The Canyon Torque Saved Me $1,500 So I Went On a Road Trip
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When direct-to-consumer (D2C) brand Canyon launched the Torque in late 2017, the bike left us equal parts excited as it did scratching our heads. Where does a 175mm-travel bike belong? Is it an enduro bike? A freeride bike (whatever that means these days)? A superenduro bike (again, we’re lost)? A downhilll bike you can pedal? Do these classifications even matter?
We wanted to suss out where this bike is most at home, how easy it is to put together, and just how far the cost savings could really take us.
Canyon sent us the bike in early July and we spent little time getting it together. Unboxing was simple; we won’t even call it a “bike build” as to say so would be offensive to any real bike mechanic who reads this. To put the bike together one needs to:
Take packaging off bike
Insert seatpost into frame (don’t forget included grease!)
Install dropper lever on handlebar
Install front wheel
Set suspension to desired air pressure
Air up tires (and convert to tubeless if so inclined…and inclined you should be)
The bike comes fully adjusted, there is no bleeding, no fiddling, no nothing…nothing. Think of this as an extensive pre-ride check, and that’s about the amount of work required. Total time? If going fast 15 minutes. If taking your time, using the included tools and a novice, maybe an hour tops.
Note that on the U.S. version of the Canyon website this Torque is listed as the 7.0. The European version calls it the 8.0. It’s the same bike and we’re calling it the 7.0 today. For $4,000 the Canyon 7.0 CF is a killer deal. Carbon fiber front triangle, RockShox Super Deluxe rear shock, DT Swiss wheels, SRAM CODE brakes – the list goes on. You, the consumer, is getting dang near wholesale pricing on a kick-butt build. While we’d like to see the new RockShox Reverb lever, the updated Lyrik and maybe some Double Down tires considering the travel of this bike, overall, the spec leaves us with little to be desired, even if this is not Canyon’s top-tier build.