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The new Canyon Grail

The new Canyon Grail

12.10.23 11:08 5Text: NoMan, PM (translated by AI)Photos: CanyonThe people from Koblenz are setting up their Gravel Racer new and more versatile than ever. The polarizing double-decker handlebar is being removed, in favor of a third, weight-optimized frame platform - CFR - being added.12.10.23 11:08 80

The new Canyon Grail

12.10.23 11:08 80 NoMan, PM (translated by AI) Canyon
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The people from Koblenz are setting up their Gravel Racer new and more versatile than ever. The polarizing double-decker handlebar is being removed, in favor of a third, weight-optimized frame platform - CFR - being added.12.10.23 11:08 80

A lot has happened in the gravel scene since the launch of the first Grail in 2018. The market has literally exploded, and with it the amount of gravel accessories, gravel fans, and races.
Specifically, to address the diversity in the performance-oriented sector, always the home of the Grail, Canyon is attempting with the fundamental revision of its gravel racer. Because every race has its individual character (key topics being tire choice, aero extensions, support character), and you need an enormously flexible platform that can adapt to the different requirements for the respective tracks and conditions if you want to be at the forefront.

These criteria were consequently also the basis for the development of the new Grail, made clear not least by the introduction of the weight-optimized CFR frame, which complements the existing CF SL and SLX platforms.
Even before the official launch, Canyon's goal of placing the Grail at the top of the podiums at the most prestigious gravel races in the world was impressively achieved. For example, Katarzyna Niewiadoma just won this year's Gravel World Championship in Italy on the new spearhead of the lineup; or in June, Carolin Schiffs won the Unbound 200.
For those who want to emulate the fast ladies: The bike is now available in seven sizes (2XS-2XL) and eight model variants from 2,699 to 7,999 Euros (or 10,000,- for a special paint job limited to 70 pieces).

 The new fast 

Fast, redefined - Canyon presents the next generation of its Gravel Racing Bike
  • The new Canyon Grail
  • The new Canyon GrailThe new Canyon Grail
  • The new Canyon GrailThe new Canyon Grail

Aerodynamics

Reduced to the essentials when every second counts, or fully equipped for the longest adventures. According to Canyon, the new Grail can do both and much more, but with a max tire width of 42 mm and without an optional suspension fork and dropper post, it remains more performance-oriented than the Grizl, which is equipped with even more mounting points and a max tire width of 50 mm.
In line with the high speeds that are quite common in some gravel competitions, aerodynamics were addressed first and foremost (the result overall according to Canyon: 9.1 watts faster at 45 km/h). This meant the end, or rather the replacement, of the polarizing double-decker handlebar with something more adaptable with a reduced frontal area called Double Drop Bar.

Ergonomically, the handlebar is designed to score points with many comfortable grip positions, with a slightly sloping top tube, 5° backsweep, 5° flare at the shift levers, and 16° in the lower handlebar.
Functionally, it differs in a base model (CP0045) with (frame size dependent) 420-460 mm width and 60-80 mm stem length including a proven accessory interface, and the geometrically identical CFR or SLX counterpart (CP0039) with Gear Groove. Canyon understands this to be a novel interface in the middle of the handlebar for a wide range of accessories – from computer or light mounts to full-fledged aero extensions, adopted from the Speedmax CFR.
Additionally, there's a more angled Pro version (CP0047) with only 400 mm width, whose geometry corresponds to a stem with 15 mm more drop than the CP0039, without restricting the function of the Gear Groove. This optionally available variant is offered with stem lengths of 80 to 110 mm.

  • The handlebar bears its name due to its shape - it comes forward at the hoods.
    The handlebar bears its name due to its shape - it comes forward at the hoods.
    The handlebar bears its name due to its shape - it comes forward at the hoods.
  • The Gear Groove InterfaceThe Gear Groove Interface
    The Gear Groove Interface
    The Gear Groove Interface
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    captures everything: computer,
    captures everything: computer,
  • Smartphones, lights and evenSmartphones, lights and even
    Smartphones, lights and even
    Smartphones, lights and even
  • full-value aero extensionsfull-value aero extensions
    full-value aero extensions
    full-value aero extensions

Also in the interest of aerodynamics, tube shapes modeled after the Ultimate were used throughout the frame – including its D-shaped seat post. However, the comfort model installed on the Grail is supposed to be significantly more flexible than that of the Ultimate, and at 203 grams, also 42 g lighter than the even more flexible S15 VCLS 2.0 system.
Those who want it stiffer or lighter: The original Ultimate post (166 g) or the featherlight CFR variant (70 g) are also compatible.

And apart from the three entry-level models, all frames feature the Aero Load System for additional storage space with an aerodynamic advantage.
This includes, first and foremost, an integrated storage compartment in the downtube, which as standard comes well-protected with a lid and includes the six-piece Canyon Minitool. Other essentials such as the Topeak Micro Rocket and the Load Tool Pack for tire levers, CO2 cartridge & Co. can be purchased individually or as a set.
On the other hand, Canyon offers the Load FidLock QuickLoader – a frame bag that is supposed to improve the aerodynamics of the new Grail compared to the previous model by 1.5 watts at 45 km/h due to the airflow passing by the head tube. The QuickLoader, which acts like an aerodynamic fairing, is not attached with straps, but with three FidLock magnets.
Nota bene: The SL frame, for budgetary reasons, does without the downtube compartment but is compatible with the frame bag.

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    In the storage compartment, Canyon's tool
    In the storage compartment, Canyon's tool
  • and further necessities space.and further necessities space.
    and further necessities space.
    and further necessities space.
  • Wow! The frame bag makes you faster!Wow! The frame bag makes you faster!
    Wow! The frame bag makes you faster!
    Wow! The frame bag makes you faster!
  • The new Canyon Grail

Handling

The original Grail already featured a relatively long wheelbase for high stability on rough terrain. With the successor, Canyon is now adding a bit more.
In favor of an even more pronounced smoothness of ride while maintaining high maneuverability, the steering angle was flattened by one degree to 71.5° (S-L) and the wheelbase was extended by 10 mm. The trail aims to be as close as possible to 69 mm across all sizes.

As a result, the handling of the new Grail is intended to impress with neutral and balanced steering that feels secure and consistent even in fast corners – not least because, according to Canyon, the tipping point of the predecessor has been "eliminated".
The more even distribution of the rider's weight between the front and rear wheels should also allow for more stable rolling on loose ground.

Geometry

XXS XS S M L XL XXL
Seat tube (mm) 420 450 480 510 540 570 600
Top tube (mm) 533 550 564 586 609 623 648
Head angle 69.5° 71° 71.5° 71.5° 71.5° 71.8° 71.8°
Seat tube angle 73.5° 73.5° 73.5° 73.5° 73.5° 73.5° 73.5°
Chain stay (mm) 425 425 425 425 425 425 425
Head tube (mm) 123 129 145 163 187 207 230
Trail (mm) 83 72 69 69 69 67 67
Wheelbase (mm) 1021 1024 1034 1057 1080 1092 1118
Stack (mm) 545 556 573 591 613 633 655
Reach (mm) 372 385 394 411 427 435 454

What else?

To ensure the versatility mentioned at the beginning, Canyon not only resorts to tricks at the cockpit.
For example, the patented Load Fork Sleeves allow for additional mounting points for bottle holders or luggage racks on the fork, without having to accept the permanent weight disadvantage - keyword additional frame material - of conventional solutions. The Fork Sleeves fit into a recess on the inside of the fork and allow a load of up to 3 kg per side.
Standard mounting points on the top tube and on the underside of the down tube round off the Grail's equipment possibilities.

The Defend Fast Fenders are supposed to be mounted and removed in seconds. And still offer full protection against moisture and mud, without affecting the maximum tire clearance.
Speaking of which: This is "only" 42 mm (although the Grail is standardly equipped with 40 mm tires) because Canyon wanted to leave space for double chainrings with up to 52/36 teeth in the interest of the desired high speed on occasion.

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    From Minimal Setup to ...
    From Minimal Setup to ...
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    all you can load: the Grail is adaptable
    all you can load: the Grail is adaptable
  • The new Canyon Grail

Models and Prices

To also raise the bar a bit higher with the Grail, the second generation was supplemented by a performance model at CFR level. This means: most powerful carbon fibers, most advanced manufacturing processes, consequently less material usage with higher frame stiffness and durability.
Compared to the new CF SLX frame, the functionally identical CFR counterpart weighs 118 g less according to the manufacturer, has a 10% higher stiffness at the bottom bracket and head tube, and features a 4.5% stiffer fork.

This flagship equipped with DT Swiss GRC 1100 carbon wheels is delivered in two configuration options, with the Di2 version weighing in at 8.3 kg for €6,999 (Shimano GRX double), and the AXS version (Sram Red XPLR single) with Quarq power meter crank coming in at 8.04 kg for €7,999.
In addition to the two standard colors "Hale Bopp" and "Mars Attack", the Grail CFR AXS will also be offered in a limited edition of 70 units in "GRVL DZZL" – see also photo no. 16; one may add the necessary vowels for pronunciation – for a smooth 10,000 euros.

  • CFR Di2CFR Di2
    CFR Di2
    CFR Di2
  • € 6,999.-€ 6,999.-
    € 6,999.-
    € 6,999.-
  • CFR AXSCFR AXS
    CFR AXS
    CFR AXS
  • € 7,999.-€ 7,999.-
    € 7,999.-
    € 7,999.-
  • CFR LTD, € 10,000,-CFR LTD, € 10,000,-
    CFR LTD, € 10,000,-
    CFR LTD, € 10,000,-

One quality class below, with the Grail CF SLX, you also have the choice between Japan or America, in this case GRX Di2 double chainring or Sram Force AXS single chainring. Another difference concerns the wheelset: The SLX 8 Di2 comes with DT Swiss GRC 1400 and (like the CFR models) Schwalbe G-One RS tires – weighing 8.5 kg and costing €4,999. The SLX AXS, on the other hand, rolls on Zipp 303 Firecrest with Pirelli Cinturato RC tires, resulting in a total of 8.14 kg and €5,299.
Color options include either “Metal Grind” or “Sand Grain”.

And the beginners, who, as already mentioned, have to do without Gear Groove on the handlebars and storage compartment in the downtube, can choose for the Grail CF SL rolling on Schwalbe G-One R tires from “Stone Grind” or “Quicksand” as well as equipment package 7 (Shimano GRX 620, DT Swiss Gravel LN; 9.2 kg), 7 AXS (Sram Rival AXS XPLR; 9.8 kg) or 8 (Shimano GRX 820, DT Swiss G1800; 8.7 kg) for €2,699, €3,499, or €2,999 respectively.