2018 Canyon Sender CF 9.0 Team Bike

Vital Rating: (Outstanding)
Views:
2018 Canyon Sender CF 9.0 Team Bike
Create New Tag

Compare to other Bikes

Need more info? View our Downhill Mountain Bikes or Freeride / Bike Park Mountain Bikes buyer's guides.

Review - Canyon Sender from Vital MTB Test Sessions

The Sender's versatility and remarkable value made it a clear choice for 'Best in Test'

Rating: Vital Review

During the Vital MTB 27.5 DH Test Sessions, the Canyon Sender went head-to-head with four other leading bikes. What follows are our thoughts specific to the Sender. Be sure to check out the main feature for an in-depth comparison video, timed testing results, and more.

Highlights

  • 27.5-inch wheels
  • Carbon front end // 6066 T6 aluminum rear triangle
  • 200mm (7.9-inches) front and rear travel
  • MX Link suspension design with industrial bearings and sag monitor
  • Adjustable chainstay length and head angle (included headset cups) // Six distinct geometry options
  • Integrated frame protection throughout // Rear fender
  • Sound-proofed internal cable routing
  • Threaded bottom bracket with ISCG 05 mount
  • 12x157mm rear axle
  • Measured Weight: 35.2-pounds (16.0kg, stock tires, without pedals)
  • Size Tested: Medium with stock headsetcup, short chainstay position
  • Model Tested: Sender CF 9.0 Team
  • MSRP: $5,999 USD
  • More Info: www.canyon.com

Strengths

True to its name, the Sender, well, SENDS! There's no doubt why this downhill weapon won Best in Test in our Downhill Test Sessions, as not only can it huck to flat without worry, the Sender has the ability to be the calmest and most composed rig under righteous amounts of force. While trying to fully compress the bikes in the name of science (and for the pure entertainment that is the G-Out Project), the Sender was the only machine that had more left for the track when both front and rear suspension were squished simultaneously.

The Sender was a multi-dimensional stand-out in our group, able to handle any and all downhill/bike park terrain with aplomb. There were no areas we feared treading aboard the bike. It stays steady when getting wild through the rough and rowdy, even at high speeds. If adjustments are needed, chainstay length, head angle, and stem length/rise can be tweaked to suit your needs.

As a direct-to-consumer brand, Canyon is able to offer remarkable value across all of their builds. The Sender also looks incredible with its paint job, sharp angles, and shaped head/seat tubes. It still looked great after several muddy ride days and washes.

Weaknesses

Be critical, nitpick and find reasons why these bikes don’t measure up for any and all reasons: This was the mindset whenever we threw a leg over any of the Test Session DH bikes. We have to give readers something to consider, but, to our dismay (and the enjoyment of all the haters out there), we really couldn’t find significant short-comings in our time testing this bike.

To nitpick, the Mavic Deemax DH wheelset (the rear wheel to be more specific) is uncomfortably and obnoxiously loud when going about its business over rough and rocky terrain. Despite all the pinging, the wheel remained structurally sound and we never had a major issue. None of the 28 double-butted bladed straight-pull spokes broke, the rim remained in good shape, and the 7.5-degree engagement didn't disappoint when it was time to put the pedal to the metal.

Our final nitpick could compromise ride quality tremendously if glossed over. While it's always a nice touch when companies provide an "easy button," the sag meter on our test bike was grossly inaccurate. We lined up the lines and had we not double-checked sag percentage and shock pressure, our first run would have been very rough.

Suggested upgrades for a few hundred dollars: 200mm rear rotor, RockShox BoXXer upgrade kit, and/or tire inserts

Geometry

Suspension Analysis

Using the bike industry's leading linkage analysis software, André Santos was able to determine a close approximation of the Sender's kinematics for the purpose of this review. Though they don't always tell the full story, these charts provide great insight into several key factors that impact how it rides.

André's Observations:

  • The Canyon Sender has a progressive rear suspension design at 45%, which is a balanced value for a DH bike since it allows you to use all the travel while still offering good resistance against harsh bottom-outs.
  • The rear suspension offers good resistance against pedal bob since the anti-squat values are relatively high (around 150% on average).
  • Relatively high chain growth due to the high anti-squat values across the travel.
  • Anti-rise near 70%, meaning that the geometry of the bike is barely affected by rear braking.
  • Overall, the Sender offers a progressive rear suspension design with good pedaling performance.

Vital's preferred suspension settings for a 175-pound rider on stock components: 30% sag // Compression 4-clicks from closed (2-clicks from open)

What's The Bottom Line?

The Canyon Sender proved to be a peak performer in any riding situation under both of our testers. It's aesthetically pleasing, and the combination of a carbon front end and alloy rear work well together. For the baller on a budget, or for someone trying to break into the sport, the direct-to-consumer price tag can’t be beaten. It comes with many extras, and after the click of a mouse the Sender can show up on your doorstep ready to go. No matter your rhyme or reason for riding, this bike's namesake says it all. Don’t hesitate. SEND IT!

Visit www.canyon.com and the Vital MTB 27.5 DH Test Sessions feature for more details.

Vital MTB Rating


About The Testers

Brian Buell - Age: 31 // Years Riding: 25+ // Height: 6'1" (1.85m) // Weight: 180-pounds (81.6kg)

Brian is kind of like Uncle Rico – even though he has a titanium rod in his tibia and is continuously trying to avoid obtaining a dad bod, he delusionaly daydreams of World Cup racing glory. That thought process transfers to the trail. Whether building trail, coaching on them, or just trying to recapture the glory days between the tape, he’s always in search of the racer line. Known for "Buelling" his bikes, Brian sometimes puts a serious hurt on parts pushing them to their limits. Although the Collegiate National Championship sweater vest jersey is collecting dust somewhere, whenever it’s time to race against the clock or perform for the camera you can bet he’s fully pinned putting it all on the line for you!

Brandon Turman - Age: 32 // Years Riding: 17 // Height: 5'10" (1.78m) // Weight: 175-pounds (79.4kg)

"I like to have fun, pop off the bonus lines on the sides of the trail, get aggressive when I feel in tune with a bike, and really mash on the pedals and open it up when pointed downhill." Formerly a mechanical engineer and Pro downhill racer, Brandon brings a unique perspective to the testing game as Vital MTB's resident product guy. He has on-trail familiarity with nearly every new innovation in our sport from the past several years and a really good feel for what’s what.


Test Sessions was made possible with the help of Angel Fire Bike Park, Maxxis, and LITPro. Tester gear provided by Troy Lee Designs, Fasthouse, and Five Ten.

Photos by Sean Horton // Videos by Jake VanHeel and Brandon Turman

Specifications

Product Canyon Sender CF 9.0 Team Bike
Model Year 2018
Riding Type Downhill, Freeride / Bike Park
Rider Unisex
Sizes and Geometry
S, M, L, XL View Geometry
Size S M L XL
Top Tube Length 562 586 611 635
Head Tube Angle 62°, 64° 62°, 64° 62°, 64° 62°, 64°
Head Tube Length 110 120 130 140
Seat Tube Angle 74° 74° 74° 74°
Seat Tube Length 400 400 450 450
Bottom Bracket Height 350 (6 offset) 350 (6 offset) 350 (6 offset) 350 (6 offset)
Chainstay Length 430, 446 430, 446 430, 446 430, 446
Wheelbase 1207, 1223 1232, 1248 1256, 1272 1281, 1297
Standover
Reach 420 440 460 480
Stack 599 607 616 625
* Additional Info Geo tune enables six geometry settings by adjusting head angle and chainstay length.
All measurements are in mm unless otherwise noted.
Wheel Size 27.5" (650b)
Frame Material Carbon Fiber
Frame Material Details Impact- and fatigue-resistant carbon main frame
6066 T6 aluminum rear triangle
Integrated frame protection
Rear Travel 200mm
Rear Shock RockShox Vivid Air R2C, dual flow adjust damper with rapid recovery
Adjustability: air pressure, external rebound adjustment, external low-speed compression
Fork RockShox BoXXer World Cup, air suspension, 20mm quick-release axle
Fork Travel 200mm
Head Tube Diameter Straight
Headset Acros DH
Handlebar Canyon H24-16 CF, 31.8mm diameter, 800mm width
Stem Canyon V22-16, 50mm length
Grips Ergon GD1
Brakes SRAM Code RSC
Brake Levers SRAM Code RSC
Drivetrain 1x
Shifters SRAM X01 DH, 7-speed, X-Actuation, adjustable trigger, Zero Loss, MatchMaker X compatible
Front Derailleur N/A
Rear Derailleur SRAM X01 DH 7-speed, X-Horizon, X-Actuation, Roller Bearing Clutch and Cage Lock
ISCG Tabs ISCG 05
Chainguide e*thirteen LG1+ with bashguard, aluminum backplate
Cranks SRAM X01 DH, 165mm length
Chainrings 36 tooth
Bottom Bracket SRAM GXP
Pedals None
Chain SRAM PC-1110
Cassette SRAM XG-795, 7-speed, XD driver body, X-Dome, Mini Block, 10-24 tooth
Rims Mavic Deemax DH wheelset
Hubs Mavic Deemax DH wheelset
Spokes Mavic Deemax DH wheelset
Tires Maxxis Minion DHR II 3C MaxxGrip DW, tubeless ready, EXO, 60 TPI, 27.5"x 2.4"
Saddle Ergon SMD2
Seatpost Canyon G5, 300mm length
Seatpost Diameter 30.9mm
Seatpost Clamp Integrated
Rear Dropout / Hub Dimensions 12mm x 157mm
Max. Tire Size
Bottle Cage Mounts None
Colors Factory Racing
Warranty 6-year
Weight 35 lb 5.1 oz (16,020 g)
Miscellaneous Motocross-inspired MX link
Geo tune enables six distinct geometry settings by adjusting head angle and chainstay length
Long-lasting, smooth industrial bearings throughout
Sag monitor for simplified shock tuning
Sound-proofed internal cable and line routing
Frame weight: approximately 3,795g (M)
Price $5,999
More Info

www.canyon.com

More Products