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Eurobike 2010: Canyon adds new enduro bike, track model for 2011

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(Image credit: James Huang)
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142x12mm dropouts mark the rear end of the new Strive.

142x12mm dropouts mark the rear end of the new Strive. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Canyon's new 160mm-travel Strive is lighter than the Torque ES it replaces.

Canyon's new 160mm-travel Strive is lighter than the Torque ES it replaces. (Image credit: James Huang)
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A tapered head tube is included on the new Strive.

A tapered head tube is included on the new Strive. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Each hydroformed top tube on the new Strive goes through fourteen separate steps from start to finish.

Each hydroformed top tube on the new Strive goes through fourteen separate steps from start to finish. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Lower shock mounts are fitted with needle bearings for a smoother stroke than the tradtional DU bushings.

Lower shock mounts are fitted with needle bearings for a smoother stroke than the tradtional DU bushings. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Cartridge bearings are housed inside the main pivot.

Cartridge bearings are housed inside the main pivot. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Expect to see more 142x12mm rear thru-axle setups in the coming season.

Expect to see more 142x12mm rear thru-axle setups in the coming season. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Canyon's new Strive uses a linkage-driven single-pivot rear end.

Canyon's new Strive uses a linkage-driven single-pivot rear end. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Derailleur cables are internally routed to protect them from dirt, debris, and impact, while additonal bolt-on guides provide for height-adjustable seatposts and Truvativ's HammerSchmidt.

Derailleur cables are internally routed to protect them from dirt, debris, and impact, while additonal bolt-on guides provide for height-adjustable seatposts and Truvativ's HammerSchmidt. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Integral sag indicators (missing on this show display) will help users with initial setup.

Integral sag indicators (missing on this show display) will help users with initial setup. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Seat stays on the top-end Strive models are carbon fiber.

Seat stays on the top-end Strive models are carbon fiber. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Canyon is including height-adjustable seatposts on four out of five Strive models.

Canyon is including height-adjustable seatposts on four out of five Strive models. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Canyon's superb Ultimate CF SLX is unchanged for 2011.

Canyon's superb Ultimate CF SLX is unchanged for 2011. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Steel dropout faces on the new V-Drome track bikes protect against frequent wheel removals and installations.

Steel dropout faces on the new V-Drome track bikes protect against frequent wheel removals and installations. (Image credit: James Huang)
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The deep-section carbon fork doesn't even have a mounting hole for a front brake - track use only, please!

The deep-section carbon fork doesn't even have a mounting hole for a front brake - track use only, please! (Image credit: James Huang)
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Canyon addresses one omission in its range with the addition of the new V-Drome track bike.

Canyon addresses one omission in its range with the addition of the new V-Drome track bike. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Canyon uses a straight steerer on the V-Drome.

Canyon uses a straight steerer on the V-Drome. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Canyon's carbon-and-basalt VCLS seatpost is astonishingly flexy, making for real world gains in rider comfort.

Canyon's carbon-and-basalt VCLS seatpost is astonishingly flexy, making for real world gains in rider comfort. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Canyon's Aeroad CF is its newest road model, aimed at reducing aerodynamic drag instead of focusing on outright stiffness.

Canyon's Aeroad CF is its newest road model, aimed at reducing aerodynamic drag instead of focusing on outright stiffness. (Image credit: James Huang)
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The 120mm-travel Nerve XC gets a hydroformed top tube for 2011.

The 120mm-travel Nerve XC gets a hydroformed top tube for 2011. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Canyon is still looking into bringing its bikes into the US but Horst Link-equipped mountain bikes like the Nerve may not make the cut unless the company decides to pay a licensing fee.

Canyon is still looking into bringing its bikes into the US but Horst Link-equipped mountain bikes like the Nerve may not make the cut unless the company decides to pay a licensing fee. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Canyon's project bike was fitted with Syntace flat carbon bars.

Canyon's project bike was fitted with Syntace flat carbon bars. (Image credit: James Huang)
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The unused front derailleur mounts are used instead for the chain guide.

The unused front derailleur mounts are used instead for the chain guide. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Carbon fiber THM-Carbones Clavicula cranks help keep the weight down to 8.4kg.

Carbon fiber THM-Carbones Clavicula cranks help keep the weight down to 8.4kg. (Image credit: James Huang)
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The 142x12mm thru-axle dropouts prevent rear triangle twist but also provide more real estate for the hub.

The 142x12mm thru-axle dropouts prevent rear triangle twist but also provide more real estate for the hub. (Image credit: James Huang)
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A lightweight DT Swiss fork is a natural choice for Canyon's innovative hardtail project.

A lightweight DT Swiss fork is a natural choice for Canyon's innovative hardtail project. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Canyon could have saved even more weight by going with a 160mm front rotor but instead opted for the more usable power of a 180mm one.

Canyon could have saved even more weight by going with a 160mm front rotor but instead opted for the more usable power of a 180mm one. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Canyon's 'Projekt 1.442 sports an intriguing 3x10 drivetrain with a three-speed internally geared rear hub.

Canyon's 'Projekt 1.442 sports an intriguing 3x10 drivetrain with a three-speed internally geared rear hub. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Cables are internally routed on Canyon's Projekt carbon hardtail frame.

Cables are internally routed on Canyon's Projekt carbon hardtail frame. (Image credit: James Huang)
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A set of planetary gears in Canyon's upcoming rear hub mimics the traditional spread of a three-ring crankset.

A set of planetary gears in Canyon's upcoming rear hub mimics the traditional spread of a three-ring crankset. (Image credit: James Huang)
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The 142x12mm axle spacing leaves room for Canyon to tuck the shift actuation bits inside the dropout.

The 142x12mm axle spacing leaves room for Canyon to tuck the shift actuation bits inside the dropout. (Image credit: James Huang)
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(Image credit: James Huang)
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Post mount rear brake tabs are included on Canyon's Projekt frame.

Post mount rear brake tabs are included on Canyon's Projekt frame. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Canyon says its rear hub is still a work in progress but it hopes to be able to bring it to market soon.

Canyon says its rear hub is still a work in progress but it hopes to be able to bring it to market soon. (Image credit: James Huang)
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The seat tube still has an indentation for the front derailleur cage, even though one isn't used here.

The seat tube still has an indentation for the front derailleur cage, even though one isn't used here. (Image credit: James Huang)
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The aero-profile seat tube is topped with the same carbon post as used on the Speedmax.

The aero-profile seat tube is topped with the same carbon post as used on the Speedmax. (Image credit: James Huang)

German direct-to-consumer outfit Canyon will replace its current 160mm-travel Torque ES all-mountain machine with a lighter and more all day-friendly platform called Strive.

Strive will continue on with the same 160mm of rear wheel travel but will switch from the previous Horst Link four-bar suspension design to a linkage-actuated single-pivot setup similar to what we've seen from Focus and Diamondback. Conical half-shafts on the main pivot, an especially chunky chain stay bridge, and 142x12mm thru-axle dropouts should help prevent rear-end twist (a drawback of the other designs mentioned) while a needle bearing-equipped lower shock mount should make for much smoother action than the usual DU bushing setups.

Meanwhile, weight is kept in check with the hydroformed and butted alloy main tubing and chain stays with the new frame configuration also leaving enough room in the main triangle for a traditional water bottle. Upper-end models also get carbon seat stays, tapered head tubes are included throughout, and all but the least expensive Strive have height-adjustable seatposts as standard equipment, too.

The rest of Canyon's off-road range receives mostly minor tweaks but the Projekt 1.442 showpiece provides a glimpse of what's to come – and we like what we see. Rather than use a conventional 3x10 drivetrain, the Project 1.442 mates a 10-speed cassette and rear derailleur with a three-speed internally geared rear hub that offers an even slightly greater spread than a traditional three-ring crank, all supposedly at about the same weight as a Shimano Deore XT drivetrain.

In addition to the claimed improved durability relative to a three-ring, Canyon says its Mach 3 hub requires almost no maintenance, allows for narrower pedal stance widths, and also makes for much better chain retention as a mini-chain guide can then be used full-time up front. Moreover, the system is based on a 32T chainring so as to maintain maximum compatibility with various suspension designs and the requisite 142x12mm rear dropouts also leave enough room to tuck the shift actuation mechanism inside stays for better protection from rock impacts, too.

Canyon hung the drivetrain concept on what looked to be a modified version of its current Grand Canyon CF carbon hardtail frame (though perhaps more likely a development mule for the next-generation hardtail), complete with big chain stays and little seat stays reminiscent of its Ultimate CF SLX road racer, direct-mount front derailleur tabs (used to mount the chain guide in this case), and internally routed cables.

The rear of the kit was suitably lightweight including a DT Swiss fork, Syntace bar and stem, Formula R1 brakes (with a 180mm front rotor!), Schwalbe tires, a Tune front hub, and DT Swiss carbon rims, all topped with Canyon's remarkably cushy VCLS seatpost.

Aside from the introduction of the Aeroad CF aero road bike we showed you back in May, the road range is essentially unchanged but for the addition of a new V-Drome track model. As is usually the case with this genre, stiffness and aerodynamics were the main goals with the use of deep-section aluminum tubing, stout stays , steel-faced rear-entry horizontal dropouts, and the same carbon post used on Canyon's Speedmax time trial bike.

As for the rumors of pending UK and US availability, that's something Canyon says it's still working on but hopes to nail down sometime in 2011. Keep your fingers crossed.