Overview: 2021 Canyon Sender CFR – DH Bike Week
I typically really feel obliged, if you’ll, to take a motorbike down the World Cup observe right here in Champéry for its first experience. Whereas some may desire the light break in strategy, I’ve discovered one of the best for me, each in testing and the psychological challenges I set myself, is to be leaping proper in on the deep finish. I do know the observe properly and the bike emotions that I affiliate with constructive, so any obvious points or areas for enchancment grow to be instantly obvious once you don your arm bands, climb as much as the best diving board and gracefully carry out a operating bomb into the pool under.
With that in thoughts, I informed myself, loud and clear, that I had no enterprise doing the speeds I used to be first run on the Sender, solely to disregard my very own issues and preserve pushing all the way in which down, leaning more durable into turns and gapping in all of the locations you normally want a while to construct as much as do. It’s a significantly spectacular bike for its skill to go from squint-eyed automobile park setup to that tempo in such a brief area of time. And that is one thing that each one the testers reported with their rapid consolation, and subsequently confidence within the bike, being seen from the get go.
There’s a beautiful composure to the experience of the Sender. It manages to simply take care of each impression, each situation on the path simply as soon as and effectively strikes onto the subsequent. It by no means takes its baggage from the earlier situation into the subsequent. I suppose it’s a really German means of coping with issues, nevertheless it interprets into a motorbike that may then be thrown down the hill with horrendous velocity, its composure lifting your eye line and ideas to additional down the path and easily simply driving, nearly devoid of any acutely aware thought course of.
Similar to the we’ll see with the approaching Commencal Supreme DH evaluation, there’s no complicated what the Sender is for. Merely studying the advertising and marketing in regards to the bike is sufficient to perceive that it’s a race bike, and so it follows that very same single-track thoughts because the Supreme DH. Whereas the velocity will be turned down a notch and you’ll go hunt out little slashes and jibs on the way in which down, you’ve the sense of a German someplace, considerably displeased within the lack of punctual effectivity that you just’re not attending to the underside with.
It’s not absolutely the supplest of suspension feels of the 4 bikes we examined. There’s a contact extra feeling of every impression coming by way of to you, nevertheless it’s not sufficient to actually write residence about, as what it’s possible you’ll compromise in preliminary suppleness is greater than made up for with composure. With a motorbike designed to do the speeds that the Sender can, you’re most likely not having full traction at each single second. And up on the ragged edge I’d a lot slightly have that chassis stability and composure that the Sender has in bucket hundreds. Bikes are about balancing compromises.
There’s a personality change from the 2 mullet bikes on take a look at too, with there being a steadiness of really feel from the wheel sizes back and front. The flip facet is you do discover a profit in shifting your flip in up a number of inches and actually leaning the bike. It does require ever so barely extra rider enter to do that however you’re rewarded with an nearly on rails feeling as you carry velocity by way of all the flip.
I’ll be sincere, I didn’t actually deviate a lot from that preliminary 185psi setup all the time testing. The low-speed compression did finally find yourself near closed, however that was aligning with the elevated familiarity and velocity on the bike as time handed. I did attempt it with a coil shock too, an Öhlins TTX, and settled on a 502lbs spring giving a great steadiness of help, backside out and experience peak. The coil shock’s inherent suppleness additionally helped take a little bit of the harshness out of the impacts too and add a bit of flexibleness to the bike.
The Sender’s adjustability can also be very easy to work with and makes a really noticeable distinction within the experience. In its longest kind, with the adjustable headset and chainstays of their longest place, it ups the steadiness of the bike and the velocity it might do. It does require extra enter from the rider to manhandle it on this setting, in any other case it might get just a little carried away with itself.
Within the shortest setting it’s unsurprisingly the other really feel. Whereas we’ll be calling it the quick setting, it actually isn’t both in attain or chainstay. However the character change is noticeable and there’s just a little extra liveliness in its step because it responds extra to the identical quantity of enter. It’s very nice to have this in a motorbike, and on the Sender the changes aren’t complicated and take care of primarily one facet of the bike, like attain or chainstay size.
That’s aside from the key development adjuster within the center. Whereas I’ll remind that Canyon state to maintain the shock within the corresponding gap to the rear wheel dimension you’ve, and there’s no actual alternative to alter that wheel dimension, it does chop the journey all the way down to 193mm and shift the leverage curve down sufficient to make fairly a distinction in really feel, requiring significantly much less spring however introducing a contact extra harshness into the preliminary portion of journey once you land from the air right into a tough part of path. It does give a contact extra help within the center portion of the journey, though that is positively one thing that the common 29” setting has in abundance anyway. It’s nonetheless just a little complicated as to why Canyon left this selection on all of the bikes, after going to the lengths of constructing all the opposite body elements bespoke to the wheel and body sizes.
I spent most of my time on the Sender within the quick chainstay setting and center attain setting. For the steep and tight turns round Champéry and Morgins it yielded one of the best steadiness of stability versus maneuverability to speedily get down the tracks whereas remaining an energetic a part of the experience. However for extra flat out, rougher and fewer steep tracks it is good to have the choice to go longer and could be one thing that I’d fortunately spend the ten minutes altering to reap the benefits of.