Canyon presents its new downhill bike, the Sender. Developed with the help of Fabien Barel, the bike is available starting now, online only on Canyon.com.
[Press release] When developing the Sender’s four-bar suspension system we set out to create the perfect mix of three interlocking characteristics: anti-squat, pedal kickback and anti-rise.
High anti-squat enables efficient acceleration but also results in more pedal kickback. We optimised this to strike a balance that actively increases the rider’s momentum without causing undue leg fatigue over fast repetitive hits. Effective anti-rise means the rear end remains active and in contact with the ground under heavy braking for exceptional
traction and control when they’re needed the most.
Inspired by motocross setups, our all-new MX Link enables us to tune the shock leverage ratio independent of anti-squat, pedal kickback or anti-rise. The combination of our MX Link and the latest generation of lightweight, highly adjustable air shocks means we can create the ideal racing suspension setup consisting of three distinct phases.
Triple phase suspension
Phase 1: Air shocks require more force for activation than coil shocks. The MX Link transmits high power at the start of the stroke to overcome this. The result is outstanding responsiveness, small bump sensitivity and traction around the sag point, just like riding a coil shock.
Phase 2: Lower power through the mid-stroke provides a stable platform to reduce momentum loss. This enables the rider to actively pump for more track speed and make pinpoint line choices.
Phase 3: We combine the progressiveness of air shocks with a more moderate progression at the end of the stroke to avoid blowing through the entire travel and to give the suspension its bottomless feel. Using volume spacers, the rider can further fine-tune the shock’s progression to their needs.
Carbon Front Triangle
Carbon is the leading material for bike construction not simply due to lightness, but through its strength and vibration-damping properties. Modifying the main triangle’s fibre layup and wall thicknesses enabled us to come up with a highly puncture- resistant structure with extra strength guaranteed where the biggest loads are applied. This is the most solid, most fatigue-resistant chassis we have ever produced.
Aluminium Rear Triangle
Crashes happen, and when they do, the rear triangle’s width makes it most likely to hit the ground first and take the biggest impact. Taking its exposure to stone hits and constant drivetrain forces into account, aluminium is the most practical material for the rear end of the bike. Employing high-end 6066 T6 aluminium makes any potential damage easier to assess for a safer setup with no performance loss .
A two-piece component with a hard core to protect the chainstay and a soft upper to reduce excessive chain noise.
Cable rattle and movement inside the frame are avoided thanks to the foam Cable Cushion that runs through the down tube.
The flexible guard protects the shock and linkage
from rocks and dirt.
Down tube protector
Integrated seat clamp
Shock adjustment made simple through integration.
No two tracks are the same. Geo Tune means the Sender’s geometry can be transformed to match the terrain with six possible head angle and chainstay configurations. Standard concentric headset cups give a head angle of 63°. For tracks that are either faster and steeper, or flatter and twistier, the standard cups can be swapped out for eccentric headset cups that enable a slacker 62° or steeper 64°.
Chainstay length can also be adjusted to suit both course and riding style. Where tight corners make all the difference, the shorter 430 mm setting provides a rapid responding rear end. If high speed is what it takes, the longer 446 mm setting increases stability. Making the change simply requires inserting the through axle into the chosen dropout and switching the position of the brake mount.
Pricing and specs
Canyon Sender CF 7.0: €3.599.
Canyon Sender CF 8.0: €4.299.
Canyon Sender CF 9.0: €4.799.