Pro Bike Check: Fabien Barel's Canyon Strive AL 9.0 Race 16

<b>We recently caught up with Fabien Barel at a Mavic press camp in France and checked out his new Canyon Strive AL 9.0 Race enduro bike.</b>

<b>The bike features 160mm of rear travel via their 270-degree box suspension platform.</b>

<b>Built-in sag meter!</b>

<b>So will all of you start stacking spacers after listening to Fabien?</b>

<b>Fox CTD adjusters on the bars.</b>

<b>SRAM's gorgeous XX1 rear cassette and derailleur.</b>

<b>Sweech baach!</b>

<b>Running a Fox 36 because you're out of shape is only something Fabien could get away with.</b>

<b>Fab is also running a 36 tooth front chainring on his SRAM XX1 setup for a quiet, efficient enduro gear range.</b>

<b>From concept to production, Fabien helped bring the Dfender to market.</b>

<b>A little coverage goes a long way, especially in often-wet conditions of Europe.</b>

<b>Aggressive knobs for Fabien on this trip.</b>

<b>SRAM X0 Trail brakes, front and rear.</b>

<b>We're excited to see Fabien tackle the Enduro World Series like he did the World Cup downhill circuit.</b>

<b>If anyone will be ready for all the challenges of the Enduro World Series, it will be Fabien. Merci, Fab!</b>

Fabien for life. Though not available in the USA, you can visit the Canyon Bikes website for more info on this bike.

Photos by Brandon Turman and Jérémie Reuiller
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16 comments
  • WAKi

    4/12/2013 7:16 AM

    hehe Bike Sweden what a load of typical marketing stuff you are throwing in here, obvious facts, equipment that nearly every serious bike company must have (apparently Evil probably didn't...). I thought one of the most serious magazines is called Happymtb that has special relationship with Canyon and Rose brands along with Merida (for some reason). You sound like you bought one and you are making tons of post-rationalizing. Let's face it, those bikes were crap in terms of geometry and stiffness of the rear end. They were bloody cheap, that's all. But I believe and I am sure that Fabien along with Dudes of Hazard will finaly turn it all into a really great thing.

  • Bike Sweden

    4/4/2013 11:12 PM

    Canyons bikes has one of the most wellengineerd, wellbuilt frames i have seen, they even have CT-Scanner for the carbonframes(X-ray) in there factory (search on Canyon Factory Tour, youtube) take a look on all the reviews, from Bike Mag, Dirt mag, and the long test from one of the most serious magazines Mounting Biking UK. So wakaba 123, you couldnt be more wrong, but i respect that some in the industry feels that directselling is a threat to bikeshops, i dont, i think they can co exist
    Best Regards from Sweden

  • kboyer

    4/4/2013 10:54 AM

    Any idea what pedals Fabien is using on his bike?

  • wakaba123

    4/3/2013 10:11 PM

    Canyon is a mailorder outfit. Cheap underperforming chinese frames with scriptblingparts. Play the "big" value game. Overpriced. Bit of a joke overhere. If you get close to the frame - really low end speced. No resale value whatsoever.

  • SanJoseDre

    4/3/2013 9:54 PM

    Man we miss out on a bunch cool bikes in the US. No Canyon, Lapierre, Mondraker...

  • Big Bird

    4/25/2013 5:00 PM

    A lot of the bikes you don't see here violate US patents, and so can't be sold here.

  • TEAMROBOT

    4/3/2013 3:28 PM

    I went downstairs and started stuffing spacers under my stem before I even finished the slideshow.

  • BMEnduro

    4/22/2013 11:20 AM

    Do you think this is true for all riders and bike geometries or just his setup? I've actually thought the same thing as I've been experimenting but no one believes me! Its cool to have short low stem right now.

  • DBomberMan

    4/3/2013 11:51 AM

    I want that fender

  • Fiverider873

    4/3/2013 1:21 PM

    Have a look on the mojo suspension web site. They are £50 but worth every penny.

  • DBomberMan

    4/3/2013 2:11 PM

    Awesome! Thanks man. Just spent the last couple hours searching the web for it with no luck. To mojo suspension I go.

  • sideshow

    4/3/2013 8:41 PM

    Couldn't find it! Been looks like DBM for ages too. The site doesn't have it (?) or am I being challenged?

  • sspomer

    4/3/2013 8:48 PM

    googled mojo defender mudguard, got this site http://www.powa-products.com/ - i have no idea if they're legit, have stock or anything...fyi

  • sideshow

    4/3/2013 8:53 PM

    Beautiful. Thanks Spomer!

  • Emil MP

    4/3/2013 10:21 AM

    Looking forward to see what they will develop together with Fabien. In an earlier interview it sounded like it would be something similar to the Forward Geometry that he helped develop with Mondraker. And maybe mixed with some carbon and some slightly bigger wheels!? Hoping the new enduro bike will be as good a deal as the Strive...

  • syngltrkmnd

    4/3/2013 9:57 AM

    That's a good-looking bike! Anyone know why there is a pinch bolt assembly in the lower shock mount/axle? It does not appear to be eccentric. Also it strikes me that the Knucklebox used here is so small, compared with the DB Missions/Goats, which I assume have the same travel. This is a 150-160mm travel bike, right?