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  • Writer's pictureAnthony Holden

Canyon Strive MTB Rebuild

I often end a job wishing I'd taken more photos and this was no exception... fortunately I did take a few when it was complete, although I don't think they completely do justice to the transformation.

This bike came to me as a secondhand purchase from a teenager who wanted it for Enduro and all mountain use. The previous owner had massively modified it from stock with some very specific parts for his needs, many of which weren't really ideal for the new owner.

Anyway, first thing was to remove the BMX riser bars and stem - obviously it was used as a bit of a jump bike and the only way he could get the rise he needed was to use some rather thin BMX bars. Not ideal for Enduro! We replaced those with a rather fetching Nukeproof Horizon stem in blue and matching Horizon bars and grips.

A complete strip down and rebuild with new cables, brake bleed, headset service, BB service and replacement SRAM Eagle cassette and chain followed to get everything working properly.

Finally, we decided to replace the Rockshox Reverb post with a Brand X one. Having gone through 3 Reverbs personally, I really struggle to recommend them over the Brand X ones. Sure they're a bit smoother and more controllable when they work, but all the ones I've owned have ultimately developed some play and need far more regular maintenance. I was forever bleeding and fettling them, until I switched to the cable operated ones.

Anyway, some matching pimpy blue pedals and a refresh of the rim tape, tubeless valves and sealant and she was ready to ride.

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