at the shock, it is clearly a vivid coil r2c.
  • 2 2
 The fact is that vivid is better than super deluxe.At least it's a twin tube shock rather than a single tube one
  • 2 0
 @Bflutz625: Not just a hsr adjustment but also a set of hsc shims
  • 1 0
 The super deluxe doesn’t come in sizes for a several bikes yet
  • 1 2
 yes its a Vivid R2C. either someone dont know what theyre talking about or just another marketing BS trying to push the useless metric sizing
  • 2 0
 @yellowpurple: that's because it's metric only. Monarch and vivid series are imperial sized.
  • 1 0
 They’ve changed it now
  • 22 10
 Rockshox, youre great n all - but damn I cant wait until youre out of your "red" phase. Such an eyesore on otherwise gorgeous bikes.
  • 7 8
 True and it looks cheap
  • 9 1
 Red is their signature color. Same as green for DVO and Orange for Fox. You do realize that all new RockShox come in black if you want to buy your own right?
  • 8 1
 I blame Fox for starting this "colored lowers that don't mix well with any bike frame" nonsense.
  • 5 0
 @almacigatrailrider: Rockshox have been doing it since at least the OG yellow Judy SLs in the 90s, before Fox even made mountain bike forks.
  • 12 2
 Sooo, we are all supposed to run some kind of inserts to ride with 20 psi so our tires "perform" better but don't roll off the rim, while one of the fastest riders on the planet runs 27/31 psi? What am I missing (other than the irony, obviously)?
  • 13 0
 The harder you ride the more pressure you need. Even with inserts. I just can't keep my line going at the speed these guys ride, I'd be in a helicopter before getting half way down. So I can profit from the extra grip that lower pressure gives me to make up for my lack of technique. And this guy can corner and straight line hard enough to be bothered by burps or squirm or rim failures at the pressure I ride.
  • 3 1
 I wander if suspension pressures play a role in tire pressures; if their inversely quantitative
  • 2 0
 @Longtravel: they’re certainly related. If your suspension is going to absorb/store less energy by being heavily damped, then I’d conclude that your tires are going to take more of that left over energy and have to be more heavily sprung to compensate.
  • 11 1
 Canadian Champion on a bike you can buy just about everywhere but Canada.
  • 4 1
 He's my pick for fantasy team for a reason!!
  • 3 0
 So I'm expecting for a metric vivid shock to replace the deluxe.
  • 2 0
 MagMan is in my PB FDH team for sure. This guy is full on. Break through season no doubt. Best of luck dude
  • 2 1
 Are EX511 strong enough for WC DH? I just got me set of those with 350 hubs and I’m wondering. I don’t ride fast just want to now Smile
  • 15 1
 No. They suck. You need $3k carbon wheels. Preferably the tuned kind. Otherwise stay home. Peasant. /sarcasm
  • 9 0
 @m1dg3t: Seriously. Plebeians and their alloy wheels...
  • 4 0
 @taquitos: Troglodytes I tell ya. I mean really. What kind of a*shole rides a bike with aluminum rims?
  • 11 0
 @m1dg3t: I'm from a veri poor country. We have communism and vodka only. No cabron wheeles
  • 1 0
 @dj100procentenduro: where are you from then? Poles are badass!
  • 1 1
 @dj100procentenduro: Do like every body else seems to be doing and get a credit card. Then max it out on bicycles and spend the rest of your life paying off the interest!

Since you live in a communist country people will still share their vodka with you.

I don't know why I even replied to your comment. You're prolly one of those people who still ride a 26er?!

  • 1 0
 @m1dg3t: I’m cool bro. Ex511 were 29rims when I last checked on my stumpjumper. And come to Poland we have some mountains and trails. I recommend this since it’s my local site
And you don’t have to sip vodkas they have local craft beer on the site
  • 3 0
 Solid work Magnus. Nice to see more Canadians getting factory support.
  • 1 0
 Hold up, it says its a Sender 27.5 but he's riding 29" wheels. What's the deal?
  • 1 0
 Does anyone know if this trick with converting from 27/5 to 29 is possible on a frame size L. thanks in advance
  • 2 0
 Go get some Magnus!
  • 2 1
 The bike is indeed awesome, but lets not overlook how badass his NAME is!
  • 1 0
 Magnus Rocks. Good Kid. Rock and Roll amigo
  • 2 0
 Canyon Ultra Magnus..
  • 1 0
 169 PSI in a fork? really? that doesnt seem right
  • 1 0
 Troy runs 150 and stuffed with tokens, go figure. Guess they're just really fast?
  • 1 1
 Coolest name in dh. Monster magnus, the Manson killer of dh, etc. gotta work on the hype train around these riders and teams
  • 1 0
 Wow Drool
  • 3 4
 Fort Minor remembers the name
  • 2 5
 Sick ride! But "chrome"? Common PB, that would be heavy as shit. "Polished" would be a better word choice...
  • 7 0
 Come on. Not common.

Why is that such a common goof for people?
  • 5 1
 @ADGproductions: Brah... C'mon. It's annoying as f*ck...
  • 1 3
 Too damn sexy!
  • 1 4
 How many baby seals have to be clubbed for these frames to be chromed?
  • 4 0
 Polished with a fine Canadian beaver pelt. You should try it.
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