If you're after a super versatile and affordable gravel bike, then Canyon's Grail AL is without doubt up there with the very best... and from today it's back in stock on Canyon's UK website with fresh colours, graphics and more component choices for 2020!
While the Grail CF SL with a carbon frame comes with Canyon's intriguing-looking 'hoverbar' with its double-decking design, the Grail AL keeps things simpler with a more traditional Canyon alloy drop bar. The frame is sturdy and lightweight 6061 aluminium paired with a carbon fork, and all five bikes in the range have hydraulic disc brakes for the very best in stopping power.
It's a super durable and versatile bike that is just as adept commuting on the tarmac as it is on bikepacking adventures, as noted by David in the video below and in his full review of the Grail AL 7.0 on our sister site off.road.cc.
The Grail AL comes in five different models for 2020, with the top spec AL 7.0 coming equipped with SRAM Rival 1x for a simplistic set-up that will take you far and wide on your off-road adventures.
The most affordable AL 6.0 features Shimano's GRX gravel-specific groupset, and it also comes in a women-specific version. The colourways are Rosewood Red or Flat Green for the Grail WMN AL models, and Solid Silver or Flat Green for the Grail AL. All models come with confidence-inspiring Schwalbe 40 mm G-One Bite tyres paired with gravel-specific wide rims from DT Swiss, both tubeless-ready should you wish to further boost your puncture protection.
All bikes in the new range are available now - head over to Canyon's website to browse your options!
Arriving at road.cc in 2017 via 220 Triathlon Magazine, Jack dipped his toe in most jobs on the site and over at eBikeTips before being named the new editor of road.cc in 2020, much to his surprise. His cycling life began during his students days, when he cobbled together a few hundred quid off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story) and bought his first road bike - a Trek 1.1 that was quickly relegated to winter steed, before it was sadly pinched a few years later. Creatively replacing it with a Trek 1.2, Jack mostly rides this bike around local cycle paths nowadays, but when he wants to get the racer out and be competitive his preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking - the latter being another long story.