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Previously Editor here at, Rachael is happiest on two wheels. Partial to a race or two Rachael also likes getting out into the hills with a big bunch of mates. In the past Rachael has written for publications such as, Enduro Mountain Bike Magazine, Mountain Biking UK, Bike Radar, New Zealand Mountain Biker and was also the online editor for Spoke magazine in New Zealand too. For as long as she's been riding, she has been equally happy getting stuck into a kit review as she is creating stories or doing the site admin. When she's not busy with all the above she's roasting coffee or coaching mountain biking in the Forest of Dean. 


4 years 7 months ago

I tried this out at the cycle show as it really is good value if you want a high spec trail bike. Canyon have got things right up to a point, the 30T chainring is exactly what I'd want for the steepest bits of climbing or when I am downright tired. On Canyon website I followed the sizing instructions and according to their data I needed size XS. I tested the XS at the show and found it was miles too small, size small seemed to fit much better. Difficult to know how this performs either uphill or downhill as the test track was flat with a few bends and rocky bits thrown in for good measure. This is not great for a very expensive bike which most of Canyon's customers would not have the opportunity to try out as you can only really purchase it online. You could return it I suppose but you'd be out of pocket for the delivery charges which aren't cheap.

Note the men's version comes with a wider set of tyres which does mean the bike handles differently with different rubber, tyre contact area and lower pressures. 

Torn between buying this and changing the tyres, or going for something of equal spec but pricier where I can take it out on a proper test ride over rough terrain.

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