Canyon’s Torque CF 8.0 crowned Enduro Bike of the Year 2018
Bikes were tested extensively here in the UK, from big loops in the hills to laps of Bike Park Wales. Finally, the top five from each category were taken to the mountains behind the Italian town of San Remo for the final showdown on the rugged, rocky and steep terrain.
In the Enduro Bike category, bikes with 150mm of rear wheel travel or above and priced from £2,600–£3,350 / $2,600–$5,000 were pitted against each other.
We were looking for bikes that were confident, fast and capable on the gnarliest of trails, yet also happy pedalling back up to the top for another lap.
After all our testing, in the UK and Italy, it was decided that the Canyon Torque CF 8.0 was the best all-round enduro bike in the test.
The performance of the rear suspension really impressedMatt Wragg / Immediate Media
While it doesn’t have the craziest geometry, the bike’s rear suspension impressed, as did the kit plugged in to the well-detailed frame.
Its low centre of mass and great tyre combo meant it was an absolute demon in the turns and hugely capable when things got rough.
While the Canyon came out on top, there were plenty of others that nearly made the top spot.
Riding since the age of 13, Technical Editor Tom has ridden hundreds of bikes over the past few years, from aero race bikes to EWS-ready enduro rigs, with a fair few others in between. Most likely found in the woods practicing his scandi-flicks.