Canyon say "downhill is as much about creativity as it is about strength, skill and guts," and for a bike designed to be pushed hard in the most extreme of environments and scenarios, that certainly makes a lot of sense. But what attributes are needed to deliver these traits in a downhill bike, especially one being released in 2016? For the engineers, designers and product managers responsible for bringing the Sender to life, that meant developing the best suspension and geometry while similarly choosing the best parts to complement their new creation. While we've all heard that before, Canyon's popular Strive enduro bike and its 'Shapeshifter' technology and 'Race Geometry' certainly proved that Canyon like to push the envelope when it comes to bikes that don't follow the rules of convention. But would their new DH bike live up to the mantle set by its little brother? We headed to the South of Portugal to find out...


Canyon Sender - Pinkbike First Look. Photo credit Markus Greber
Lacking the industrial aesthetics of its peers in favour of sports car inspired lines and curves, the Canyon Sender is easy on the eyes, but behind those good looks resides a bike with a defined agenda; speed and control.

Details:
• Intended use: downhill
• Travel: 200mm
• 27.5" wheels
• 62 - 64° adjustable head angle with included headset cups
• 430 - 446mm adjustable chainstays
• 12 x 157mm rear spacing
• Carbon main frame and 6066 T6 alloy swingarm
• 4-Bar Suspension System with MX Link
• Integrated seat clamp
• Internal cable routing
• Integrated fork bumpers


• Removable fender
• Removable frame protection
• Sizes: S, M, L, XL
• Weight: 16.2kg (claimed) size Medium
• For more: www.canyon.com
Prices - EUR / GBP / AUD:
• CF 7.0: €3599, £2899, $5599
• CF 8.0: €4299, £3499, $6599
• CF 9.0: €4799, £3899, $7399
Colours:
• CF 7.0: Blue or Red
• CF 8.0: Black or Red
• CF 9.0: Black or Blue

Canyon Sender - Pinkbike First Look. Photo credit Markus Greber
While some brands focus on stiffness, Canyon have worked extensively to deliver a carbon frame that helps to resist fatigue on punishing descents or long days in the bike park.
Canyon Sender - Pinkbike First Look. Photo credit Markus Greber
The wall thickness of the carbon main frame differs from one end to the other and is set out in a precise manner to deliver an appropriate strength to weight ratio and work harmoniously with the linkage and alloy swingarm.

Canyon Sender - Pinkbike First Look. Photo credit Markus Greber
Canyon chose to use an alloy swingarm simply because it can take a lot of abuse. Seeing as it's the widest part of the bike and repeatedly hits the ground, not to mention all the forces applied through the transmission that it endures, it's a nice touch and I think we've all seen our fair share of cracked swingams...
Canyon Sender - Pinkbike First Look. Photo credit Markus Greber
The adjustable chainstays offer two positions: 430 and 446mm. Fabien (Barel) said he'd switch between the 62 degree headset cups and the 446mm setting for steeper, more natural trails - think Champery - and the shorter 430mm setting and the slightly steeper 63 degree headset cups for mellower tracks.

Canyon Sender - Pinkbike First Look. Photo credit Markus Greber
The two-piece chainstay guard is constructed of two materials - a harder plastic underneath to protect and a softer one on top to reduce noise.
Canyon Sender - Pinkbike First Look. Photo credit Markus Greber
For those of us who rock the flat pedals or indeed ride with your right foot forward, you will no doubt welcome the addition of a heel protector on the non-drive side chainstays.

Canyon Sender - Pinkbike First Look. Photo credit Markus Greber
A familiar sight on carbon DH bikes and a welcome one on the Sender nonetheless, offering protection from rock strikes and trail debris that can always turn your smile upside down - the designers at Canyon also added a touch of flair to all the frame protectors with a gloss black to matte black finish.


The Numbers Game


Canyon Sender - Pinkbike First Look.
Canyon Sender - Pinkbike First Look.


Canyon really have hit the nail on the head with the Sender's geometry by offering solid numbers in reach and BB height, coupled with adjustability in wheelbase and head angle. Not to mention a stack height figure which increases with each size to keep taller riders and those with a sizable ape index happy. The question begs to be answered - is this the blueprint for modern DH bike geometry? I think it's pretty damn close and with a reach-adjust headset in the works from Canyon, fine tuning the 'fit' of the Sender should allow many riders who frequently find themselves between sizes the option to fine tune reach in the desired direction. All of the above resonates Canyon's understanding of dynamic ergonomics when it comes to bike design.


Sender Suspension

Before work began on designing the Sender's suspension system, the engineers at Canyon understood the importance of creating a dynamic ride feel that would allow a good degree of connection with the terrain. While this might sound obvious, there is a fine line between 'pilot' and 'passenger' when it comes to some DH bikes and indeed some DH specific dampers. To do this, they first of all looked at the best suspension design currently out there for mountain bikes - that's your arms and legs. Understanding the relationship your body has with the terrain, they began to look at how they could amplify it through the Sender's suspension system. Aside from the obvious traits of a good suspension curve - sensitivity in the beginning of the stroke and a nice progressive curve at the end - the team at Canyon wanted to develop and harness support in the mid-stroke - something which they felt is often overlooked in full suspension designs.

Doing so would help to achieve a heightened level of balance and stability from which a rider could attack. Another element they wanted to use was the adjustability and suppleness of an air shock. With both RockShox and Fox offering suitable units, designing a linkage around the natural progression of an air shock over that of a linear coil shock was a logical step to make. At its core, the Sender uses one of the most proven linkages out there, but this is no ordinary 4-bar design. By using a secondary linkage system to drive the shock in a given path, the engineers at Canyon could effectively create a suspension curve independently of anti-squat, anti-rise and pedal kickback.
Canyon Sender - Pinkbike First Look. Photo credit Markus Greber
Inspired by the linkages found on motocross bikes, the additional link within the Sender's system allows for a leverage ratio that is independent of anti-squat, pedal kickback and anti-rise. Throwing an air shock into the mix allows for even more refinement, which Canyon refer to as TIPS or Triple Phase Suspension.
Canyon Sender - Pinkbike First Look.


Canyon Sender - MX Link
The moto-inspired 'MX Link' in all its glory.


TPS – Triple Phase Suspension:

Phase 1: Air shocks require more force for activation than coil shocks. To overcome this, the MX Link transmits more power at the start of the stroke, resulting in an increased amount of responsiveness, small bump sensitivity and traction around the sag point, which should 'feel' a lot more like a coil shock.

Phase 2: Support through the mid-stroke provides a stable platform to reduce momentum loss, enabling the rider to actively pump for more track speed and make decisive line choices.

Phase 3: Combining the progressiveness of air shocks with a more moderate progression at the end of the stroke to avoid blowing through the entire travel and to give the suspension its bottomless feel. Using volume spacers (note - we ran 6 spacers, which come as stock, but you can fit up to 8), the rider can further fine-tune the shock’s progression to their needs.


Canyon Sender - Pinkbike First Look. Photo credit Markus Greber
Sender by name, sender by nature. Fabien shows the way...


Form and Function

Canyon Sender - Pinkbike First Look. Photo credit Markus Greber


The Sender is literally packed with ingenious innovations that deserve some attention. And while these incremental additions to what is already a rather special machine could be considered as marginal in terms of their benefit to the rider, they also show - and quite clearly - how much thought has gone into the development of this new bike...


Canyon Sender - Pinkbike First Look. Photo credit Olly Forster
This cutaway shows the 'cable pit' - a unique way of routing the gear cable through the bottom of the frame and over the BB housing, using a larger radius to avoid kinks and the dreaded cable growth we've surely all seen and the damage it can cause to your frame.
Canyon Sender - Pinkbike First Look. Photo credit Olly Forster
The foam pipe you can see here with a cable poking out of it is called the 'cable cushion' and is one part of a system, which ensures that the Sender is deathly quiet as it tears down the mountain, by preventing the cables from rattling and moving within the frame.

Canyon Sender - Pinkbike First Look. Photo credit Olly Forster
Unlike all the other pivots on the Sender, which are fitted with industrial bearings, the 'MX Link' uses polymer bearings which allow it to float within the main linkage, taking the brunt of lateral forces passing through the bike and away from the shock, furthering performance and boosting durability.
Canyon Sender - Pinkbike First Look. Photo credit Olly Forster
Another close up of the MX Link's polymer bearings and the two-tone finish 'Sender Fender' - this is removable and made from a rigid yet flexible plastic, which deforms easily only to return to its former shape.

Canyon Sender - Pinkbike First Look. Photo credit Olly Forster
The main pivots run on oversized industrial bearings, which can be accessed using a cassette or freehub removal tool.
Canyon Sender - Pinkbike First Look. Photo credit Olly Forster
You're probably thinking what that little circle is? Well, it's a small rubber bumper so that when you remove the shock from the bike, the swingarm won't damage the main frame and vice versa.





Portugal has become synonymous of late with off-season riding, especially downhill, boosted in part by the surge in holiday companies offering access to this Westerly part of Europe, once overlooked in favour of Malaga (Spain) or San Romolo (Italy). But in no time it's quickly become the place to shred in the winter months. Our destination was to the South and about an hour inland from the vacation friendly town of Faro, with mountain bike fun facilitators; Ride Portugal. We asked for gnarly trails to ride and that's exactly what we got...


Canyon Sender - Pinkbike First Look. Photo credit Markus Greber
This photo only shows the half of it, but trails were most certainly what you could refer to as 'proper DH tracks' and when you don't know all the lines, as I did, you certainly know something else, and that's when a bike is helping or hindering you.


The first track we tackled was supposed to warm us up for what was to come and while it was the least savage of the day, it was savage none the less. But there was one particular section that stood out - steep as you like, wide and littered with lines, boulders and packed with small drops with blind landings. Coming in hot and picking lines on the hoof, the Sender remained poised and surprisingly planted taking both the drops with ease as it did the rocks that were pretty hard to avoid. Putting a few pedal strokes in to gain speed before a road gap and the Sender proved that it's no slouch when you put the power down, giving no noticeable cause for concern, reacting well to both smooth landings and cases alike. After a few runs and at the point where you're getting a feel for things, another trait of the Sender became abundantly clear.

They say silence is golden and so is the Sender - even for a carbon bike. As the day progressed, so did the trails and as things got decidedly steeper and wilder from the get-go. And as ante upped with the trails we encountered, so did the Sender's persona, delivering confidence in spades. Run after run and the Sender didn't skip a beat - I was, unfortunately, a tad worse for wear this day and would surely have been in a world of hurt had it not been for the bike I was on. After a day on the size large Sender, I have no doubt in my mind that while its suspension is up there with the best, it is the geometry of the Sender that really makes it stand out. Balanced, poised and above all else, comfortable to ride with the ability to turn it on - and off - as you command. This bike doesn't want a passenger, it wants a pilot.


Canyon Sender - Pinkbike First Look. Photo credit Markus Greber
It could be argued that what Canyon are missing is not a bike, but a World Cup team to put them on the downhill map, but rest assured, Fabien is working on that one...


While a single day on a new bike is far from enough to form a conclusive opinion, it certainly made a number of things abundantly clear. From the welcoming Renthal cockpit to the superb SRAM X01 7-Speed drivetrain, consistently brilliant Guide Ultimate brakes to the light and fast DT Swiss wheels, Maxxis rubber and outstanding Fox dampers - from one end to the other, there is literally no gap in the Sender 9.0's spec. And while the middle spec 8.0 will appeal to those who like the feel of RockShox dampers, the 7.0 stands tall, representing a serious piece of kit which could become a firm favourite with privateers looking to make a dent in the results sheet at their local races. Looking at the Sender, I'm struggling to find any discernible negatives.

It's fast, it's light and it's packed with more tech than you shake a stick at and away from that, you just need to look at it. It's a great looking bike and if you don't like the blue and black, well, there's options there too. Perhaps the direct sales platform might be an issue for some, certainly for those living in territories where access to Canyon's range comes into play. Canyon are expanding all the time, having recently moved into Australia and New Zealand with their crosshairs soon to be focused on the North American market. But business model aside, you have to look at what you're getting with the Sender and not just on a scale of economics as this is one hell of a bike full stop.


Canyon Sender - Pinkbike First Look. Photo credit Markus Greber
Wheels on or off the ground, the Sender was easy to muscle around and was most certainly helped in part by the geometry, which really is in a league of its own, at least as far as DH bikes are concerned.



bigquotesThe Canyon Sender represents one of the most advanced downhill bikes currently on the market and while their direct sales model might put some off, it will certainly turn others on and for good reason. But putting costs to one side if we can, this bike ticks all the boxes a great downhill bike should and then some. - Olly Forster



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MENTIONS: @Canyon-PureCycling




292 Comments

  • + 266
 well that's 4k coming straight out of my bank account....
  • + 365
 Reckon I need to find 4k to put in my bank account first.
  • + 40
 many people are going to be 4k poorer... suddenly... beauty
  • + 122
 Well I was saving for a new flat for me and my girlfriend, I think she will understand..... *Sleeping on the street with my new Canyon this week* haha
  • + 14
 @Grealdo: definitely worth it ! Big Grin
  • - 20
flag brutalpedz (Apr 5, 2016 at 4:46) (Below Threshold)
 @Geraldo, please find other bikes so well equiped for 4k... YT Tues and... ? The rest of the available DH bikes are well beyond 4k.
  • - 8
flag brutalpedz (Apr 5, 2016 at 5:15) (Below Threshold)
 Ooops, Grealdo, sorry for the mistyping.
  • + 2
 @brutalpedz: Commencal with the V4
  • + 14
 @brutalpedz: If I am not mistaken, even the equivalent YT is even a couple of hundred quid more expensive? Making this bike seriously good value! And no worries buddy haha Wink
  • + 29
 Wink

Side note : How funny I get neg proped here for telling DH bike are over 4k while on other threads everyone is complaining about expensive bikes.
  • + 6
 It is indeed bloody lovely. Not a huge fan of the marketing rehash as a PB "first look", but the bike itself sounds too good to be true- perfect April Fools model... no-one would believe was real if posted a few days ago
  • + 9
 well thats 10k CAD that would come straight out of my bank account if i had it.
  • + 4
 @hardyk: today's rates it's a little under cad 7,300 bargain!!
  • + 2
 @andythom28: anyway they dont ship to canada
  • + 3
 First new dh bike In a while I actually like
  • + 4
 ...and then 4 more years until the bike eventually arrives at your place!
  • + 3
 Mmmmm moto link! Bike bonner achieved. I'll buy this whip with all my money,,, sleeping in the streets and aint a damm thing funny.
  • + 2
 That's REALLY reasonable when you know that an Intense M16 carbon frame is roughly in the same price range... Smile

Prices for other DH bikes are just so ridiculously high... Everytime I look at what could be my next bike I am wondering whether I'd buy a new one if mine broke today...
  • + 1
 @fmogan77: this actually work???
  • + 1
 Ya it looks sketchy right. The good news is by the time I have the capital to purchase they will have US auth to sell or I have my uncle in Holland mail me one, as a birthday gift of corse.
  • + 1
 @fmogan77: Have you used this before? What's usually the turn around time?
  • + 1
 Canyon do you have any TIPS for using a coil shock in the sender ?
  • + 2
 All they need now is a WC team that includes Sam Hill while decked out in Troy Lee and Canyon would be telling everyone sorry we can't make bikes fast enough for the demand.
  • + 2
 @fmogan77: borderlinx is amazing if you want to pay an extra about 1000$ fee for the bike in shipping, borderlinx is shit.
  • + 1
 @hardyk: I will be there in July, should I bring some :-P
  • + 184
 That does not look like a Session. Or a Demo. Or a Kona. Or a (insert frame of your choosing). Aesthetically speaking, good on them for making a bike that has its own look. Gotta be hard to do these days.
  • - 38
flag HardtailsAreGnarly (Apr 5, 2016 at 3:37) (Below Threshold)
 Little like the commencal DH bike but with the linkage higher up?
  • - 28
flag doe222 (Apr 5, 2016 at 4:27) (Below Threshold)
 @HardtailsAreGnarly: look at the lapierre and tell me it doesnt look near identical.
  • + 49
 @csermonet - I wish I could upvote you more than once. Yes indeed, a great bike that does not look like a tiny refinement of a dead-beaten design. Beatiful, fresh blow of air into mountain biking genom. Then Olly confirms that bike rides really well. So many smart solutions in such a nice form. Canyon deserves a standing ovation for making a large step in desessionizing MTB design. Please do the same with Spectral in 2 years. Wow, I'm really speechless!
  • - 12
flag Boardlife69 (Apr 5, 2016 at 5:02) (Below Threshold)
 Looks more like a BRAAP session to me.
  • + 19
 It's hard to argue on how something looks like to someone. The Horst link on this Canyon reminds me of the sickle of prophet Mohammed. Like one from the famous picture by a Danish artist. Is God trying to tell me something? Threaded BB makes it ISIS compatible. They say that Boost Rear axle can be converted to a new DH hub standard called IS-LAME, but I'd have to see the Blown Up view to tell. Might need cutting out virgin's cleat to make it acceptable...

How the F did I get there... those mid day trips...
  • + 15
 Looks like a demo... In better.
Suspension design seems quite close to Knolly's in philosophy, even if it doesn't look the same. Horst link with shock driven by secondary linkage members to uncouple pedalling and braking input from suspension action. They even useed journal bearings (IGUS bushings) for secondary pivots, like Knolly.
  • + 8
 @WAKIdesigns: you live dangerously, man ;-)
  • + 12
 I'm trying to get @comacruz to suspend me for religious reasons. In this way I can become a martyr and get at least 3 virgins after I die. I'm also trying to be a good atheist and laughing at Jesus riding dinosaurs in Texas is not edgy enough to satisfy Bishop Dawkins.
  • + 6
 @WAKIdesigns: troll the world! I love the quest for martyrdom from either side! Isis or Dawkins? Virgins or tea? Too many choices!
  • + 6
 Sorry Waki but Lemmy has taken all remaining virgins left in heaven.
  • + 5
 @Boardlife69: excellent! That means I'll skip dry humping and countless romantic SMS at 1 a.m.
  • + 2
 @gnralized: Yep agreed - they have nicked Knolly design philosophy for sure - but maybe made it look a little tidier
  • + 2
 That is the sickest looking downhill bike I've seen. In fact all Canyon bikes are pretty spank-worthy.
  • + 1
 Canyon makes some sexy looking bikes for sure.
  • + 3
 Dear Canyon,,,, can I get the blacked out no logo version with gun metal linkage por favor!!!???!!
  • + 2
 Looks like a Formula 1 to me.
  • + 0
 Wt f do you guys get a demo or kona or even a session from?! this dosent look like those bikes! This bike looks more lika a Moondraker! HAHAHA xD
  • + 59
 Looks like a summum made love to a demo...
  • + 2
 summum was my first thought too
  • + 7
 I´d say suspensionwise totally DEMO, colorwise Mondraker...
  • + 0
 Fabien Barrel worked for mondraker during a longtime, I think it's the main reason why all the new Canyon looks familiar to mondraker. For the demo, don't know about the sexual affinity of Barrel...
  • + 48
 Just don't break it, or be branded a "Sender Bender"
  • + 45
 Or crash into a car. Sender Fender Bender.
  • + 60
 No worries. Just take it to a Sender mender.
  • + 30
 @bigtim: ...Or fix it with duct tape. Sender Fender Bender Mender
  • - 3
 Hopefully it's no blender
  • + 18
 @AlexRob: good thing the Sender Fender Bender Mender Lender had some spare.
  • + 10
 I'll need to see the lender the 4K for my sender seems to be missing.
  • - 1
 @AlexRob: or crash into a smoothie stand blender sender fender mender
  • + 19
 I only intend ter be weekender, but I went to the tender renderer so I could be the splendor spender on a new sender to decend'er but I already have a fender bender ender to mender so I used a pretender lender but I wouldnt recommend her because now I need to befriender a public defender least i become a first offender.
  • + 25
 I've never ridden or owned a DH bike before, but I might just get this just because of the name.
  • + 13
 get it SENT
  • + 16
 Don't bother with a WC team. Don't do anything that will raise the price of this bike. Infact this thing looks so good you should find ways to bring the price down but keeping its current design untouched and philosophy in place. Canyon......you have a major winner here, keep the price low and you could dominate the marketplace.
  • + 15
 I just went straight to their website... 3600€ and its still on Fox suspension (Sender 7.0)
Thats an incredible price
www.canyon.com/en/gravity/sender/sender-cf-7.html
  • + 11
 Hmmm German engineering, but French innovation. I think that fabien was the leading force behind this bike. Exactly like Nico behind the Lapierre last year. Both are using "MX links"... Not saying it's wrong, just interesting observation Wink
  • + 9
 I am 6'7" (Roughly 200cm tall). I re-built an old 26" Sinister R9. It's just too small though. I seriously need a bigger bike. The XL model of this new Sender has a 1281mm wheelbase and has 27.5" wheels. I need that in my life.
  • + 2
 That is a proper XL for sure.
  • + 2
 480mm reach? for sure. I'm 6'7" too and can confirm this bike is big
  • + 2
 @jsspreier: If you want even longer check out Polebicycles.com Their large has 510mm of reach with a wheelbase of 1348mm!!!
  • + 1
 I'm looking at this, the XXL v10, or the XL Pivot Phoenix, which has a much longer top tube but about the same reach. How important is top tube length? How can the reach be the same but the top tube be that different? Wish I could test ride an XL.
  • + 3
 @LuvAZ: If you like to ride partially by steering with the seat between your knees/thighs it's important. I tried an older L Demo with a long reach and when the seat was at the correct height it was way too far forward. A similar V10 from that year had a similar reach but also a long ETT which allowed the seat to stay far enough back.
  • + 1
 @SintraFreeride: Oh my jesus, I found a new bike for me
  • + 1
 @alexsin: Yeah you are probably right. Everything else is just about perfect and the build for the price is amazing, but giving up almost 2 inches of ETT at 6'6" probably is a bad idea. Can't fix that with a setback post. So close . . .
  • + 1
 @jsspreier: That makes two of us! Waiting for May (when the 2016 frames come in) to order mine!
  • + 1
 @LuvAZ: You're right. The ETT on a bike like this is important. I had a DH bike with a long reach but a short ETT and it was really hard to ride - when the seat was at the right height it was way too far forward and I couldn't grip it with my legs to steer. So far it looks like the XXL V10 is the winner.
  • + 9
 Rather than bring out new bikes it would be good if were able to actually dispatch the bikes they currently offer. 12weeks + wait and they have knocked the dispatch date back twice.
  • + 3
 Damn that sucks. At least you can pretend to buy bikes from these dicks, they still won't do business in North America
  • + 1
 @anchoricex: Same thought with you
  • + 2
 @anchoricex: I would rather have my bike than to be sitting here £2000 out of pocket and nothing to ride.
  • + 1
 @anchoricex: sender overseas to US plz!
  • + 11
 so when the alu version comes next year it should be about 1000 euro cheaper?
  • + 10
 Canyon Sender suspension analysis:


www.youtube.com/watch?v=V7MEskfGjvE
  • + 11
 Polymer bearings ... hmmm nah brah
  • + 6
 I've heard from many engineers that bushing are in fact more suited for use in suspension pivots on bikes. However we all know how this fares in practice and would be interesting to see long term review on this one... I still have solid mission9 which uses polymer bearing on the moto link similar to this one and there is no way to get a long life time out of them. Luckily the frame came with many spares Big Grin
  • + 2
 @winko: Don't get me wrong. It looks like those polymer bearings serve a specific purpose. On the plus side it saves some weight so why the hell not on a race machine? Not on my bikes though :p
  • + 2
 Do they mean polymer bearings as in the bearing races are made out of plastic, or are these just bushings?
  • + 2
 The downfall of the bike right there.
  • + 2
 Only on the MX link Wink
  • + 3
 Just when the better bikes are removing DU's, Canyon adds more of them.
  • + 3
 Knolly still using bushing in their extra linkage on the horse shoe 4x4 work well and still kicking on my Endorphin. Just dont put them in main pivot and that will work great.
  • + 3
 "Normal" bearings are pretty rubbish when there's only small amounts of rotation (i.e. many suspension pivots) which is where bushings are generally better. Also a "normal" bearing in a small link like this isn't going to last much longer. Lighter and cheaper too but wear faster. Lots to like but most people focus on the wear. One set in a small link I can live with.
  • + 3
 Yep we've all heard that less rotation argument before. You have to remind yourself of that every time you change a shot bushing while the bearings keep on going. That's without considering the increase in friction.
  • + 1
 Found this article on the subject, with MK discussing the subject with somebody from the industry. I found out the guy is from "Igus", which is the same company that is providing the polymer bearings for the Canyon Sender: www.pinkbike.com/news/To-The-Point-Bushings-2013.html
  • + 10
 So will we find a "Canyon Sender" instead of Oakley at Rampage? Wink
  • + 1
 probably!
  • + 4
 Lol, they should have called it the 'Gap'
  • + 8
 I bought a Spectral last year and I'm in love. I was considering buying a DH sometime in the near future... Looks like near future is now!
  • + 1
 hope you can get it in Switzerland...
  • + 1
 It is not yet on the page fore switzerland www.purecycling.ch ...
  • + 1
 @squarewheel: And it will not be for a long time. Purecycling are often lagging behind quite a lot. But I got friends in france and germany near the border, I can just ask for a delivery at their place and pick it up there. It's what I did with my spectral.
Or if you are really dedicated you can go to Koblenz and visit their headquarters!
  • + 1
 @squarewheel: purecycling didn't even bother to answer half of my e-mails when I was interested in their bikes. And sending it to someone near the boarder is way too much hassle if something goes wrong and you have a warranty claim. YT seems to have the better deal for Swiss customers...
  • + 1
 @SleepingAwake: Thank you, I won't buy one, after your comment I was just curious whether they have put it already up on the purecycling page. but seems they do not need to serve the Swiss market according to the comments above.
  • + 1
 @squarewheel: That's funny because they were always fast to answer for me. They are not a real company, just a name canyon uses to sell bikes in Switzerland because the brand name is already taken by a swiss bike maker. Even if you buy from purecycling you'll have to go through canyon for warranty claim. They have no shop/stock in switzerland and the bikes you order at purecycling come from Koblenz too. They just have an other logo on the frame, that's why they appear later on the website, because of the custom frames they have to produce. But the rest of the service is identical as the ones other get from canyon.

Anyway I guess the fact that you have no shop to help you for any warranty issue is the risk you take when buying from a direct sale brand. That's not for everyone.
  • + 1
 @squarewheel: @SleepingAwake: Canyon has some trademark issues in Suiss. There is a Suiss Canyon bike company which is totally unrelated. And so the German Canyon has to design different Decals and GiveAways even different Bills because Canyon must not stand anywhere to be shipped to you guys.
  • + 2
 @timmeyBam: I'm well aware of that and that's why we where discussing purecycling which is canyon switzerland.
  • + 6
 Had my Canyon Torque DHX for 3 years now. It's been absolutely bombproof. Still on the original bearings despite 7 weeks in the alps, multiple runs down the Fort William World Cup track, Inners, Ae etc. Only thing I've had to replace in 3 years is the bottom bracket and rear mech that I damaged. Simply fantastic VFM and I reckon this new one will be it's replacement.
  • + 1
 I wish i could say the same. 2 seasons and my bearings are shot, had to change the headset after 1 season, broken the rear hub twice... But on the plus side, Canyon service has been good, told them what bearings i needed and got them 3 weeks later. Just ordered the new Strive CF 9.0 Race so looking forward to put the bike though its paces this summer.
  • + 9
 Awww i wanted that awesome paint design in the prototype Frown
  • + 8
 Beautiful bike. Bearclaw has to be stoked, I sure would be.
  • + 24
 Yep beyond stoked, loving the progressive suspension curve!
  • + 8
 @claw: any plans to get these guys to bring these bikes to North America or should I just kill myself
  • + 10
 @anchoricex: I feel like there must be a third option....
  • + 8
 Ouch aggressive prices ! More interesting than YT ...
  • + 4
 "Canyon chose to use an alloy swingarm simply because it can take a lot of abuse. Seeing as it's the widest part of the bike and repeatedly hits the ground..."

Canyon, if the swingarms on your bikes are repeatedly hitting the ground then you have a major problem!!!
  • + 8
 Sarcasm or genuine comment?
Just in case: they said its the widest part of the frame, so obviously they mean that in case of a crash the swingarm will be the first frame-part to hit the ground, right after bars or pedals of course.
  • + 4
 Not to mention rock strikes, ect. It definitely sees abuse. RE: Trek's development of their carbon chain-stay, dirt magazine.
  • + 3
 Exactly. It's a also a very common procedure to start with a carbon mainframe and holding on to aluminum chainstays. Santa Cruz did it the same way with their V10, as did Trek, Specialized and also Devinci.
  • - 4
flag willsoffe (Apr 5, 2016 at 12:54) (Below Threshold)
 @mazze: @DARKSTAR63 I'm not contesting that it sees lots of abuse or that making it out of aluminium is a sound engineering decision.

Of course my comment is hugely sarcastic. I was merely taking the mickey out of that comment as it is clearly a mistake by the writer.

Also Mazze, why would the swingarm be the first part of the bike to hit the ground in a crash? What about the downtube?
  • + 2
 @willsoffe: Fair enough, difficult to detect sarcasm at times on the interwebs...
  • + 3
 @willsoffe: No mistake. That's the official line from Canyon and while you could be forgiven for thinking that there's some marketing mumbo jumbo amongst that statement - as that would be expected - I doubt it? You only have to look at the level development across this bike. Do you think they got as far as the swingarm and thought, "nah, lets just bolt an alloy one on there and make something up? Marketing department!!!" - that's not Canyon's style.
  • + 2
 @ollyforster: Hey Olly, as I said above; I'm not saying that using aluminium is a bad/lazy choice, I'm sure it makes cost/engineering sense. I was merely stating that the quote:

"Canyon chose to use an alloy swingarm simply because it [...] repeatedly hits the ground..."

Is a ridiculous statement: Why would the swingarm repeatedly hit the ground?!?! Crikey, I wish I'd never said anything!

I rode the bike a few days ago and it feels fab. The XL is enormous (too big for me!) but the angles and linkage all feel spot-on. The super-short back end (shorter than the current Demo 8 ) is awesome and makes such a long bike feel playful. The back-end feels pretty flexy, but perhaps this compliance adds to grip in turns. Time will tell... I hear Fabien Barel had input into the Sender's development so I doubt it's a slouch!
  • + 3
 First of all: IT LOOKS AMAZING Big Grin
I would really like to know though if this is based on Cesar Rojo's design on which he won last years masters world champs.
Head and downtube looks fairly similar, although beefed up and the linkage wasn't that visible on his bike.
But, it would make sense!
  • + 1
 I´ll put my money on that. Pretty much the same bike and Cero designs is always working for third part companies.
  • + 3
 aside from the fact, that this is one of the most beautiful dh sleds ever made...

€3599, £2899, $5599 - what a welcome change!
That "$1000 = £1500 = €3000" thing annoyed the crap out of my arse for much too long...

and again:
hats off to the industrial design team.
you completely redefined the way I (and I bet many others too) look at Canyon.
  • + 4
 I really like the design, unique, decent..beautiful bike, I´m sure it rides great as well ! I would love to see this beauty on a WC circuit !
  • + 3
 Absolutely! Its such a looker in my mind!
  • + 2
 We will get screwed in Canada on this bike, yt picked up a Canadian distribution that adds there cost onto the bike , my s works demo cost less then a yt tues . Hopefully they will sell direct to Canada and by pass a middle man to keep cost down And open a North American warranty centre , cause we break stuff
  • + 4
 Question: The article refers to a Threaded BB, while the Sender CF 8.0 on the Canyon website refers to a Pressfit BB. Am I missing something?
  • + 1
 Threaded much more solid then Pressfit..
no maintance at all......
all my bikes pressfit they get those "creek creek"sound.... Frown
  • + 6
 I was planning of buying YT tues, but now i dont know, hard choises.
  • + 2
 Do you want your bike before 2020?
  • + 3
 one of the best looking bikes out there. and the prices, oh the prices. can't say anything about how it rides but i guess it can't be that bad, right? german engineering at its best.
  • + 5
 Looks like a ... i don't know. Clesest thing it looks like to me is an evil.
  • + 5
 I hope they bring an aluminium version out so it keeps the cost down?!!
  • + 5
 Yep. Lower costs are a bonus. I just dont want a plastic bike thanks. Will keep my metal yt for a while longer I recon. It does look bloody ace though!
  • + 5
 Devinci Wilson and a Demo had a baby.... then had it painted by Mondraker
  • + 5
 That's a looooooonnngggggggggg bike
Who can ride a near 1300mm wheelbase ?
  • + 16
 Tall riders.
  • + 25
 Minnaar
  • + 3
 It's not even that long. I ride a medium Solid Strike which is 1260mm and i'm only 180cm in height. I won't ever go back to anything shorter. In hindsight, those shorter bikes i rode before felt like crap.
Engineers know what they're doing with geometry these days so better keep up with the times and learn how to turn a bike properly Wink
  • + 1
 I'm 6'7" almost 6'8" and still growing so it would fit me, plus I believe the knolly podium has a very long wheelbase as does this one
  • + 4
 Awesome bike, but how do I fit the XL in my EVOC bike bag?! :-)
  • + 3
 My trail bike was 1229mm......in a size LG
  • - 1
 I'm 6'6" and ride an xxl NICOLAI ION 20, first bike to ever fit me and my riding style. You know what they say about big bikes...
  • + 9
 @BEERandSPOKES:
That they don´t fit into EVOC bike bags?!? Wink
  • + 2
 @MTB-Colada: Probably with the fork off. But all the while rejoicing that you have such a proper-sized XL!!
  • + 3
 Just let the air out of the forks and compress to fit ginormous bikes into a bag. I put a 'Longest' Nicolai Geometron 29er into a standard EVOC bag, that bike had another 100mm in the wheelbase!
  • + 0
 thats even longer than my mondraker! omg
  • + 1
 @Nathan-MTB: Barel is riding the XL at 180cm...
  • + 2
 the cassette tool bearing access is an inspired move! changing them on the torque was a nightmare for m, one of the main bearings didnt even have a tool to fit, had to pry it off with a screwdriver.
  • + 4
 For those who want to ditch the back pack There's room for a full size water bottle in the from triangle.
  • + 1
 ... i just don't like the way too short headtubes these days -it looks stupid with tiny spacers unter the upper crown on a much bigger carbon/al head tube. And this bike is a really bad example for that .....
  • + 2
 The head tube grows 10mm per size... How many brands are doing that? Not many. The spacers allow for additional fine tuning.
  • + 1
 At least they r doing that :thumbsup; I may just need to adopt, since this rig will replace my torque frx this year - form follows function wasn't it?
  • + 4
 Probably the best looking downhill bike out there right now!
  • + 2
 Yeaaap!
  • + 4
 if only gwin was riding that beast
  • + 1
 As well as everything else, they've made the bike really competitive with the XL size option and its associated numbers, good work! ..and reach-adjust headset sounds brilliant...
  • + 4
 WHY YOU NOT SELL TO CANADA !!!!!!
  • + 3
 looks like a sees.... no, looks like the offspring of a lapierre and a mondraker
  • + 0
 this frame just made my day,every corner covered,in 2000 it was the M1,this frame took me back in time in a good way,now i just gotta find a way to get one,for me this shape in a frame works,the YT is to,i must flip a coin and may it land on the right shape.
  • + 4
 BEst name for a DH bike ever
  • + 0
 The rear linkages remind me of a Rocky Mountain slayer (obviously with improvements on adding new joints and pivot points). I have a slayer now and as slack as its design is, If I could transform it into a full DH rig, it would be a dream. Even at 160mm its great for my local DH trails so I can only imagine what this would have to offer!
  • + 4
 Do they take payment in kidneys?
  • + 4
 "...a tad worse for wear this day..." I read that as "hungover as hell"
  • + 1
 So what I mostly get from this review, is that you really really really really liked it and that it is perfect in every single way? Erm, well done Canyon. You appear to have found the Holy Grail...
  • + 3
 this if this beauty beast is released 4 days earlier I won't believe those numbers at all lol
  • + 4
 A wise man once said "f*cking send it!!!"
  • + 1
 Sweet bike. My only complaint is the heel protector as I kinda like how the paint wears off the chainstay over time. Cable rub or chain slap, not so much. Go figure.
  • + 1
 What is the heel protector for? Don't really get it.
  • + 3
 @MTB-Colada: look at your non-drive side chainstay. See any scuff marks or wear in the finish? No? Then that's no surprise you don't get it, but next time you're out riding, look at other peoples bikes, especially those on flat pedals or who those ride 'goofy' with their right foot forward and their left foot backwards...
  • + 1
 I am 5 feet 9 inches tall and don't know which size to get medium or large I have heard the frames come up small any advice I'm 16 stone and stocky!
  • + 1
 "The wall thickness of the carbon main frame differs from one end to the other and is set out in a precise manor"......manor hey?
  • + 2
 That looks incredible Drool great to see Canyon came out with a new DH bike! Great work guys!!!
  • + 1
 Wow, that is a fine looking rig. Almost glad Canyon doesn't deal with North America so I won't be so tempted. Let the day dreaming begin!!!
  • + 1
 That is a sick looking bike and I want one badly, but from a company standpoint, the paint looks way too similar to the old carbon wilsons.
  • + 3
 Pure sex on wheels. Actually makes me want a DH bike. Nice work Canyon.
  • + 2
 Profile reminds be of the Demo. I wonder how mud will affect rear shock linkage…?
  • + 2
 Isn't that what the "Sender Fender" is for, to minimize mud etc to reach the shock and linkage?
  • + 1
 Looking at this bike again it looks like a Specialized Demo and a Devinci Wilson had a kid! I can't stop looking at how sick it is tup
  • + 2
 SENDER home, I'm waiting! I'm so excited! And I just can't hide it. I'm about to lose control and I think I love it!
  • + 1
 Very similar suspension design as Knolly, just with the 2nd rocker behind the seat tube instead of in front of it
  • + 2
 What no 1 X12 with e-Tap?
  • + 2
 OFFICIAL BIKE OF SENDER BASH???
  • + 1
 Is the world cup about to be a battle between the two biggest Direct Sale brands in the world when Fab gets a team going?
  • + 2
 This bike is an absolute nerdfest - And I LOVE IT
  • + 2
 Are they keeping the torque dhx as their budget/alloy/26 option?
  • + 2
 The seat tube is f'd up..
  • + 1
 Ok, so we need to band together and find a way to get these flowing to the United States.
  • + 0
 The corktree with nr 2 just informed me immediatly this was in the southern region of Portugal. In this case "HELLGARVE" , my birthplace !!!
  • + 1
 Nothing gets me going like a proper DH bike. Low, slack, and all business. The ultimate go fast weapon.
  • + 1
 It's a nice looking bike... I don't see the issue here haha
  • + 1
 Someone explain the "poses" the rider who is not Fabien is making on the bike.
  • + 3
 Probably trying to look fast while going slow..
  • + 2
 The seat tube lines looks like with triathlon bicycles...
  • + 1
 yeah , a bit like GT Fury's from 2010+
  • + 2
 prolly one of the sickest frame I've seen.....4k?!! dayum!!
  • + 2
 That jagged seat tube kills it for me.
  • + 2
 *desire for Canyon to move to the NA market intensifies*
  • + 1
 i like how the shock is pulled together, it would be interesting to see how it rides
  • + 1
 Reminds me of a mountain cycle San andreas in a way
  • + 1
 Is there any plan for Canyon to sell in the US?
  • + 2
 stunning!!!
  • + 2
 Wao Canyon wao!
  • + 1
 looks like a lapiere a little bit.
  • + 1
 A brilliant looking bike.
  • + 1
 The Sender is drop dead sexy Drool
  • + 2
 looks rad
  • + 1
 different but in the i want one now way
  • + 2
 SICK.
  • + 1
 Propain Rage bike are cheaper www.propain-bikes.com/Bikes
  • + 1
 When I read the name I thought of Evil Knieval.
  • + 1
 Does anyone know the stand over numbers? I don't see them anywhere.
  • + 1
 Same photo twice. Different background.
  • + 1
 will a coil rear shock fit in the frame or nah?
  • + 0
 I thought they were supposed to have been available in North America by 2015?
  • + 1
 Ordered - stoke level is high!
  • + 2
 Nice bike
  • + 1
 Damn, i like that sled! please bring it in Aluminium too!
  • + 2
 Holy hot bike!!!!
  • + 1
 Looks surprisingly amazing!
  • + 1
 a pic on the CANYON gap would have been sick
  • + 2
 The bike name is awesome
  • + 1
 That looks amazing. The price is good too, a v10 costs double that
  • + 2
 Great looking bike Big Grin
  • + 1
 Olly, how tall are you?
  • + 1
 Ordered.
  • + 1
 Next bike!!
  • + 0
 With that price we just get an Atlas cranks?!
  • + 1
 That looks so sick!!!!!
  • + 0
 Shaka diddy grab my titty! What a rig!!!
  • - 7
flag cikudh (Apr 5, 2016 at 3:10) (Below Threshold)
 OMG .. a Porsche !
  • + 0
 Awesome bike and adv movie.
  • + 0
 I'll take three. Please and thank you.
  • - 1
 Send one in Blue and another in Red, Green...go ahead and send er lot of them!
  • + 0
 Send one my way please Smile
  • + 1
 I'd tap that
  • + 0
 First one to snap the front triangle shock mounts hitting a sender wins.
  • + 2
 Tried to make a funny, didn't work. My bad.
  • + 0
 how much for the frame? anyone knows??
  • + 3
 5479$, alu version
  • - 1
 A truly fantastic looking bike, but I reckon the lower part of their MX link does basically nothing.
  • + 9
 So how are you planning to convince the shock to follow the linkage? Are you a Jedi knight?
  • + 4
 It's of toydarian design; mind tricks don't work on it, only money.
  • + 1
 @southoftheborder: Actually I'm a structural engineer at an aerospace company, not that it matters. The Point I was trying to make was that, since the shock is atrtached to the top Piece of the MX link, which in turn is driven by the Suspension arm, it's already connected. The bottom piece, as far as I can tell only changes the angle that the shock would sit at, but since it's pinned at both ends, I don't see how that changes the shock rate.
  • + 1
 @southoftheborder: OK, let me put it this way: if you took out the bottom piece of that MX linkage, what would the difference be? The shock is still attached.
  • + 3
 @DokonjoDaikon: think structural and you will discover its intention
  • + 2
 @DokonjoDaikon: Check that link: videos.mtb-news.de/45066/canyon-sender-hinterbau
Without the additional linkage the upper part wouldn't rotate the way it does and therefor wouldn't create the different levels of progression..
  • + 4
 @DokonjoDaikon:

Without the lower link the shock wouldn't compress. The upper link would pivot backwards and hit the back wheel.
  • + 1
 @DokonjoDaikon: the two links are used to create a leverage curve whith varying progressivity, such as the ones seen in dirt bikes. Hence the "MX Link" name. The upper member could even swing back into the rear wheel without the lower one holding it and pulling it forward. It's not like the scissor links used in the past by Foes to simply increase lateral stiffness without affecting the leverage.
  • + 2
 @LindLTaylor: darn, I'm not that good at spotting toydarians these days. The Force has weakened with this one...
  • + 1
 @HungarianBarbarian: Exactly, the Lapierre DH bike is another example of these dual progressivity linkages, inspiredinspired by the ones of the MX/SX bikes.
  • + 1
 look at the cables... cleanest bike so far
  • - 1
 not only Moto Linkage.. but Moto Grips too Smile )), just put the LOUDEST HUBS too!! BAMM!! im in love!!
  • + 1
 Definitely my next one!!
  • + 1
 Meh
  • + 1
 Damn that's pretty
  • + 0
 nice looking bike, wish it was in the black and white como look though
  • + 1
 Me Likey!
  • + 1
 Phwooor
  • + 0
 BOOM
  • + 0
 looks rad
  • - 2
 Chainguards are obsolete, that's why the clutch system and narrow wide chainring are for?
  • + 4
 "Chainguards are obsolete, tell that to anyone that races DH"
  • - 3
 The frame has six pivot points! That's too many bearings.
  • + 1
 Really? Go and count the bearings on any popular bike design out there and tell me they have significantly less. Also, they are not all bearings. Those bushings cost nearly nothing to replace. I really don't see anything wrong there. Especially if the bearings are good quality and properly protected.
  • - 2
 The rest of the bikes have 4, or even 3 (Nukeproof pulse)
  • - 1
 @torero:
Yeah, just like the Canyon. It has 4 bearings on each side, just like any Faux-bar/VPP/FSR-style bike out there. The Canyon only adss a few bushings. Which like i said are stupidly cheap. I struggle to see the problem with those. If worn, replace for something like 1,99$
  • + 4
 @Loki87: it adds complexity to the mechanism and increases preventive-predictive-corrective maintenance greatly, that is increased by every pivot in any mechanism exponentially not proportionally, I cant remember the coefficient but the fewer pivots the better for maintenance.
Profesional Armchair engineer here
  • + 1
 @Narro2:
Well, good thing i enjoy working on my bike then Razz
I remember how people lost their shit about the amount of bearings on Santa Cruz and Intense VPP bikes when they were first introduced back in the day. Today noone cares anymore.
If the system works, nobody will care, again. If it won´t work, it´s not due to the amount of bearings, but their quality imho.
Also, that equation may be relevant for an industrial engineer who needs to calculate the service life and cost/time for hundreds of machines that need to be serviced. However for a privateer working on ONE bicycle? ZOMFG, two more bearings to replace, LOOK AT THE TIIIIIIME!!!

People on this page ride ultralight tires for downhill use, probably replacing tubes 5 times per weekend and then start loosing their shit about replacing two more bearings once per year XD
  • + 2
 @Loki87: man you are generalizing too much "people on this page ride ultraligh....., replacing tubes 5 times...." come on... you know that's not true,

Regarding time is a matter of wanting to do it, some people like some things some other people like other things. Me for example, I hate doing maintenance on my bikes and I don't want to be taking them to my LBS more than once a month, I don't have the time and I don't want to do it, so bikes like this one, or an SB6c or any Knolly are big No Nos for me and for some other people for the same reasons.
  • - 3
 So why does that come with a Raceface narrow wide and a tensioner?
  • + 3
 Phukin kool-aid drinkers.
  • - 2
 Is that a new Urge fullface Fabien is wearing in the first picture?
  • - 1
 No it's the Archi R.R.
  • - 1
 Cool thanks.
  • + 1
 @wayfarersall: isn't the Archi RR new and full face?
  • + 2
 @davidfregoli: He doesn't know what he's talking about, ignore him.
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