- A gravel adventure bike you can even ride some mild singletrack with
- If you want to do a multi-day bike packing trip through the Karoo, the Grizl is ready
- That seat post might look weird, but it is very comfy
The demand for gravel adventure bikes continue to surge, and Canyon has reacted with the its new Grizl.
Although the German bicycle brand already markets the Grail gravel bike, this new addition is designed to be even more adventurous.
Gravel adventure bikes might look like road bicycles with bigger tyres, but the Grizl has an array of design features that differentiate it from milder gravel bikes.
Unlike a road bike, the Grizl is built tougher. Its carbon-fibre frame is capable of carrying heavier loads and ride much rougher roads.
No more backpack - but lots of frame packs
The product destiny for a bike such as Grizl, is the Karoo. Rolling huge mileages, with bike travel bags attached, on the worst of corrugated roads.
Canyon has added mounting points to the Grizl’s fork and there are model specific collaboration bags, produced by specialist, Apidura. Riders can select from an assortment of Grizl frame bags, ranging in capacity from 1- to 5-litres.
To balance the additional weight of a loaded gravel adventure bike, Canyon has ensured the Grizl can roll high-volume tyres up to 700x50c in size. Bigger tyres are better at absorbing those punishing rural gravel roads and also provide a larger contact patch, which makes for more secure cornering and braking.
Go everywhere, do everything
Canyon also boosts rider comfort with its radical leaf-sprung seat post. The VLCS seat post has a split structure and beyond looking really cool, it reduces a lot of terrain fatigue, which should keep you feeling fresh, even after a 100km day in the Karoo.
In the South African context, a bike such as Grizl makes tremendous sense. The country has a vast network of navigable gravel roads, most of which are avenues to great adventure.
With its ability to carry gear and roll gravel appropriate tyres, the Grizl is ideal for a weekend adventure bike journey. On gravel roads, it is faster than a mountain bike.
A gravel adventure bike for all budgets
Venues are increasingly catering for riders who only need a shower and bed, or space to pitch a lightweight tent.
The Grizl is an advanced all-purpose adventure bike that can also operate as a weekday commuter bike, whilst taking the odd off-road urban detour, as required.
The model range launches with four core derivatives, starting at R52 348.57 and peaking at R113 234.70. Canyon is planning to introduce aluminium framed Grizls later this year, which should make for a selection of more affordable options.