Venturing off into the heart of the Welsh countryside where the valleys give way to steep, rocky, and exciting mountain trails, I took the Canyon Nerve on her maiden voyage.
In typical Welsh weather style, myself and the Nerve were hammered with rain, wind and even hail, but that didn’t stop us from tackling a 18Km technical trail that surely pushed the Nerve to its potential.
First and foremost, this is an exceptionally good looking bike. Matt black with blacked out components has the Nerve looking stealth. Although, this stealth mountain assassin of a bike has some exquisite and subtle features as both wheel hubs and headset are finished in a polished rose gold colour.
The handling of the Nerve was smooth and controlled, the geometry of the bike was comfortable to ride. With a head tube angle of 69.5 degree, it doesn’t have the same aggression as you would find on a more enduro bike, but it’s slack enough to not feel awkward on the downhill sections.
With a Shimano SLX group-set, I felt confident indexing smoothly through the gears, and in control with the braking system. The bike as a whole responded how I wanted it to, gliding around the berms and sailing up the climbs. The Selle Italia women’s saddle was comfortable for the duration of the ride, a relief to find a non-standard-factory saddle as most bikes come equipped with.
Any changes I would make to this bike would be purely down to my style of riding and comfort, but even then, changes would be minimal because this bike really has it all. With prices starting at £1199, and a number of build options to choose from, the Nerve range is ideal for XC and all-mountain riders, especially riders who are getting into the sport and looking for a reliable, affordable and good looking bike.