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We review whether the Canyon Dude CF 8.0 really can bring fun and agility to the fat bike genre with its carbon frame and light build.

canyon dude
Best for...
Having spade fulls of fun on your local trails, or when the snow falls.
Overall Score
A fast and light fat bike, who'd have thought?
Manage your expectations on what fast and light really are when related to fat bikes...

Fat bikes have come a long way from the original 'two rims welded together' steel beasts lumbering along snowy trails in Alaska and this sleek carbon framed offering is a testament to that development. Who would have thought fat bikes could be described as light and fast?

Of course it is all relative as those enormous 4 inch Schwalbe Jumbo Jims buzz along with a huge drag compared to your average bike, but they do take you just about anywhere and a lightweight and responsive carbon frame and fork go a long way to reducing that burden. Canyon have also specced lightweight DT Swiss wheels to promote a more lively sprint, if sprinting a fat bike is possible, and it all adds up to a very fun and spritely machine - all things considered.

The frame and fork come without the usual rack mounts associated with fat bikes designed for bikepacking duties, so it clearly has been pitched at the fun-fatty market - blasting out in the snow and mud for a day having a caper. 11 speed SRAM NX keeps the whole rig rolling, and it is pulled to a halt by the capable Shimano BR-M500 hydraulic discs.

If fatter tyres than the stock 4 inchers are needed, the dropouts shift to make room or anything up to 4.8 inches. And if that isn't big enough you need to take a long hard look at yourself.


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