The two smaller sizes aim to offer riders left of the bell curve a little more room in the crotch, while leaving the big rear wheels for the high-of-crotch. Their chainstays go from 445 to 455 millimeters. And if a member of either height range wants to run a rear wheel size Canyon doesn’t offer them out of the box, there’s a shock mount that will keep the bottom bracket height in line after the swap.
There’s a similar adjustability on the opposite end of the bike, where the Canyon Sender uses a headset that allows for eight millimeters for and aft adjustment that actually increases or decreases reach by 8 millimeters. Whether by preference or necessity, it’s a way to find the right fit.
And that fit has changed pretty dramatically. The reach grew by 30 millimeters on the XL, by 15 millimeters on the small and by somewhere inbetween inbetween. But they didn’t mess with a whole lot else, size-wise. Same bottom bracket height, same head tube angle, and just a hair shorter in the head tube to try and offset the ride height of the larger front wheel.
There are only two builds in the Sender CFR, one for SRAM loyalists and one for Shimano loyalists. The SRAM build runs on a Boxxer and Super Deluxe Ultimates, XO DH drivetrain, Code RSC brakes and DT 240 hubs and 560 rims and goes for $5,800. The Shimano build runs on a Fox 40 Performance Elite fork, DHX2 coil shock, Saint drivetrain and brakes and DT 350 hubs and 2020 rims, and comes in at a pretty damn impressive $4,700. There’s no aluminum version, no heavier carbon version. These are for racing. That’s what the R stands for.