German direct-buy brand Canyon is renowned for its bang-per-buck performance. Is the impressive spec sheet of the Torque backed up by its on-track character though?

  • Highs: Boxxer Team fork is one smooth operator; Cane Creek shock provides massive tuning potential; low overall weight means a playful feel
  • Lows: Really short back end keeps things lively but makes for a less balanced riding position

Frame and equipment: deceptively long chassis dressed in high-end kit

The Torque’s compact, low-slung looks are deceptive. It may look dinky, but the relaxed 62.7-degree head angle, decent 430mm reach (on the medium frame tested) and lengthy 800mm front centre add up to produce a fairly stretched-out ride, with a wheelbase of 1,215mm. It still has extremely short chainstays though, measuring a stubby 425mm.

A ‘Trackflip’ chip in the lower shock mount allows you to tweak the amount of rear wheel travel (195-210mm/7.7-8.3in) along with the head angle and

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