Canyon is known for offering capable bikes at direct-to-consumer, affordable prices, but until now they’ve only offered two hardtail mountain bikes: the Exceed cross-country bike and the Dude fat bike. Today the brand announces the Stoic, an all-mountain hardtail that promises a modern, bomb-proof spec at a budget-friendly price.
Starting with the frame, the Canyon Stoic features 6061-T6 aluminum to keep costs low and to provide durability. Canyon says the bike is a “category 4” model, which in the brand’s parlance means it’s subject to the same strength and impact testing as their enduro race bikes. The frame features a 65° head tube angle, and a 75° seat tube angle. While that seat tube angle might seem a little slack for 2021, remember that this is a hardtail, not a full suspension bike where sag tends to reduce a bike’s effective seat tube angle by a couple degrees or more.
Buyers will find internal routing for the derailleur and dropper post that Canyon describes as “no hassle,” and the rear brake hose is routed externally, eliminating the need to bleed after simple swaps. The frame uses a mechanic-friendly threaded bottom bracket and includes just a single bottle mount on the top side of the down tube. Limited frame clearance means the maximum chainring size that will fit is a 30T, which more pedal-oriented riders may find insufficient.
The Stoic is offered in a wide range of sizes, from XXS to XL. Size medium and larger frames feature a 29er build with 140mm of suspension travel up front. Small frames and smaller come with a 27.5″ build sporting a 150mm fork to keep the geometry similar across the range. Dropper post travel ranges from 125mm on the smallest sizes to 170mm on sizes medium and up. The 29er frame will fit tires up to 2.5″ wide, while the 27.5 frames fit tires up to 2.8″ wide, technically 27.5+.
Canyon is offering two builds in the USA, and a third build for European customers. The Stoic 4 is priced at $1,799 with a Rockshox Pike Select fork and a SRAM NX Eagle drivetrain, and is said to weigh about 31lbs. The Stoic 3 gets a Rockshox Recon RL fork and an SX drivetrain for $1,099 and weighs about a pound and a half more at 32.6lbs. At 799€ , the Stoic 2 is the most affordable build, though for now it’s not available in the USA. That bike comes with a SR Suntour XCR fork and an 11-speed Deore drivetrain at roughly the same weight as the Stoic 3 build.
Learn more at canyon.com.
So many progressive hardtails coming out but so little inventory… I gotta get one!