Canyon Introduces the 2021 Sender CFR Mountain Bike
Downhill racing is a sport of seconds. It’s that straightforward. Greater than another self-discipline of mountain biking, its focus is unambiguous, pure, simple to quantify and unimaginable to excellent. It’s a journey our sport has been on, actually for the reason that beginning of the game itself. That’s why downhill bikes are essentially the most superior, alien-looking creatures on two wheels. Their evolution has undergone an unnatural acceleration over the many years, and the sport of seconds is now a sport of fractions of seconds. And that’s why, once we see updates on a motorcycle that competes on the degree that the Canyon Sender CFR, these updates could appear refined at first, however are all of the extra ingenious due to it.
Take the 2021 CFR’s new shock mount. The rear (or “decrease”) mount remains to be is compressed utilizing an identical scissor-like linkage to the previous-generation Sender or, extra not too long ago, the brand new Specialised Demo and Enduro. But it surely’s been up to date to be a bit extra progressive. The entrance (“higher”) shock mount is now decrease on the body, nearer to the underside bracket. It required much less reinforcement to discover a residence there, permitting the entrance triangle to be a bit lighter and the middle of gravity to be a bit decrease.
Additionally lighter, however way over a bit, are the carbon chainstays and seatstays. Altogether, the body on the brand new Sender CFR is 600 grams lighter than the earlier era. And never on account of Canyon neglecting sturdiness. In truth, particular consideration was paid to the pivots, all that includes simple to entry bolts, threading into simple to exchange inserts.
One such insert occurs to be an adjustable rear dropout. You possibly can flip a chip that may deliver you from a good and twisty 435-millimeter rear middle to an extended and… another L-word 445 millimeters. However that’s solely on the small and medium Sender. These sizes now run mullet setups, whereas the massive and XL are 29-inch solely. Yep, the brand new Canyon Sender CFR is Canyon’s first 29-inch downhill bike. So, I assume not the entire new Sender’s updates are refined.
The 2 smaller sizes intention to supply riders left of the bell curve just a little extra room within the crotch, whereas leaving the large rear wheels for the high-of-crotch. Their chainstays go from 445 to 455 millimeters. And if a member of both peak vary desires to run a rear wheel measurement Canyon doesn’t provide them out of the field, there’s a shock mount that may maintain the underside bracket peak in line after the swap.
There’s an identical adjustability on the alternative finish of the bike, the place the Canyon Sender makes use of a headset that enables for eight millimeters for and aft adjustment that truly will increase or decreases attain by 8 millimeters. Whether or not by choice or necessity, it’s a approach to discover the proper match.
And that match has modified fairly dramatically. The attain grew by 30 millimeters on the XL, by 15 millimeters on the small and by someplace inbetween inbetween. However they didn’t mess with an entire lot else, size-wise. Identical backside bracket peak, similar head tube angle, and only a hair shorter within the head tube to try to offset the journey peak of the bigger entrance wheel.
There are solely two builds within the Sender CFR, one for SRAM loyalists and one for Shimano loyalists. The SRAM construct runs on a Boxxer and Tremendous Deluxe Ultimates, XO DH drivetrain, Code RSC brakes and DT 240 hubs and 560 rims and goes for $5,800. The Shimano construct runs on a Fox 40 Efficiency Elite fork, DHX2 coil shock, Saint drivetrain and brakes and DT 350 hubs and 2020 rims, and is available in at a fairly rattling spectacular $4,700. There’s no aluminum model, no heavier carbon model. These are for racing. That’s what the R stands for.
Bikes can be found in Europe as we speak, and can hit U.S. shores quickly and you’ll maintain tabs at canyon.com/usa
This text initially appeared on Bikemag.com and was republished with permission.
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