New Bike Release: The New Canyon Strive
Canyon’s has launched an updated out-and-out enduro machine called – Strive. The bike has received more than just a fresh coat of paint for 2021. While 2020 has been an unpredictable year on all counts, with Jack Moir joining our Canyon CLLCTV Enduro Team, the Strive remains one of the fastest enduro bikes on the planet.
Keeping the Strive for race-pace for 2021 is its innovative Shapeshifter technology. This tech is produced in close collaboration with Canyon’s partners at Fox Suspension, the Shapeshifter offers on-the-fly adjustment for both geometry and rear-suspension travel. At the push of a lever, a rider can switch between descend mode (with low, slack geometry and supple suspension performance) to climb mode (sharpening the handling and raising the BB) while simultaneously reducing the available travel at the rear and firming up the suspension.
All models in the Strive range now feature 170mm travel forks, a tweak that was previously reserved for CFR bikes. This raises the front end and slackens the head tube angle for increased capability on steep, technical descents. Also new for 2021 is the move to GRIP2 dampers on the Fox fork equipped CF 8 and CFR models, letting you eke out even more traction from your setup.
The capability has been boosted in other areas too. The CFR, for example, is now equipped with DT Swiss’s gravity focussed EXC 1200 carbon wheels and a FOX 36 Factory fork. The CFR model also sees the inclusion of One Up’s V2 dropper post, while across the entire Strive range the droppers get more travel (depending on size). The Strive still rolls on Maxxis tires, only now the rear Minion DHR II tire moves to an even more durable EXO+ casing, and the front tire has been switched to one of the new kings of all-round performance, Maxxis’ Assegai.
Finally, there are the colors. X-Ray green is no longer reserved for the likes of Tahnee and Kaos Seagrave- and features as an option on the CF 7 and CF 8 models, while the CFR sees a move to the super sharp black/ white colorway.
Three Strive models are on offer to American riders, starting at $3,599 for the CF 7, with a race-ready build and a full carbon frame. The CF 8 rolls in strong at $4,599 with a full XT drivetrain, FOX 36/DPX2 suspension combo, and DT Swiss E1700 wheelset. The top-end CFR model at $6,999 is something special, however. A bespoke frame layup and ultra-premium material mix save 300g over the standard Strive CF, and the build is dripping with top-drawer components including the aforementioned DT Swiss carbon wheels and FOX 36 Factory fork, plus Code RSC brakes and an SRAM X01 Eagle groupset.
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