£3249 > Behold, the Grail
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