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Fast Bikes - 2018 Canyon Torque - Dirt

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All the models of the Torque are being specified with a Fox Float X2 damper. This was due to the performance given after the testing. This unit came out on top due to the large ports for the oil to flow through giving a better feel to the damping.

With Fox Factory fork on the high specification bikes and a Fox performance on the Lower models this 180mm bike had the fire power needed for sure. We have in the past always preferred coil shocks on 180mm bikes and on the Canyon Sender this frame is based on though so it will be interesting to see how the bike performs with both when I get one in long term.

There’s also a totally new bearing design for these new age Canyons. With a secondary seal and a bolt on cap to make sure no mud, grit or water can get in and damage them. There is no reason that the Torque can’t withstand a Welsh winter bearing assault.

Specification

With three different frame options (a fully aluminium chassis, a carbon front triangle and aluminium rear stay model and the full guns blazing all carbon bike) that all come in different build specifications, prices range from a brilliant €2100 (£1850) all the way up to €5000 (£4,410).

The build that was being ridden over in Madeira was full carbon chassis bike (the alloy bike is pictured as this was the only option for the shots). With the gears being handled by SRAM with a 1×12 Eagle X01 setup and then the SRAM Code RSC stoppers keeping the theme going. Mavic hoop and tyre combo seemed to hold up to the abuse well and keep the weight and flexibility balanced. Canyon’s newly released G5 cockpit finished off the build with a clean and purposeful feel.