While the all-new freeride Torque gets carbon or aluminum options today, now the proper DH race bike gets a full alloy option to go with the carbon Sender CF. The new Sender AL uses the same 6066 aluminum of Canyon’s other gravity bikes to bring the cost of DH race entry down(hill). Plus a new affordable G5 gravity mountain biking cockpit component range is on the way…
Canyon Sender AL aluminum DH race mountain bike
Developed alongside multi time downhill World Champ Fabien Barel, and based on the carbon Sender that Troy Brosnan won the Vallnord World Cup this season, the new alloy bike ticks all the performance boxes at a much lower price level.
Each of the new Sender AL bikes share the same 3-stage linkage-driven four bar suspension design with 200mm of DH travel to match with 200mm forks. But the new alloy bikes come equipped with coil shocks to offer similar tunability at a fraction of the cost. Effectively it comes dow to the fact that the most expensive of the new complete alloy bikes sells for the same price of the carbon frameset.
Not short of the tech features, the Sender AL gets the Geo Tune adjustable drop outs at the rear. They deliver the same adjustability of its carbon brethren so you can set to a short 430mm or long 446mm chainstay length depending on the track. The bike also gets a Sender Fender. More than just fun to say, it keeps the linkage protected and your shock running smoothly.
The alloy bike also gets the new semi-internal cable channel on the downtube, offering the best of both internal & external cable routing, plus the added downtube protector benefit and quieter running.
Canyon adds a bunch of molded in frame protection that they call 2C Armor. One protects both ends of the chainstay from chain slap, another a heel protector on the non-driveside stay.
It also comes in the same four size S-XL range and the same geometry as the race winning carbon Sender CF.
Sender AL 7.0
Available in two aluminum versions, Canyon sees this as the perfect bike for the DH privateer. At 3000€ the complete Sender AL 7.0 is the same price as a carbon frameset, but instead you also get a RockShox Boxxer Team fork, a Super Deluxe Coil RC World Cup shock and a proper SRAM GX DH 7 speed group with Code R brakes, still weighing in at a reasonable 17.5kg.
Sender AL 6.0
For just 2500€ the Sender AL 6.0 share the same frame with a Boxxer RC and a Super Deluxe Coil R shock. With the same GX DH gropu and Guide RE brakes, it is still downhill race ready and even lighter than the 7.0 by 100g.
G5 gravity mountain bike cockpit components
On top of the alloy Sender AL downhill race bike, and the carbon or aluminum Torque freeride bikes, Canyon has a new affordable G5 set of alloy & carbon cockpit components to round out their builds. Gravity components rated to the same DH-ready category 5, Canyon’s G5 mountain bike cockpit can take whatever you can dish out. Ridden and race proven on some of the toughest DH tracks this season with Canyon’s gravity teams, now they are ready for your bike too.
The bombproof bars & stems come fitted to the 2018 Torque, Sender, and Stitch bikes. But you can also buy them separately as a solid value for your own gravity build or upgrade. Stems come in standard or direct mount versions, both from 6061 forged aluminum. The standard will com in 40 & 50mm lengths, while the direct mount is adjustable for 45/50mm and can be adjusted for up to 10mm of extra height.
Gravity ready handlebars come in 7075 AL or CF with options for 10 or 30mm or rise, and 780 & 800mm widths. All of the bars get 5° of up & 8° of back sweep. Rounding out the controls are a thin single lock-on grip with a basic knurled texture.
Pricing hasn’t been released on the G5 components, but we expect availability at the start of 2018.