When designing the Grail CF SL 8.0 SL, we wanted to do more than just join the gravel gravy train, we wanted to develop a fast gravel oriented bike that would answer a lot of the uncomfortable questions about riding road bikes on gravel or unpaved roads for long periods of time. As more of a long distance, endurance answer to gravel riding, as opposed to the Inflite cyclocross racer, the lightweight (1040 g) Grail CF SL carbon frame offers the snappy ride of an Endurace with a similar Sport Geometry, so that you can feel fast and comfortable at the same time. The handling needs to be spot on, so we have made sure the frame remains rigid and responsive while designing the 2XS and XS size to fit 650b wheels, to ensure there are no untoward compromises with the geometry and handling in the smallest size. For the wheels, we have spec’d the Reynolds Assault ATR Disc Carbon as the ideal aero gravel wheelset with their wind cheating profile and 23 mm wide rims to accommodate the 40 mm wide Schwalbe G-ONE Bite Gravel tires for fantastic traction. But the most notable, and recognizable innovation of this gravel bike is the special cockpit that has been designed to be comfortable by offering a degree of shock absorption as well as ergonomically optimized so that you will feel in complete control in multiple hand positions. And for the rear end, our Canyon S15 VCLS 2.0 with the integrated seat clamp offers additional micro bump absorption, ensuring all touch points will be spared that post-ride hand buzz that leaves you feeling fatigued and wrung out. And eyelets for fender mounts will give you the option to keep your bottom free from grim. Kitted out with the latest Shimano Ultegra groupset with powerful disc brakes, the Grail CF SL 8.0 SL will be the perfect bike to buy so you can line up for a gravel Gran Fondo or take on a long weekend of bikepacking.
Subject to technical modification without notice. Errors and omissions excepted.
||Saddle Height (mm)||627-727
||Seat tube length||432
||Head tube angle||70,25
||Seat tube angle||73,5|
|Stem length||60 (S)
|Seat post diameter||27,2|
|Seat post length||350|
BIKE CLASSIFICATION: Bikes of this category are designed for riding on hard-surface roads where the wheels remain impermanent contact to the ground. These are in general road-racing bicycles with racing handlebars or straight handlebars, triathlon or time trial bicycles. The permissible maximum overall weight comprising rider, luggage and bicycle should not exceed 120 kg. Under certain circumstances, this permissible maximum weight can be further limited by the component manufacturers’ recommendations for use. Proven cyclocross bikes with racing handlebars and cantilever or disc brakes are a special case in this category. In addition, these bikes are also suitable for gravel paths and off-road trails where a short loss of tire contact with the ground due to small stairs or steps at a height of 15 to 20 cm can occur.
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