Canyon Grail CF SL 7 eTap review – one bike to rule them all, just not with those bars please

The Grail is part of a family of bikes that Canyon says you can do it all on. So we gave it a go

Image shows Canyon Grail gravel bike on green background
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Cycling Weekly Verdict

Although quite an eclectic mix, Canyon's varied design elements do all work very well together. With little more than a change of tyres, you can switch from bikepacking to racing and back again. But although its applications are certainly versatile, the handlebars are something you're stuck with – be sure that you are happy with the double-decker design before buying, as there's little scope for swapping them out later.

Reasons to buy
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    Nice riding position

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    Bags of comfort built in

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    Solid DT Swiss wheels

Reasons to avoid
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    Impractical handlebars

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    Location of seatpin bolt

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Every time I read about a do-it-all bike that can tackle any terrain and be ridden all year round I can’t help but think of the line from the Lord of the Rings; “One ring to rule them all.” But can one bike really rule on all terrain? 

Is it possible to be fast and efficient on the road, whilst also being able to handle the rough stuff – and being comfortable enough to ride all day while loaded down with bags and kit? Or is this a load of marketing nonsense and the sooner the idea is thrown into the fires of Mount Doom the better?

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