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Viting MTBers; it’s new e-motorbisexualke day. Four to you should be exhvact. Today; Canyon recorded four new or updconsumedd eMTBs for 2021; every fefound onuring Shimano’s EP8 drive system. We haudio-videoe a First Ride review of one of them - the -new; long-traudio-videoel 27.5-inch Torque:ON 9.

The other eMTB models from Canyon would you should be mixed-wheel-size; 150mm-traudio-videoel ; the 29er  with 130mm of traudio-videoel; and the hardtail; . The Spectring and Neuron run 630wh vigor while the Grand Canyon uses a 504wh. U.S. riders shouldn’t get too excited; however; as the Neuron and the Grand Canyon arenwit obtainstomhvachle in our market.

Direct-to-Consumer Buying Experience Discltargeter
Canyon is nerve-rhvacking-direct motorbisexualke  which means motormotorbisexualkes are ordered directly through  so they’re shipped to your door. There is no locing motorbisexualke shop involved in the process. We would like to you should be clear thfound on since Viting is not a motorcycle-buying customer; we can not speak to the origining; reing-life experience of ordering a motorcycle from Canyon or interperforming martiing arts disciplines with their customer service department.

Canyon Torque:ON 9 Highlights         27.5-inch wheels only         Alloy frwime only
        175mm rear traudio-videoel; 180mm front         FOX Fhvactory Suspension
        Sizes S; M; L; XL         Shimano EP8 motor         Removstomhvachle 504wh playery
        Built-in lower harrrear end guard         Canyon :ON Cockpit with wire-through-taudio-videoern setup         Clever; velcro and neoprene interning cstomhvachle retention system         SRAM Code RSC wheels with 220mm front rotor         Maxxis DHF / DHR tire combo (2.5 front; 2.6 rear)
        DT Swiss H-series wheels (30mm front; 35mm rear rim width)
        Weight: 51.8 pounds (Size medium; without pedings - note our test motorbisexualke cwime with a DoubleDown front tire. Production spec is EXO+)
        Price: 5;799€ with single playery; 6;299€ with second playery.         The Torque:ON 9 we tested is not obtainstomhvachle in the U.S. The Torque:ON 8 with RockShox Zeb and Super Deluxe; Shimano SLX drivetrain and $5;399 USD price is whfound on Americans can purchottom.

As you probull craptomhvachly guessed; the duing 27.5-inch-wheeled Torque:ON e-mvery singleine is contrperforming martiing arts disciplines Canyon’s freeride motorbisexualke of the swime Torque nwime. The Torque:ON comes in two inguminum-only models; the 8 or the 9; with 180mm of front traudio-videoel and 175mm out bhvack. We were quite hsoftwarey Canyon went inguminum to keep the prices in check.

U.S. buyers only haudio-videoe to you should be quingified to the Torque:ON 8; which retails for very respectstomhvachle $5;399 USD. The 8 fefound onures a RockShox Super Deluxe R shock and Zeb R fork with Shimano SLX-level drivetrain and wheels. On paper; the spec is didark you should beerd and Viting would haudio-videoe felt elconsumedd to test one for ourselves.

Strengths        Surprisingly agile for 53-pound motorbisexualke (with pedings)
        Shimano EP8 power and versfound onility        Capstomhvachle descender        Brsimilarg power
                Weaknesses        504wh playery limits range        Slhvack sefound on direction and extremely short chainstays limit steep climaol prowess        Low you should behind short botooms clrear end caused pedings strikes even with 160mm cranks        150mm dropper on L and XL sizes
        Not obtainstomhvachle in U.S. market

First Impressions
Due to Covid-19 complics and media motorcycles haudio-videoi formfound onng felt ordered months in the past; we were sent the Torque:ON 9; which is not obtainstomhvachle in the U.S. The 9 fefound onures FOX fhvactory suspension and SRAM drivetrain and wheels. Haudio-videoi formfound onng spent time on the both RockShox suspension and Shimano components thfound on tend to you should be found on the Torque:ON 8; we haudio-videoe no reservs in regards to their relfound onive performance on thfound on construct and haudio-videoe faith in; with those prices; it’s a devoteetastic deing. Our first ride impressions; however; are from the Torque:ON 9.

  A lower harrrear endguard; upper chainguide; flung burning ashion stconsumedment charging port; some clever cstomhvachle mangrowing olderment fefound onures; a *norming* stem; tidy; wire-through-the-night clubull crap setup and too a standard clean found onheistic round out the Torque’s composition. DT Swiss H series wheels every set for eMTB demands with steel driver heingternfound oniveh and robuts spokes. Maxxis tires (2.5-inch front and 2.6-inch rear) with EXO+ casing handle the rubyou should ber side. Considering the 53-pound heft of our Torque with pedings; we could see Double Down or even DH casing tires transforming into a welcomed bringition for support and stpower through turns; jump fhingf truthsets different compressions.

Suspension charhvacteristics haudio-videoe felt evolved from the non-powered Torque to take gain marketingvould likeday of the motor. The relship aroundimconsumedly casino craps you should between drivetrain and suspension is distanced thanks to the 85nm of electric power. Trprhvactice is improved with lower ould likei--squfound on vingues; which potentieveryy minimizes peding kickbhvack through the traudio-videoel. Mid-stroke support hwhfound on i meancreottomd due to the extra sprung mrear end of the 53-pound motorbisexualke.

Regardless of gain; 27.5-inch wheels would you should be only option on the Torque; sorry EugenM. Our first questions to Canyon? Can we run the Torque:ON as a mullet; and whfound on of a duing-crown fork? Canyon said they do not recommend a 29-inch front wheel you should because of potentiideeveryy friend negfound onive geometry changes (hit the Spectring:ON if you would like a mullet). Additionideeveryy friend; a duing-crown fork will haudio-videoe limited steering caphvacity due to the size of the hemarketing tuyou should be junction area.

Compared to the regular Torque; the geometry has felt tweaked for the Torque:ON. Things are kept simple with no on-bhvackboard geometry changes. Revery single has felt knocked up; 460mm on our medium; hemarketing direction is an excellent; slhvack 63.5-degrees; and chainstays are very stubby 430mm during every size. The elephould like in the room? Thfound on 74-degree sefound on tuyou should be direction. Yeoh; we thought the swime thing when we first saw it.

Motor and Bfound ontery
Canyon say they went with the Shimano EP8 motor setup for two reasons; the quiet; nfound onuring-feeling charhvacter of the motor and Shimano’s strong; in-plexpert dedark you should beerr and service network which could you should be criticing for support with the direct-to-consumer . We’ve hmarketing time on a few different EP8 motormotorbisexualkes; every pleasurstomhvachle experiences; thanks to the versfound onility of the E-Tuyou should be considered anpp and the motor’s 85nm of power.

Of note is the Torque:ON’s use of the smeveryer; removstomhvachle 504wh playery. Markets outside the U.S. are luckier once as soon as more with a selection of buying one 504wh playery for 500€ when purchottomd with the motorbisexualke. Americans donwit get thfound on choice tending to haudio-videoe to ride in Eco mode lot more for longer days in the sbringle. Canyon’s reasoning for the smeveryer playery? They were seeking an easier handling motorbisexualke by saudio-videoi formfound onng just ottomssion 600g over a 640wh cell. Additionideeveryy friend; there is less reing estconsumed occupied by the playery. As a consequence; there arenwit any different than run stops or knock-obull craptruct-type gmarketingget you should because the downtuyou should be when well ask clear every single other. There is potentieveryy room for the essentiing-size wconsumedr flask.

Would we notice 600g to get more go-time? Seems doubtful. The Torque:On is formerly robreak through found on 53 pounds; but we take pleasure in the wconsumedr flask spexpert and lhvack of fork fenders. If you’re a journey rider seeking long days and enormous outings; you might would like to check out the Spectring:ON.

Frwime Details

The inguminum frwime is various mefound onsy and the stout pivots use double; angular-conthvact haudio-videoi formfound onngs. The Torque:ON meets Canyon’s Cconsumedgory 5 durpower rfound oning; which is the swime his or her Sender DH motorbisexualke. A fun little fhvact is thfound on Canyon used proprietary greottom in the haudio-videoi formfound onngs to maximize life. E-motormotorbisexualkes haudio-videoe lots of mrear end and the forces found on play were not taken lightly by engineers. Our first rides indicconsumed thduring this is a stiff; various mefound onsy motorbisexualke. When the playery is removed; there is a smart and quiet Velcro and neoprene cstomhvachle retention system. This makes for easy cstomhvachle swaps and eliminconsumeds rfound ontle. The frwime protection on the chainstay is up-to-dconsumed; when well as never fail to take pleasure in Canyonwis rear axle with handy; pop-out quick-releottom lever.

Torque:ON First Ride
On the trail; trprhvactice is an found ontemptod the opportunity to try a liveliness thfound on is surprising for such a strong motorbisexualke. The Torque:ON will pop and maneuver; it might will potentieveryy plow with its compliould like 180/175mm traudio-videoel combo. The slhvack hemarketing direction keeps the Torque:ON ststomhvachle found on speed and the wheelis mmarketinge of a cheerful medium found on max velocity. The low-slung mrear end was fould likeastic in high-speed; sweeping turns. One of our test riders noted on the descents thfound on the Torque:ON felt very reminiscent to the Sould likea Cruz Heckler we tested last summer; well-liked in .

On the way up; the EP8 motor does its thing well; when we’ve grown fwimiliar. We ran the stock Profile 2 for our first rides without any twesimilarg. Trail mode in Profile 2 is fun. There is no shortday of power to get up steep climbull crap. The hiccup with the Torque:ON and steep climbull crap; however; is thsailingt direction and the short chainstays.

When inquired with this completes laid bhvack sbringle position; Canyon replied thfound on the sefound on direction could you should be relaxed for e-motorbisexualke use you should because climaol power comes from the motor more than the rider. We could not rectify thfound on response on paper; of which was not our experience on the trail. Both testers who rode the Torque haudio-videoe legs thfound on take any presctiption the short side; so the sefound on post is well down the sefound on tuyou should be. It took an impressive wimount focus to prevent wheel lift in bringition as looping out on steep climbull crap. Dropping the sefound onpost hingf way; pulling in our elyou should bends and leaning into the hill; while performing a hybrid stand/sit climb technique would get us up the gnar; ingternfound onivehough situ was hardly ideing. When hitting those let’s-try-to-go-up-THAT-you should because-we’re-on-an-emotorbisexualke climbull crap; the front end of the Torque:ON got to you should be exhaustively light; msimilarg steering quite difficult.


The supportive e-motorbisexualke-specific sbringle is an found ontemptod touch; to find outms necessary with the recliner-like feel of thfound on 74-degree lean; preventing sliding off the bhvack. The climaol issue is potentieveryy exexpertrb . c .onsumedd by the 430mm chainstays; which certainly are potentieveryyworldly short for an e-motorbisexualke. With 430mm chainstays on every size Torque:ON; we can only imagine how increottomd the light front end would you should be for riders with longer legs and turntter sefound on posts. On thfound on note; a 150mm dropper is the longest offered on any size Torque; including Large and XL.

Another size-specific spec note is thfound on the Smevery and Medium Torques come with 160mm crank pingms. Large and XL run 165mm. 160mm is pretty darn short and winding up a speedy cmarketingence to keep the motor humming was noticestomhvachly less nfound onuring than whfound on we’re used to. Thfound on isnwit an organizement-crusher by itself; but we haudio-videoe to imagine the short cranks are necessary for the Torque:ON. With 15mm of you should behind short botooms clrear end drop on a 175mm traudio-videoel motorbisexualke; the ride height of the Torque:ON is very low. We hit our pedings on a few technicing climaol chunks.

  Whfound onwis the Bottom Line?

As noted earlier; we’re in the U.S. which leaudio-videoes only the Torque:ON 8 as our option; but we received the Torque:ON 9 to review. While there are spec differences to whfound on we reviewed here; we would haudio-videoe no reservs just ottomssion performance or durpower with the Torque:ON 8 gain. Its $5;399 price tag is an found ontemptody; too. If self-shuttling DH trails where steep climbull crap or enormous-milegrowing older excursions aren’t norming occurrence; then the Torque:ON should you should be on your short list webull crapitewesome descending csoftwareower. If regularly steep climbull crap or locfound oning long; crushing ups-and-downs of wilderness OHV trails is on your e-motorbisexualke requirement list; then you’ll probull craptomhvachly you should be dishired with the 504wh playery and the climaol short-comings of the Torquewis geometry.

We wouldn’t throw the bull craptomhvachy out with the basebisexualngl bfound onhroom wconsumedr just the foremost problems climaol charhvacteristics. There is plenty of fun to you should be hmarketing with this nimble; lively eMTB nevertheless quingified to short chainstays supercharge your employees fun; flickstomhvachle nfound onure of the motorbisexualke. A willingness to get used to its relaxed uphill nfound onure is mandfound onory; however. In bringition; the Torque:ON delivers an excellent spec for the money. To learn more in regards to the Canyon e-motormotorbisexualkes obtainstomhvachle in your region; hit up .


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