If you could tear your eyes away from Kasia Neiwiadoma’s beaming smile as she crossed the finish line in the Veneto, crowned women’s gravel world champion, you might have noticed that her race-winning bike, albeit a bit dusty, was a Canyon unpublished But those with a keen insight into the gravel scene would have seen this prototype a few times before, back on the top step of the podium, with wins from Carolin Schiff, Tiffany Cromwell and Petr Vakoc. It’s safe to say that this all-new bike has already proven its ability to win the biggest gravel races, and now Canyon is giving all riders the chance to go fast with their new generation Grail gravel bike.
Canyon first launched its Grail model in 2018, but since then, the gravel world has evolved, with gravel races becoming key events on the calendar, so updating its Grail range it was important to Canyon to keep their bikes front and center. Slimmed down and designed for pure speed, Canyon says the new Grail gravel bike raises the bar for adaptability, making it fast where you want it and rugged when you need it, allowing the rider to perform at their best, whatever the your level, whatever it is. the ground.
Demand for high-performance bikes is growing in the gravel bike space, especially for those looking to score wins and break records in the rough stuff. Canyon has therefore optimized the Grail’s aerodynamics and is said to save more than nine watts over its predecessor. The German brand has also redesigned its double-decker handlebars from the previous model and replaced it with its double-drop bar that builds on the ergonomics and control of the double-decker, but in a system that is more compatible with needs of gravel runners. The fully integrated cockpit also has a subtle drop in the stem, which Canyon says reduces pressure on the wrist joints and allows riders to keep their elbows closer to their body. The handlebar drops are also widened, widening to a 16-degree angle.
Making this gravel bike highly customizable was an important aspect for Canyon, as they wanted riders to tailor their setups to suit the challenges ahead of each individual rider. As a result, it has introduced its new ‘Gear Groove’ in the center of the cockpit which allows riders to add a variety of accessories, from bike computer mounts to aero extensions and lights.
This customizable setup also continues throughout the mounting options available to riders. The forks feature Canyon’s patented cargo fork sleeves, which allow for additional bottles or cargo cages and can carry up to 3kg on each side. Standard mounts can also be found on the top tube and down tube of the bike, so there are plenty of storage options available. But a standout feature of the new Grail is Canyon’s Aero LOAD system, which consists of two elements: LOAD Down Tube Storage, built into the bike’s frame, and LOAD FidLock QuickLoader, which is a frame bag that can be quickly removed and installed · secure it with magnets behind the steering tube. According to Canyon, the storage system not only keeps a rider’s valuables safe, but also makes the new generation Grail faster, claiming it’s 1.5 watts more efficient at 45km/h, thanks to its tight shape.
Canyon also says the bike’s handling and compliance have been improved since its first-generation Grail with a slackened head tube angle and a new D-shaped seatpost, similar to what can be found on the Ultimate road bike from Canyon. The top spec model in the range, the Grail CFR, made for those looking to take on the world’s best, is also said to be 118g lighter (frameset) than the Grail CF SLX, 10% stiffer in the bottom bracket. and head tube, and have 4.5% stiffer forks, as well as lateral and front stiffness.
Kasia Niewiadoma celebrates her gravel world win riding the Canyon Grail CFR in the limited edition GRVL DZZL design (Image by Thomas Maheux)
To celebrate the launch of their new Grail range, Canyon has also released a unique design, the same design that people would have seen on the Niewiadoma, Cromwell and Schiff prototypes. Dubbed the GRVL DZZL, the black bike with the striking metallic orange design is the Canyon logo deconstructed and scattered across the frame for a unique design. But Canyon is only making 70 of these bikes with the GVRL DZZL design worldwide, so stock will be limited.
The new Grail is available in three options: Grail CF SL, Grail SF SLX and the new Grail CFR. While the SF SLX and CFR are equipped with Canyon’s latest Aero LOAD and Gear Groove system, the CF SL, Grail’s entry point bike, doesn’t come with either. However, all models allow tires up to 42mm, as well as the option to fit a larger 52/36t bike set.
Grail CF SL – €2,699
Grail CF SLX Di2 – €4,999
Grail CF SLX SRAM Force/Zipp 303 Firecrest – €5,299
Grail CFR Di2 – €6,999
Grail CFR AXS – €7,999
Grail CFR GRVL DZZL – €10,000