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Canyon Stitched 360 – Review

A dirt jump bike that's light, slick and silent

We’ve been thrashing this Canyon Stitched for the last year and a review has been well overdue. Here is Ieuan’s take on this dirt jump bike from one of Germany’s direct sales brands.

Words and Images: Ieuan Williams

As it goes in the world of dirt jump bikes most people think that it’s simple and you can’t mess up a hardtail. In this case Canyon has shown that you can most definitely perfect it though and they have very good history at nailing mountainbike design – just check out the Strive and Sender. The mix of tan wall tyres and striking blue paint scheme make it a wonder to look at. But with riders such as Thomas Genon and Troy Brosnan loving theirs it’s a bike I have been waiting to ride for a while.

Shape and fit

The Canyon Stitched 360 is more than just a work of art to look at though, having what must be one of the best and most inviting geometries in the industry. There is no need to adjust to the shape and fit as it’s bang on. The reach length and wheelbase is very important when building a dirt jump bike; too long and it’s hard to throw about but Canyon has got this perfect. With the reach being 400 mm and the wheelbase measuring 1038 mm there’s enough room not to feel cramped and short enough to throw shapes whenever the mood arises.

Components

As for the components on the Stitched there are no real complaints. The stock RockShox Pike DJ fork being faultless and more SRAM components coming with the Descendant aluminium cranks and Level disc brakes. The Alex rims held a good shape for the tyres and stood up to the long term abuse.

For the price the Stitched 360 Pro is bang on, well specified and striking in looks.

Feeling

Canyon has really nailed this bike when it comes to the ride. The Stitched has a solid yet not harsh feel to the frame when hitting some larger street drops or if the inevitable happens and you find yourself on the wrong side of the landing casing your brains out.

Limitations

The only real downside to the bike was after a small slam the stem bolts pulled out of the thread and the bar bent. This wasn’t a harsh fall but it just showed a weakness where the quality of some parts were concerned.

Verdict

For the price the Stitched 360 Pro is bang on, well specified and striking in looks. If you don’t want to fork out the top model there’s always the lower gunned model too.

After the test period and having some real abuse over dirt jumps, skate parks and pump tracks all of the wheels were still straight, the paintwork looked fresh and the bike still had that new feeling to it. It was a sad day when it had to be returned and now the question is what to replace it with…. the answer to that will most probably be a Canyon Stitched 360.

PRICE: BIKE £1099 (2018 model) or FRAME £399

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N.B:

This review is of the 2017 Canyon Stitched 360 Pro. The Stitched range has been reworked for 2018. The Pro model has increased in price from £999 to £1099 but with an updated chainset and two length options. There is also now a cheaper option at £749 with Marzocchi DJ 3s

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