Heavy metal for not heavy prices

Canyon has released an new aluminium version of it’s Sender downhiller. The new Canyon Sender AL brings the performance of the Sender to the masses.

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Canyon Sender AL need to know

  • Full aluminium frame construction, tested to Level 5 safety
  • 200mm front and rear travel
  • Adjustable chain stay length/wheelbase
  • Integrated cable channel (same as Spectral and Torque)
  • Two models AL 6.0 and AL 7.0
  • Available in sizes Small – Extra Large
  • Prices from £2299

It’s been a busy time for the design boffins at Canyon. Not only has this past week seen the release of the new Spectral and the Torque but they’ve also managed to finally release a ‘budget’ version of the Sender downhill bike.

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Previously only available in the exotic carbon versions, this new aluminium framed Sender sees ownership of one of the best downhill frames on the circuit drop to less than £2,300. There are two new aluminium version available, the AL 6.0 and AL 7.0 to complement the three existing carbon models.

The new simplified and revised rear end keeps costs down.

The aluminium Sender sees a slight tweaking of its suspension kinematics to cope with the more linear performance of a coil shock. Coil shocks being specced to keep prices in a realistic realm. It also has a more basic design, dropping the secondary linkage for a more traditional four bar style. Again to keep costs down. But obviously being Canyon, the spec even on the entry AL 6.0 is made up of quality kit, including Rockshox Boxxer RC forks and a Super Deluxe Coil shock.

The aluminium Sender shares the adjustable geometry of its carbon brethren.

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Canyon Sender AL

The Sender AL 7.0. Rockshox Boxxer Team fork, Rockshox Super Deluxe Coil RC World Cup, SRAM GX DH groupset, DT Swiss F2020 wheelset, SRAM Code brakes, Race Face Chester finishing kit. £2699

canyon sender al 6.0

The entry point Sender AL 6.0. Complete with Rockshox Boxxer fork, Rockshox Super Deluxe coil shock, SRAM GX DH groupset, SRAM Guide RE brakes, Sun Ringle ADD wheels, Maxxis Minion DHR 27.5×2.4″ tyres, Race Face Chester finishing kit. £2299

The numbers. Don’t worry it’s not your eyes, Canyon put the figures on the wonk to make them more ‘rad’.

As with the Spectral and Torque, the Sender AL will be available from January 2018 direct from Canyon.