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.
As a bike company, Canyon employs a lot of people that love to ride. Whether it’s weekend rides on local trails or racing at the EWS, the passion for all things mountain biking stays the same.
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.
Talking to mountain bikers about what makes them tick and asking the big question: Why?
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.
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