Canyon Grizl CF SL 8 1by review

Big volume comfort for bikepacking adventures

Grizl CF SL 8 1by
(Image credit: Future)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

Although the Grizl might not completely cash the cheques of burliness and bikepacking that it has been writing, it was still a lot of fun to ride and can be taken down technical trails or loaded up for bikepacking. In this exact configuration, it’s not the absolutely perfect tool for either job, but it’s certainly not far off the mark and you do get a great spec of quality components to go with it.

Reasons to buy
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    Large tyre clearance

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    Good range of bikepacking mounts

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    Quality wheels and groupset

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    Front suspension ready

Reasons to avoid
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    Gearing is a little steep for carrying loads

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    Long chainstays are at odds with its burly build

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The Canyon Grizl was launched earlier this year to fill what Canyon saw as a gap in its gravel bike line up. The brand’s original gravel bike – the Grail – had notably narrow tyre clearances (maxing out at 42mm), which confined the bike to tamer terrain.

The German brand didn’t see this challenge so much as the Grail requiring an update, but rather a new bike needing to be introduced. Viewing gravel as a spectrum, Canyon felt that there was space for something a little more rugged than the existing Grail.

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Stefan Abram
Tech features editor

After winning the 2019 National Single-Speed Cross-Country Mountain Biking Championships and claiming the plushie unicorn (true story), Stefan swapped the flat-bars for drop-bars and has never looked back. 

Since then, he’s earnt his 2ⁿᵈ cat racing licence in his first season racing as a third, completed the South Downs Double in under 20 hours and Everested in under 12.

But his favourite rides are multiday bikepacking trips, with all the huge amount of cycling tech and long days spent exploring new roads and trails - as well as histories and cultures. Most recently, he’s spent two weeks riding from Budapest into the mountains of Slovakia

Height: 177cm

Weight: 67–69kg