Canyon hasn’t spared any cost in the search for the fastest enduro bike, sending us their official Canyon Strive CF 9.0 team bike of the current season. Not only is the paint job exclusive, but there are also many unique details not to miss. Is this bike is as fast as it looks?

For an overview of the test fleet head to the main article: Let’s go Racing! – The 10 fastest enduro bikes in test

Canyon Strive CF 9.0
Canyon Strive CF 9.0 Team | 170/163 mm (front/rear) | 14.30 kg | € 5,499

Wow! We have never seen so much attention to detail! Grip tape on all the levers, Velcro on the chain guide, custom made torque caps for the Mavic front wheel, the cables neatly bundled, and a special Shapeshifter lever – we were impressed with the Canyon Strive even before we got to ride it. For our test, Canyon not only refined the details, but also refined elementary components, such as the brakes, now a mix of Guide Ultimate levers and Code calipers. As it was a team bike and Canyon clearly didn’t want to run Mavic tires, the MAXXIS logo had to be covered up with permanent marker. The suspension came fully tuned for racing: three tokens in the 170 mm Lyrik as well as a full seven volume spacers in the rear shock to provide plenty of progression. The SRAM X01 Eagle drivetrain delivers a lot of range, but considering the 36-tooth chainring up front you’ll be thankful for that 50-tooth cassette on the uphills. At least you’ll have less chain slapping on the downhills.

Canyon Strive CF 9.0

Although we never resorted to using the Shapeshifter on our racetrack, it proved to be very practical on test rides beforehand. The Shapeshifter not only reduces the rear travel, but also steepens the head angle by 1.5° and raises the bottom bracket, making the bike super-efficient and saving important energy reserves on long uphills. Tuned for racing, the progression on the suspension feels rather firm but provides an enormous amount of control and traction, especially on fast hard hits. Feedback from the rider is directly transferred onto the trail, which means you can build up a lot of speed by pumping.

Canyon Strive CF 9.0 Canyon Strive CF 9.0
Canyon Strive CF 9.0
Helmet Troy Lee D3 | Goggle Oakley O-Frame | Shirt ION TRAZE_AMP | Shorts ION TRAZE_AMP | Shoes ION RASCAL

Coupled with the somewhat narrow Mavic rims and the stiff frame, the Strive holds the lines you choose with surgical precision. On steep, rough sections, you simply shift your weight to the back and let the suspension do the rest – the Strive stays on course. If the steep section is followed by a turn, however, you will need to use a lot of body English to get enough weight on the front wheel. You have to push hard to find the bike’s limits, but once there the line between being in and out of control is very fine, keeping you on your toes. This can become exhausting, particularly on longer stages.

The Canyon Strive CF 9.0 Team in Detail

Fork RockShox Lyrik RCT3 170 mm
Rear shock RockShox Monarch Plus RC3 163 mm
Brakes* SRAM Guide / Code
Drivetrain SRAM X01 Eagle
Seat post RockShox Reverb Stealth
Stem Renthal Fatbar Carbon
Handlebar Renthal APEX
Tires* Maxxis Minion DHR II / Maxxis Agressor
Wheels Mavic Deemax Pro
Price € 5,499

Canyon Strive CF 9.0
Shrink tubing holds the four cables neatly together at the cockpit for a very clean look.
Canyon Strive CF 9.0
Love it!
All levers were covered with grip tape. This is particularly advantageous in wet, muddy conditions and prevents the fingers from slipping off.
Canyon Strive CF 9.0
Very quiet
Canyon lined the inside of the chain guide with Velcro. Together with the large chainring, this reduces the noise caused by chain rub to a minimum. To all who want to try this at home: check your chain, as it may need more frequent oiling.
Canyon Strive CF 9.0
For the brakes, Canyon uses SRAM Guide Ultimate levers paired with the old Code calipers. This combo provides great modulation and sufficient power. We like!

The geometry of the Canyon Strive CF 9.0 Team

Size XS S M L XL
Seat tube 388 mm 430 mm 430 mm 460 mm 500 mm
Top tube 576 mm 600 mm 629 mm 648 mm 658 mm
Head angle 66° [+1.5°] 66° [+1.5°] 66° [+1.5°] 66° [+1.5°] 66° [+1.5°]
Seat angle 73.5° [+1.5°] 73.5° [+1.5°] 73.5° [+1.5°] 73.5° [+1.5°] 73.5° [+1.5°]
Chainstay 423 mm 423 mm 423 mm 423 mm 423 mm
BB Drop 12 mm 12 mm 12 mm 12 mm 12 mm
Wheelbase 1132 mm 1158 mm 1188 mm 1207 mm 1240 mm
Reach 402 mm 422 mm 448 mm 468 mm 487 mm
Stack 592 mm 606 mm 615 mm 627 mm 643 mm
Wheelsize 27.5″ 27.5″ 27.5″ 27.5″ 27.5″
Canyon Strive CF 9.0
If it’s too harsh, you’re too weak! This bike requires a active riding style to unfold its full potential.


The Canyon Strive CF 9.0 is a bike made for racing. It’s extremely direct, gives lots of feedback and is fast, but requires an engaged riding style to stay safely on course. On long descents the bike therefore requires a lot of strength and forgives only the smallest of mistakes.


– lots of traction despite a firm suspension setup
– calm at high speed
– great attention to detail


– requires an engaged riding style
– fine line between controlled and sketchy

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The test fleet

For an overview of the test fleet head to the main article: Let’s go Racing! – The 10 fastest enduro bikes in test

All bikes in test: Giant Reign Advanced 0 | Lapierre Spicy Team Ultimate | Nukeproof Mega 275 RS | Pole EVOLINK 140 29 | Rocky Mountain Altitude Carbon 90 | Santa Cruz Hightower LT | SCOTT Genius 900 Tuned 2018 | Specialized S-Works Enduro 29 | YT JEFFSY 27 CF Pro Race

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