The new Torque de Canyon is an all-rounder


Canyon completely updated its Torque all-mountain / freeride / park bike, giving it both carbon and alloy frames, as well as 29in, 27.5in and mule wheel options, across six models.

The new torque family has been designed to be as versatile as possible, with Canyon offering both frame material and three wheel size options to ensure there is torque to suit the needs of virtually any rider out there. looking for a machine with longer travel.

While the 2021 Canyon Spectral is firmly aimed at trail runners and the Strive remains in the lineup of enduro-focused racers, it is hoped that the 170 or 175mm (29in / 27.5in) touring bikes and mule) will suit everything from groomed laps to laps. knotty natural lines. Even if you install a double crown suspension fork (as approved by Canyon), huge cans of the desert – assuming you have as much nerve as Tommy G at this year’s Red Bull Rampage.

Hit a double crown fork on the Torque and you can emulate Tommy G at Rampage – maybe!
Ale Di Lullo / Canyon

That’s because Canyon gives the Torque frame a “Category 5” rating for strength and durability, the same as its Sender DH bike.

Canyon Torque Frames

As we saw when we reviewed the Spectral CF 8 CLLCTV, Canyon emphasizes its alloy and carbon frames, the two materials forcing their own engineers to design their respective frames entirely.

The construction of the carbon frames allows, according to Canyon, to fine-tune the feel of the bike a bit more, with resistance versus weight versus stiffness varying between different parts of the frames.

Canyon Torque mule in bend Boris Beyer

Mullet bikes are designed to be stable yet super agile.
Boris Beyer / Canyon

The carbon frames are around 200g lighter than the previous version of the bike, or around 2.6kg, but Canyon was still able to strengthen various areas of the frame. These include the bridge stays, chainstays and around the bearings and axles. At the same time, the alloy rear of the previous version was replaced with carbon, and the front triangle also lost weight.

When it comes to alloy frames, the emphasis is on strength to weight rather than stiffness, as aluminum apparently has more fixed properties and wider manufacturing tolerances. The frames weigh a little over 3 kg.

There was also a saving of 200g on the alloy frame. Canyon says it has optimized tube cross sections, used straighter tube profiles, and worked on tube joints and forgings. Despite the improved strength-to-weight ratios, it also succeeded in reducing wall thicknesses, thereby saving weight.

As we’ve seen with many recent Canyons, there are a lot of neat touches when it comes to the frame design.

Canyon Torque Linkage Bolts

The linkage bolts are all accessible through the non-driveline side of the frame.
Boris Beyer / Canyon

For example, the linkage bearings are all accessible from the non-drive side for easier maintenance and only use 5mm and 6mm Allen wrenches to disassemble them. The pivot threads are mounted on replaceable inserts on carbon bikes, so if you damage them they can be replaced.

Alloy bikes get stronger steel thread inserts. Parts are also split between Torque and Specter in places, which should make it easier to get spares.

Although the ISCG05 brackets are not included on the carbon frame, Canyon will provide a plate to attach to the frame, should you wish to use a bash guard (a chain guide is built into the frame). The alloy bike comes with the brackets forged into the BB shell.

The Torque will take a side-loading bottle cage, with space for a 600ml bottle. There are also rivets under the top tube for attaching straps and tool caddies. The frames also feature numerous protective rubber bands.

Canyon Torque pendant light

Canyon Torque Hitch Heather Young

The 4-bar linkage offers Canyon’s three-stage suspension characteristics.
Heather Young / Canyon

Canyon has long used 4-bar suspension linkages on its bikes, with its sporty version that the brand has dubbed “Triple Phase”.

This has all the hallmarks of a sorted suspension system – soft at the start of the race to ensure plenty of traction and comfort, and a supportive mid-ride for good pedaling characteristics and an ability to pump better through turns and Rolls; Coils. Fin the end, progression at the end of the strike to resist the big dips on the big hits.

Canyon uses this philosophy on all of its bikes, but modifies it for its intended use.

On torque, the manufacturer says it learned from Strive and increased anti-squat (the force that helps withstand suspension associated with pedaling) by 30% at the sag point.

Beyond the sag point, the anti-squat drops quickly, so that when you touch the suspension, the pedal rebound (the amount the chain pulls back onto the chainring as the suspension compresses. ) is reduced.

canyon couple style

What is the quality of your whips?
David Nogales / Canyon

Dimensions and geometry of the Canyon Torque wheels

Geo Chip Canyon Torque Heather Young

Carbon bikes have an inverted geometry chip.
Heather Young / Canyon

Following all the usual trends, the new Torque is longer, lower and looser than the previous generation, also with a more pronounced seat angle. This contributes to the stability of the bike at high speeds, while a short offset fork and compact chainstays are there, Canyon claims, to help keep the bike playful and improve traction on tight corners.

The carbon couples receive a toggle chip allowing the geometry to be adjusted, modifying the angles by 0.5 degrees. Alloy bikes have a fixed geometry, which is the same as the “Hi” carbon setting.

Canyon says the 29-inch torque delivers better rollover, improved traction and more confidence thanks to a larger tire contact patch, a longer overall bike, and increased centrifugal stability.

The 27.5-inch bike is a bit more agile, however, while being more precise and fun.

Those who want a stable rollover and grip up front, along with a maneuverable rear end, are headed by Canyon for the mule option.

The 29-inch and 27.5-inch bikes will be available in sizes S, M, L, and XL, while the Mullet bikes will only be M, L, and XL.

Canyon Torque Models

Canyon will offer six models of the Torque. With the exception of the entry-level bikes, all receive wheels from DT Swiss, which Canyon says were designed with Torque’s intentions in mind and comply with its “Category 5” testing protocol. .

They’re also all fitted with Canyon’s G5 components – again built for strength – World Cup DH and Rampage included. This includes the brand’s new dropper post, which has 25mm stroke adjustment, in 5mm increments, changeable at home.

Canyon Torque G5 Heather Young

Canyon’s G5 components are designed for the DH World Cup.
Heather Young / Canyon

All bikes come with the same tire combo – Assegai from Maxxis (2.5in, 3C MaxxGrip, EXO +) at the front and a DHR II (2.4in, 3C MaxxTerra, DoubleDown) at the rear, with the exception of the Fabio Wibmer model, which gets Continental Baron and Kaiser 2.4 inch Rubber.

The Torque 5 (alloy), 6 (alloy), CF 7 and CF 9 will be available in 29-inch and 27.5-inch options, with specifications split between wheel sizes.

The CF 8 and CF Fabio Wibmer versions have the mixed-wheel mule options, and these come with a spring-loaded damper, as opposed to air on the other models. Canyon will ship these coil shock bikes with three springs, based on the average rider weight for the frame size.

Canyon Torque 5 specs and price

Canyon Torque CF5

This wild paint job on the entry-level bike is amazing – a more subtle version will be available too!
Canyon

  • Fork: RockShox ZEB Select
  • Shock: RockShox Super Deluxe Select +
  • Group : Shimano Deore
  • Brakes: Shimano Deore
  • Wheels: RaceFace AR30
  • Price: £ 2,649 / € 2,799

Canyon Torque 6 Specifications and price

Canyon Toruqe CF6

A performance-level suspension and SLX drivetrain are based on the CF6.
Canyon

  • Fork: Fox 38 Performance
  • Shock: Fox Float X2 Performance
  • Group : Shimano SLX
  • Brakes: Shimano SLX
  • Wheels: DT Switzerland FR2070
  • Price: £ 3,149 / € 3,299

Canyon Torque CF 7 Specifications and price

Canyon Torque CF7

The components of SRAM are very present on the CF7.
Canyon

  • Fork: RockShox ZEB Select +
  • Shock: RockShox Super Deluxe Select +
  • Group : SRAM GX
  • Brakes: SRAM R code
  • Wheels: DT Switzerland FR2070
  • Price: £ 3,599 / € 3,799

Canyon Torque CF 8 Specifications and price

Canyon Torque CF8

Shimano XT and Fox’s Performance Elite coil suspension define the CF8 mule.
Canyon

  • Fork: Fox 38 Elite Performance
  • Shock: Fox Float X2 Performance Elite
  • Group : Shimano XT
  • Brakes: Shimano XT
  • Wheels: DT Switzerland FR560 / 350
  • Price: £ 4,399 / € 4,649

Canyon Torque CF Fabio Wibmer Specifications and price

Canyon Torque Wibmer

The Fabio Wibmer version is delivered with the kit of its sponsors and mule wheels.
Canyon

  • Fork: hlins RXF38
  • Shock: hlins TTX22M
  • Group : SRAM X01
  • Brakes: Magura MT7
  • Wheels: DT Switzerland FR560 / 350
  • Price: £ 5,349 / € 5,699

Canyon Torque CF 9 Specifications and price

Canyon Torque CF9

The high-end couple.
Canyon

  • Fork: Fox 38 Factory
  • Shock: Fox Float X2 Factory
  • Group : Shimano XTR
  • Brakes: Shimano XTR
  • Wheels: DT Swiss FR560 / 240EXP
  • Price: £ 5,649 / € 5,999


Wiley C. Thompson