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    2019 Strives are here

    They are on both the European and American websites, but it seems they are not yet available for purchase in the USA. The biggest difference is 29” wheels, with a bit less travel, and the geometry changed accordingly. The shapeshifter is still there.

    It looks like the numbering and pricing got a bit rearranged. $4000 used to get the Strive CF 7, but now gets a CF 6. The current CF 6 has the same brakes and drivetrain as the previous CF 7, and fairly similar shocks, but a slightly inferior wheelset. They are using Canyon’s house brand instead of Raceface for the bars and stem, and instead of the Reverb for the dropper (which should make some people very happy).

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    2019 Strive info

    Here's the Strive overview with details on the three models that will be available in the US next month: https://reviews.mtbr.com/canyon-strive-29-launched

    First impressions of the Strive CFR 9.0 Team: https://reviews.mtbr.com/canyon-stri...st-ride-review

    An in-depth look at Shapeshifter 2.0:https://reviews.mtbr.com/canyon-shap...-2-0-explained

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    long travel trail bike

    quite disappointing geometry

    could've been

    64>65,5° and 76>77,5° instead something silly like 73,5 SA

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    I like the the thought of the rockshox lyric + Deluxe combination , but disappointing ( for me ) its only available on the one bike , and its quite expensive

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    So who's excited about this new bike!

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    Some of the boilerplate writeups say it's a Horst-Link bike... is it really?
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    Going to be interesting to see how many they sell ,

    If forums are anything to go by , people dont seem too excited by it

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    Also,

    165 mm cranks??
    Lead by my Lefty............... right down the trail, no brakes.

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    Has anyone brought or ridden this bike ? love to hear some genuine feedback

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    I've had the Strive CF 8.0 for about a month. Full disclosure, Canyon sent me this bike to ride and photograph since the company I own (Chasing Epic) will be partnering with them later this year. That said, I primarily work with Ibis and have no reason to be biased about any feedback I provide on bikes since it's not how our company makes money. A little background to give you some perspective on where I'm coming from: I prefer more trail-oriented bikes for my type of riding. Last year, I rode 75% of the time on a Spot Mayhem 29er, set up with 140mm up front and 130mm in the rear. I like my bikes to be more playful than rowdy; a 66-67* HTA is ideal in my mind.

    So far, I've been able to ride the Strive in St. George/Hurricane, Fruita, and Eagle, CO for about 10 days total. I've been pleasantly surprised with the bike and really enjoy riding it. The ShapeShifter 2.0 works very well (where the "surprised" comes in) and gives you options for your riding.

    In the trail mode- "Click", I believe- the bike is quick handling and climbs quite well. When I rode Gooseberry and Guacamole Mesa in Hurricane, I left the bike in this mode the whole time and wasn't disappointed; there's a noticeable difference in handling. In trail mode, I think it climbs just as well as the Ripmo that I also ride. The one thing I do notice a little bit is the weight, as it's 1-2 lbs heavier. But that's minor.

    When flipped over to "clack" (slack) mode, the bike rips downhill. It's a big, plush bike that seems to absorb most everything you can throw at it. "Clack" is a noticeable difference in geometry as it's perfect for the descents, but I personally would never leave it in that mode for a full ride as it definitely makes the bike sluggish on climbs and flats. I've been fairly limited in getting it on any big descents due to the snow here in Colorado, but I'm looking forward to 4-5 mile long downhills on this bike to see what it can really do.

    One other thing worth noting- living in Colorado, I like to be as efficient as possible on the climbs since we do a lot of it out here. I utilize the climb switch on the rear shock on virtually every bike I ride. With the Strive, I've left the rear shock open a few times and I'm blown away by how efficient the rear end is; color me impressed. That said, the placement of the switch is a real PITA, as the shock is upside down and so it's nearly impossible to reach while you're riding.

    One other thing worth noting that's quite obvious: the spec of these bikes. It's ridiculous what you get for the money. The bike is currently listed for sub-$5k on their website, and for that you get carbon wheels, Code brakes, full X01, Elite-level suspension, and lots of other amazingly nice touches. I hate to say it, but the spec blows away the GX-level Ibis bikes I purchase with Chasing Epic.

    In a couple of months, I plan on doing a full shootout-style writeup on the Ripmo vs. the Strive once I get more time on both.

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    Great write up smmokan. Looking at the Strive as a possible replacement for my Trek Fuel EX. Look forward to the shoot out with the Ripmo.

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    Hey guys,
    do you have an idea if it is possible to put an -1° angle set on the Strive?

    Thanks!

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    Sorry for the delay, but for those interested.... here are my thoughts on the Strive vs the Ripmo.

    https://crankjoy.com/long-travel-29e...vs-ibis-ripmo/

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    Quote Originally Posted by smmokan View Post
    Sorry for the delay, but for those interested.... here are my thoughts on the Strive vs the Ripmo.

    https://crankjoy.com/long-travel-29e...vs-ibis-ripmo/
    Thanks for the review and comparison - very well thought out and put together.
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    $800 off the Strive... damn that's a killer deal for a great bike.

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