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Canyon launches two new Strive models: the Canyon Strive CFR 9.0 and CFR 9.0 Ltd

Canyon have just announced that two new models have been added to their popular Strive enduro bike lineup. The new Canyon Strive CFR 9.0 and CFR 9.0 Ltd have been designed with the help of Canyon Factory Racing and look damn fast! Here is what they have to say:

Quick climber, downhill weapon: the Strive (Editors note: winner of our enduro bike group test 2019), with its game-changing Shapeshifter technology, is like riding two bikes in one. In 2019, a new Strive was launched with an overhauled Shapeshifter system, representing the latest evolution in enduro racing performance. And now, in 2020, this multiple award-winning carbon racer is pushing the bar even further with the launch of two new CFR models.

Canyon Strive CFR models

Canyon Strive CFR 9.0

Canyon Strive CFR 9.0 | 170/150 mm travel | 13.3 kg (Size M) | € 5,999

Fork FOX 36 Factory GRIP2 170 mm
Rear shock FOX FLOAT DPX2 Factory 150 mm
Brakes Shimano XTR
Drivetrain Shimano XTR
Seatpost FOX Transfer Performance Elite
Stem G5 40 mm
Bars G5 CF 780 mm
Wheels DT Swiss EXC1200
Tires Maxxis Minion DHR 2.4” MaxxGrip/MaxxTerra f/r
Weight 13.3 kg (Size M)
Price € 5,999


Canyon Strive CFR 9.0 Ltd

Canyon Strive CFR 9.0 Lld | 170/150 mm travel | 14.2 kg (Size M) | € 9,000

Fork RockShox Lyrik Ultimate170 mm
Rear shockRockShox Super Deluxe Ultimate 150 mm
Brakes SRAM Code RSC
Drivetrain SRAM XX1 Eagle AXS
Seatpost RockShox Reverb AXS
Stem G5 40 mm
Bars G5 CF 780 mm
Wheels ZIPP Moto with QUARQ Tirewiz
Tires Maxxis Minion DHR 2.4” MaxxGrip/MaxxTerra f/r
Weight 14.2 kg (Size M)
Price € 9,000


CFR stands for Canyon Factory Racing: these bikes are designed and crafted to win on the toughest EWS stages on the planet. Pros like Dimitri Tordo and Ines Thoma demand only the very best equipment and the new Strive CFR 9.0 and Strive CFR 9.0 Ltd. models, closely developed in unison with Canyon Enduro riders, are ready to deliver true world-class performance at the highest level.

The Canyon Strive CFR models in detail

Using cutting-edge carbon fibre construction techniques, Canyon’s engineers have reduced the frame weight by a huge 300 grams making a total build weight of 13.3 kg possible on the lightest bike in the range, the Strive CFR 9.0 (size M). With FOX Factory 170/150 mm suspension, Shimano XTR shifting and brakes and DT Swiss EXC Carbon wheels, it’s one of the lightest full-suspension enduro bikes on the market. The flagship model is the 14.2 kg Strive CFR 9.0 Ltd., with top-end 170/150 mm RockShox suspension, SRAM XX1 Eagle AXS groupset, Reverb AXS dropper post, SRAM Code RSC brakes and ZIPP 3Zero Moto carbon wheels with the latest TyreWiz air pressure monitoring tech.

Size S M L XL
Seat tube 400 mm 440 mm 455 mm 500 mm
Top tube 602 mm 629 mm 662 mm 697 mm
Head tube 95 mm 100 mm 110 mm 130 mm
Head angle 65.5-67° 65.5-67° 65.5-67° 65.5-67°
Seat angle 73.5-75° 73.5-75° 73.5-75° 73.5-75°
Chainstays 435 mm 435 mm 435 mm 435 mm
BB Drop 32 mm 32 mm 32 mm 32 mm
Wheelbase 1,166 mm 1,193 mm 1,227 mm 1,266 mm
Reach 409 mm 434 mm 464 mm 494 mm
Stack 630 mm 635 mm 644 mm 663 mm

The Strive is designed and built around the Shapeshifter, which transforms the geometry and characteristics of the bike on the fly, between uphill and downhill modes. With a flick of the handlebar-mounted switch, the Shapeshifter gas spring activates, lowering the bottom bracket height by 4 millimetres, and reducing the seat angle and head angle by 1.5° – advantages that make all the difference on fast, steep descents. And when it’s time to climb, just press the lever again to optimise the bike’s pedalling efficiency, with the rear travel limited to 135 mm travel.

The Strive CFR 9.0 and Strive CFR 9.0 Ltd. are available from Tuesday 4 February on canyon.com priced at € 5,999 and € 9,000 respectively. To find out how the Strive compares against Canyon’s other offerings, check out our Strive vs. Torque and Strive vs. Spectral battles!

Words & Photos: Canyon