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Canyon Updates the Strive with Fresh Colors and Specs for 2021 5

Longer forks and new dampers highlight the changes made to Canyon's enduro race bike.

Canyon Updates the Strive with Fresh Colors and Specs for 2021

KOBLENZ, 14 DECEMBER 2020 – Canyon’s out-and-out enduro machine, the Strive, has received more than just a fresh coat of paint for 2021. Based around a tough, race-proven, full-carbon frame, the Strive is fast everywhere—from high-speed rock gardens to awkward slow-speed corners and energy sapping traverses. Enduro racing demands versatility from both the rider and the bike. While 2020 has been an unpredictable year on all counts, with Jack Moir joining our Canyon CLLCTV Enduro Team, the Strive remains one of the fastest enduro bikes on the planet.


Keeping the Strive on race-pace for 2021 is its innovative Shapeshifter technology. Produced in close collaboration with our partners at FOX Suspension, the Shapeshifter offers on-the-fly adjustment for both geometry and rear-suspension travel. At the push of a lever, you can switch between descend mode (with low, slack geometry and supple suspension performance) to climb mode (sharpening the handling and raising the BB) while simultaneously reducing the available travel at the rear and firming up the suspension.


All models in the range now feature 170mm travel forks, a tweak which was previously reserved for CFR bikes. This raises the front end and slackens the head tube angle for increased capability on steep, technical descents. Also new for 2021 is the move to GRIP2 dampers on the FOX fork equipped CF 8 and CFR models, letting you eke out even more traction from your setup.

Canyon Strive CF 7 Black

The capability has been boosted in other areas too. The CFR, for example, is now equipped with DT Swiss’s gravity-focused EXC 1200 carbon wheels and a FOX 36 Factory fork. The CFR model also see the inclusion of One Up’s V2 dropper post, while across the entire Strive range the droppers get more travel (depending on size). The Strive still rolls on Maxxis tyres, only now the rear Minion DHR II tyre moves to an even more durable EXO+ casing and the front tyre has been switched to one of the new kings of all-round performance, Maxxis’ Assegai.

Canyon Strive CFR

Finally, there’s the colors. X-Ray green is no longer reserved for the likes of Tahnee and Kaos Seagrave - and features as an option on the CF 7 and CF 8 models, while the CFR sees a move to the super sharp black/ white colourway.

Strive CF8 Green

Three Strive models are on offer to American riders, starting at $3,599 for the CF 7, with a race-ready build and a full carbon frame. The CF 8 rolls in strong at $4,599 with a full XT drivetrain, FOX 36/DPX2 suspension combo, and DT Swiss E1700 wheelset. The top-end CFR model at $6,999 is something special, however. A bespoke frame layup and ultra-premium material mix saves 300g over the standard Strive CF, and the build is dripping with top-drawer components including the aforementioned DT Swiss carbon wheels and FOX 36 Factory fork, plus Code RSC brakes and a SRAM X01 Eagle groupset.

All 3 models will be available from December 17th at

View key specs, compare bikes, and rate the 2021 Strive in the Vital MTB Product Guide.

About Canyon Bicycles

What started life in founder Roman Arnold’s garage as Radsport Arnold has evolved into one of the world’s leading manufacturers of road, mountain, triathlon, fitness, urban and kids’ bikes as well as modern e-bikes. Officially renamed in 2002, Canyon works hand-in-hand with the best athletes on the planet to produce an array of award-winning bikes that embody a pure passion for riding. With a strong reputation for true innovation, implementing leading technologies, clean and clear design as well as the highest standards in quality and service, Canyon continues to expand worldwide, selling more bikes outside of its native Germany than within since 2008. As a pioneering direct sales brand, Canyon products are exclusively available online at

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