Bike Check: Troy Brosnan's Custom Canyon Sender - Maribor World Cup 2020

Oct 14, 2020
by James Smurthwaite  


Troy Brosnan hit the ground running in Leogang last week. On a custom green and gold Sender, he was one of the fastest guys through the Saalfelden slop and was in the top 10 despite crashing coming into the woods. Of course, it's easy to say, "He's Mr. Consistent, what do you expect?" But that consistency doesn't come without a lot of work in the offseason to achieve a bike set up that allows him to perform week in, week out.

Troy and his mechanic, Aaron Pelttari, have been working together since 2015 and are one of the tightest pairings on the circuit. In the offseason they spend three days a week perfecting Troy's setup until he's sure he's squeezing every millisecond of performance out of his bike.

This season he's riding a new Canyon Sender frame but the changes shouldn't be that dramatic. The bike uses the same kinematic the team honed through years of racing on the previous bike, so it wasn't too much of an adjustment for Troy. There are still some new things here though, including an O-Chain spider, some prototype kit and those all-important setup numbers, let's dive into it now:
That s gotta hurt. 0.5 off gold at World Champs. Troy Brosnan adds a silver medal to his collection.
Rider Name // Troy Brosnan
Age: 27
Hometown: Adelaide
Height: 5'9" / 175cm
Weight: 165 lb / 75kg
Instagram: @troybrosnan

Troy Brosnan Canyon Sender

Troy Brosnan Canyon Sender
Model Name Details
Frame: Canyon Sender
Shock: RockShox Super Deluxe Coil, 375 lb spring
Fork: RockShox Boxxer, 125psi, 3 tokens
Wheels: DT Swiss EX 471, 29" front and rear
Tires: Maxxis Minion DHR II
Drivetrain: SRAM X01 DH, 36T chainring, O-Chain spider
Brakes: SRAM Code RSC
Cockpit: Canyon G5, custom compound Ergon grips
Size: Medium
More info: canyon.com

bigquotesTroy and I spend 3 days a week in the offseason testing and making sure everything’s dialled. It might seem like we show up at races and do well, but there are reasons why he is so consistent, and it’s because we spend so much time doing this stuff. Obviously his training and his riding ability help as well but we spend a lot of time. It’s beneficial for us, I don’t know if it would be for everyone, but it definitely is for us.Aaron Pelttari, mechanic

Troy Brosnan Canyon Sender
The new Sender frame gives Brosnan plenty of adjustability to pick from. Troy was riding a mullet set up last year on the old Sender and continued testing it in the offseason, but has settled for the full 29er set up, which puts him in the longest setting in the rear. Apparently, the full 29 setup is a bit faster for Troy and he had more time working on it to get it dialled, but he's open to testing the mullet again this offseason. Tire buzz doesn't seem to be a problem for him thanks to his central riding style.

Troy Brosnan Canyon Sender
There's also 16mm of front end adjustment available to the Canyon team. Troy was riding a size large in Australia, but after he came to Europe he switched back to a medium as the tracks in the Southern Hemisphere are faster, flatter and less technical, but he realized he needed a shorter front center for the tech on offer in Europe.

Troy Brosnan Canyon Sender
Troy Brosnan Canyon Sender
Stendec Data Acquisition helps the team dial in the suspension settings, which Aaron describes as 'a little different'.

Troy Brosnan Canyon Sender
Troy runs a 'medium-ish' tune coil shock with a 375 spring, 6 clicks of compression and 8 clicks of rebound. The kinematic is designed around a coil so don't expect to see him switching to air anytime soon.

Troy Brosnan Canyon Sender
The fork is run with 125psi of pressure, 3 tokens, 5 clicks of rebound, 2 clicks of high speed and 8 clicks of low speed. The stanchions are slid through quite far to make sure the head angle sits at 63°, which seems to be a key number for Troy.

Troy Brosnan Canyon Sender
The drivetrain looks to be a standard X01 DH with a 36T chainring until you see the O-Chain spider.

Troy Brosnan Canyon Sender
The spider isolates the chain forces from the suspension but comes at the cost of a few degrees of pedal engagement. Troy wasn't running it in Leogang as the small half-pedals were so important to get through the slop, but here he doesn't think that will be a problem and will be racing using the O-Chain.

Troy Brosnan Canyon Sender
Troy Brosnan Canyon Sender
Troy has a custom compound on these Ergon GD1 grips.

Troy Brosnan Canyon Sender
Troy's shifter lever is also custom. It's a CNC'd piece that has been designed around his hands.

Troy Brosnan Canyon Sender
The final bit of prototype kit is this saddle from Ergon that is still in the testing phase.

Troy Brosnan Canyon Sender
Troy runs 750 mm bars and a 45mm stem with 0 rise.

Troy Brosnan Canyon Sender
Troy runs his levers in a neutral position but can be super sensitive and will know if they're even a millimeter out.

Troy Brosnan Canyon Sender
Fenders weren't much use last week but should provide better protection on a track that has been ridden in like Maribor's.

Troy Brosnan Canyon Sender
Rubber pillows keep the bike silent through choppy sections.

Troy Brosnan Canyon Sender
Troy runs the pins fairly wound in on his Crankbrothers Mallet pedals.

Troy Brosnan Canyon Sender
A Maxxis Minion DHR II front and rear seems to be the rubber of choice for Brosnan at the moment, but he may change to an Assegai up front depending on how the track evolves. The tires are mounted on DT Swiss EX471 wheels that Troy has been running since 2015 (not the same pair, obviously) as their tire profile works great for him and he thinks they stand up best to abuse.


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122 Comments

  • 70 0
 That moment you realize Troys only 27
  • 16 2
 Pretty easy when he won junior world champs in 2010
  • 55 0
 I can't believe they CNC'd the shifter 'around' his hand. Sound's dangerous. Didn't know his hand was removable.
  • 7 0
 I'm the opposite. Doesn't feel like that many years in Elite and yet he's been near the top the whole time. Highlight of his career for me was his finish line interview with AG after his chainless win.
  • 5 3
 @Waldon83: its even more dangerous, he kept his hand on while they did it
  • 9 0
 @BenPea: "You mother f*cker." - Troy

Legend.
  • 16 0
 So glad he’s only 27. I want him to win plenty. He’s so happy for others after they beat him. I’ve never seen anyone else do that, in any sport for that matter. We saw that happen again last weekend. It’s happened so often over the last 6 or so years. Go Troy
  • 1 0
 @donald-trump: it’s like playing the knife game with your hand but with dangerously better accuracy
  • 2 0
 And a half
  • 22 0
 This "central" riding style they mention is great in my opinion. Speaking as an old school rider, back int he 90's we rode way off the back of the bike on steeps, then I heard about this new riding style keeping more central.

I would then go out and ride but pretend I was skiing, my body position would change immediately to a more centred position and I was able to handle slide outs more easily and feel more in control on the steeps and off camber, great trick if you are an experienced skier.
  • 5 0
 This is fascinating and I haven't heard it described as such. I've always associated the central style with super good riders who aren't super tall. Laurie Greenland, Remy Metallier and Isabeau Courdurier to mind in the modern era but legendary trials filmmaker Reed Merschat had very much this style in the 90's. The upper body tends to be pretty still, exactly like in skiing, which is why it looks so good. Rachel Atherton said exactly this about Greenland during that Ft Bill retrospective broadcast in the summer. But I hadn't thought about the fact it therefore lets smaller riders ride 29s. I was just watching 5' 0" Courdurier in some videos on 29 and she can't get anywhere near the back tire so it's no problem!. In early North Shore days this seemed to be quite a variation in how much people needed to put their seats down. I'm 6'2" and am the world's number one dropper post fan, but some of my 90's contemporaries didn't seem to worry about seat height anywhere near as much. I always assumed it was a matter of leg length as a proportion of body size but perhaps it was as much a matter of style all along.
  • 1 0
 Long bikes help put you in that central position with increasing the chances of you going over the bars like those bikes from back in the day.
  • 22 0
 Troy always comes across as a really nice bloke ,it would be great to see him winning soon Smile
  • 15 0
 If things go well he's gonna show them his O-chain face
  • 11 0
 What exactly would be a tested during a 'testing phase' of a saddle on a DH bike. How well it performs during not being in use?
  • 9 1
 Probably how many times the tire can rub against it before it starts to tear.
  • 3 1
 also how it feels while leaning on it. I would assume they take their time with the whole shape. the nose, the side profile, the wings and materials with regards to grip, firmness, flex etc. probably comes down to the tiniest of details for saddles.
  • 9 0
 @jaycubzz: too bad there's no 'Dialed' series for saddles.
  • 1 0
 maybe finding out how nice it fits into the back of pants, too? (see Leogang Photo Epic)
  • 12 0
 my OCD went haywire when I saw the purple headset ;-)
  • 4 1
 Begs the question why???
  • 4 1
 @tomo12377:
You guys did notice it though? Marketing done right.
  • 1 1
 @tomo12377: why not..
  • 1 1
 @nicfugere: all that effort for the colour scheme, not like CK needs this kind of traction really is it
  • 1 0
 Glad you noticed the headset Smile
  • 9 2
 Not that it's surprising, but interesting to see DHR front and rear on the guy who helped develop the Dissector. Dissector must just be for goofin' at the park, DHR for when the paycheck is on the line.
  • 19 3
 More about conditions than occasions. Maribor is loamy, muddy, and rocky. If this race was in Cairns I guarantee he’d be on the dissector.
  • 9 0
 His hometown trails are mostly unrideable when wet. Dissector probably getting used there.
  • 3 2
 @diegosk: Except today it wasn´t muddy, loamy and other than one rock garden rocky either lol.
  • 7 0
 The Dissector is designed specifically for dry conditions.
  • 2 0
 @jlongbrake Ride both and you'll understand.
  • 3 1
 @PhillipJ: They are 100% rideable in the wet. More grip than in the dry.
  • 26 0
 Pick a tire and be a dick about it
  • 1 2
 Had a Dissector for about a month.... doesn't last very long and the grip is underwhelming in all conditions compared to a DHR2. It's right up there with an Ardent. They must have paid TB good money.
  • 1 0
 @jaydawg69: I have been using one on my trail bike for a bit...on the front. Got a closeout deal and my DHF was worn out. Works better that expected. That said, I can tell it won't last much longer, feels like a middle child between Ardent and a DHF
  • 3 0
 I helped develop the DHR2 to be a good straight line braking rear tire because of the solid braking blocks down the middle. It was intended to be used in combo with the HR2 as a front. Turns out the DH2 works on the front for some people, surprisingly so!
  • 2 0
 @WayneParsons: it's a good front for sure.... Can't beat an Assguy up front though.
  • 2 0
 @WayneParsons: The DHR2 up front is THE tire with the most braking grip on the market, ive tried everything, same side knobs as all agressive maxxis so cornering is the same, better in the wet than DHF which fills up with mud and doesnt evacuate it because of the thread design.
  • 1 0
 @WayneParsons: I always thought the HR2 was a rear tyre because I don’t remember ever seeing it on the front with a DHR2 or DHF or more aggressive tread on the rear. I’ve used the HR2 on a few bikes front and rear though but always thought of them as being a slightly less grippy tyre.
  • 3 0
 The HR2 has a weird tendency to slide at a certain lean angle. As a front tire (for me) it was a bit sketchy, as a rear it's actually quite fun, because it somehow finds the grip again, you just have to trust it. My only complaint is it's wearing out a bit too quickly, but that's also because maxxis doesn't offer a harder compound with their more durable casings (except for the aggressor which I never liked too much). My Assegai up front is just great.
  • 1 0
 @rustyglaze5: Totally agree. The DHR2 is best tire for steep trails,really easy to brake. But those side knobs being so square made a little chatter in corners (like the DHF,but less evident),like made the tire bounce back and forward. The DHR2 is hard to drift around any corner.
That´s why I prefer the Assegai or HR2 side knobs,when you lean the bike it is easier to feel what the tire is doing and the amount of grip you have.
In the DHF this chatter is more evident,it is even harder to me to get a good felling with that tire. I realize of that when the Assegai come out and test it for the first time.
  • 1 0
 @crashtor: you can get a HR2 in DD in the MaxTerra compound as well. Shame more Maxterra compounds for DD and DH casings.

I've heard the new Specialized tires are as good if not better than the Maxxis... and cheaper. Will try out for sure.
  • 1 0
 @jaydawg69: That's the one I have, don't know if it's the compound or the tread itself but it looked really bad after one month only. Sure, I have used it quite a lot and it was pretty dry around here, but still that's not ideal, makes me wish there were more dual compounds maxxis tires in dd or dh casing (as you normally want the rear to be tougher and harder to have a decent wear). I think I'll try out something else next year, schwalbe or michelin probably. As for the specialized tires I'll wait a few more months for some reviews and other people's feedback.
  • 2 0
 @jaydawg69: I just replaced my DHRII with a Dissector in the rear. The DHRII has more grip but it's slower. But for flowy and jump trails I like the speed of the Dissector. Unfortunately it only comes in the Maxxgrip compound in the DH casing, so you're right that it doesn't last long. If they offered a Maxxterra compound in the DH casings I think it would be the perfect bike park tire. Maybe if more people ask for it it'll happen.
  • 1 0
 @chriskneeland: I think the side knobs are a little small and fold on the Dissector on hard pack. Just trying a Shorty now as there is nothing in stock.
  • 1 0
 @jaydawg69: I noticed that too, but I was on a MaxxTerra DHRII so I chalked it up to the Dissector being the softer rubber. I really hope they come out with a DH casing MaxTerra Dissector. If not I may go back to the DHRII. Such a good tire.
  • 1 0
 @chriskneeland: a DHR2 DH casing (and DD) in MaxTerra would be ideal. I'm also waiting to try the new Michy 34 but the local distributor has been waiting on them for months.
  • 2 0
 @jaydawg69: The park version of the 34 looks super interesting as a rear tire, and here in Europe you can get it for as low as 20(!)€. At that price I'll give it a try for sure, apparently the compound is the same as the hard(ish) version of the wild enduro, so it's not a crappy plastic one. The regular version on the other hand according to the reviews has a very soft one so it probably wears quite fast. And it has those giant yellow michelin logos which the park one doesn't have.
  • 8 0
 One of the coolest guys at the circuit. Always a smile whatever his result, Inspiring attitude for sure. I don't care for his results. This guy is a winner!!!
  • 3 1
 noticed a few dt swiss sponsored dh riders like bruni and laurie (couple years ago) running the 471s over the 511s or even the Fr560 rims. guessing weight is a big factor but most ews riders seem to prefer the 511s, maybe being wider has a bit more comfort or tyre profile suits the more blind style riding?
  • 4 0
 471's are super reliable and provide a better tire profile/contact patch profile in my opinion. The bikes have large travel to cope with traction and hits vs. Enduro machines as well.
  • 5 0
 Bruni and Troy tend to run slightly narrower tires as well. Lighter, roll slightly faster, and fit into ruts easier. They have similar riding styles also, razor sharp line and super smooth. It's rare to see either of them drifting around when on a race course. Complete focus and precision to find those tenths of a second.
Next dh wheelset for me is on HX531 rims. Essentially the burlier version of the 511 made for "light dh/freeri..." sorry I meant "e-bikes". Same dimensions as the EX511 but with thicker alloy on the tire and spoke beds. For a 27.5 it's only 20g more. If you're not able to get a new wheel whenever you want, like a lot of these racers, it's seems like a perfect option.
  • 6 0
 @mountainyj: I doubt you would have any issues with the durability of the 511s. I have to say of all the wheelsets I've ever ridden, the EX511s were arguably the toughest rim I've ever ridden, and never saw a truing stand. I ended up putting a very minor ding in the bead section on one side, but didn't effect the performance at all. To put that into perspective, my Reserve DH wheels saw the truing stand multiple times, and I just got the rear one back from warranty as I cracked one.
  • 1 1
 @jomacba: the ex511 rims are more durable if anything. The difference between them is that one has a 25mm profile and the other has a 30mm profile. The wider profile provides more protection to the rim as it forces the sidewalls of the tires further outward.
  • 2 0
 @jomacba: owned a set on the last dh rig. Front never needed touched, rear had a couple dings, Cush core in the rear solved that. The only thing that would improve on the dt alloy rim would be to go assym.
  • 1 0
 @mountainyj: 100% agree
  • 1 0
 @mountainyj: I jave the 471s on my DJ bike and I'd say durability is damn near the same. Torsional rigidity of the 511s is better
  • 2 0
 @mountainyj: maybe you will look into the Newmen EG30 wheels, too? That's pretty much the rim you've just described Big Grin
  • 2 0
 471's are my go to rim for DH. If built well they're bombproof and light. Give a good tyre profile too and keep the tyres on the rim if you flat. 240 hubs, 471 rims, CX-Ray spokes for the win.
  • 1 0
 @danimaniac: no US distribution unfortunately. Look like a solid option though. Very similar to the HX531 weight and recommend max system weight.
  • 5 0
 Hey pinkbike can someone do a find n replace for "Tory" n fix em all? I see at least a couple
  • 6 0
 and then provide the code to the british parliament Big Grin
  • 2 0
 "you would think that this enables the bike to be converted from either a mullet setup to a full 29" setup and vice versa. But this isn't the case, and Canyon specifically instructed us that your shock position is fixed to the wheel size that the bike comes delivered with and no adjustability is possible in this"

Well, well... look what the cat dragged in...
  • 2 0
 Pretty sure that shifter paddle is something Sam Hill worked with Sam on. There was a time when all the Blackbox riders had their own paddles but Sams is the only one that stuck.????
  • 5 0
 750mm alu bars and narrow alu rims? Guess it’s all marketing coolade
  • 2 1
 You do know Troy is tiny right?
And aluminium rims between 24 and 30mm internal has been the standard for DH for a long time.
  • 5 0
 Now that's a bike check.
  • 3 0
 375 seems like a very low number for a rider of Troy's speed, what's the shock stoke on that sender?
  • 1 0
 Think shock is 75mm stoke
  • 3 0
 @christiaan: that's a lot of stoke to be in shock
  • 1 0
 @donpinpon29: whahaha stroke
  • 2 6
flag Mirks Plus (Oct 14, 2020 at 23:38) (Below Threshold)
 Actually no it is not. The spring is responsible for supporting the weight of the rider that is it. LSC controls bottom out, pedal strike and ride height. Running a spring that is too stiff can lead to rear wheel damage and rear flats.
  • 4 1
 @Mirks: Damping does not control ride height, that is a function of how fat your ass is, spring weight and leverage.
  • 1 7
flag Mirks Plus (Oct 15, 2020 at 0:13) (Below Threshold)
 @Losvar: Low speed compression. Not dampening. Thanks for putting me straight though. I do make springs for a living.
  • 2 0
 @Mirks: I think his point was that it's crazy soft compared to other elite/pro men's setups.

Other guys similar to his weight are running ~500+ so 375 is really soft. But I know from experience that "how stiff do you run your suspension" can be a nice dick measuring contest among DH racers.

But hey if it works for troy it works for him. He does ride really central and smooth. Maybe he's got some fancy hydraulic bottoming circuit in his shock or custom links to make the bike super progressive

Looks like he was on 375 on the old sender (w/ custom links) too revolutionmtb.com.au/pro-bike-check-troy-brosnans-canyon-sender-world-champs-edition
  • 1 2
 @thelibrarybiker: Good point. I don't know why I bothered to reply. Smile
  • 3 0
 How those bars "0" rise? I would have thought ZERO rise was a flat bar. Looks like a 30mm rise. Thoughts?
  • 7 0
 Zero rise stem.
  • 1 0
 @gdawg: Thx!!.....and if you need me I'll be standing over in the corner by myself
  • 3 0
 They always miss out on a couple of details, unknown rise on the bars but looks like 25-30mm.
  • 2 0
 Are my eyes playing tricks on me, or is he running "american" brake setup? I know he comes from BMX but this is un-Australian! JK Smile
  • 2 0
 Sickening
  • 3 0
 eats peanut butter on his toast too
  • 2 0
 This may already be in the comments but soooo glad Bike Check is back to beautiful still images. Hard to nerd out on the build in a video.
  • 2 0
 A little of topic, but is there any new intel when Canyon will be available in Canada? Seems like all the timelines over the last 2 years keep getting pushed back
  • 2 0
 Soo perdy! You may be wondering if I’m talking about Troy or the bike! Answer Yes!
  • 2 0
 I never know where to buy those rubber pillows for the chainstay. Anyone have a clue?
  • 1 0
 vhs chainstay protector.
  • 7 0
 Hey mate, ours are actually "soft pillows"
Aswell.
We have a new version dropping soon.
Use coupon code : VHyeS for 15% off
  • 1 0
 @VHS: How soon is "soon?" I was hoping to buy some tape but might hold off for new product. Thanks in advance!
  • 2 0
 @neologisticzand: hey, sorry that was pretty vague. End of November at this stage but it all depends on shipping.
Thanks
  • 3 0
 Surprised to see him on full 29.
  • 2 0
 Gotta say it, the Canyon Sender is the best looking mass production DH bike on the market.
  • 1 0
 Interesting that the new sender is supposed to have 60% less pedal kick back. Yet Troy is running the o-chain now. The old sender must have been a pig.
  • 1 0
 The perfect combination to get on the top step ! Good Luck Troy, hope you get up there !!
  • 3 0
 Tory brosnan huh Big Grin
  • 1 0
 Troy is one of my favorite riders by far. He is so smooth on the bike. That is a sweet looking bike. Go get um troy!
  • 2 0
 Didnt think the medium could be a 29er F&R
  • 1 1
 I couldn't ride this bike. So many things not to like... the grips..... the grips..... oh bollox. What a lush bike, so on point. Apart from the grips lol.
  • 2 0
 Who's Tory??

Edit: Missing ??
  • 1 0
 I've been away too long. Is @WAKIdesigns still around?
  • 8 0
 WAKI has moved on to a higher plane.
  • 1 0
 @stovechunin The CEO opening came up at Pinkbike so he doesn't have time for the comment section anymore.
  • 2 0
 If you miss him you could always message his instagram and he'll probably waffle to you about something dumb
  • 1 0
 Making me feel like a fatty mcfatfat over here on my 550lb spring
  • 1 0
 Thought uci was canceled this year?
  • 2 0
 You wish! The UCI being canceled would be the first good news in 2020 lol Wink
  • 1 0
 Does he really weigh 75kilos? He doesn't look very ripped
  • 2 1
 Troy not using the dissector is a bit weird to say the least..
  • 1 0
 He's grown two inches I see. Last time his height was 5ft 7 in
  • 1 0
 750 bars. I guess it's really time to cut mine.
  • 1 0
 .

(Nice typo). Tory Brosnan

Sounds like a female country artist
  • 1 0
 Soooo perdy!!!
  • 1 1
 WHEEL SIZE?
29 Front and back?
  • 3 0
 yup, its in there, theres a paragraph as too why hes not on last season's mullet
  • 2 0
 I was suprised as well I though 'liltroy' was still on 27.5 ..... or at least mulleted...
  • 1 0
 5’6”
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