First Look: Canyon’s 2021 Grail Gravel Bike
For better or worse, still with the twin-plane handlebar
Canyon has released a range of new Grail models for the 2021 season, featuring the latest components and parts on the market. The new bikes are still built around the same award-winning Grail frame that has become a huge favorite in the gravel scene in recent years but now, they are combined with the newest offerings from Shimano (GRX gearing ) and SRAM (Force eTap AXS groupset). Combining a 40-tooth chainring with a 11-42 cassette for a huge 381% gear range, the setup is designed to meet the rigors of all-terrain riding.
For riders who prefer finer gaps between gears -by Force eTap AXS Wide groupset is the optimal choice. In the Grail line-up, it will replace the SRAM one-by drivetrains previously featured on several Grail CF SL und CF SLX bikes. With 46/33 chainrings on the front and a 10-36 cassette, the drivetrain provides the huge gear range typical of gravel bikes, while retaining fine gaps between gears especially useful for riders who clock up most of their miles on the road.
Another new and notable addition is the Fizik Argo saddle, with a short-nose design for maximum comfort on long rides. All CF SL and CF SLX bikes feature the saddle, except the 7 and 7 WMN models. The bikes are available on canyon.com. There will be 13 models in the range.
Grail 7 1x
Grail CF SL 7
Grail CF SL 8
Grail CF SL 8 Di2
Grail CF SLX 8 Di2
Grail WMN 6