When choosing your Canyon Torque, there’s a few different options depending on your budget and wheel size preferences. Frames are offered in both aluminum and carbon fiber, with the base AL 5 spec receiving the former material and the CF 7 and CF 8 seeing the latter. Regardless of material selection, the Torque is offered in dual 29” or 27.5” wheel options, and the CF 8 employs a mixed wheel setup for the mullet lovers. The 29er options get 170mm travel on both ends; the 27.5” has a 180mm fork with 175mm out back; and the mixed wheel setup is made from a 29” front end and 27.5” rear end, so has a 170mm fork and 175mm rear travel.
Shared between the two frame materials and all wheel configurations is the Triple Phase Horst Link suspension system that Canyon uses on the majority of their full suspension bikes. Kinematics on this system begin with roughly 31% leverage progression with a smooth curve that flattens throughout the travel, ensuring coil shock compatibility. The anti-squat sits at just over 100% in the climbing gears, increasing gradually up to 114% in the smallest rear cogs. Anti-rise sits at quite a low 60%, which is typical for conventional Horst link design bikes.
The Torque CF is strength rated to their highest downhill standards and can be equipped with a dual crown fork aftermarket without voiding the warranty. There’s a nice, molded rubber chainstay protector; generous downtube protector, and room in the front triangle for a water bottle regardless of material selected.
Where they differ is of course in the material, with the CF frame undercutting the weight of the AL by roughly 600g. Additionally, there are premium frame features on the CF frame that the AL forgoes to keep the price down. The frame pivots get an extra level of sealing and the threads for pivot hardware can be replaced on the CF in case of damage. Also, the internal routing is fully guided, opposed to foam wrapped in the AL front triangle and external on the rear. Rounding out the differences, there’s a flip chip in place on the seatstay shock mount of the CF to quickly adjust the geometry by 0.5 degrees on the head and seat tube angle and 8mm at the bottom bracket, whereas the aluminum bike has a fixed geometry.
Canyon’s Torque CF7 is the mid-tier model in the lineup, coming in at $4,399 and sporting a purposeful parts package that should deliver dependable performance throughout. A RockShox pairing of Zeb Select+ fork and SuperDeluxe Select+ RT shock offer fewer tuning options than their more expensive siblings but should still deliver plenty of control for hard charging. Maintaining the SRAM group theme is the full GX Eagle drivetrain with Descendant Alloy cranks, and Code R brakes with 200mm rotors. The burly DT Swiss FR 2070 wheelset is shod with a Maxxis Assegai MaxxGrip EXO+ front tire and DHR2 MaxxTerra Double down in the rear. Rounding out the spec are Canyon’s G5 alloy cockpit and dropper seatpost, and a Fizik Gravita Alpaca saddle.
Geometry is fairly consistent between the Torque CF and Torque AL, with the only differences being in the combination of head and seat tube angles that can be obtained – the fixed geometry of the AL takes the slacker 63.5-degree head tube angle and 30mm BB drop from the “LO” position of the CF, with the 78-degree seat tube angle from its “HI” position. The size small is only offered in 27.5” wheel configuration, so reaches on the Torque 29 CF begin at 465mm for the medium through to 515mm on the XL, with accompanying stacks from 629mm to 647mm.
Seat tube lengths are relatively short across the board, from the 430mm of the medium to the 460mm of the XL, allowing for long travel droppers and the ability to choose between multiple sizes for most riders. The chainstay remains constant across the size range of the 29er, sitting at 440mm. Wheelbase figures total range from 1,253-1,312mm, which should give plenty of confidence inspiring stability. As we tested the XL frame size, the wheelbase is unsurprisingly long, but the remainder of the numbers are quite standard for a 2022 enduro machine.