Canyon have unveiled their new Endurace AL at Eurobike in Germany this week, and also revealed new ‘urban’ and ‘fitness’ hybrid models with the Roadlite AL repurposed as a city bike with flat bars and hydraulic disc brakes.
The new Endurace AL shares the same geometry with the carbon Endurace CF, itself a brand new endurance road model only launched recently. Making aluminium versions of carbon bikes is an increasingly common tactic being used by road bike manufacturers - with nearly all the big players bringing out metal versions of their key carbon bikes.
Canyon have only just moved into this endurance/sportive road market, which is becoming increasingly popular with the taller head tube and shorter top tube finding many fans because of the more comfortable position it gives on the bike.
This new Endurace AL will replace the Roadlite AL in the company’s road range. The Roadlite isn't dead though it lives on transformed in to a range of fitness bikes for 2015 with four bikes starting with this entry-level model costing £899 with a full Shimano 105 11-speed groupset.
Last year at Eurobike Canyon showed their Canyon Urban Concept Bike, an urban/city utility bicycle that has laid the foundations for the company’s brand new Urban range of hybrids.
“Our aim was to create a bike for the modern urban environment with emphasis on combining practicality and elegant design. Based on these requirements, we’ve gone from one concept to develop a complete range of bikes, with each model serving one fundamental purpose: to make urban riding enjoyable.” says Canyon.
The striking looking bike features an integrated stem and light design with a matching rear light integrated into the seat clamp. So no reason to forget to fit your lights before a ride.
The tall head tube gives a more upright riding position that should be both comfortable and ideal for seeing and being seen on city streets. The very sloping top tube provides good stand over clearance, exposes a good bit of seatpost for a bit of extra comfort and - most importantly makes getting on and off easier.
There will be three models in the range. This is the range-topping UI0 that comes with mudguards, a belt drive, gear hub and front hub dynamo and provision for panniers. The jury is still out (well it is around here) on whether belt drives offer more, less, or the same advantages as a chain, but they certainly have their fans amongst bike manufacturers and cyclists. We're not agin 'em, they do offer a lovely smooth ride we're just not convinced that their main real adavantage (they're cleaner) couldn't just as easily be solved with a chainguard.
There’s also a UII model with a conventional drivetrain, chain, no mudguards and a regular stem without the integrated light.
The U12 uses a different frame with external cable and brake hose routing, and a conventional head tube and non-integrated stem design. Each uses the VCLS carbon split seat post for improved comfort.
“Practical, user-friendly components are seamlessly blended into the frame to complement the bike’s harmonious form. With Integrated lights and leather con- tact points, the finishing touches on the Canyon Urban model are of the very highest quality,” so there, adds Canyon (we added that last bit). Although If were going to carp we'd have liked to see practical mudguards on all the models in the range and chainguards on the bikes with chains. Though of course dispensing with these items does help keep the price of the bike down.
Alongside the Urban range Canyon have also launched a Fitness range of hybrids - for those that want to add speed to utility. The Fitness range is based around a revamped Roadlite now pensioned off from the road lineup following the launch of the new Endurace AL to be re-born in a new flat bar guise.
The bike uses an aluminium frame with a carbon Canyon F34 fork. Cable and brake hoses are internally routed. The flat bar is fitted with Shimano’s mountain bike hydraulic discs. There are mudguard mounts on the frame making it a good bet for year round commuting, which is pretty much the market Canyon are going after with this new model.
There will be two models in this range with both using Canyon's VCLS split carbon seat post that should tame the majority of bumps your likely to encounter on the ride to work or weekend jaunts round the lanes.
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David worked on the road.cc tech team from 2012-2020. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds, and you can now find him over on his own YouTube channel David Arthur - Just Ride Bikes.