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4 out of 5 stars - Test Winner
The leader of the pack
"A superb set-up plus an acceptable weight of 15.5 kg at a competitive price".
9.5/10 - best points score
Built for hard climbs and even harder descents, the Torque EX will change your entire perception of what can be ridden. The aluminium frame with its broad downtube is built for extreme riding and can take the big hits, yet its impressive strength does not come at the cost of lightness. With our Anti-Squat Kinematics and an X12 Through Axle, this super enduro machine takes a straight line to the summit, while the tapered steerer provides the best headtube stiffness and handling precision.
Big 180 mm rear travel reserves are supplied by the outstanding Cane Creek Double Barrel Air shock so the Torque EX stays composed down the nastiest trails. What’s more, with our Sag Monitor, finding the ideal chassis setup couldn’t be any easier. Tearing up the bike park or heading out into the backcountry, the Torque EX is your ticket to ride.
Suspension set-up is a major and complex theme and the SAG monitor sheds light on this. The SAG monitor displays the negative travel (SAG) and the amount of used travel. This makes an efficient suspension set-up as easy as pie.
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.
Stiffness is any bike's trump card. That just doesn't apply to the frame, but also to the axles. By using an X12 thru-axle the stiffness is increased and the ride performance significantly improved.
The extra-wide rocker arm offers a great deal of stiffness and is double bolted in the middle which allows a great deal of freedom in terms of design. An extra-wide mount offers especially high levels of stability. Thanks to the wide down tube the Canyon specialists were able to design the shock mount even stiffer. We have completely redesigned the linking elements of the rear triangle. The result is a high level of durability and the optimum smooth running of bearings. An example of this is the rocker arm bearing: Special cones guarantee a perfect form fit and a very precise bearing seat. A further example is the main pivot bearing: The two-piece axle shaft is not only easy to assemble and maintain, but the cones also guarantee an optimal load transfer from the chain stay into the main frame. The tapering of the bottom bracket shell has now made an optimal routing of the front derailleur possible and this guarantees optimum performance on the trails.