Using your Canyon bike in a turbo trainer

Although most cyclists would rather be outside riding the roads, for ambitious riders, indoor training is an important topic. At Canyon, we are passionate and enthusiastic cyclists and we 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 conflicting 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 have an unparalleled approach to testing 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 recommend their use in good confidence. It all comes down to our ability to guarantee product safety, and to our responsibility, as a manufacturer, for you and your health.

From years of experience and through 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 torsional 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. Using 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. However, this is 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.

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.

Disclaimer of Liability
Canyon consistently strives to ensure the quality and accuracy of the information contained in this Technical Support Center. Any repairs or adjustments which you carry out on your bike are entirely at your own risk. If you are in any doubt what to do, you should send your bike to Canyon or take it to another qualified specialist. Canyon gives no guarantee or accepts no liability for any of the information contained in this Technical Support Center.