Spotted: Canyon's New Sender Breaks Cover in Rotorua

Mar 9, 2020
by Aidan Oliver  

We've seen some grainy Instagram screenshots, but Crankworx Rotorua was the first time the new Canyon Sender was raced and we saw a glimpse of it between the tape. Canyon riders Kaos Seagrave and Mark Wallace were very tight-lipped on the bike but we were able to get some clear snaps of the new Canyon bike in yesterday's race.

The Sender platform was first released in 2016 and downhill has changed a lot in the four years since then. We've previously said the current Sender platform is in need of an update as it only runs 27.5" wheels as stock and still uses imperial standards on its shocks. We got a brief but good look at the new Sender at Rotorua and it looks to have had a full overhaul.

The shock is now mounted to the downtube which allows material to be taken from the top tube for a slimmer profile around the seat tube. The MX link looks to have also received an update, with the top link extended down past the shock mount and connecting to a much smaller link tucked away above the bottom bracket. To top things off the new bike runs on 29" wheels and the rear swing arm looks to now be carbon.

Canyon Sender - MX Link
Put side by side, the difference between the current (left) and new Sender (right) becomes clear with a longer top link and a new mount for the shock.

Mark Wallace was expected to be a top contender but a flat tire held him back.
Mark Wallace never had a chance to let his new bike shine at Rotorua after suffering a flat tire.

As the first round of the World Cup approaches we're hoping to get a detailed look soon.

You can also see some clips of the new Sender in action here:

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  • 389 25
 My friend Yun entered a competition to catapult his wife over a gorge to win a bike?

Canyon Sender?

She went pretty far.

....I’ll get my coat
  • 23 512
flag sngltrkmnd (Mar 9, 2020 at 6:45) (Below Threshold)
 How embarrassing that the top comment in a post about a new bike is seasoned heavily with racism and misogyny. And the bike industry wonders why it lacks diversity...
  • 128 3
 @sngltrkmnd: whoa there. Apparently daylight savings took a toll on someone’s sleep...
  • 21 1
 Hold my donut.
  • 140 4
 @sngltrkmnd: are you serious? There is no racism or misogyny in that comment. It is a play on words. It doesnt disparage anyone based on race or gender. Calm down. Find some actual racism and point that out. Fight against real misogyny and gender biases. Honestly. I am as lefty as they come, but it is comments like this that make people use the term snowflake...
  • 69 3
 @sngltrkmnd: I hope she texts you back bro
  • 4 2
 @VwHarman: Realllllly hoping he/she is trolling us...
  • 19 6
 @sngltrkmnd: it was just a joke not a dick...don’t take it so hard...
  • 24 1
 Sender? I hardly know her!
  • 30 2
 @sngltrkmnd: I'd be willing to bet you ride a cannondale TRIGGER.....
  • 7 3
 You’re pathetic @sngltrkmnd:
  • 8 3
No misoginy or racism there :
Dubod22 is from hong kong, and he might got a a friend called Yun, whose might be married with a transgender man (or woman) ! So simple !
  • 4 2
 @sngltrkmnd: Woke up a bit early?
  • 8 3
 This is like one of those situations in life where everyone hears an acquaintance (@sngltrkmnd) say something ignorant and stupid at a party, and some of the family is drunk enough to tell him to STFU, and some other family members are so embarrassed that they know him that they just go in to the other room.
  • 8 2
 @sngltrkmnd: guess you failed to notice the poster is from Hong Kong? At least do the bare minimum before spewing the usual shit.
  • 5 1
 @sngltrkmnd: your lucky we cant ban people with no sense of humor.
  • 3 0
 @sngltrkmnd: something tells me you would have made this comment regardless of what the their comment was.... Pretty chapped you didnt get the first comment hey? Bummer dude.
  • 2 0
 @sngltrkmnd: I don't think you understand anything you have written. You have made yourself look a bit daft there. The poster, regardless of ethnicity, has not targeted ‘Yun’ based on race or ethnic origin. He has used the name only. As for the misogyny comment, really??
  • 3 1
 @sngltrkmnd: I really hope you're just trolling. Getting more negative props than the top post has positive ones is impressive.
  • 3 4
 @sngltrkmnd: let me get one in too if it’s not too late! f*ck you, sngltrkmnd, you motherf*ckin bitch!
How’s that one?
  • 2 0
 @sngltrkmnd: realized you got us! Well played.
  • 2 0

Lighten up Francis!

Your snowflake is melting all over your virtue signaling merit badge....
  • 1 0
 @sngltrkmnd: have you ever wondered why at every party there is some wanker who just loves to wind people up, they are usually narcissistic arrogant ass holes who don't give a toss what they say and who they offend as long it is entertaining to them or is it just a case of someone just trying to cash in on the current trend
  • 1 0
 @Andyjojo: This thread is dead sir. RIP
  • 74 2
 Banshee called, they want their Demo back.
  • 2 2
 Dang!!!!! Hahaha
  • 58 7
 Looks like a sess........ demo? That felt odd to say.
  • 8 37
flag WAKIdesigns (Mar 9, 2020 at 3:28) (Below Threshold)
 Looks like a Deom... Reminds me of a Demo... Similar to a Demo... Just lika a Demo... it's Demo like - oh! that one hit home
  • 2 0
  • 3 3
 Looks like a Tues and demo
  • 2 3
 Totally looks like a Demo
  • 5 0
 @scottlink: Looks sick either way
  • 2 1
 Looks like a Demo but it's carbon and will probably be the same price as the heavy metal Specialized.
  • 1 1
 Looks like, but at least the main pivot will give a totally different set of kinematic parameters, with obviously a lower pedal kickback/anti squat than the demo and the former Sender.
And the secondary 4-bar linkage driven the shock ratio has been implemented by Knolly first (4by4), years ago.
  • 1 1
 @WAKIdesigns: does spesh not have a patent. Exactly like a demo.
  • 1 0
 @Grosey: FSR pivot patent ran out
  • 27 0
 Actually the new Demo that copied the Sender's kinematics.....
  • 7 0
 Specialized Stumpjumper Specialized Canyonsender
  • 1 0
 @mikkosinisalo: Specialiezed Nonliable
  • 24 1
 OMG Imperial standards on its shocks, how did they even ride those things the last few years????
  • 11 0
 But they are running metric 622mm wheels instead of 29". for better knob overlap or something.
  • 16 1
 That Canyon is very specialized for downhill. I would like to see a demo of this sender one day.
  • 18 3
 Introducing the new Canyon Demo
  • 12 0
 Downhill has changed a lot over the last 4 years and the Sender is in need of and upgrade? Someone should tell Troy Brosnan.
  • 6 1
 With still being on 26" wheels and seeing DH bikes convert to 29". They've clearly been able to get the wheels strong enough to cope (begs the question why they didn't use the old 150mm rear to begin with), what will be the point of 650B? If I was a manufacturer of forks or bikes then surely you'd want to push one size again.
  • 7 0
 Maybe not cleaning your a** at every compression. Applies better for short riders.
  • 6 0
 Bummer about the broken cover, if it's like their other parts it's probably back ordered 10 months. Hopefully you can ride without it
  • 6 0
 Not even 24” wheels, disappointed. Bring back the classics like Brooklyn machine works.
  • 5 0
 No tie dye, pink or zebra print, Kaos really was trying to keep a low profile.
  • 7 2
 Gotta watch the line breaks on these titles!

What I read was:
Canyon's New Sender Breaks

next line: Cover in Rotorua
  • 7 2
 Looks like a Sender
  • 5 2
 Am i the only one that doesn't like the Sender in each of its iterations???
  • 2 1
 No, you're not, but then again, lots of guys around me seem to like it good, so who am I to argue?
  • 3 1
 I like the old design better. This new one looks too much like the new Specialized Demo
  • 2 0
 welcome in the 4 by 4 world.. Specy and Canyon look like they start to dig into the Knolly Experiences..
  • 1 0
 Precisely !
  • 2 0
 Surprisingly .... it doesn’t you know... look like a session?
  • 2 0
 Cover breaks on a brand new bike? Was it design or faulty construction?
  • 2 0
 Really hope they put one out in a mullet version ????????
  • 1 0
 in any case...Canyon is stepping up their race game and team and I hope it all proves out for them going forward.
  • 3 2
 Hello pInkbike, you accidentally posted photos of a Spec. demo in this article. May want to fix that.
  • 1 0
 rock guard dosent look up to much
  • 6 6
 Hmm...maybe don't use "break" in the title. Unless your just being click-baity
  • 23 4
  • 1 0
 Apparently Shimano cranks has no new paint ...
  • 2 0
 anybody watch hambini??
  • 1 0
 Looks like a ̶S̶e̶s̶s̶i̶o̶n̶ Demo
  • 1 1
 If 13 PSI wasn't low enough, you had to go 0!
  • 2 3
 They lowered the main pivot, its not gonna ride as well in the steeps or rough stuff. Idiots!
  • 1 0
 The crashing bad wolfe
  • 1 1
 Looks like crap.
  • 1 4
 looks like a demo
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