VooDoo Canzo review

Reanimated all-rounder with true trail tenacity

Our rating 
4.5 out of 5 star rating 4.5
£1,299.99 RRP

Our review

The amount of top kit the smoothly controlled Voodoo conjures up makes it amazing value
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It’s not black magic, but VooDoo have employed some cunning tricks to revive a rather old-school frame with the latest componentry. The result is an excellent, far from zombie-like all-round trail bike – and an absolute bargain to boot.

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Ride & handling: Capable, outstanding value mid-travel all-rounder

The Race Face cockpit gives a really confident, quality feel from the start, with an excellent bar shape and 90mm stem for keen but not too twitchy steering. The 69° head angle keeps things stable at speed, while the screw-axle RockShox Revelation fork provides outstanding accuracy and tenacity when the trail gets really techy.

The supple and smoothly consistent control from both the fork and the matching RockShox Monarch 3.3 shock give the Canzo excellent connection and composure whether you’re scrabbling up steep rocky slopes or battering down them.

The four-bar rear suspension keeps the ride neutral and predictable in all situations, and the front and rear lockout lets you stomp the power down on smoother sections without bouncing your wattage away. Keep the shock on the ‘open’ setting, though, and the easy movement of the back end makes it second nature to lean back into the travel to manual through stuff or pop off drops.

The 13in bottom bracket gives plenty of clearance under your pedals to keep the power down through rock fields or rutted singletrack. The Geax Barro Mountain tyres are tough enough to shrug off rock strikes but still roll fast enough to disguise the Voodoo’s 29.9lb (13.6lg) weight – which isn’t bad for the price anyway.

Overall feel is lively rather than lardy unless you’re looking at a very long climb or chasing a superlight hardtail. Rider position is a good balance between stretched enough to breathe but compact enough to chuck your weight about. In fact, the whole bike is impressively well balanced, and within seconds of hitting the singletrack you can tell that this is a properly sorted trail bike ready to be ridden as hard as you dare.

Inevitably, there are some compromises in the performance when you really push the bike to the limit. While they shrug off rocks and isolate impacts well for a 2.1in tyre, the hard compound rubber of the Barros slides more than sticks in wet conditions. You can also feel a bit of flex in the back end when you’re really ragging it too, although it’s never enough to be off-putting or speed sapping.

Frame & equipment: Sorted four-bar chassis plus quality RockShox, Avid, SRAM and Race Face kit

When it comes to the frame, there are a few traces of the Canzo’s age. The big pipes use welded gusset plates for reinforcement rather than hydroformed shaping, and you get a conventional rather than inset head tube. Still, the geometry, rocker link layout, forward-facing seat slot and reasonable tyre room tick all the required boxes. Polished chainstays with forked rear pivot for double-sided support also add a touch of class to the 130mm travel back end.

However, it’s the kit selection that undoubtedly brings this bike to life. RockShox’s flagship trail fork – the Revelation – is supplied in its lightweight, air sprung format, complete with U-Turn 110-130mm travel adjustment and a handlebar-mounted lockout lever. Our more aggressive testers loved the speccing of the Maxle 20mm through-axle version for maximum steering control.

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The RockShox Monarch 3.3 shock, meanwhile, has a two-position full and semi lockout lever as well as rebound damping adjustment and sag markers to make set up easy. The wheels use top-quality Mavic rims mounted with dependably tough and fast-rolling Geax tyres, and Avid Elixir CR brakes are powerful top-dollar stoppers. SRAM gears click purposefully while the Race Face Evolve chainset, cockpit and seatpost give you proper pose value.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Canzo (10)
Brand Voodoo

Brakes Elixir R hydraulic disc brakes with 180/160 rotors
Seat Angle 74
Front Wheel Mavic X317 rim on Formula sealed bearing disc 20mm hub
Tyres Geax Barro Mountain 2.1in
Wheelbase (in) 43.3
Top Tube (in) 22.8
Standover Height (in) 30
Seat Tube (in) 17.5
Chainstays (in) 16.9
Bottom Bracket Height (in) 13
Weight (lb) 29.9
Weight (kg) 13.6
Stem Race Face Evolve XC 90mm
Shifters SRAM X7 9spd
Seatpost Voodoo cro-mo
Saddle Voodoo cro-mo
Cassette SRAM PG 11-32T 9spd
Rims XM317
Rear Tyre Geax Barro Mountain 26x2.3 tyres
Rear Shock Monarch 3.3 rear shock
Rear Derailleur X9
Headset Type FSA
Head Angle 69
Handlebar Race Face Evolve XC 680mm
Front Tyre Geax Barro Mountain 26x2.3 tyres
Front Hub sealed super smooth bearing hubs
Front Derailleur X7
Frame Material New Voodoo Black Magic 4 bar linkage suspension frame with 130mm travel
Fork Revelation 409 Air U-Turn fork with 130mm travel, lockout, Motion Control & Dual Air and 20mm bolt through
Cranks Evolve XC chainset
Rear Wheel Mavic X317 rim on Formula sealed bearing disc hub