Troy Brosnan. Canyon Sender bike check
Australian sizes up for 2017
Troy Brosnan heads into 2017 on a longer bike than he's ever raced. The Australian comes off the back of three back to back third place series positions and looks to add to his solitary World Cup win from Fort William in 2014.
Rarely off the podium last year, Troy narrowly missed out on winning on home soil in Cairns, letting in Loic Bruni take his first win. The pair will surely take the battle to Danny Hart (who also won his first world cup last year) and Aaron Gwin, the man who has won forty percent of World Cup races in the past six years.
One of the main changes over Brosnan's previous bike, a medium Specialized Demo, is in the sizing. Compare his current size medium Sender to his previous medium race Demo and you'll see that Troy's current bike is closer to that large Demo. The recommended size for Troy at 5'7" would be in between small and medium Sender but even 5'10" team boss Fabien Barel rides an extra large. And this is against a backdrop of Canyon DH bikes being some of the longest on the circuit.
Sender M 440 1232 (+16) 63 348 430/446
Demo L 440 1228 63.5 342 430
Demo M 420 1208 63.5 342 430
Secondly Canyon seem to be developing a new link on the bike along with a coil shock, quite a different set-up to the production version of the bike. There's also not too much carbon fibre on the team bike, aluminum Mavic wheels and swingarm.
Whatever the details its great to have Canyon finally arrive on the World Cup circuit. It could well be a battle royale between the European brands this season.