Use of your Canyon bike in a turbo trainer

Although most cyclists would rather be outside riding the roads, for the ambitious rider, indoor training is a real and important topic. At Canyon, we ourselves are passionate and enthusiastic cyclists and understand the importance of training inside. We also know, that when it comes to the use of our carbon bikes in turbo trainers, there is mixed information floating around.

No Canyon bikes are intended for use, or officially approved to be used, with turbo trainers. However, in our experience, all models can handle stationary training. This may seem like a contradiction, but let us explain what this means. At Canyon, we take an unparalleled approach in regards to the testing and proofing of our bikes. We are the only bike manufacturer in the world that checks 100% of its carbon forks, handle bars and stems. However, at this time, we do not conduct long-term testing for the use of carbon bikes on turbo trainers. For this reason, we cannot in good confidence recommend their use. It all comes down to our ability to guarantee product safety, and to our responsibility as a manufacturer for you and your health.

Through years of experience and the feedback from our pro teams and virtual-training partners like Zwift, we have acquired a wealth of knowledge about how our bikes perform when used with turbo trainers. For example, we know that the junction between the rear dropouts and the chain- and seatstays are subject to a greater amount of force when used in a turbo trainer in comparison to riding on the roads. This especially applies to the lateral and twisting forces that occur during sprinting, interval training and especially while standing up on the pedals (this is true for both quick release and through axle systems). In normal road use, the compression of the tires and the flex of the spokes and wheels absorb some of the forces being applied to the rear triangle that a frame fitted securely to a turbo trainer is unable to disperse. Functionally, this is not a serious problem as the junctions between the dropouts and chain and seatstays also allow for a small amount of compensatory movement. Use with a turbo trainer will by no means definitely break your bike, but long term use of a turbo trainer could potentially create surface cracks in the varnish covering the carbon fibres. This is however, generally no more than an aesthetic problem. Our advice is to use an older bike made from aluminium or steel as a dedicated indoor training bike as the weight and quality of the groupset have little effect on turbo training. We also recommend using a steel quick release or through axle to reduce wear. If you plan to fix your fork to a turbo trainer all of the information above still applies.

If you are concerned about the integrity of your frame or fork, our in-house CT-Scanner is able to detect even the smallest cracks which cannot be seen externally. We offer the use of our CT-Scanner to all Canyon customers for a small fee. If you are interested, simply contact service@canyon.com. On the off chance that your Canyon bike sustains any serious non-warranty damage, our crash replacement program is an affordable option and also applies to any damage incurred through use with a turbo trainer.