Canyon Torque super enduro bike launched
Seven days after launching a fully revised version of its Spectral trail bike, Canyon is at it again, but this time with a heavy . This time the German direct-to-consumer seller has unveiled the new Torque super-enduro bike, as well as an aluminum Sender DH rig, and G5, the company’s new line of gravity-focused handlebars, stems, and grips.
Aimed at the big-mountain/super-enduro/freeride/bike park/whatever you call it segment, the Torque is rowdy ready with 175mm of rear travel, 180mm up front, and a new four-bar linkage design that builds off the three-phases kinematic originally developed for the Sender DH sled. The end goal is a 27.5 bike that can capably take on a backcountry epic, but also feel comfortable tackling a burly jump line or racing the gnarliest of gnarly enduro segments.
Key features include a 74-degree seat tube angle, 65.3-degree head angle, lower standover to allow for use of longer dropper posts (150mm on XS-M; 170mm on L and XL), and a suspension curve that is, you guessed it, supple off the top, supportive in the middle, and progressive at the end. This was in part achieved through the use of a shock position where activation is driven by a yoke that straddles the seat tube.
Reach is 460mm for a size large and chainstays are 425mm. It’s all within the realm of new normal, but not over the top by any means. The general idea is that this bike could hold its own on the biggest line in your riding zone, but also has enough anti-squat and pedaling platform support that you don’t need a chairlift or Toyota Tacoma to get there. You will, however, need a hydration pack or fanny bag, as there’s no room for a water bottle cage on this frame.
Instead of full internal routing, which can be a headache to work on and is susceptible to rattle, the Canyon Torque employs this unique covered cable channel.
The Torque uses the same cable routing strategy seen in the new Spectral, where housing is routed through a cable channel that’s housed in a removable plastic cover, meaning it’s both protected and accessible. The housing cover also serves as a de facto bash guard, protecting your frame if you happen to run out of talent on a burly big mountain line or hold-on-and-hope drop. The Torque also plays nice with the latest generation of metric shock, has ISCG05 mounts, and comes with a threaded bottom bracket.
Frame options include a carbon front-alloy rear model, and a full aluminium version. In the US, the Torque will be available in four builds: AL 5.0 – $2499, Torque CF 7.0 – $4000, Torque CF 9.0 Pro – $5500, and Torque CF 9.0 LTD for $7500, which is an exclusive US-only build that comes with an ENVE M70 carbon wheelset and Maxxis Minion DHR II 2.4 tires. You can see the full geo and spec sheets below, just note that these have European pricing and do not include the US-only build. [Click on the image to enlarge it.]
Privateer racers rejoice. Developed with input from Fabien Barel and based on the bike Troy Brosnan rode to victory at the 2017 World Cup stop in Vallnord, the Sender AL brings race winning pedigree to a more budget friendly aluminum frame. All versions come with a coil shock and employ a simplified version of the three-phase kinematic used in the carbon fiber Sender.
Wheel size is 27.5, rear wheel travel is 200mm, head angle is 63 degrees, and chainstays are adjustable between 430mm and 446mm. There will be one model available in the US, the $2999 Sender AL 5.0.
Receiving a highest category 5 rating for rowdy readiness, Canyon’s new gravity-focused G5 component line includes bombproof handlebars and stems, and grip enhancing grips.
The new components will be spec’d on select Canyon bikes and be available for purchased online.
To learn more, head over to www.canyon.com.
- Instead of full internal routing, which can be a headache to work on and is susceptible to rattle, the Canyon Torque employs this unique covered cable channel.
- Like the 2018 Torque and Spectral, the Sender AL is spec’d with a covered cable channel for improved protection and ease of maintenance.
- The new G5 stem comes in standard and direct mount, with lengths of 40mm and 50mm for the standard, and 45mm/50mm adjustable for direct mount.
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