Canyon’s out and out enduro machine, the
has received more than just a fresh coat of paint for 2021. Based around a tough, race-proven, full carbon frame, it is designed to be fast, everywhere. From high-speed rock gardens through to awkward slow speed corners and energy sapping traverses- enduro racing demands versatility from both the rider and the bike. While 2020 has been an unpredictable year on all counts, with Jack Moir joining our Canyon CLLCTV Enduro Team- the Strive has remained one of the fastest enduro bikes on the planet.
Keeping the Strive on race-pace for 2021- is the innovative Shapeshifter technology. Produced in close collaboration with our partners at Fox Suspension, the Shapeshifter offers on-the-fly adjustment for both geometry and rear-suspension travel. At the push of a lever, you can switch between descend mode (with low, slack geometry and supple suspension performance) to climb mode (sharpening the handling and raising the BB) while simultaneously reducing the available travel at the rear and firming up the suspension.
All models in the range now feature 170mm travel forks, a tweak which was previously reserved for CFR bikes only. This raises the front end and slackens the head tube angle for increased capability on steep, technical descents. Also new for 2021 is the move to GRIP2 dampers on the Fox fork equipped CF 8 and CFR models, letting you eek out even more traction from your setup.
The capability has been boosted in other areas too. The CF 9 and CFR are now equipped with DT Swiss’s gravity focussed EXC 1501 and EXC 1200 carbon wheels respectively. These bikes also see the inclusion of One Up’s V2 dropper posts, while across the entire Strive range the droppers get more travel (depending on size). The Strive still rolls on Maxxis tyres, only now the rear Minion DHR II tyre moves to an even more durable EXO+ casing and the front tyre has been switched to one of the new kings of all-round performance, Maxxis’ Assegai.
Finally, there’s the colours. X-Ray green is no longer reserved for the likes of Tahnee and Kaos Seagrave- and features as an option on the CF 7 and CF 8 models, while the CFR sees a move to the super sharp black/ white colourway. The Strive range is made up of 4 models- starting with the CF 7, with a race-ready build and the same full carbon frame as the bikes above it. The top end CFR model is something special, however. A bespoke frame layup and ultra-premiuim material mix saves 300g over the standard Strive CF, and the build is dripping with top-drawer components. Fox Factory suspension, DT Swiss carbon wheels and an XTR groupset make this a dream enduro rig. All 4 models will be available from December 17th at canyon.com
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