Raising the Bar: Everything You Need to Know About Canyon’s New Grail Bike

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The tech is upgraded continually, but road bikes—from a form perspective—have looked pretty similar for over a decade. The Canyon Grail, however, forces a double take. The German maker, which recently started selling high-quality bikes directly to U.S. consumers, re-engineered the bike’s handlebars by adding a second “floating” bar across the top of the standard setup. It helps reduce road chatter, increases overall performance, and, yes, looks a little funky.



There’s lots of innovation loaded in this go-anywhere gravel bike, but the handlebars are the prominent feature. The added bar in the all-carbon cockpit makes less contact with the frame and therefore transmits less vibration to the rider’s hands. The result is reduced fatigue on long, bumpy rides.


The extra-wide 40mm tires are nearly double the size of those of standard road bikes. Translation? This rolls over nearly anything. But unlike most fatter-tire bikes, the ride is not plodding thanks to the ultralight carbon frame. True off-road enthusiasts can swap for even wider tires—there’s clearance for up to 42mm.

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The handlebars get all the praise, but the Grail’s seatpost deserves attention, too. Designed in-house by Canyon, it features what the maker calls a “leaf spring design.” The result is a post that actually flexes to absorb vibration. In our tests, this helped create an unusually smooth ride feel, even on trails.


The Grail comes in a range of models starting at $2,299, but the top-of-the-line CF SLX 8.0 Di2 is worth the splurge ($4,899; canyon.com). Carbon wheels come with that light frame, and a flawless Shimano Di2 electronic shifting system dials in gears quickly and perfectly with the flick of a finger.

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