Lewis has been putting the Canyon Torque CF 7.0 through its paces to see if the big enduro rig can cut it as an every day ride.
The Canyon Torque CF 7.0 is the German direct sales brand’s base model, long travel enduro and big mountain machine. From your bike alpine runs, to the flowing trails at bike parks, to full race attack mode, it’s aimed at anyone who doesn’t need a downhill bike but the Strive isn’t quite enough.
The Canyon CF 7.0 comes out of the box ready to fight, with a composite frame construction of a carbon fibre front triangle is mated to an alloy rear. Since this review, Canyon has brought out the 2021 Torque range which include the new breed of 38mm chassis forks such as the Rockshox ZEB fork on the CF 7.0 and a move to a full carbon frame.
A SRAM-heavy component package features a Lyrik Select+ up front and a Super Deluxe Select + out back, GX Eagle 12-speed drive and Code R brakes. The dropper however is Canyon’s own Iridium unit.
Wheels come in the form of DT Swiss’ dependable E1900 hoops, with Maxxis 3C Maxx Grip rubber.
Canyon’s own alloy cockpit with a 40mm stem and 780mm bars complete the spec.
The Torque climbed efficiently and it tackled some of the trickier singletrack climbs around Glyncorrwg well. As soon as I found the perfect seating position and saddle height, I felt that I was comfortable on nearly any climb. The SDG saddle was a great addition to the spec.
The Rockshox Super Deluxe Shock also comes with a climb switch which helps on the long fire road climbs and the suspension platform made for a efficient climbing unlocked when things got more technical.
The bike felt comfortable to throw into berms and technical switchbacks which inspired confidence while riding, the bike is also not shy when it comes to airtime. The suspension offers good support when on the big hits, technical rock rollers and bigger gaps. It performed very well on the Cwmcarn DH tracks which boasts some of the biggest features in South Wales.
On steeper trails, the SRAM Code R’s allow you to reel the bike back in if you feel out of control. I did try to push this bike to its limits on local trails that I knew and it went well. The Torque felt at home on the steeper and more technical terrain and you can start to gain momentum while riding.
On the trail centre style tracks (Y Wall & Whites Level & Cwmcarn ) you will find yourself working the bike hard. You will find yourself pedalling harder and trying to pump a lot more aggressively than usual, but this bike is capable of getting around the trail centre loops but it needs some gravity on the trails to make the bike come alive. The Canyon Strive maybe a better option if you want a bike that can do trail centres justice.
What do we think?
The Canyon Torque 7.0 is a good spec for the price and can handle a lot of serious riding in the UK and would be a good contender a UK race bike. I like the blend of quality and simplicity package that Canyon have put together for the 7.0. A rider who likes big jumps and steep enduro trails will go well on the Torque.
Solid spec for the price
Confidence-inspiring descending capability
Could do better:
No water bottle mount
Need a lot of energy to ride flatter trails
You can check out the Canyon Torque CF 7.0 and the rest of the Torque range on their website here.