• Sun. Aug 14th, 2022

Warminsterwobble –  Canyon launches 2022 Grail gravel bike plus a proper kids’ race bike.
A gravel bike for all seasons and one seriously cool junior-legal road racer.

Canyon has today launched its 2022 Grail gravel bike range, with new builds and slick artwork, plus new Load bikepacking luggage. The brand has also added a proper junior road racer’s bike to its portfolio, offering a ready-made option for aspiring pros that meets the requirements for sanctioned events.

The 2022 Grail comes in 11 different models and is offered both aluminium and carbon variants within three ranges: Grail CF SLX, Grail CF SL and Grail AL.

The bike comes in a range of builds with a choice of Shimano GRX Di2, Shimano GRX or SRAM Red eTap AXS groupsets and prices range from £1,499 to £6,699.

Canyon says the Grail is for ‘all-seasons, all-surfaces, all-conditions’. Where the fatter-tyre Grizl is aimed at rougher terrain and off-road only, the Grail bridges the gap between Canyon’s gravel and road ranges.

2022 Canyon Grail: Comfort, speed and still double-decker

This range update is all about specs and paintjobs, the underlying framesets haven’t changed for 2022. The carbon Grails continue to feature Canyon’s unique two-tier cockpit, which the brand says gives shock-absorbing comfort over gravel and forest tracks and allows riders to benefit from its four different riding positions.

The Grail has an integrated seatpost clamp which Canyon says allows for more effective flex and means the bike is more aerodynamic than previous designs.

The bike also has integrated mounts to fit the brand’s own mudguards.

The Grail CF SLX range is the lightest, weighing just over 8kg, and the one which Canyon says is fastest both on-road and off.

It has gravel specific geometry, electronic groupsets and ‘mud-shedding’ wheels. Both 12-speed and 11-speed builds are on offer.

The second-tier Grail CF SL range is aimed at year-round off-road adventures, with a lower price tag but similar performance.

The carbon models all feature 40mm Schwalbe G-One R rubber tyres mounted to DT Swiss gravel rims, which are tubeless-ready.

The Grail AL is for those who like an aluminium frame, traditional drop-bar cockpits and an even lower price tag.

It also comes with three bottle cage mounts compared to the carbon’s two.

The Grail has clearance for 42mm tyres and comes in seven sizes, from 2XS to 2XL.

Reach and stack are 421mm and 536m for a size medium Grail CF SL 7 eTap and head tube angles range from 70.25 to 72.75 across the range.

While the reach looks long on paper, Canyon is one of a number of brands adopting a mountain bike-esque approach to geometry for better handling off-road, with long top tubes and short stems.

Alongside the launch of the 2022 Grail, Canyon has expanded its Load product range to include a new handlebar bag with two litres of waterproof storage and a new frame bag.

Canyon Ultimate Disc Young Hero: For budding young racers

Canyon also recently launched a bike aimed at junior races which it calls the Ultimate Disc Young Hero.

Specifically designed for younger riders, the Ultimate Young Hero has a narrower handlebar and shorter crank arms and is made with the brand’s popular Endurace frame, the smallest in its road portfolio.

The bike comes with a Shimano Tiagra 10-speed disc groupset, Selle Italia saddle, Fulcrum Racing wheels with Continental Grand Prix 5000 tyres and Canyon’s V15/H17 handlebar-stem combination.

The main colour of the bike is inspired by Canyon-sponsored Team Alpecin-Fenix.

The bike is available in 3XS and XS frame sizes, the 3XS bikes roll on 650B wheels and the XS on 700C.

Notably, both frames comply with U11 and U13 rules for racing, including proper junior gearing.

For the 3XS, reach and stack are 350mm and 510mm respectively and it’s aimed at riders from 151cm to 158cm tall. The XS covers the 158cm to 164cm height range with figures of 354mm and 529mm.

The Canyon Ultimate Disc Young Hero is available now for £1,199.

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