March 2017 - Good Month or Bad Month?

Apr 3, 2017
by Mike Levy  

Suspension Fork Options

More boing to choose from than ever before

With a number of new forks debuting over the past month, March was an interesting time for suspension technophiles, and not just for those who don't mind spending big coin on a new fork. RockShox brought the iconic Judy name back from the grave in the shape of a price-conscious trail fork with 80 - 120mm of travel that starts off at a reasonable $380 USD. Those looking for around twice the amount of stroke as the Judy might like the look of DVO's new Onyx DH fork, a 203mm-travel offering in a right-side-up package that, at around $1,700 USD, retails for $500 less than the company's inverted Emerald fork. DVO's Beryl all-mountain slider is also new, and it's basically a simplified of their Diamond that costs $750 USD, or $250 less.

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Riders looking for something other than the norm are probably excited about MRP's air-sprung Ribbon trail/all-mountain fork that, depending on wheel size, has 120mm to 170mm of travel on tap. Stroke is adjustable in 5mm increments, a twin-tube damper controls the action, and MRP has also fitted the $989 USD Ribbon with their effective Ramp Control cartridge. The biggest suspension news of March was undoubtedly the release of Cane Creek's Helm, a fork that has been five years in the making. The $1,100 USD Helm is massively adjustable in every which way, offering between 100mm and 170mm of travel, an extremely tuneable air spring and, somewhat surprisingly, a mono-tube damper. Phew; that's five new forks, and we haven't even got to Sea Otter yet.

Kiwis at Wetworx

NZ sweeps the EWS podium in NZ

Crankworx used to be a one-time extravaganza in Whistler that was basically ten days in mid-August of partying and maximum bikes. The party is now a series of its own, with four events spread across the globe that kicked off last week in a very wet and very slippery Rotorua, New Zealand. There seems to be a competition at CWX for pretty much every niche of fun-focused mountain biking, from downhill to pump track to slopestyle to enduro racing, and it's that last discipline that the NZ homeboys dominated.

The Masters brothers took first and third, with Wyn on the top step and Matt Walker splitting him and Eddie, a podium that's probably responsible for about 93% of the wheelies and manuals that have ever been done on a mountain bike. Keegan Wright, yet another New Zealander, won the Pump Track Challenge, making it an awesome weekend for the locals.

Wyn keeps it steady and takes the day ahead of ex-local Matt Walker and brother Ed Masters

Fans of Just the Tip

Tippie signs with YT

If you've met Brett Tippie, or even just watched one of his 'Just the Tip' videos, you know that the guy has more enthusiasm for cycling in the tip of his pinky finger than most of us have in our entire bodies. The rest of the world could do with more Tippies, but they'll have to get their own because mountain biking's Director of Good Times signed on with YT this past March, making for one of the most eclectic teams in the sport - Aaron Gwin, Cam Zink, Andreu Lacondeguy, Neko Mulally... and a legendary 48-year-old going on 20-year-old Canadian freerider turned announcer/crusader of fun.

You can expect to see Tippie aboard his SR Suntour-suspended YT Capra and Tues at even more events throughout 2017, as well as here on Pinkbike.

YT nabs the Director of Good Times


Cycling Loses Two More

Illness and an accident take two of the best

Last year was a tough one for our little cycling community and, unfortunately, it looks like 2017 isn't starting off much better. Florian Goral, manager of the Canyon Factory Enduro Team, recently passed away due to a blood infection, and while the circumstances surrounding his passing aren't clear, it's a huge and unexpected loss. ''We do not want nor will we ever forget Florian. Florian leaves behind an unfathomable void, not only as a member of the Canyon Family but much, much more as a friend and inspiration. I wish us all - Florian's family and friends - much strength in the difficult times ahead,'' Roman Arnold, Canyon CEO and Founder said of Flo's sudden passing.
In Memoriam- during Enduro World Series round 4 Samoens France 2015. Photo by Matt Wragg.

It's absolutely terrible when any cyclist (or anyone, for that matter) is struck and killed by a vehicle, but the death of endurance superstar Mike Hall during the Indian Pacific Wheel Race, an unsupported adventure spanning Australia, feels especially heavy. Hall, who was wearing a GPS tracker at the time and being followed by countless people all over the world, was hit by a vehicle early in the morning on the 30th and was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.

Richie's EWS title defense

20th overall in NZ but still smiling

The first Enduro World Series race of 2017 was a slick one, with torrential rain turning the New Zealand ground from dirt to something more akin to oil-slicked ice, especially for those with a later start time. Yeti's Richie Rude, the two-time overall EWS champ, was one of those racers who saw the monsoon steal any chance of a top finish, but the young American was as classy as they come about his 20th overall placing: ''Big day today fighting the rain and the haggard trails after all the riders. Never been so excited to say I'm over the moon to get 20th overall plus a stage win and a 3rd. Hats off to all the boys starting late,'' he said on his personal Instagram. I'm sure Rude wasn't stoked, but that post is how a champ reacts to a bad weekend.
Yeti Team EWS Bike Check Rotorua 2017

Oh, and if you had any thoughts about the 20th place finish putting an end to Richie's quest for a third straight overall title, think again - not even a 25th at last year's Aspen EWS was enough to keep him from taking the crown. My bet is still on Rude.

The Start of Blenkinsop's 2017 Season

Shoulder injury takes out the Kiwi

Sam's 2017 race campaign is off to a rough start with an unspecified should injury from a tumble while filming in New Zealand. The Kiwi was at Crankworx Rotorua to race the downhill, the first major event of the year and the first race of 2017 where he would have been putting his new downhill bike and himself up against some of the best international competitors, but it didn't work out how he had planned.

The word is that while it's serious enough for him to take some time off the bike, he won't be forced to miss the first World Cup downhill of 2017 in Lourdes, France.
Thomas Gaffney photo

Broken Canyon Sender

Our test bike breaks... after the test airs

There's no arguing that Canyon's Sender downhill bike is a thing of beauty. I mean, just look at it; it's one of the few original looking downhill rigs out there right now, and it appears to be a cross between a fighter jet and a mountain bike. Appearance aside, however, we had some issues with the bike's rear suspension and Fox Float X2 shock that comes stock on it (we sub'd in the coil-sprung version), and its adjustable headset cups continually rotated around in the headtube. Self-adjusting geometry is going to be the next big thing! Er, hopefully not.
Canyon Sender review. Photo Ben Winder

Those are fixable foibles, though, whereas the crack on the left side of the headtube and downtube junction that only recently showed itself, long after the review went live back in the middle of March, is more concerning. The timing isn't great - it would have been better to talk about it the review - but at least we can reveal the issue here. It looks like it may have been caused by the fork's stanchion coming around and hitting the frame, but that's what the built-in bumper is there to stop. Is it from a crash? Paul Aston, the Pinkbike reviewer who tested the bike, did have some spills when on the Sender, but he can't recall anything that would have caused this kind of damage.

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  • 246 5
 Hey pinkbike, If this kind of stuff happens with a product, why not adjust the article with a follow up? People googling "canyon sender review" have a good chance of missing this post.

In fact the issue could also be another news story as a follow up, instead of burying it in good month bad month.
  • 85 28
 If you can name a single bike that hasn't broken before then I'll shut up, but I don't think a single bike breaking should warrant a whole pinkbike article (or even a section of one like this).

No need to bad-mouth a company, unless every bike that breaks is given the same treatment.
  • 62 6
 Fairer treatment would be to update the original article for anyone searching for reviews, but no need to make a big deal out of it.
  • 26 2
 @bobj: I don't think anyone as snapped one of these yet: hahahahaha
  • 37 0
 @Kitejumping: That's only because nobody is riding them
  • 11 5
 @doe222: I think people ride them quite hard and never service them, because nobody believes it can get any worse...
  • 8 0
 @Kitejumping: I said bikes, not transformers...
  • 9 0
 @Kitejumping: you had to break out the redalp...
  • 42 0
 From space it looks like a crack, but it's really a canyon up close....
  • 11 0
 You see lots of web sites editing articles retrospectively as more information or developments come to light, and a frame snapping after review publication would be a good candidate. I believe as others have mentioned here that Pinkbike should indeed update the original Sender review as such. A mention in good-month bad-month is a good place to alert those readers who have probably already read the article of the edit, but there's no need for a whole new post about it. There could be lots of other reasons for such edits too. Maybe you continue riding a bike for a few months after the review and you love it a lot more than when first written. Maybe you swap out that crappy stem for something better and it rides like a whole new bike. All of these I would love to see in retro-edits on reviews.
  • 10 0
 I think apend the article with the update and give Canyon the opportunity to privide a replacement and then do a long term follow up. Shit happens, but there are ways of dealing with it to give the manufacture a fair shake while making sure the reporting is accurate.
  • 5 0
 @bobj: I remember a while ago when they did a test of an ENVE carbon rim and it exploded, they of course added that in the review.
They also added that the force was excessive in the impact that broke it.

I dont see how it would be different to them saying a crack has appeared in the headtube that may be from the force of the stanchion hitting the frame!!
Im keen to follow their warranty story though!
  • 7 0
 @bobj: As part of the review, we want to hear what their experience with the bike was-if it broke and they didn't tell us, then what would be the point? Using your logic, they shouldn't tell us if the bike handles like a bread truck, because maybe some other bikes are pigs, too.

Like it or not, it's a big deal when a test bike breaks and we want to know about it. Even if Paul wasn't classically JRA, he probably beat the bike way less than the average downhiller would over the course of a season.
  • 10 0
 @bobj: badmouthing? the test bike broke. It costs thousands of dollars for that frame and it broke while testing it. It would be irresponsible not to report that.
  • 1 0
 not the same bike but i snapped my canyon torque in the same spot. i assume from contact with the fork on the bump stops.
  • 1 0
 @brookland27 @codypup: I've not said once that the fact that the bike cracked should never be mentioned. But what I'm saying is a bike cracking shouldn't be front page news.

Stick it in the review, but don't have a full on news story on the home page. If you do that for one, it would only be fair to do it for all.
  • 4 0
 As long as Canyon don't turn around and say "it was a pre-production frame" I'm cool with it. Stuff breaks, that's what warranties are for. If the replacement does the same though, different story...
  • 1 0
 @OperateEng: Do I sense a "looks like a canyon sender" joke starting?

Sorry, I'll leave.
  • 108 1
 Rude being polite and as for Aston's rig, Sender back to Canyon
  • 28 0
 Launch it into the Grand Canyon..
  • 13 2
 Great Tip
  • 63 1
 we want a closeup photo of the crack in the frame
  • 4 43
flag Husker2112 (Apr 3, 2017 at 12:59) (Below Threshold)
 I don't
  • 30 0
 @Husker2112: I might?
  • 4 31
flag Husker2112 (Apr 3, 2017 at 16:31) (Below Threshold)
 @bmoore34: cool
  • 4 15
flag Husker2112 (Apr 4, 2017 at 5:29) (Below Threshold)
 Can i not not care about a bike i don't want?
  • 11 0
 @Husker2112: You can, just do it preferably in silence.
  • 49 6
 Pre-production for sure ...
  • 21 1
 That's Yeti's excuse. I bought an SB66 on clearance that had the Carbon rear triangle and it broke on me within a single season. I will say Yeti did a good job on replacing the rear triangle. They sent me a new one before mine was mailed back for inspection.
  • 23 3
 Thanks for downvoting, haha. Should of put a stupid emoji there to make clear I was being sarcastic ... isn't pre-production the excuse we always get when some tested product fails?
  • 3 0
 @Ride406orDie: This is what they should do with the Sender. Have it go through Canyon CS and see how it's handled. Bikes break. How companies work with their customers is dealing with the break - warranty/crash replacement - is what is really telling...
  • 1 0
 @dhx42: Agreed. It would be awesome to do a Secret Shopper for bike/component companies when it comes to warranty parts. Not sure if it would be affordable for a company/individual to do but the results would be gold.
  • 32 4
 Sender back for repair.
  • 19 2
 Paul Aston was JRA when, out of nowhere, the frame cracked!
  • 15 0
 JRA-My favorite acronym from my bike shop mechanic days. Customer: "Yeah I was just riding along when suddenly my wheel taco'd" Me: "Oh yeah?"
  • 4 0
 Another acronym learnt. ITOFTS.
  • 15 0
 A picture with the crack would be nice see/know...
  • 15 1
 Who's mikes or Paul's?
  • 3 2
 How bout some crack please....????
  • 10 0
 A good month here: I got a new bike, my wife told me to get it back to the store, we almost divorced, somehow all settled Smile Yeah, not bad I rekon.
  • 4 0
 But...did you get to keep the bike??!? Big Grin
  • 3 1
 @bishopsmike: yeah, I still have it Wink It's an alu stumpy 29er. The biggest bike I ever had coming from marathon/old school mtb background.
  • 17 6
 Bikes aren't perfect, breaking news....
  • 3 5
 Yep, nail on head...
  • 17 19
 Steel is real, carbon is crap
  • 23 26
 @torero: hahahah you are poor!
  • 17 7
 @torero: steel is heavy as f*ck,carbons not.
  • 16 0
 Steel and carbon both have pros and cons. A well designed bike will be rad in either material.
  • 5 8
 @bobj: a trigger post cannot got without "is better", "is crap"
  • 6 2
 Boat anchors are made of steel as are cock rings.
  • 18 4
 @Earthmotherfu: one pound of steel weighs exactly the same as one pound of carbon. Go figure
  • 7 4
 @weebleswobbles: One pound of bollocks is exactly the same as one pound of talking shite. Do one.
  • 5 1
 @weebleswobbles: a bird in hand is better than 2 in the bush
  • 1 0
 @Earthmotherfu: ahh sorry didn't mean to ruffle any feathers
  • 8 2
 Sorry but the canyon sender MUST be a shit bike if the headset cups turn in the frame. They have no ground to stand on with such poor R&D as to allow the headset cup turning to make it to production. Having a Frame crack after just a few months of use with no notable instance to cause it is just one more nail in the coffin.
  • 2 0
 Clearly the tolerances are poor. Cracks can happen, but if it wasn't crashed hard that looks bad for canyon. I'd hope that PB puts the crack details in the review, as well as their warranty experience.

If I was canyon, I'd be going over any bikes sent out for review with a fine tooth comb. Do they not inspect the bikes they send out to be the face of the company?
  • 1 0
 @parkourfan: Hmmm.... i wonder how Darren's Sender is holding up. That's your real litmus test there.
  • 15 5
 Poor Canyon marketing.
  • 5 2
  • 9 0
 F***in winter is gone here, so a good month for sure!
  • 11 5
 Plastic bikes break shocker..
  • 5 0
 Luckily in this day and age, updating the review is easy! Errr....maybe not? Why no update to the Sender review Pinkbike?
  • 2 0
 Hey Pinkbike!

We’re excited to see the positive way in which many of you have reacted to the news that, after the excellent review of the Sender CF by Paul Aston, the frame was ultimately damaged. We were surprised to get the news about the frame from the ‘Good Month or Bad Month’ post and immediately brought the bike back to Koblenz to run some tests and find out exactly what happened. We can already say that the issue is not the result of a production problem - the Sender CF is an extremely safe bike and we guarantee its quality.

Canyon finishes and tests bikes at the highest level. As a rule, all of our bikes are developed and tested to withstand and exceed all industry standard tests and regulations. Right now, our developers and quality management staff are completing a total analysis of the frame with help from our in-house CT Scanner, an array of test machines and a total disassembly of the bike in order to find the cause of the mark on the downtube. As this is the first damage of its kind among over 1,000 Senders sold, we cannot rely on past experience to determine the cause.

We will keep you all and the Pinkbike editors informed as to further developments!

The Canyon Crew
  • 5 0
 Great month for EWS! Stoked for Wyn Masters!
  • 1 0
 A Tippie of the hat to YT for signing someone who spends more time at the winner's podium than Rachel Atherton! Pay an athlete big money to possibly get your product name on TV or pay the media guy smart money to put his hat and t-shirt in front of the athlete on the same TV.
  • 4 0
 I wouldn't want a cracked jet fighter!Bad news.
  • 4 0
 well.. rotorua and darkfest were pretty cool
  • 4 0
 There's no such thing as bad day if you're still kicking!
  • 1 0
 Sad news about the Canyon Sender Frown they look bad-ass and come with very good build specs, but after hearing the headtube might rip off because of a crack isn't to reassuring for me for when I look to purchase a new bike!
  • 3 0
 March-you get us so excited, but mostly your just a greasy tease
  • 4 0
 Couple days ago I had this incredibly awesome ride. And I realized that while I am continually amazed (and grateful!) that we get to ride all year round up here, there's still a significant difference between trails that are holding up really well despite a very long winter, and what happens when those trails get enough of a rain break and a bit of warmth to go from slimey/greasy to hooking up in every turn. Damn, I love the Northwest.
  • 9 10
 The prayers of trolls have been finally answered. YT would be better kind of meal for "I told you so", "I knew it!" party, but Canyon will do just fine. The air is filled with online Schadenfreude. In the eyes of many, the justice has come.

Can we now please get a broken or seized 250$ pedal? Or a cracked 500$ Coron helmet so that we can say "multi-impact? Not really" ? Please, please, please...
  • 2 7
flag taifi (Apr 3, 2017 at 13:39) (Below Threshold)
 THere will be many more to come, some of them are just trolls hired to denigrate other comapanies, this is the jungle. Who ever will buy a 5k donwhill bike won't drove it in a chill if you accept that you can destroy your body going in a wild downhill run, you can accept that any impact direct or indirect can deteriorate your bike. (some pors into the tubeless tyre would make you run the 5th round with less psi and at a jump you can land on a root and destroy the wheel and brake the frame because of a harsh impact, or maybe just a little fissure and the next one would be fatal...and bla bla bla Smile
  • 10 5
 @taifi: hired trolls? You have to take my word for it. Such thing doesn't exist in bike world.World Cup photographers suffer from poverty driven malnutrition on races, owner of one of the largest media channels in the MTB bike world lives in a tiny row house. Cosy and beatiful, but not a mansion. Each single "wealthy" racer earned money by having a side business. the rest of top 10 don't make in a year what average roadie who gets barely picked to TDF or Giro, makes in 3 months. MTB is poor, nobody would even bother to piss on you if you offered them your keyboard services. Not even me. I came upon a few low lives from one company posting sht about other company, or going through the whole section downvoting comments positive to the other company, but it's rare.
  • 1 3
 @WAKIdesigns: Like every bussines, there has to be people who are injecting the "wrong" think on the market...i feel you about mtb industry beeing on small payroll...
  • 8 4
 @taifi: because the idea of being a loser typing and drawing for free, fkng up his life is so hard to believe? A few good men have been kind enough to pay me for particular drawings. Like anyone should. Other than that I'm just a loser and a clown with mental issues. So no, I'm not on a payroll and I wish I wasn't typing this. I'm just addicted piece of crap
  • 2 0
 @WAKIdesigns: Never thought about you, I was speaking in general Wink
  • 4 1
 That YT crew is crackalackin.
  • 1 0
 The headtube/downtube gusset on that Sender does look a bit small, compare it to a V10 which is a good 40mm deeper. Still looks badass though!
  • 3 1
 woow really cant belive you have not covered the American championships yet Frown
  • 2 0
 March was a good month, bought my first DH bike from my LBS.
  • 1 0
 Good on you!
  • 2 0
 Rotating headset cups and cracked joint linked possibly?
  • 2 0
  • 1 0
 That cracks too.
  • 1 0
 we get the "sender" puns.......
  • 1 0
 foibles? really?
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