£3249 > Be­hold, the Grail

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Canyon Grail CF SL 8.0 SL, Cube At­tain GTC SLT Disc, Wilier Tri­estina Cento10 Air Disc Di2, B’Twin Ul­tra 920 AF, plus Board­man URB 8.8 ver­sus Pin­na­cle Lithium Alfine.

Few re­cent bikes have been as di­vi­sive as Canyon’s Grail. No sooner had the first im­ages been re­leased, than the in­ter­net went in to a frenzy, pok­ing fun at the unique and very prom­i­nent dou­ble decker han­dle­bar de­sign with some equally cre­ative memes de­pict­ing bi­planes and book­shelves.

We’ve taken the time to look be­yond the cock­pit and ride the Grail, to see whether there is bark to match its, er, bite. Our medium Grail CF SL frame is claimed to weigh 1040g, which is im­pres­sive for a gravel bike, and there are seven Grail sizes, from XXS to XXL, the small­est two equipped with 650b wheels for size-spe­cific han­dling.

The frame takes cues from the En­durace at the rear, with down­tube el­e­ments of the In­flite cy­clo-cross bike and a steerer and stem con­nec­tion that looks to owe plenty to the Speed­max time

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