Canyon present the new 2022 Endurace, available with a carbon or aluminium frame and relying on a compromise of endurance and racing genes. We took a closer look at the six variants on offer to see what they’re capable of and whether they’ll trigger a revolution in Canyon’s portfolio. Read on for all the details.
With the 2022 Canyon Endurace, the German direct to consumer brand present the latest edition of their best-selling classic for beginners and all-road fans. We found out whether anything else has changed besides increased tire clearances and additional mounting points on the frame, and we’ll tell you which model we’d recommend.
Canyon Endurace 2022 – The changes
The changes compared to last year’s model aren’t big, though they all make sense. When developing the 2022 Endurace, Canyon seem to have followed the motto of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” – at least as far as the basic design of the frame is concerned. However, Canyon claim that the new Endurace uses a simpler carbon layup than the Endurace CF SL and CF SLX. Doing so mostly increases the weight of the frameset. The new Endurace CF isn’t replacing the Endurace CF SL and CF SLX. The latter will continue to be available alongside the new Endurace CF models at least until the end of the 2022 season, listed above them.
As much as the carbon layup may differ from the SL and SLX models, the geometry does not. The frame of the Endurace CF has the same geometry as the SL or SLX models, except for a 6 mm longer (in size M) and more voluminous head tube. Additionally, the rear triangle and fork can now accommodate tires that are up to 35 mm wide, increasing the tire clearances by 7 mm compared to the predecessor. Canyon have also given the frame a few additional mounting points. Besides bosses for 2 bottle cages in the front triangle, you now have the option of mounting a bag on the top tube – clean and secure without Velcro straps. As before, Canyon have decided against the option of mudguards on the new Endurace platform. We were told they’ve done so to underline the bike’s sporty character. If you’re looking for an all-weather bike, for commuting and the like, Canyon offer the Grail with a special set of mudguards.
The 2022 Canyon Endurace models – An affordable entry into the world of carbon
The 2022 Canyon Endurace comes in 6 different versions, 2 of which are based on an aluminium and 4 on a carbon frame. The fork is made of carbon across the board and designed for disc brakes – mostly. The two entry-level aluminium models are available with rim brakes on request. Canyon’s Endurace range starts at just €1,399 and you’ll be able to swing your leg over a carbon model for as little as €1,999. In addition to the “classic” Canyon Endurace CF 7 and CF 8 models, you also get the CF 7 eTap and the CF 7 All-Road versions. Both models with the additional suffix make use of the wireless SRAM Rival eTap AXS groupset. The All-Road model maxes out the new frame’s tire clearances with 35 mm Schwalbe G-One Speed tires, making it ready for some light gravel action.
Our tip – the 2022 Canyon Endurace CF 8
When it comes to the drivetrain and brakes, the Endurace CF 8 is specced with excellent Shimano ULTEGRA components. The hydraulic ULTEGRA disc brakes have proven to offer reliable stopping power and good modulation. The bike also relies on the tried and tested, in-house VCLS seat post, which, though it no longer uses a split design like its predecessor, should still offer similar damping qualities and thus significantly increase comfort. Like the previous models, the seat post clamp on all the carbon variants is very low down, adding even more compliance and comfort. The bike weighs 8.3 kg in size M and is available for €2,299 in Light Lobster, Light Blue and, for everyone who likes understatement, an inconspicuous Stealth black.
The Canyon Endurace CF All-Road model also seems like a very exciting option, using the maximum tire width of 35 mm and SRAM’s wireless Rival eTap AXS drivetrain. This model weighs 8.9 kg and costs €2,999. If you’re not bothered by the lack of mudguard options, it might be the perfect compromise for efficient commuting and sporty long-distance rides.
The geometry of the 2022 Canyon Endurace
The geometry is based entirely on the slightly higher-priced Endurace CF SL and SLX models. Apart from the 6 mm longer head tube in size M, and the slightly higher stack and reach that results in, it’s identical to the super-light models. The bike still represents an efficient compromise between an upright riding position suitable for touring and a slightly stretched aero position. Canyon have added an ultra-small 3XS frame to the extensive range of sizes, accommodating riders from 150 cm tall. With sizes ranging from 3XS to 2XL, everyone is likely to find a size that fits. Sensibly, the two smallest frame sizes come with 650b wheels (and correspondingly shorter 405 mm chainstays instead of 415 mm), while all others roll on 700C. In addition, the crank length, stem length and handlebar width grow with the frame size – thumbs up!
|Seat tube||402 mm||432 mm||462 mm||492 mm||522 mm||552 mm||582 mm||612 mm|
|Top tube||501 mm||511 mm||532 mm||543 mm||553 mm||568 mm||594 mm||609 mm|
|Head tube||122 mm||139 mm||128 mm||145 mm||164 mm||186 mm||213 mm||232 mm|
|Chain stay||405 mm||405 mm||415 mm||415 mm||415 mm||415 mm||415 mm||415 mm|
|Wheelbase||957 mm||958 mm||989 mm||991 mm||990 mm||1,006 mm||1,029 mm||1,044 mm|
|Reach||350 mm||354 mm||370 mm||375 mm||378 mm||387 mm||405 mm||414 mm|
|Stack||510 mm||529 mm||548 mm||568 mm||590 mm||611 mm||637 mm||656 mm|
|Stem||70 mm||80 mm||80 mm||90 mm||100 mm||110 mm||110 mm||120 mm|
|Bar||380 mm||380 mm||400 mm||420 mm||420 mm||440 mm||440 mm||460 mm|
|Crank||170 mm||170 mm||170 mm||172.5 mm||172.5 mm||175 mm||175 mm||175 mm|
The most important questions about Canyon’s brand new road bike
Before the bike was launched, Canyon provided us with what they considered to be the most interesting FAQs and their answers, which we’ll show you below.
Question: Is there a version for women?
Answer: No, for 2022 Canyon have integrated the previous WMN and unisex models, offering all Endurace models as gender-neutral.
Question: Is the Endurace also available with rim brakes?
Answer: Canyon will still be offering two entry-level models with rim brakes and aluminium frames. However, these models are not available in the US.
Question: What frame sizes are there?
Answer: The new Endurace is available in 8 sizes from 3XS to 2XL, for everyone from 150 cm tall and up.
Question: What will become of the Endurace CF SL and the CF SLX?
Answer: The Endurace models introduced today are listed under the flagship CF SL and CF SLX models. The latter will continue unchanged at least until the end of the 2022 season. We can’t yet determine with sufficient accuracy when the successors to these models will be launched.
Our conclusion on the new Canyon Endurace 2022
The Canyon Endurace is based on the SL and SLX models and should continue to serve as an all-purpose weapon for all-road fans. Thanks to the generous tire clearances and the additional mounting points on the frame, it’s become more versatile, leaning slightly towards everyday use and touring. We think skipping on the option of mudguards seems like a missed opportunity, especially in this context. The geometries and components are adapted to the wide range of 8 sizes, which leaves no doubt about who this bike is aimed at. Namely, everyone, all skill levels and all ambitions. We’ll find out whether the Canyon Endurace really is the jack of all trades as soon as we’re able to test it!
For more information, visit canyon.com
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Words: Julian Schwede Photos: Canyon