CANYON SENDER - DH BIKE TEST
Updated: Jun 29, 2019
The Canyon sender has made some serious wake in its path since its release. Having a big name, high-flying factory team consisting of Troy Brosnan and Mark Wallace on board and Fabien Barel at the helm, the brand really did hit the ground running with this platform. From the up to date sizing, to the MX link suspension design, this bike got people talking.
One of the major bike brands of current times with some big player bikes in the lineup, Canyon have most definitely gone from strength to strength. Being a direct sale company, similar to many others, now means the price is where it should be. Canyon have had the same overall bike design for the past few years now, but is there really a need to change things? Canyon had stuck with the 27.5” or 650b format this year, even with some of the big players opting for the 29” wheel. The company seems happy with the Sender as it is for the time being. It is most definitely is not slowing Troy Brosnan down.
The bike tested may not be a fully standard build, with some simple modifications, the main of which comes in the way of an Ohlins coil TTX rear damper. Other items such as the stoppers have changed to an MT7 from Magura and Hope Chainset. In full the spec is as follows.
FRAME: CANYON SENDER CF REAR SHOCK: OHLINS TTX COIL
FORK: FOX FACTORY 40 HEADSET: ACROS DH REAR MECH: SRAM X01 DH,
CHAIN GUIDE: MRP AMG CHAIN GUIDE.| BASHGUARD SHIFTERS: SRAM X01 DH, 7S BRAKES: MAGURA MT7
WHEELSET: MAVIC DEEMAX
TYRES: SCHWALBE MAGIC MARY CRANKS: HOPE
HANDLEBAR: REVERSE NICO VINK
GRIPS: CANYON G5 SADDLE: SDG I-FLY CUSTOM SEAT POST: SDG MICRO I-BEAM SP
Opinion - IEUAN WILLIAMS
The Canyon Sender. Where do I begin? With a large list of bikes on the market there needs to be something to draw you into a certain model. The clean lines and fast look to the Sender is a great place to start.
The size really is something that comes to mind here with the super impressive 480mm reach on the XL bike, there is more than enough room for the tallest of riders. The build on the bike that we have here may differ to the standard build. With the addition of the Ohlins Coil TTX damper, the gains are impressive. With the Canyon Factory Team running with a coil, it seemed like a change that could make a difference. The damper from Ohlins that was fitted seemed a welcome addition. Adding the coil damper created an increase in weight at 36.03 lb (16.43 kg) but this is more of a positive than a negative when it came to the ride. Having more rearward grip from the coil damper, yet keeping that playful and progressive feel to the ride, made Tom and I enjoy the bike.
After getting in some early laps on the other bikes that we were back to back testing, like the Orange 329 and the Commencial Supreme 29, there was a noticeable difference jumping back onto a 27.5 bike.
With the smaller wheel came some small negatives. When charging into the rough braking bumps, the larger wheel would just roll over whereas the smaller wheel was hooking up on the edges. There are definitely some positives to come out of the Sender having a long wheelbase of 1301mm and a smaller wheel. When getting into some corners it really does turn on a sixpence. This is definitely aided by the 340mm bottom bracket and the coil damper keeping the grip.
When it comes to reliability the Sender was flawless. This bike is almost two years old now. It still looks and rides like a new bike. The Magura MT7 stoppers were great. Power, modulation and a great lever feel. It helped not having to grab a handful of brake to slow down. Small amounts of pressure gave enough power to keep things in hand.
With the front triangle being made from carbon to keep a stiff and sturdy main chassis, but rear stays being made from alloy means there is flex where you need it. This gives performance over rough terrain. When combined with the floating rear MX Link, there is little in the way of fatigue from the rear end. This really helped on the long alpine descents.
For all of you that know Morzine as a location, this was one of the best bikes on the trip through the “10%” on the Pleney.
This all equates into a very fast and easy to ride machine.
Opinion - TOM COOPER
Having ridden the Canyon before, it is a bike that I know pretty well. With more than enough room with the XL size and supple, smooth suspension coming from the MX Link rear end, the Sender is easy to handle. The addition of the Ohlins rear shock, since I last rode the bike, gave an obvious difference in performance. The level of grip on offer from the rear is great, but when compared to the big wheeled Commencial, you can really feel the difference between the wheel size for grip and the rolling capability.
The Canyon isn't one of the lightest bike that I have ridden but this was almost to its advantage in places. It is not like we had to pedal the bike up hill at any point. When the track was fast yet bumpy, the bike seemed to track over the roots and rough ground with little movement, even when the chop was big enough to almost loose the wheels in.
All in all the Canyon Sender is a great bike. With a price to make you smile, and more build options than you can get your head around. It was a pleasure to ride this bike.
Words - Ieuan Williams, Tom Cooper
Photos - Ieuan Williams, Tom Cooper
PRICE: £4.099 (standard build)