The New Canyon Grizl Gravel Bike is Ready for Anything

Canyon is adding a second gravel bike to their lineup in addition to the quirky Grail. The Grizl is designed to be more adept at off-road adventures, with bigger tires and more bag mounting options.

Why does Canyon have two gravel bike options? Canyon says “Because no single gravel bike can rule them all. There is no silver bullet. The sheer variety of riders, riding styles, and terrain make that impossible. As with mountain bikes, it’s a matter of choosing the right horse for the right course.” The Grizl is basically more modular and adaptable for anything from gravel roads to technical trail.

The Grizl will come in two different levels: the Grizl CF SL and the CF SLX. The SLX has a lighter, 950g frame, but is only available in one build option. Among the SL models, there are options for 1x and 2x drivetrains, and all builds and models feature a Shimano GRX drivetrain. There are six sizes total, from 2XS to XL, and the two smallest sizes get 650B wheels, while the rest of the sizes have 700C. The geometry is actually the same as the Grail’s while frame features, layup, and component choices distinguish the two.

All Grizl models come with 45mm-wide tires on tubeless-ready rims, and the can accommodate up to 50mm tires on both wheel diameters, with 6mm of clearance. Canyon recommends not exceeding 50mm-wide tires. The Grizl has a dropped drive side chain stay too, which helps with tire and chainring clearance.

The Grizl frame accepts 27.2mm seat posts and is ready for internally routed dropper posts, and the US-only Grizl CF SL 8 1-by has an 80mm dropper post equipped. One Canyon-esque feature is that the “clamp” is located between the seat stays, to increase the flexing length and seat post deflection over rough terrain. Many of their mountain bike models forego a traditional seat tube clamp as well.

Grizl models come equipped with 160mm brake rotors, but will accept 180mm rotors as well, which loaded down bikepackers will appreciate.

Canyon and pack-making brand Apidura have partnered for the release of a set of packs to be outfitted on the Grizl. The set includes a 5L saddle bag, a 2.4L – 4L frame bag depending on the frame size, and a 1L bolt-on top tube pack. The bags are made from Apidura’s proprietary hexalon material, which is waterproof. They are also abrasion-resistant and have “mud-proof” zippers.

Grizl models start at $2,200 for a carbon-framed edition with a 2x drivetrain, Shimano GRX 400/600 groupset, and DT Swiss wheels. The models top out at $5,000 for a Shimano GRX Di2 electronic 2x drivetrain and DT Swiss gravel wheels.

For more information see the Canyon website.

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