2023 Canyon

Strive:ON CFR Underdog

A 29″ / 27.5″ carbon frame full suspension enduro e-bike with upper mid-range components.
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Weight54.0 lbs  
SuspensionFull, 160 / 170mm
ForkFox Float 38
ShockFox Float X Performance
Wheels29″ / 27.5″ Aluminum
Drivetrain1 × 12
GroupsetDeore, e*thirteen
MotorBosch 600W 85Nm mid-drive
BrakesHydraulic Disc
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29 mph

Strive:ON CFR Underdog

26 mph

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Loam Wolf
Review: Canyon Strive:On CFR Underdog

May 2024

Ranking highly in both value and capability, it’s safe to say Canyon has knocked it out of the park with the Strive:On CFR Underdog.

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The Canyon Strive:ON CFR is a big-hit e-bike with the precision of a scalpel - MBR

Jan 2024 · Danny Milner

For a brand so focused on racing (and so proficient at building one of the best e-bikes on the market in the shape of the Spectral:ON), it was only a matter of time before Canyon designed a competition enduro e-bike. What’s more of a surprise is how accomplished the new Strive:ON is without a number zip-tied to the bars. Need to know Race-ready enduro e-bike with 170mm front/160mm rear travel Bosch motor with 85Nm and 600W peak power – top model gets the lighter Race motor with 2m overrun feature Either 625Wh or 750Wh battery enclosed by carbon chassis – choose your battery to suit the race Four frame sizes, all with a mixed wheel set-up Three models with prices starting from £5,699 What are the ingredients needed to make one of the best e-bikes for enduro racing? A Bosch motor for that fast, predictable response and powerful overrun to slingshot you out of tight corners and drive you through technical chess moves on timed power stages. An accessible battery compartment for those mandatory power pack changes. A tight, manoeuvrable, compliant chassis that carries speed and conserves energy with the suspension kinematics tuned to provide ample grip rather than ultimate progression when landing big drops and moto jumps. Race proven design If those are the pieces of the puzzle, then the finished jigsaw might well end up looking like the new Canyon Strive:ON – a purpose-built race bike that has just been ridden to the 2023 E-EDR series win piloted by downhill legend Fabien Barel.  But Canyon is not the only brand gunning for glory with a dedicated e-enduro bike; Orbea has the equally fresh and similarly successful Wild M-Team. Both are closely matched in terms of travel and geometry, both pack Bosch’s Performance CX motor, and both have a World Series title under their belts. So we brought both of these winning rigs together to find out which one performs better when you’re not chasing stage victories. Read our full review of the Orbea Wild M-Team Read our comparison review between the Canyon Strive:ON CFR and the Orbea Wild M-Team Frame and geometry The Strive:ON layout has more in common with Canyon’s Spectral:ON than the unassisted Strive enduro race bike. The shock runs inline with the seatstays, anchored to the down tube at the forward eyelet, rather than sitting parallel to the seat tube as it does on the analogue Strive. But with far less room to work with between the top of the motor and the underside of the top tube, Canyon couldn’t have replicated the layout of the unassisted version if it had wanted to. Also missing from the e-bike is the Shapeshifter travel and geo switch with its on-the-fly adjustment. For the simple reason that pedal efficiency isn’t as important when you have 600W and 85Nm of torque on tap from the Bosch motor. Leaving it off has saved weight and reduced complexity, while also freeing up space inside the front triangle for a water bottle. The …Continue reading »

  • • A blistering race bike that’s just as capable outside the tape

  • • Great value

  • • Well considered spec

  • • Progressive sizing.

  • • Limited pedal/BB clearance

  • • Needs careful sag set-up

  • • Battery needs careful installation

  • • Boring paint job.

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EMTB Forums
2024 Canyon Strive:ON CFR review

Dec 2023 · Knut Nes

There’s been much talk about the Canyon Strive:ON CFR that was launched in May this year. It ended up taking months for Canyon to ship a demo bike to Norway, so I was left wondering; what was so great about this bike? Watch the video or keep on...

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Singletrack World
Canyon Strive:ON CFR review

Aug 2023 · Ben Haworth

The Canyon Strive:ON is a very modern e-bike. You can tell this by its downtube alone. It is flipping massive. Eye-catching bulging belly.

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All-New Canyon Strive:ON CFR Races Enduro eBike to World Cup eMTB EDR Series

May 2023

The all-new Canyon Strive:ON CFR drops in a true race-ready carbon enduro ebike powered by leading Bosch powertrain and Fabien Barel proven geometry…

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Canyon Strive:ON CFR review

May 2023 · Nick Clark

Canyon’s new Strive:ON CFR electric enduro bike has its eyes set firmly on the UCI E-Enduro World Cup Series – but how does it ride?

  • Responsive motor

  • Great climbing geometry

  • Mullet setup aids on tight turns

  • Occasional pedal strikes

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E-Mountainbike Magazine
2023 Canyon Strive:ON CFR first ride review - Thoroughbred racer or eMTB all-rounder?

May 2023 · Simon Kohler

The Canyon Strive:ON CFR was developed as an e-enduro racer. But how does it fare as an all-rounderwhat about its all round qualities?

  • Excellent performance at a fair price

  • Trail machine for beginners and experienced riders alike

  • Great all round potential

  • Short riders struggle to find a suitable size

  • Dropper post is slightly too short

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The 2024 Canyon Strive:ON (Brand new) + Torque:ON eMTB (Redesigned)

May 2023

Big days in the e-saddle at the site of the first ever EWS race in Massa Marittima, Italy riding an e-enduro race platform and a self-shuttling park eMTB.

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Canyon Strive:ON, Carbon e-enduro frame engineered to compete at the highest level of pro racing, meeting our rigorous 4e testing standards. With discreetly integrated battery and motor., Axle dimension: 12x148 mm, Material: Carbon (CFR)

BB StandardBosch, Press Fit

Hanger StandardUDH



Fox 38 Rhythm Grip, Axle dimension: 15x110 mm, Stanchion Diameter: 38 mm, Travel: 170 mm, Fork steer tube diameter: 1 1/8" - 1,5", Offset: 44 mm


Spring TypeAir


Fox Float X Evol


Bottom Bracket

Bosch, press-fit


Canyon G5, Modern design, extreme durability: Canyon G5 components were developed by our pros on the world's toughest trails., Fork steer tube diameter: 1 1/8", Clamping diameter: 31,8 mm, Material: Aluminium (AL)


Canyon G5, G5 stands for gravity riding, and category 5. This aluminium bar has superb ergonomics and durability., Clamping diameter: 31,8 mm, Width: 780 mm, Rise: 30 mm


ERGON SM10 EMTB, Weight: 300 g


Iridium Dropper, The Iridium dropper post offers 150-200mm of on-the-fly seat height adjustability., Clamp diameter: 30,9 mm, Material: Aluminium (AL), Weight: 600 g



Canyon G5

Rear Derailleur

Shimano Deore M6100, Cage length: long, Weight: 317 g


e*thirteen E-Spec Plus BOSCH


Shimano Deore M6100, Weight: 136 g


Shimano Deore M6100, Number of sprockets: 12 | Shimano CS-M6100 Deore 12-speed Cassette 10-51


Shimano CN-M6100 | Shimano CN-M6100 Deore 12-speed Chain 138 Links | Shimano SM-CN910 12-speed Quick-Link Chain Connector

Chain Guide

Canyon GP0437-01 Chainguide


SRAM Matchmaker Clamp | SRAM DB8 | SRAM DB8

TypeHydraulic Disc


DT SWISS H 1900 Spline Hybrid 29, Rotor mount: IS 6-bolt, Weight: 1.03 kg | DT Swiss H1900, Axle dimension: 12x148 mm, Rotor mount: IS 6-bolt, Free hub: Shimano, Hub Technology: Ratchet, standard, Inner width: 30 mm, Spokes: Straight Pull, Rim material: Aluminium, Weight: 1.12 kg


Maxxis Minion DHR II 3C MaxxTerra, Width: 2.4", Weight: 900 g | Maxxis Assegai 3C MaxxGrip, Width: 2,5", Weight: 1.16 kg | Maxxis Minion DHR II DH 27.5" x 2.4" MaxxGrip MTB Tyre | Maxxis Assegai EXO+ TR MaxxTerra WT 29" x 2.5" MTB Tyre

Disc Rotors

SRAM Centerline, Size: 200 mm, Weight: 205 g | SRAM Centerline, Size: 220 mm, Weight: 223 g | Shimano SM-RT66 Brake Rotor 220mm | Shimano SM-RT66 Brake Rotor 203mm

Electric Components

Bosch Performance Line CX


Depending on your selected configuration.

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