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2021 Canyon Sender CFR

Vital Rating: (Spectacular)
2021 Canyon Sender (Stealth)
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Testing Canyon's Fastest DH Bike Yet - New Sender CFR Unveiled

It's new downhill bike day! Drool over Canyon's latest and cross your fingers for some racing action this fall.

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CFR stands for Canyon Factory Racing. Taken a bit broader, CFR relates to a new method of designing for Canyon that relies heavily on all of Canyon's best racers and their mechanics. The new Sender CFR downhill bike is the result of many talented people's efforts, ideas, inspirations, and race results. Bigger wheels, updated geometry with multiple adjustments, revised kinematics, and a big weight reduction are among the major updates. What else is new? Join Vital MTB's Product Editor, Brandon Turman, in the video above for an overview and his initial ride impressions.

It's pretty rad to see the culmination of input from professional racers and mechanics at the top of their game.




  • Sizing makes a lot of sense
  • Great adjustability
  • Details are dialed
  • Designed to outlast years of wrenching
  • Very quiet bike with no cable rattle
  • Suspension feel is supple with plenty to push into and great bottom-out control
  • Excellent component spec
  • Plenty of mud clearance
  • Great value
  • No external routing provision for quick race day rear brake swaps (but it looks clean)
  • Despite appearing as though you can, Canyon advises against converting between a 27.5 and 29-inch rear wheel. The sizes have different rear triangles, so it'll throw off the geometry.


  • 200mm (7.9-inches) travel front and rear
  • M086, CFR (Canyon Factory Racing) carbon frame
  • Large and X-Large bikes have dual 29-inch wheels
  • Small and Medium bikes have mixed “mullet” wheel sizing (29-inch front and 27.5-inch rear)
  • Adjustable reach and chainstay length
  • 250x75mm Metric shock with 30mm-wide shock mounts
  • More progressive linkage and reduced pedal kickback from the previous generation
  • Replaceable threaded inserts at all of the pivots and on the front shock mount
  • All pivots use double-sealed bearings
  • Integrated chainstay, seatstay, downtube, and fork bumper protection
  • Integrated rear fender
  • Vinyl protection in key rear triangle wear areas
  • Fully-guided internal cable routing
  • 12x157mm rear dropout
  • Frame Weight: 7.1-pounds (3.2kg, claimed)
  • Complete Weight: 35.0-pounds (15.9kg, actual, size M, with pedals)


Canyon revised the geometry to update things to today's standards and create a more balanced feel, regardless of settings chosen. The Sender CFR offers a three-position adjustable reach (+ 8mm, 0mm, -8mm) and two-position chainstay length adjustment (10mm). Both reach and chainstay length have grown a little bit overall. The head angle is now fixed at 63-degrees.



Suspension Updates

You've likely seen prototype linkages under Canyon's racers the past few years. Part of that effort was to dial in the leverage curve a bit more, which is now claimed to be more progressive than the previous bike. They've gone with a 250x75mm metric shock size and the bike is both air and coil shock compatible.



The bigger update is a 60% reduction in pedal kickback. The main pivot is now lower and closer to the chain line, and the bike has a slightly less rearward axle path.


Build Kits & Pricing

The Sender CFR is offered in two build kits and both are very well priced. The frame is backed by a six-year warranty.

Sender CFR FMD - $4,699 USD
Sender CFR - $5,799 USD


Canyon has no plans to make an aluminum version of the Sender CFR, but they will continue to offer the previous aluminum model for those looking for a more budget-friendly option.



What's The Bottom Line?

The previous Canyon Sender won "Best in Test" during our Downhill Test Sessions a year ago, and the new Sender CFR is a great improvement. The overall impression is silent, solid, and smooth. This bike is incredibly well put together with an eye towards longevity. It comes raring to go with even the smallest details sorted out of the box. Meaningful geometry adjustments will help dial things in on a track-by-track and rider-by-rider basis, providing good versatility.

In talking with Canyon. they strongly alluded to the fact that the technology and lessons learned from the Sender CFR will likely to work through their line over time. If this bike sets the precedent for some shorter-travel rides, it's a very encouraging sign.

For more details hit up Let us know what you think of the Sender CFR in the comments!

Vital MTB First Ride Rating: 5 Stars - Spectacular

About The Reviewer

Brandon Turman - Age: 34 // Years Riding: 19 // Height: 5'10" (1.78m) // Weight: 165-pounds (74.8kg)

"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 innovation in our sport from the past several years and a really good feel for what’s what.

Video by Brandon Turman and Shawn Spomer


Product Canyon Sender CFR
Model Year 2021
Riding Type Downhill, Freeride / Bike Park
Rider Unisex
Sizes and Geometry
S (Mullet), M (Mullet), L (29"), XL (29") View Geometry
Size S (Mullet) M (Mullet) L (29") XL (29")
Top Tube Length 597mm 625mm 650mm 672mm
Head Tube Angle 63° 63° 63° 63°
Head Tube Length 95mm 100mm 110mm 115mm
Seat Tube Angle 78.5° 78.5° 78° 78°
Seat Tube Length 400mm 400mm 420mm 440mm
Bottom Bracket Height 352mm 352mm 352mm 352mm
Chainstay Length 435mm (+10) 445mm (+10) 445mm (+10)
Wheelbase 1239mm (+10) 1305mm (+10) 1333mm (+10)
Standover 747mm 752mm
Reach 435mm (+/-8)
Stack 631mm
* Additional Info Large and X-Large sizes are full 29"
Small and Medium sizes are mixed “mullet” wheel sizing (29" front and 27.5" rear)
Adjustable reach and chainstay lengths
Wheel Size 29", Other (Mullet)
Frame Material Carbon Fiber
Frame Material Details M086 CFR (Canyon Factory Racing) carbon with molded frame protection and internal cable routing
Rear Travel 200mm
Rear Shock RockShox SuperDeluxe Ultimate, 250x75mm
Fork RockShox BoXXer Ultimate
Fork Travel 200mm
Head Tube Diameter
Headset Acros
Handlebar Canyon G5 CF, 800mm width, 20mm rise (S-M), 30mm rise (L-XL)
Stem Canyon G5, 45mm length
Grips Canyon G5, single clamp lock-on
Brakes SRAM Code RSC, 200mm rotors
Brake Levers SRAM Code RSC
Drivetrain 1x
Shifters SRAM X01 DH, 7-speed
Front Derailleur None
Rear Derailleur SRAM X01 DH, 7-speed
Chainguide e*thirteen LG1+
Cranks SRAM X0 DH, 165mm length
Chainrings SRAM 36 tooth, X-SYNC 2
Bottom Bracket SRAM DUB
Pedals None included
Chain SRAM 7-speed
Cassette 11-25 tooth
Rims DT Swiss FR560, aluminum, 30mm width
Hubs DT Swiss DT240
Tires Maxxis Minion DHR II 2.4" WT 3C MaxxGrip DH
Saddle Ergon SMD20
Seatpost Canyon G5, 300mm length, 0 offset
Seatpost Diameter 30.9mm
Seatpost Clamp Standard single bolt
Rear Dropout / Hub Dimensions 12mm x 157mm
Max. Tire Size
Bottle Cage Mounts None
Colors Stealth, Team
Warranty 6 years on frame and all Canyon components
Weight 35 lb 0 oz (15,876 g)
Miscellaneous Large and X-Large sized bikes are full 29"
Small and Medium sized bikes are mixed “mullet” wheel sizing (29" front and 27.5" rear)
Adjustable reach (+/- 8mm) and chainstay lengths (10mm)
Metric shock with 30mm-wide shock mounts
More progressive linkage and reduced pedal kickback from previous generation
Price $5,799
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