Fronting up to the rest of the big boys, Canyon are finally on the greatest stage of all. The Canyon Factory Downhill Team will take the German brand into unknown waters and the Sender is the bike that the brand have rested their hopes on.
They will no doubt be hoping it’s as successful a transition as their enduro team was back in 2013. A never-before-seen Canyon Strive took its designer, Fabien Barel, to a win at the first ever EWS. The story is similar here, with Fab’s input shaping the design, however it will likely be Brosnan charging for the top spot this time around.
Barel’s analytic approach can be seen in this bike though. The press launch we went to was full of graphs, diagrams and quantative information. All of it pivoted around the Sender’s MX link inspired (unsurprisingly) by motocross bikes to give three separate phases of suspension – sensitive to stable to progressive.
The unique link is designed around an air shock, although if the World Cup team can run it with a coil then it can’t be too imperative. Thankfully, it’s fitted with the DHX2 which offers the best air performance in our mind.
“Brosnan will likely be charging for the top spot on the Sender”