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The Canyon Grizl AL is a bikepacker's paradise with mounts galore

Emma Cole
22 Oct 2021

This affordable gravel bike with big clearances has bikepacking written all over it

Gravel, gravel and more gravel. It’s the flavour of the month and Canyon has tickled our tastebuds with the launch of the Grizl AL, a punchy, aluminium gravel bike.

Aiming to be a more accessible option on the market than the carbon Grizl the brand launched in May this year, the Grizl AL ranges in price from £1,499 to £1,999 and comes in two different models, the Grizl 6 and Grizl 7.

The aluminium Grizl offers a choice of Shimano GRX RX810 11-speed or the Shimano GRX RX400 10-speed.

Canyon Grizl AL: A bikepackers paradise

With the aluminium Grail having ditched its rack mounts, the Grizl AL is the only pannier-compatible Canyon drop-bar bike and the brand claims it has ‘every mount needed for any journey’.

It does have a lot of mounts, including on the fork, the top tube, the underside of the down tube, plus the usual cage mounts in the front triangle.

Prepped for whatever the weather, the Grizl AL comes with provisions for mudguards (Canyon's own – there's no bridge across the seat stays to take standard guards) and aims to compete on the rockiest of trails too, with the Grizl 7 Suspension coming fitted with the new RockShox Rudy gravel suspension fork.

Anyone for some bikepacking?

Canyon Grizl AL: Same, same but different

The Grizl AL has the same geometry as the other bikes in the Grail and Grizl family and comes with DT Swiss Gravel LN wheels (alloy rims), 45mm tubeless-ready tyres but has clearance for up to 50mm.

The aluminium frame weighs a claimed 1,785g, a heftier option compared to the Grizl Carbon SLX’s 950g and the 1kg of the BMC Roadmachine X AL ONE.

The bike comes in eight different sizes, from 3XS to 2XL and the Grizl 6 and 7 suspension also come in a specific women’s version which is the same price.

Canyon Grizl AL specs, prices and availability

Canyon Grizl 6

  • Frameset: Canyon Grizl AL
  • Groupset: Shimano GRX RX400 10-speed
  • Wheels: DT Swiss Gravel LN
  • Availability: Now
  • Price: £1,499

Canyon Grizl 7

  • Frameset: Canyon Grizl AL
  • Groupset: Shimano GRX RX810 11-speed
  • Wheels: DT Swiss Gravel LN
  • Availability: Now
  • Price: £1,849

Canyon Grizl 7 Suspension

  • Frameset: Canyon Grizl AL
  • Groupset: Shimano GRX RX810 11-speed
  • Wheels: DT Swiss Gravel LN
  • Availability: Winter
  • Price: £1,999

Image credits: Canyon