Canyon Grizl CF SL 8 review: an all-out, honest gravel grinder

Canyon’s Grizl is the latest bike to enter the German brand’s mixed-surface fleet. It joins the road-leaning Endurace and trail-to-tarmac Grail. (image credit: The Gear Loop)
This new machine comes in response to the growing acceptance of gravel as its own discipline, as opposed to just a marketing buzzword. (image credit: The Gear Loop)
With optional front suspension and 50mm tyre clearance, is there any legitimate reason to pick the Grizl over a XC MTB? (image credit: The Gear Loop)
Yes, because an extended wheelbase combined with 45mm tyres, a relatively stubby 80mm stem and wide 440mm bars (size M, as tested) makes for a stable ride. (image credit: The Gear Loop)
Shifting comes courtesy of Shimano’s GRX RX812 groupset and is silky smooth, super responsive and reassuringly robust. (image credit: The Gear Loop)
Those seeking an all-rounder, this is not it. But for anyone with a road bike looking to add gravel to their stable, this should be their first port of call. (image credit: The Gear Loop)
There’s also dropper-post compatibility and customers who opt for the suspension model will get one as standard. Read the full review by clicking through. (image credit: The Gear Loop)