DOWNHILL IS AS MUCH ABOUT
CREATIVITY AS IT IS ABOUT
STRENGTH, SKILL AND GUTS.
Developed alongside Fabien Barel and based on the same bike that Troy Brosnan rode to World Cup victory in Vallnord, the Sender AL brings race-winning pedigree to a robust aluminium frame. Providing superior traction and inspiring speed over any terrain, each bike comes equipped with a coil shock that uses a similar three-phase kinematic developed for the Sender CF. Built to last and kitted out with a range of components that hit all the right notes, this is the people’s downhill bike.
Adjusting the leverage curve of the Sender AL according to the linear character of coil shocks, we set out to create the perfect mix of three interlocking characteristics: anti-squat, pedal kickback and anti-rise.
High anti-squat enables efficient acceleration but also results in more pedal kickback. We found a balance that actively increases the rider’s momentum without causing undue leg fatigue over fast repetitive hits. Effective anti-rise means the rear end remains active and in contact with the ground under heavy braking for exceptional traction and control when they’re needed the most.
TRIPLE PHASE SUSPENSION
Phase 1: At the beginning of the stroke, the linkage activates
the coil shock to provide outstanding responsiveness, small
bump sensitivity and traction around the sag point.
Phase 2: Lower power through the mid-stroke provides a stable
platform to reduce momentum loss. This enables the rider to
actively pump for more track speed and make pinpoint line
Phase 3: The suspension is slightly more progressive at the end
of the stroke to use all of the travel in the best possible way.
Greater control equals greater speed on track. The Sender geometry is at the forefront of the modern approach. Extending the wheelbase through the chainstays and front center increases stability and tracking through corners. We also opted to lower the bottom bracket and increase the head tube
length for a greater stack height. The result is a sensation of being in the bike for added confidence when taking on technical tracks at racing speeds.
By creating four distinct sizes, from S to XL, we ensure that taller riders above 190 cm get the exact same performance as riders below 170 cm. This is one of the widest size ranges currently available to downhillers.
Chainstay length can be adjusted to suit both course and riding style. Where tight corners make all the difference, the shorter 430 mm setting provides a rapid responding rear end.
If high speed is what it takes, the longer 446 mm setting increases stability. Making the change simply requires inserting the through axle into the chosen dropout and switching the position of the brake mount.
At Canyon, our internal testing procedures far exceed any industry standard. Where our products fit into our five-category testing classification is determined by how they perform across a range of examinations in our labs where we test our products to destruction.
In our test lab, we repeatedly simulate the most punishing downhill riding scenarios. Throughout development of the entire frame, any weak points were identified using a series of overload and impact resistance tests before being eradicated from the final design.
As a result, the Sender meets our most demanding safety standards and is classed in the top tier: Category 5. The G forces required for its structure to fail far exceed those that the human body is capable of coping with.
> CABLE CHANNEL
> 2C ARMOUR // A two-piece component with a hard core to protect the chainstay and a soft upper to reduce excessive chain noise.
> HEEL PROTECTOR // Protects the chainstay on the non-drive side.
> BENT STAYS // Extra clearance for the chain reduces chain slap for an even stealthier ride.
> SENDER FENDER // The flexible guard protects the shock and linkage from rocks and dirt.
> DESIGN // RACING AGGRESSION – Clean-cut edges and logical lines give the Sender its aggressive, race-ready appearance