Image

Ines Thoma slashes her Strive to a third-place finish at EWS Round 3 in Montagnes de Caroux, France in May.

06/12/2018, Strive: Enduro Racing's fastest bike

Canyon Factory Racing Carries Strive to Top of Enduro world series

Results don't lie; Strive is enduro's fastest bike thus far in EWS season.

It’s easy to say the Canyon Strive is the fastest enduro bike in the world. With world-beating technological features like the signature Shapeshifter (which allows the Strive to switch from a sharp XC mode into a slacker downhill mode), there’s truth to the statement that it's the best tool for enduro's brutal multi-stage format.

But results speak volumes as well. Through the first three races of the Enduro World Series season the Canyon Factory Racing Enduro Team rules the roost, sitting atop the team standings. The team, consisting of French aces Florian Nicolai, Dimitri Tordo and enduro legend Fabian Barel, British Dudes of Hazzard ace Joe Barnes, have been flying the Canyon flag on the men’s side, while Germany’s Ines Thoma has been a consistent force in the women’s category, tearing through the season on her Strive.

With a top 10 finish at the season opener in La Barnechea, Chile to set the tempo, Tordo has been leading the charge on the men’s side standing in fourth in points among the men. Teammate Nicolai follows in seventh (highlighted by a fourth-place result at the most recent stop at Montagnes du Caroux, France), with Barnes in 26th and looking to roll toward the front of the rankings later this season.

Among the women, Thoma’s three top-10 finishes (ninth, fourth and third) currently sits in fourth position.

The high overall team positioning results in Canyon holding down the top position.
Round 4 of the eighth-race series kicks off June 29-30 in Canazei, Italy. The series finally arrives in North America in August, with stops in Whistler, B.C. Canada and at Northstar Tahoe, Calif.  You can track the team and the racing at the Enduro World Series site.