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Each one is different, and that’s the beauty of it all. Some last an hour, others can go on for days. As soon as you’re out there though, there’s no place better.

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The Ride to work

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The Ride to work

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The Adventurers

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The Adventurers

 

It’s not very often a man looks you dead in the eyes and says what you’re about to do could kill you. That man was the owner of the Mount Dare Hotel, the last bastion of hope before entering the world’s largest sand dune desert.
We’d already had the ranger try and talk us out of it, found alternatives to our leaking water containers, the crows had got to our food supply and based on the ranger’s advice we’d decided to change route, adding a few hundred k’s to our journey. This was meant to be our rest day…

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The Family Ride

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The Rainy Day

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The Rainy Day

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The Night Ride

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The Night Ride

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The Engineer

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The Engineer

 

I’m always thinking about what I can change on the product, or what new inventions I can create to make me go faster.” For Moritz Ströer, a mountain bike product engineer at Canyon and former downhill racer, developing bikes and racing go hand-in-hand. When working on the Sender, Canyon’s first fully-fledged downhill bike, his passion for riding and racing were critical. Moritz split time between the desk and the trails doing tests with riders like Fabien Barel to make sure the bike was ready to compete at the highest level.

 

For Moritz, “it’s really important to feel the needs of racers right now and to go to a race like the Enduro World Series.” In the case of the last round of the series in Finale Ligure, Italy, those needs are serious. Over the course of two days, competitors are required to not only descend over 19 kilometers of fast and technical singletrack, but also do over 3,000m of climbing through the Italian hills. Follow Moritz as he looks for inspiration and tries his hand at one of the enduro world’s most iconic races.

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The Post-Work Blast

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The Post-Work Blast

The Great Escape - where all the best plans are made.

Nail the first trail and take the rest from there.

Competition is no bad thing - some days you're ahead, others you're behind.

Looking around always helps take your mind off the climb.

What all the good stuff is made of.

Hands down the best part of the day.

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Talking to mountain bikers about what makes them tick and asking the big question: Why?

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James Lawrence

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James Lawrence

Service and Warranty Team Manager

Describe yourself in a few words

Tattooed Mountain Biker.

 

What motivates you to ride?

Being outside in open spaces, nature, travel, mountains, adrenalin, speed, life style…… Coffee
I just love going to new places, seeing and experiencing new things.

 

Best time of year to ride?

Mid-winter, early morning when the trails have frosted over, all the puddles are frozen and you are coming down a fast flow trail.

 

Which bike do you ride most & why?

My Spectral. I wanted a bike I could race, but was still fun on an everyday trail ride.  With work comes pressure, I find myself needing a fun bike to get away from things.

 

What’s your dream build?

I want a bike that is indestructible, big bearings, big hardware, probably around 140mm with 160mm up front so it soaks up those bigger hits out on the trails. Similarly 4 pot brakes, as sometimes I can be soft. Normally around 780 on the bar width, a short stem depending on reach numbers. I prefer a flatter bar but this depends on the front end height. I’ve swapped between 650/29 the last few years and trying to find a height that works well.

I’d love to try the new XTR 12spd, everything I want and its Shimano so hopefully mega smooth reliable shifting. I’ve recently switched from FOX to Rock Shox with a coil out back and the Lyric RCT3 out front, the support from SRAM has been fantastic and the setup is working really well for me.

I’ve been running Schwalbe tyres. I got onto the 650B wagon early and not all other brand supported it fully. I always get on well with the Magic Marry, tubeless of course with glitter. Recently put a Maxxis Aggressor on the rear and its running well but my OCD means I can’t run mismatched tyres and am waiting for the new Hans Dampf. Schwalbe bring me tan walls

Contact points would be ODI grips as I’ve had them on all my bike for as long as I can remember and Mallet DH pedals for the same reason. Sam Hill keeps making me want to try flats again though!

If this is true dream build I’d go carbon wheels around 30mm internal? Black stealth frame with purple ano from Hope/King on the hubs, BB and bars.

 

Most essential piece of kit for riding in the UK?

Schwalbe Magic Marry front tire, tubeless setup and of course a Face Fender for the fork. We have so many different kinds of riding in the UK I think you need a tyre you know will work no matter where you end up.

 

Favourite trail?

Surrey Hills, while listening to Drum and Bass.
I have lived outside of the UK a lot. These trails always remind me of home and good times with old friends. The trails here give you very different terrain over a small area and have a little bit of everything. Short and sweet.

 

Best location to ride?

Queenstown, No question!
It is an area with some of the most beautiful landscape, amazing riding, mixture of bikepark and natural trails. I raced the Trans NZ the first time I rode here and have been back many times since. I am yet to ride Whistler on my bike, but I can’t believe any riding location is better than Queenstown.

 

What do you do at Canyon?

Service and Warranty Team Manager

I manage the team that look after all the warranty, guarantee and service for Canyon UK, for not only Canyon parts but all the suppliers we deal with as well. We have a team in the office of 6 people and 3 mechanics who have over 100 years’ experience between us.

 

Favourite MTB slang word?

Gnarly!

Don’t tell me you’re not riding ‘cos it’s raining, your skin is waterproof.

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Georg Eisele

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Georg Eisele

Global Event Manager

Describe yourself in a few words?

I got some help from the guys I work with on this one… My name is Georg, I’m not as handsome as my colleagues say I am, and I have a beard. I was born in the south of Germany near Stuttgart and I’ve worked at Canyon for around about 2 years now. I like music, movies, bikes, books and going out with my friends for some beers. I would describe myself as a friendly guy, but some people say I’m a misanthrope, whatever that is. Like I say, just ask my colleagues…

 

Why do you ride?

I ride for fun and for the adrenaline you get out on the trails. But one big reason is also to be out in nature and just having a good time with my friends. Going uphill is not my favorite part about it but it’s a good workout and somehow we all have to keep fit and healthy.

 

Which bike do you ride most?

Most of the time I ride a Spectral AL EX, but other times I like to get out on a Strive. Once a year I get out on a Sender, but I’m not that good on it…

 

Social rider or lone wolf?

Both. I really like to have fun on the trails with a bunch of friends. It’s also fact that a beer after a ride tastes better than any other time. But I also enjoy to ride on my own, time to time, it’s good to get a clear head.  Downside:  I definitely feel safer with someone else there with me when I hit the jump line in the Koblenz Stadtwald.

 

What is your job at Canyon?

I am a part of the Canyon Event Team.

 

Describe your daily work!

As Global Event Manager I am in constant contact with our international offices helping them to put on cool events around the world. Here in Germany, I’m also part of organizing our biggest events like the Pure Cycling Festival we hold here in Koblenz as well as internal events we put on for Canyon employees to have some fun with. Most of the time I am in the office, but I also spend time in our warehouse deciding which bikes to take to our events or packing our vans before heading to the shows. It’s very hands on, which is nice because you don’t spend all the time hanging in front of a computer screen. Naturally I have to work a lot of weekends, it’s hard work but lots of fun at the same time.

 

What do you like most about your job?

Above all else it’s the people and working with them to create awesome events around our bikes. But I also like working in the bike industry in general, because there is a special atmosphere at the events and you have nice people around. I love to travel so I like being on the road, seeing different places and meeting people from all around the world. Between it all there’s always chance to do cool stuff, like shooting the This Is Why edit in beautiful Innsbruck on our way to an event in Italy, it all ties in nicely.

 

Keep your bike in check or let things slide?

I have to admit that I am not that great at checking my bike like riding it, like a lot of people I guess. But for sure, it’s not in bad shape as I keep it in the living room. I’m also lucky that my housemate is a pro mechanic.

I love to travel so I like being on the road, seeing different places and meeting people from all around the world.

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Lars (Larry) Hartwich

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Lars (Larry) Hartwich

Canyon Factory Enduro Team Mechanic

You’re riding the perfect trail into the sunset, just like the movies. What do you feel?
Balance, freedom, adrenaline.

 

Social rider or lone wolf?
You can’t take it for granted when you’ve got a great group of buddies who all make time to go ride together. On every trail we’re there, elbows out, racing, shouting crap at each other, trying to push each other to the limit. It’s a blast, always. Then there are those times when you just want to go out and clear your head by riding alone with some good tunes.

 

Planned routes or make it up as you go?
Freestyle mostly. Pretty much all rides start out with the legendary Schwester trail and from there we decide what we want to do. We just have two rules: no roads, and always take the fastest route to the highest point, even if it’s steep as…

 

KOM or Strava-free?
If it’s not on Strava, then it didn’t happen.

 

Describe your riding style
Aggressive, always going for the quickest line, trying to be as fast as possible without scrubbing any speed. Remember, speed equals safety!

 

Keep your bike in check or let things slide?
My bike has to be flawless. No clicks, no rattles, nothing. I’m a real stickler for brake and suspension setup too. That’s how you have to be as a professional mechanic, my bike is basically my business card.

 

Why do you ride?
I tried it out when I was 14 and was hooked straight away. I can’t describe the buzz it gives you. There’s no other sport that comes close for me – it’s my passion.

There’s no other ?sport that comes ?close for me – it’s my passion.

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