Quick climber, downhill weapon: the Strive, with its game-changing Shapeshifter technology, is like riding two bikes in one. In 2019, a new Strive was launched with an overhauled Shapeshifter system, representing the latest evolution in enduro racing performance. And now, in 2020, this multiple award-winning carbon racer is pushing the bar even further with the launch of two new CFR models.
CFR stands for Canyon Factory Racing – these bikes are designed and crafted to win in the hands of the world’s best riders on the toughest EWS stages on the planet. Pros like Dimitri Tordo and Ines Thoma demand only the very best equipment: and the new Strive CFR 9.0 and Strive CFR 9.0 Ltd. deliver thanks to two important updates closely developed in unison with the Canyon Enduro riders. First, using cutting-edge carbon fibre construction techniques, Canyon’s engineers reduced the frame weight by a huge 300 grams – making a total build weight of 13.3 kg possible on the lightest bike in the range, the Strive CFR 9.0 (size M). With FOX Factory 170/150 mm suspension, Shimano XTR shifting and brakes, and DT Swiss EXC carbon wheels, it’s one of the lightest full-suspension enduro bikes on the market. The flagship model is the 14.2 kg Strive CFR 9.0 Ltd., with top-end 170/150 mm RockShox suspension, SRAM XX1 Eagle AXS groupset, Reverb AXS dropper post, SRAM Code RSC brakes, and ZIPP 3Zero Moto carbon wheels with the latest TyreWiz air pressure monitoring tech.
The Strive is designed and built around the Shapeshifter, which transforms the geometry and characteristics of the bike on the fly, between uphill and downhill modes. With the flick of a handlebar-mounted switch, the Shapeshifter gas spring activates, lowering the bottom bracket height by 4 millimetres, and reducing the seat angle and steering angle by 1.5° – advantages that make all the difference on fast, steep descents. And when it’s time to climb, just press the button again to optimise the bike’s pedalling efficiency, with the rear travel limited to 135 mm.