EMBARGO UNTIL 23 MAY 2023, 11 AM (CEST) — In 2022, Canyon released a totally redesigned Torque. The engineers at the industry-leading bike brand took their beloved freeride range and made it better than ever with a full-carbon line up that was slacker, lighter, stiffer and, most importantly, ready to go bigger at the bike park. Even the aluminium models got a full redesign, but they didn’t stop at the frames. For the first time, the Torque was offered with mullet wheel sizing – a fast-rolling 29” wheel taking care of business up front and a rowdy 27.5” wheel keeping the party going out back.
Now, for 2023 every single Torque model will come available with the mixed wheel size. Mullet wheels offer the benefits of both worlds and suit a huge range of riders: a big 29” wheel up front delivers better rollover, improved stability at speed and a larger contact patch for improved traction. Smaller 27.5” rubber in the back provides increased agility, superior manoeuvrability in tight corners and keeps riders from buzzing the rear wheel when hanging off the back on steep sections.
The updated range carries over the same features that made the Torque a one-bike solution for a full season of shredding at the bike park and in the backcountry. Slack headtube angles, reduced offset forks, longer reach and steeper seat tube angles come together with frames that are stiffer, more durable, and even fit a bottle cage.
Whether riders are rolling steeps at speed, throwing shapes off kickers, or boosting trail-side lips, every Torque is tested and rated to Canyon’s highest Category 5 standard. A standard Thomas Genon and Kaos Seagrave have put to the ultimate test riding some of the burliest lines in the world at Red Bull Rampage and whipping up storm on monstrous Fest Series jumps. In honour of the Torques incredible capability, 2023 will see a dual crown offering join the range. Whether looking riders want a heavy hitting freerider, or a downhill ready rig, the Torque DH CLLCTV is an AL framed beast that loves to go huge. For a bike built to send it this hard, there was only one choice for colour- this big mountain brawler features Kaos Theory artwork.
While the focus is on mullet bikes, there will still be options for the one-wheel-size purists. The AL Torque 6 will be available with full 27.5” for the true-blue park rats and the Torque CF 7 and CF 8 will have full 29” versions for riders determined to ride as fast as possible over the gnarliest terrain.
Completing Canyon’s freeride offering, it goes without saying that there will be a Fabio Wibmer signature edition Torque. This will be the third version of the Austrian’s signature Torque since he joined Canyon. His 2023 bike features all new artwork, updated specs and mullet wheels.
The Torque range starts with the Torque 5 and its game-changing aluminium frame. It comes kitted with RockShox suspension, Shimano Deore shifting and grippy Maxxis tyres for a no-nonsense introduction to a serious park bike. On the other end of the spectrum, the Torque CF 9 comes fully decked out with supple Fox Factory suspension, wireless and accurate SRAM AXS shifting and DH-proven DT Swiss wheels.
The complete Torque family will be available to order on 23 May 2023 at canyon.com.