Canyon Strive review for 2015 version; awaiting latter versions

Canyon Bicycles had first presented the Canyon Strive in 2013. Back then, the version 8.0 did not exactly live up to the claims made by the manufacturer. The 2015 Canyon Strive AL and Canyon Strive CF were much better with improved specs. Let us take a look at the performance of the Canyon Strive at present and take guesses at how well the 2016 version will do.

Canyon Strive AL 6.0 Race

Despite the direct-buy policy of the Deutschland bicycles manufacturer, the specs on the 2015 version are much better than in the original 2013 version. The frame and the equipment that comes with it have some improvements while some shortcomings persist.

Canyon has incorporated its home production of Shapeshifter suspension that can be operated with an air spring that functions through a small remote device. The ride height can be adjusted, the fork and the seat angles can be adjusted for rides on slopes and the top shock can be shunted forward with the help of the remote controlled spring.

This Shapeshifter ideology has in a way revolutionized the future of the Canyon Strive family, giving it a prompt uphill steering ability with increased ground clearance. The low slung bike with slacked angles might not be comfortable for some riders. They can go for the lighter and simpler version which also happens to be cheaper.

The geometry of the bikes have the top tube shifted forward, or rather, continued to grow forward and be coupled with a shorter stem. This gives the frame an increased baseline stability. The traction is satisfactory and the instant steering responsiveness is aided by the short stem that keeps the fork guided.

The 6.0 version had a carbon version called the CF 9.0, which is obviously higher priced. The Ergon grips on the bikes may not suit everybody either. However, the frame of the bike is genuinely rigid and capable of connecting with the trail without slack. The clarity in the top-trim versions is uncompromising.

Riding the new 2015 bike is sheer bliss as the drivetrain is very reliable and steady. After a little bit of testing, even a new rider can trust it enough to offer the grip and stability required at brake points and lean angles at a fast speed. The rims from SRAM Roam do not help the stability of the tires from Maxxis, but the control the bike has is enough for speedy rides.

The precision and suspension of the latest Strive series have been improved to impressive standards while the pedaling efficiency is good enough to not make the rider regret the absence of a low-speed compression adjustment facility at the hind shock. The bottom bracket is still and the rear linkages are hollow, thereby allowing free acceleration during climbs even with the slow rolling tires.

The new improved Canyon Strive is built under smarter technology with a steadier yet lighter frame. The ride and handling has been made comfortable and enjoyable. The price is very reasonable considering the performance boost. The 2015 Canyon Strive not only satisfied customers, but also raised their expectations regarding the 2016 version.