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Test winner – 116.25 points
Outstanding – Test victory
Maximum reliability and top all-round properties - these are the characteristic strengths of the 120 mm Nerve AL full suspension touring bike. The most successful model range in the Canyon mountain bike product portfolio is light enough for use in marathons and so versatile and comfortable that it is perfect for classic transalps and lengthy trail adventures. The new 27.5" frame version for the Nerve AL is a development of the successful 2013 model and fits into the Nerve family seamlessly. With its 27.5" wheel it provides very agile handling with low weight.
The high quality chassis stands out with its rigid aluminium frame and innovative Canyon technology down to the last detail. With excellent anti-squat kinematics, internal cables, Canyon chain stay protector and the new "Canyon Through Axle", the bike features all the very latest technology. The design of the hydro-formed top tube is attractive, technically superb and blends perfectly into the overall appearance of the bike. The drive-neutral rear triangle and precise handling ensure excellent control even on steep downhill sections and make the Nerve Al a perfectly balance picture book tourer.
Steering precision is one of the most important parameters for ride features. Thanks to the Tapered Steerer the package space for the fork shaft and the bottom headset. It also allows conical fork shafts to be fitted which give a more direct feel at the front during braking and steering.
The special layout of the kinematic joints and levers ensures that the various forces eliminate each other. This suppresses squat without the suspension losing any of its sensitive response. The rear triangle works sensitively without power loss and offers comfort and traction.
Thanks to the Post-Mount brake socket at the rear wheel, we no longer need an adapter and connecting bolts. This not only saves weight but also simplifies the adjustment of the brakes.
Looks good, saves weight and easy to replace: Canyon's internally routed cables. The particular feature: Even when the cables are not under tension they support each other and therefore do not rattle inside the down tube. How does this work? Due to the crossed routing inside the frame. Thanks to the large access opening at the bottom of the down tube replacing cables is just child's play.