As mentioned in the Preview of the Canyon Nerve AL 9.9, this review came about with a fairly specific task in mind: the Grand Raid Cristalp. In it 24th year, this event is up there with the hardest one day mountain biking events on the calendar, so I needed a bike that was going to get me through the 125km route and up the 5200m of Alpine climbing without too many tears; and then down again without breaking anything, neither man or machine…
So it was with the Cristalp in mind, that CycleTechReview.com lined up the Canyon Nerve AL 9.9, described as a “tour” or “marathon” bike, hoping that this full suspension 29er would prove to be the best tool for the job.
I have been slow to get on board the 29er band wagon. Whilst the debate goes on and I continue to read those that make their cases for one or the other, or now increasingly for the third, middle ground option, occupied by the 650b (or 27.5 inch), I have never seen the need to replace my tried and tested 26-inch wheel. So the Nerve AL and its 29er Mavic Crossmax ST wheels would have a lot to prove to me.
After an expected 9 hours of riding – you can read the story of my Grand Raid Cristalp on BritishCycleSport.com – would I still want more Canyon Nerve AL 9.9 or would I be glad to return it to Canyon UK headquarters in Kingston?… Read More >