Canyon Endurace CF 8 review - top value carbon comfort

Canyon's new entry-level carbon endurance bike range is as tough as they come - and the price of this Ultegra-specced model will be very hard to beat

Canyon Endurace CF 8 side-on view
(Image credit: Philip Sowels)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

Although the Endurace CF 8 is a thoroughly modern bike with a killer spec for the money, it has swapped a little bit of nimbleness for toughness. If you're only interested in tarmac and short bursts of high speed this might not be the bike for you. But if your riding is more relaxed, longer and takes in some rougher surfaces then this Canyon is an ideal bike with an unbeatable price (£2,199 at the time of review) and competitive weight (8.5kg) for its category.

Reasons to buy
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    Superb value for money

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    Excellent handling

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    Lots of tyre clearance

Reasons to avoid
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    No mudguard eyes

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    Heavy wheels

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The Canyon Endurace has traditionally been half endurance bike and half race bike. The clue is in the name. This model, from the newly updated affordable end of the range, still manages to splice the two categories together very neatly, but now it's maybe around two-thirds endurance and one-third race: there’s more of an emphasis on all-road capability with bigger tyre clearance and more robust wheels that are suitable for gravel. 

Canyon relaunched the Endurace CF - its entry-level carbon endurance bike range - at the beginning of this year. It was out with what was left of rim-brake and women-specific bikes and in with a redesigned and simplified disc-only line-up with a broader unisex size range.

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Simon Smythe

Simon Smythe is a hugely experienced cycling tech writer, who has been writing for Cycling Weekly since 2003. Until recently he was our senior tech writer. In his cycling career Simon has mostly focused on time trialling with a national medal, a few open wins and his club's 30-mile record in his palmares. These days he spends most of his time testing road bikes, or on a tandem doing the school run with his younger son.