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2014 Canyon Nerve AL 7.0

BeardfaceBeardface Posts: 5,495
edited June 2014 in Your mountain bikes
Hi all,

I know there are a lot of Canyon threads on here, but I wanted to share my newest bike with you... the 2014 Canyon Nerve AL 7.0. It's an absolutely outstanding value for money bike, and I'm really enjoying it after a year out with a back injury!

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Spec:
120mm, 650b Alumimium frame
Fox Float CTD Evo forks
Fox Float CTD BV shock
XT/SLX/Deore groupset
Mavic Crossrides
Avid Elixir 3 brakes
Nobby Nics (650b)
Selle Italia Saddle
M530 Spd's
Superstar Grinder XL grips (blue)
Canyon finishing kit

Weight - 12.5k /27.5lbs approx

I did my first ride back on Saturday, over some local commons, and it felt like endless travel. I kept the CTD on the 'trail' setting most of the time, and it worked brilliantly.

To be fair, it's probably more bike than I'll ever need now considering back damage, but it's a bargain for the price. Anybody thinking of getting one - do it. From order to delivery in 2 weeks, and it also comes with a decent shock pump & torque wrench.

Anyway, that's it for now.. I have a few planned upgrades (XT brakes, carbon parts to drop weight), but I'm just happy to be out on the trails and riding again for now! Happy riding all :)

One more (less edited) pic, at Hydon's Ball:
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Much love, Stav x :D

Posts

  • buddy_clubbuddy_club Posts: 935
    Nice bike man, thinking im gonna start saving up for a Canyon now, i just love the look of their bikes and the VFM is incredible!
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  • Very nice! If I was to get a full suss at any point it would be this exact one
    James
  • BeardfaceBeardface Posts: 5,495
    Thanks guys,

    It's incredible, I've been out on it a few more times now, and it keeps leaving me smiling after every ride.

    I'm going to consider changing the brakes, but to be honest, I'm happy to just be riding again! I'll be spending most funds on kit. Just picked up a 661 recon lid (white), a few brushes and some other cleaning bits, and will now be concentrating on riding :D

    The only issue so far, is the rear 12mm axle seems to be a bit overtight, so I'm having a bit of a job to take off the back wheel. I probably just need to mtfu... unless anybody with any idea would know if I'm going wrong somewhere?

    I've checked the manual - https://www.canyon.com/_en/supportcente ... les_id=193 and still none the wiser... any ideas?
  • adamfoadamfo Posts: 763
    edited June 2014
    Stav wrote:
    Thanks guys,



    The only issue so far, is the rear 12mm axle seems to be a bit overtight, so I'm having a bit of a job to take off the back wheel. I probably just need to mtfu... unless anybody with any idea would know if I'm going wrong somewhere?

    Have you forgotten to undo the allen bolt on the other side holding the derailleur hanger ?

    Mind you, taking a closer look at the photos the arrangement is different to my 2013 Nerve.
  • BeardfaceBeardface Posts: 5,495
    adamfo wrote:
    Stav wrote:
    Thanks guys,



    The only issue so far, is the rear 12mm axle seems to be a bit overtight, so I'm having a bit of a job to take off the back wheel. I probably just need to mtfu... unless anybody with any idea would know if I'm going wrong somewhere?

    It's not overtight, you've forgotten to undo the allen bolt on the other side holding the derailleur hanger.

    :oops: I've been out of the loop for a while... I'll give it a crack tonight. Thanks mate!
  • leythervegasleythervegas Posts: 191
    Thats a really classy looking bike Stav, how are you finding the 650b wheels? Ive just got a Spectral and I find it rolls much better and climbs a lot easier too. Had my doubts likea lot of people at first but I'm gettng won over by the bigger wheel. 29 is too big though! Just looks odd.
  • BeardfaceBeardface Posts: 5,495
    Thanks mate!

    I'm loving 650b so far... I had a 29" Cube before this, and various 26" bikes before that, so have tried all 3 sizes. 29" felt a little twitchy for my liking on some tighter trails, but on the longer rides, definitely helped keep momentum.

    The 26" were always good, it's what I'd been used to for so long, but the 650b genuinely feels incredible... as you say, it's a good mix of easier climbing, yet more planted when heading back down too.

    I love the look of the Spectral too, but I've always found 120mm to be my sweet spot :)
  • leythervegasleythervegas Posts: 191
    120mm is probably best for me too if I am honest, got 140mm on the Spectral. But I liked the look of this and it was in stock! The Nerve was definitely my 2nd choice. And I wouldnt worry too much about getting the weight of yours down pal, 27lb is pretty light for a FS isnt it?
  • AshW92AshW92 Posts: 67
    Not sure if you've sorted out the tight rear axle handle, but when i had the opposite problem of it being too loose i nipped up the set screw within the handle so maybe try loosening that off a bit? Might not be the problem but could be worth a look
  • BeardfaceBeardface Posts: 5,495
    Thanks Ash - I got home late from work and crashed last night, so didn't get a chance to take a look - cheers for the additional info though, I'll check tonight or over the weekend. I've always had QR's historically, so this is a new thing to me. Either that or I'm losing brain cells in my old age.. :)

    Leythe - I did look at the Spectral initially, and considered upping my travel to 140, but the stock issue made me stick to 120. 27lb is pretty good for a £1500 bike to be fair, so I can't complain at all!
  • AshW92AshW92 Posts: 67
    Yeah I was the same pal so the thru-axle confused me a bit when it wouldn't tighten, not sure if that would be your problem like cause i presume mine worked itself loose rather than over-tightened but it's worth a look as another option
  • BeardfaceBeardface Posts: 5,495
    AshW92 wrote:
    Yeah I was the same pal so the thru-axle confused me a bit when it wouldn't tighten, not sure if that would be your problem like cause i presume mine worked itself loose rather than over-tightened but it's worth a look as another option

    Anything is worth a try mate, and any suggestion is welcome, cheers!

    Lovely Lapierre too btw, really like the colour scheme on it, and solid upgrade choices :)
  • AshW92AshW92 Posts: 67
    Stav wrote:
    Anything is worth a try mate, and any suggestion is welcome, cheers!

    Lovely Lapierre too btw, really like the colour scheme on it, and solid upgrade choices :)

    Thanks pal, love the way it rides and love the Canyon
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