It’s a couple of years since we last tested an alloy Canyon Strive – back in 2013, we found the 8.0 version to be a rather more impressive beast on paper than it was on the hill.

Getting your ride from the Deutsch direct-buy giant will always equate to a bargain in terms of spec – but how does this year’s model manage when it comes to taking some hammer?

Frame and equipment: split-personality steed

There have been changes afoot with the Strive. It now incorporates Canyon’s unique Shapeshifter suspension feature, which uses a tiny remote controlled air spring to shunt the top of the shock forwards on a sub linkage, increasing ride height and steepening fork and seat angles for climbing.

This gives sharper steering round uphill corners and more ground clearance. It’s great if you normally find low slung, slack angled bikes a handful on tight switchbacks. (That said, we

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