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Canyon launch the Endurace:ON AL, their first e-road bike, at groundbreaking £2,799 price point

The online bike retailer has unveiled their first electric road bike, which is also the first e-bike shipping with the Fazua motor system's Black Pepper firmware update for much improved power delivery

Canyon have just launched their debut e-road bike, the Fazua-powered Endurace:ON AL. Based on the geometry of the existing Endurace and shipping with Fazua's Black Pepper firmware update to further improve the motor system, the online bike giants have specced this electric road racer with reliable componentry and have introduced it at a very competitive £2,799 price point. 

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Balancing value with performance, Canyon have made the decision to go for accessibility rather than launching into the e-road market with a super high-end machine that most of us won't ever be able to afford. The Endurace:ON AL is launching with one specification, and Canyon want this bike break down barriers and make road cycling accessible for all; giving everyone the power they need to enjoy taking on demanding terrain and stay in the saddle for longer, while allowing the less experienced to keep up with faster fellow cyclists. 

canyon endurace on al 2020 grx disc brake

Canyon's product manager Peter Kinzel told that the Endurace:ON AL is very much a road bike with an extra boost; but with powerful Shimano GRX disc brake levers paired with 160mm rotors, 32mm Schwalbe E-One tyres and a fuss-free single 48 tooth chainring up front paired with a wide 11-42 cassette at the rear, it's also designed with comfort and simplicity in mind. 

2020 canyon endurace ON bars

To keep its road bike identity, Canyon have used their proven and reliable H17 bars and V15 stem up front, with a carbon seatpost at the rear to dampen road buzz. A plush Velo saddle adds even more comfort, while the bike uses Canyon's Sport geometry to give you a back-saving upright riding position, helping you on those big days out. Despite housing the Fazua motor system, Canyon have managed to keep the Q factor (the distance between the pedals) down to 168mm, which will make your experience on the Endurace:ON AL seem just like riding a normal non-electric road racer. 

A 15.2kg for a medium (four sizes are available in total) it's not 'the' lightest e-road bike we've seen, but the extra stability will be appreciated on the descents; to lighten the load, you can of course remove the Fazua motor system, which has been heavily upgraded thanks to the Black Pepper Firmware update... 

canyon endurace on al 2020 fazua control

The Endurace:ON AL is the first bike to ship with the upgraded version of the Fazua motor system, that gives you much improved power delivery and support over a wider variety of cadences. Fazua was previously optimised for pedalling at 70rpm, but the all new Black Pepper update is optimised for 90rpm... and you'll even feel the motor power if you're pedalling furiously at 150rpm! It will also kick in much quicker and give you more of a boost from a dead start on the top-level 'Rocket' mode, while the lowest 'Breeze' mode is intended to give you subtle support and a large range. 

Fazua Black Pepper comes ready to go on all new Canyon e-bikes, and if you're the owner of an existing Fazua-powered bike - such as the Canyon Roadlite:ON - you just need to download the firmware update to take advantage of the upgrades. 

canyon endurace on al 2020 riding

So in summary, what will you be getting from the Endurace:ON AL? In short, a comfortable road bike with the same head and seat tube angles and stack-to-reach figures as the standard Endurace, with all the benefits of the upgraded Fazua system, for a very competitive price. 

We've just received our Endurace:ON AL for a full review and will be looking forward to riding it during our current permitted exercise time outside in the UK. If you're already sold, you'll be pleased to know that Canyon have just made it easier to spread the cost with their new Split:It finance option. This means you can pay in instalments up to six months with 0% interest... and what's more, Canyon are offering free shipping on all bikes until 30th April. 

Is this affordable e-road racer the bike for you? Find out more and see your buying options on Canyon's website

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paulrattew | 4 years ago

It's certainly not a looker. I'd go as far as to say it's downright ugly. But, at that price, with the new version of the fazua motor (which really is very good), it looks like a really good package, especially when you take into account the new financing option.

Agreeing with Oldfatgit, I'd have liked to have seen two chainrings up from, but i guess most of the time you will just be able to compensate for steeper gradients with more motor power. Also, given the +15kg weight, I'd have liked to have seen a 180mm from rotor, at least on the larger sizes. 

Oldfatgit replied to paulrattew | 4 years ago

More motor use equals less range.
I'd rather have the ability to save power by reducing the gears first and keeping the range, but that's just me (and it's why I got a 2 chainring bike)

paulrattew replied to Oldfatgit | 4 years ago

Agreed. The lowest gear on this isn't even that low - 48-42 is a gear ratio of 1.14. 90rpm equates to about 13.3km/h. That's actually marginally steeper than the lowest gear on my race bike (with a 52/36 chainset and 11-32 cassette, where the 36-32 combination gives a gear ratio of 1.13 which equates to 13.1km/h at 90rpm)

Sriracha replied to paulrattew | 4 years ago

I thought it was just a firmware update, but you speak of "the new version of the fazua motor". Was that just a shorthand, or have I missed something?

paulrattew replied to Sriracha | 4 years ago
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I don't know what the change was - I've only got to ride the 'new' version (and even then not for that long). My normal cadence when cruising on the flat is 90-95rpm and the support from the motor felt great without me having to adjust my pedaling style. My first impressions were very good. 

Oldfatgit | 4 years ago

Why only single ring on the front?

Is this just aimed at people that live in flat lands and never see a hill?

You might have motor assistance, but come in to the hills and you'll wish you had a small front ring to change down to.

(From a Scottish e-bike owner that still needs to drop in to first to get up some of the hills round here)

bigsy replied to Oldfatgit | 4 years ago

The rear cassette is huge, even looks close to having a 1:1 gear

Oldfatgit replied to bigsy | 4 years ago
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The rear cassette is huge, even looks close to having a 1:1 gear

Personally, I'd rather have the option of a second chainring on the front, and maybe a 34 / 11 on the cassette to help with battery life over a long ride.

Few things are worse than worrying about if you are going to have enough power to get back home because you've used it all up earlier on climbing hills.

Even Fazua bikes aren't light (true, it's lighter than my Bosch powered Neo) and if you need assistance like I do, then that smaller ring makes all the difference in range.

MrGear replied to Oldfatgit | 4 years ago
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I had a Hoy flat-bar roadbike that had fairly cheap SRAM X4 1x8 gearing with 48t up front and it would climb pretty much anything due to a huge sprocket on the cassette. 

Slightly gappy gears meant it wasn't perfect for cadence like a race bike... but I wasn't racing on it, so it didn't matter!

E-assist also makes gappy gears much less of an issue too.

handlebarcam replied to Oldfatgit | 4 years ago

Maybe because Fazua drives require ISIS cranksets, which are pretty rare these days. The only company that still makes good-quality doubles, as far as I know, are FSA, and probably not in the quantities and at a price that Canyon are looking for. Meanwhile, they've presumably got a load of the single-ring ones in stock from their other e-bikes.

I do wonder about the wisdom of putting the control unit on the downtube. Even classic shifters stuck out the sides so you could see them, and they didn't have information like battery charge to display. On a city bike maybe you could argue that most people would just stick it in one mode before starting off, but on a road bike it seems silly.

Fluffed replied to handlebarcam | 4 years ago

Seems a confused bike.  It's a road bike, with a gravel groupset, and gearing suitable for nipping to the shops. The odd position for the power controls throw more confusion in to the mix. If i had this amount of cash for a road or gravel bike I'd be looking at the ebikemotion Ribble offerings for the same price, they seem much more focused on road or gravel.

crazy-legs replied to Fluffed | 4 years ago
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I dunno, as a proof of concept e-bike suitable for a wide range of uses, it's actually very good. Light gravel/towpath/fireroad use, pretty much any road biking, simple (single ring helps a lot with that) and then just use the motor.

The vast majority of gravel bikes come with single ring and if it's good enough for the far steeper and looser terrain of off-road then it'll get you up any hill you care to mention plus it's got a motor! You're supposed to use the gears and motor in conjunction...

The position of the control makes sense when you consider the mounting point of the motor - to put it on the top tube would mean significant extra wiring and it's not something that's designed to be changed every few minutes. Anyway, changing mode is no different to reaching down for a bottle.

I like it, it's smart and functional across a broad spectrum.

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