Win­ner canyon torque CF 8.0

Cycling Plus (Malaysia) - - BIKE OF THE YEAR 2018 -

As you’ve prob­a­bly al­ready gath­ered, this is a truly stel­lar year for moun­tain bikes. While it’s the Canyon Torque CF that clinches the win in our en­duro/ all-moun­tain/long-travel trail bike/what­ev­eryou-want to-call-it cat­e­gory, not one bike here is by any means bad.

As was the case in our trail bike verdict, one gi­ant leap in per­for­mance has come cour­tesy of the rub­ber that’s now be­ing fit­ted as stan­dard on these types of bikes. They also all fea­ture drop­per posts, un­like last year. But it’s more than just the parts bolted to the frames that make them ride so well. It feels like each and ev­ery brand has poured blood, sweat and tears into cre­at­ing some truly in­cred­i­ble ma­chines with con­sis­tently good sus­pen­sion that’ll han­dle more than most mere mor­tals, like us, can throw at it.

Se­ri­ously, we were pulling out our hair scru­ti­n­is­ing and de­lib­er­at­ing over this lot. While the fi­nal three are in­cred­i­bly good, the same is true of the Nuke­proof and Mon­draker, which still made our top five, both of which you can buy in shops and will blow you away on the trails. The mar­gins have drawn in closer this year, with less and less sep­a­rat­ing each of the bikes, mak­ing our job as testers harder, but things for you, the rider, even bet­ter.

What it came down to in the end was that we sim­ply wanted to keep rid­ing the Canyon more than any of the others (and we wanted to ride them a lot too). The lure of the Torque is qui­etly im­pres­sive, and the fun it con­jures up makes it well worth the money.

“what it came down to in the end was that we sim­ply wanted to keep rid­ing the canyon more than any of the others”

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