All-new 2020 Canyon Strive CFR LTD | First Look & Ride With Fabien Barel

– Well, it’s all about
racing here today on GMBN. We’re in the South of France with the Canyon Factory Race Team. And we’ll be taking a
look at the Strive CFR. Now, if you recall in 2019
Canyon featured quite prominently in the Enduro World Series
with top five placings in both the men and the women. Dimitri Tordo and Florian
Nicolai for the men, and of course Ines Thoma in the women’s. But, it’s this what we’ve come to see. The all new Strive CFR, one
of the lightest in the range. And a bike that is designed for arguably one of the toughest sports
in the world, Enduro. (fast-paced exciting music) (bike tires on dirt) All the action and detail then here today from the Altmeyer team. Let’s start off then with some of the highlights of this bike. Beginning maybe with the wheels. 29 inch Zipp Carbon Moto Wheels. The drive frame, fully electronic, as too is the seat post. Now, when it comes to the amount
of suspension on this bike, we’ve got 155 mil on the rear, and 170 mil up front. It’s a full carbon frame
from front to rear, plus the big difference on this bike is the 300 grams saving on the frame alone. Canyon say this bike is optimized in both flex and stiffness. Plus of course one thing which is central to this Canyon bike, which is
not on any other Canyon bike. And that is the shapeshifter technology. Which means this bike
can metamorphose between 135 mil and 155 mil. (electronic music) Now Canyon have very kindly invited us to ride this lightweight race machine with the Canyon factory team. Now, I mentioned earlier
about metamorphosis and shapeshifting. I’m about to be joined by
someone who has actually transformed themselves over the years. Sometimes good, sometimes not so good. A man who has won the 2004/2005
world down championship. He was the opening winner
of the Enduro World Series in Perdala in 2013. Actually on the first of the Strive bikes. A man that who is widely regarded as one of the great analysts
of the sport, Fabien Barel. – You’re being too nice, thank you. How is things, you good?
– Well, I haven’t- Yeah. Hey listen, we’re talking
racing today, Fabien. It’s all about the fine margins, right? – Yeah it’s correct. Like I mean, from downhill
all the way to Enduro now we definitely can
creating and trying to go as fine details to get
our riders to perform and you can imagine that
bike performance always been and always will be the
key to … under a racing. – [Presenter] Let’s talk
about the frame in a minute. Now, can I just ask you a question. Obviously the Canyon race
team have access to bikes such as the Torque and 180 mil travel, or maybe the Spectral at 160 mil travel. Why is it this bike that
the team focuses on to race? – Well, this is the real Enduro bike. As you say, you have the
Spectral that is 140, that is the trail bike, fun bike to ride. Then you have the Torque that we will call the bike park bike where you can go and play with et cetera. But the Strive, is
efficiency into the trail and the way you’re going
to bring the right combo for uphills, pedaling
versus downhill efficiency. You got now, like especially
on that new version you got the 170 mil travel
with 155 on the rear which bring obviously an excellent balance and about 66 degree an
angle, 65 and a half now so you can be very aggressive. And the whole big news
about this new frame is that we did develop a new carbon layer that gave us a better, you know, optimization in terms of weight but also in terms of
stiffness as you said. (funky upbeat music) (bike tires on dirt) – So this is the big news, we’ve got a 300 gram
weight saving on this frame compared to the other Strive bikes. Now, we talked how the
mountain bike industry loves talking about optimization. It’s, some people say,
yeah stiffer the better but it’s not just about stiffness, is it? It’s about the right balance
between the right flex and the right stiffness because the ride after all, it impacts on the fatigue
of a rider, right? If the bike is too stiff, it
becomes very tiring to ride. – [Fabien] You’re totally right. Something that people
needs to keep in mind is that the overall mountain bike industry is also driven by price point. And sometimes what you
will develop into racing is not always going into
the final end consumer for the fact that it actually
makes the bike too expensive. And um, in our case, we
developed a certain carbon layer back in the days, to be
able to sell the bike which is already a super performing bike. And we did develop another one on racing that is now accessible
to the general public. And this frame is definitely different in terms of carbon layer. So it’s all both frames are in carbon but the lay up is different that is obviously optimizing the weight as you say for the 300 grams. But also provides the
right amount of thickness. So you do understand, that
if tomorrow I give a bike that is completely weak
in frontal stiffness, you will especially on the 29 inch wheel too much lack of control
when it’s the moment to put the bike in line. But if tomorrow I bring
too much lateral stiffness and you get into a corner
where you have rough impact actually instead of driving
speed into the corner you will actually slowing
down by all the lateral forces that will engage especially
on your rear wheel. So the right amount of stiffness
is, from my perspective a front triangle that we
provide the stability you need between the bottom
bracket, and the handlebar. But you will looking at
certain lateral flexibility between the BB and the real axle. So this will allow certain driving, and the right amount of stiffness when it’s moment of panic, And that’s what the optimization is. ( electronic music) (bike tires on dirt) – So like I said, the
Frenchman is known for transformative stuff. He
is now Fabien the racer! Fabian ah let’s quickly
talk about Shapeshifter, now this is an evolution of the system. Shapeshifter changes 3 things, it changes the travel
sagin geometry, right. – (Fabien) Yeah You’re totally correct. I mean the point of the Shapeshifter is to mechanically change the
kinmatic that obviously completely offset the balance of the bike. You will have now, with
this new update version, normal need of syncronization of what’s happening between the handle bar remote, and the system itself. You just have to take
care of pressing the click on and off button on the Shapeshifter, and the bike will
mechanically transform in one position or the other. – (Presenter) can you give
us an insight into how a Enduro racer will
use Shapeshifter during a day on the trails. – So the most obvious situation is when you arrive at the bottom of a downhill this moment to go up, just pressing the uphill mode. But there is also the
efficiency choice once you get used to the system and obviously with the remote of the
seatpost, getting used to the overall manipulation, then you will use it into the stage. Like every single climb,
or even flatter terrain, you will bring the bike into uphill mode and reduce the travel that you will want. – (Presenter) Yeah,
and hence gaining those precious tenth seconds! – Yeah, and um I mean clearly,
into racing as you know once those guys are
very dialed I would say if you’re going to use
ten times your gearing you might chose 5 or 6 times your seatpost you probably use 3 or 4
times with the Shapeshifter. (bike tires on dirt) (instrumental music) – (Fabien) This is the
perfect opportunity just to click the bike in uphill mode. Click it! (bike tires on dirt) – (Fabien) There we
go, saddle down and you can keep it uphill mode. Just the way it is. (Bike tires breaking) – (Presenter) There’s
a few nifty bit of tech that come as part of
the strive CFR package. First of all, is the Tyrewiz. Now Tyrewiz monitors air
pressure in real time, and relays this information back to your smartphone or your computer on your bike. Obviously tire pressure is
important for many reasons, such as rolling resistance,
traction, and of course rider control. So, you can actually make some really accurate decisions while
you’re out on the trail. (electronic music) Now another bit of tech
which comes part of the strive CFR package is the Shockwiz. Now the Shockwiz records
and evaluates the suspension before every time you ride your bike. And remember all that
information can then be available to you on the special Shockwiz app. Its recording such things as
the air pressure, as the spring raters, compression, and rebents. So it enables you to get
the optimum, spot on, set up! Which can sometimes
be quite difficult on a mountain bike. (bike tires on dirt) (electronic music) – Fabien, can we just
talk a bit about geography and sizing and how that
can impact the performance of an enduro race bike. Now I know that you’ve been part of
the longer front center scene many years ago but ultimately, an eduro bike, you need
a bike that maneuverable in a range of circumstances,
because this bike is 470cm reach which I’m 185 and I do believe you are 180, so would you say that’s the right size? – Yeah so the bike your
riding now is a large. Same as I do, and ah for sure I’ve been pushing a lot of people
to get a longer front center to be able to bring the gravity masses more towards the front
wheel, get a better control and better indoing and
better stability when you ride. Now taking into consideration that wheel size also change. You do have a ratio that has been changing and you do need to find
the right compromise and not go over long
especially enduro being on very small trails and tight
turns and tight trees, to find the right compromises. So I would say that
the large is definitely doing the work until 185
and 187, and when you start to be above this
size you shouldn’t need to. (electronic music) – Now ZIPP moto technology,
essentially this means that the rim rotates on the spokebed, which means it’s more compliant, more traction on rough corners, smoother through rockey terrain plus of course low tire pressures and less rider fatigue. Of course it doesn’t
just lie in the wheels or the tires, or indeed
the balance frame design. There’s other things as
well, such as the suspension design on this bike. It’s three phases, it goes
from sensitive to stable to progressive. Canyon safe, that means
loads of grip on the corners, great midstroke support, plus of course something to pop off to get over those roots and rocks. (electronic music) – (Presenter) CFR then
comes in two models. One is the Shoemano grip
CFR bike and then there is the strum limited collective version of the bike. Comes in at around 40
kilos, some of the detail full internal cable rooting, downtube protector, chainstate protector, room for a water bottle,
4 sizes from small to extra large. Remember you’ve for the sheram access electronic gearing. Plus of course those Moto carbon wheels. While an interesting insight there into the development of the Strive CFR. Now if you see a more nerdy version of the standard version of
the strive, have a look at the videos Donnie’s done. And some more details of the
first version of this bike with Don and his
comparison with preassesor, and leave that video down there. So I think I’m going
to just knock it into, or should I say, click it or clack it into downhill mode, and
get back to the cafe. (bike tires on dirt)

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