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Canyon unveil 2020 Grail gravel bike models

The 'hoverbar' is here to stay, as Canyon unveil their 2020 Grail CF SL and SLX range...

Canyon have refreshed their Grail gravel bike line-up for 2020, with the carbon CF SL and SLX models getting fresh paint jobs and new specs... and don't worry, your favourite double-decking 'hoverbar' still features throughout the whole range. 

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Canyon have recognised the demand for more off-road-friendly gearing on gravel bikes, and have incorporated SRAM Eagle cassettes and wider ranging components from Shimano's new GRX groupset on the new models. The GRX chainset size options will be 48/31 and 46/30 coupled with 11/34 cassettes, while if you prefer SRAM's 1x drivetrains you can opt for a 10-50t Eagle cassette with a 42 tooth chainring. 

The frame and its geometry remain the same albeit with the fresh colours, and Canyon's unique Grail carbon handlebars (now just called the not-quite-so-alarming 'CP07 Gravelcockpit CF') feature on all nine models for 2020. Canyon have specced Schwalbe's 40 mm G-One Bite tyres, with various gravel-specific, tubeless-ready wide rims from DT Swiss and Reynolds. 

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The Grail CF SLX 8.0 with SRAM Force eTap is priced at £4,549, and with Shimano's new GRX gravel-specific groupset with Di2 shifting it's £4,299. The CF models start at £2,049 with mechanical GRX in both the CF SL 7.0 and women-specific CF SL 7.0 WMN versions, going up to £3,249 with SRAM Force eTap. If you want the non-holey version of the Grail with a standard drop bar, Canyon offer their Grail AL 6.0 and AL 7.0 with 1x or 2x gearing options, starting at £1,099. 

Head over to Canyon's website to browse all their Grail options... 

Arriving at in 2017 via 220 Triathlon Magazine, Jack dipped his toe in most jobs on the site and over at eBikeTips before being named the new editor of in 2020, much to his surprise. His cycling life began during his students days, when he cobbled together a few hundred quid off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story) and bought his first road bike - a Trek 1.1 that was quickly relegated to winter steed, before it was sadly pinched a few years later. Creatively replacing it with a Trek 1.2, Jack mostly rides this bike around local cycle paths nowadays, but when he wants to get the racer out and be competitive his preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking - the latter being another long story.  

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RobD | 4 years ago

I actually kind of like it, they make a statement that's for sure.  More interesting than doing the exact same thing as everyone else is doing.

joules1975 | 4 years ago

There are a lot of times people call a bike or something about a bike ugly, and it's a bit of an exaggeration (disc brakes, for example - not ugly, just maybe not sometimes the cleanest look).

The side view of these Canyons however....... wow.

I can only assume this is very much function over form, in which case the function will have to be exceptional to make up for the form.

fukawitribe replied to joules1975 | 4 years ago

joules1975 wrote:

There are a lot of times people call a bike or something about a bike ugly, and it's a bit of an exaggeration

..nah, it's always just an opinion - and almost always wrong according to half the internet....

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