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.
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.
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.