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Canyon Grizl 7 Suspension Review

A reasonably priced gravel bike with front suspension and great build perfect for rough gravel and adventure riding, but with a slight weight penalty
Canyon Grizl 7 Suspension
Credit: Abriah Wofford
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Price:  $2,499 List
Pros:  Reasonable price, suspension fork, great on the descents and rough surfaces, nice component spec, comes in both carbon and aluminum frames and multiple builds
Cons:  Fairly heavy, longer reach, fewer accessory mounts than rigid fork version
Manufacturer:   Canyon
By Jeremy Benson ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Sep 12, 2022
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  • Downhill - 30% 10.0
  • Climbing - 30% 7.0
  • Versatility - 20% 9.0
  • Weight - 10% 4.0
  • Build - 10% 9.0

Our Verdict

The Canyon Grizl 7 Suspension is a reasonably priced aluminum-framed gravel bike that shines on the descents and over rough surfaces. Equipped with 30mm of gravel-specific front suspension and grippy, high-volume tires, the Grizl offers comfort and control over chunky gravel that the fully rigid competition can't match. We also found it to be an efficient and comfortable climber, albeit with a bit of a weight penalty due to the aluminum frame and suspension fork. This versatile bike is also ready for just about anything with clearance for up to 50mm tires, internal routing from dropper posts, and plenty of mounts for water and bike packing accessories. For the price, it also comes equipped with a very nice component specification that enhances its performance all the way around. It also comes in lighter-weight carbon frames, with or without front suspension, and a range of build kits to suit varying needs and budgets.

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Pros Reasonable price, suspension fork, great on the descents and rough surfaces, nice component spec, comes in both carbon and aluminum frames and multiple buildsLightweight, nice build, excellent blend of frame stiffness and complianceReasonably priced, lightweight, outstanding price to build ratio, easy assemblyAffordable, reasonably lightweight, fairly versatileInexpensive, versatile, many frame mount options
Cons Fairly heavy, longer reach, fewer accessory mounts than rigid fork versionMore expensiveProprietary handlebar, limited handlebar adjustability and accessory compatibilitySomewhat harsh ride, stock tires aren't great in loose conditions, tubeless conversion required re-taping on both wheelsHeavier than the competition, budget build
Bottom Line A reasonably priced gravel bike with front suspension and great build perfect for rough gravel and adventure riding, but with a slight weight penaltyThis lightweight, high-performance gravel bike boasts a well-rounded performance and quality build that's ready for anythingAn affordable, capable, and versatile carbon-framed gravel bike with a great build and solid all-around performanceAn entry-level gravel bike that is relatively lightweight, fairly well-rounded, and reasonably pricedAnyone interested in dabbling in the world of gravel riding should check out this versatile and affordable model
Rating Categories Canyon Grizl 7 Susp... Santa Cruz Stigmata... Canyon Grail CF SL 7 Fezzari Shafer AL Salsa Journeyer Ape...
Downhill (30%)
10.0
9.0
8.0
7.0
7.0
Climbing (30%)
7.0
9.0
9.0
8.0
7.0
Versatility (20%)
9.0
7.0
8.0
7.0
8.0
Weight (10%)
4.0
10.0
9.0
6.0
4.0
Build (10%)
9.0
9.0
8.0
7.0
6.0
Specs Canyon Grizl 7 Susp... Santa Cruz Stigmata... Canyon Grail CF SL 7 Fezzari Shafer AL Salsa Journeyer Ape...
Measured Weight (w/o pedals) 24 lbs 12 oz 19 lbs 2 oz 19 lbs 14 oz 21 lbs 11 oz 24 lbs 5 oz (with tubes)
Frame Material Aluminum Carbon CC Carbon Fiber Aluminum Aluminum
Wheelsize 700c 700c (tested) or 650b 700c (Sizes S-2XL). 650B (Sizes 2XS-XS) 700c 700c (tested) or 650b
Frame Size Tested Large 58cm Large Large 57cm
Available Sizes S-2XL 52, 54, 56, 58, 60cm 2XS-2XL XS-XL 50, 52, 54, 55.5, 57, 59.5cm
Wheelset DT Swiss Gravel LN WTB Asym i23p 700c rims with DT 370 hubs DT Swiss C 1850 Spline Wheelset Alex GD24, Tubeless Ready WTB ST i19 TCS 2.0 700c rims with Novatec hubs
Front Tire Schwalbe G-One Bite 700 x 45c Maxxis Ravager EXO 700 x 40c Schwalbe G-One Bite 700 x 40c Maxxis Receptor EXO, 700 x 40c WTB Riddler Comp 700 x 37c
Rear Tire Schwalbe G-One Bite 700 x 45c Maxxis Ravager EXO 700x40c Schwalbe G-One Bite 700 x 40c Maxxis Receptor EXO, 700 x 40c WTB Riddler Comp 700 x 37c
Shifters Shimano GRX RX600 SRAM Rival 1 Shimano GRX RX600 SRAM Apex SRAM Apex 1
Rear Derailleur Shimano GRX RX810 GS 11-speed SRAM Rival 22 Long Cage 11-speed Shimano GRX RX810 GS 11-speed SRAM Apex 1x11 SRAM Apex 1
Front Derailleur Shimano GRX RX810 N/A Shimano GRX RX810 N/A N/A
Cassette Shimano HG700 11-speed, 11-34T SRAM PG-1150 11-42T 11-speed Shimano HG700 11-speed, 11-34T SRAM PG1130, 11-speed, 11-42T SRAM PG 1130, 11-42T
Crankset FSA Gossamer, 46/30T Easton EA90 175mm Shimano GRX RX600, 172.5mm, 46/30T SRAM Apex 1, GXP SRAM Apex 1 X-Sync, 40T
Bottom Bracket Token Ninja Lite BB4124 PF86.5 Easton BSA Shimano Pressfit BB72 SRAM GXP English BSA not specified
Fork RockShox Rudy XPLR Base, 30mm Santa Cruz Carbon Canyon FK0070 CF Disc Carbon Fezzari Gravel Carbon Fantail Deluxe Carbon
Seatpost Canyon SP0057 VCLS Carbon, 20mm setback Easton EA50 27.2mm Canyon SP0043 VCLS CF Carbon, 20mm setback Fezzari XrT Carbon Alloy 27.2mm
Saddle Selle Italia Model X WTB Silverado Pro Fizik Argo Tempo R5 Selle Italia Model X Superflow WTB Volt Sport 142mm
Handlebar Canyon HB0050 Ergobar AL Easton EA50 AX flare Canyon CP07 Gravelcockpit CF Carbon Fezzari GR Alloy, 18-degree flare Salsa Cowbell
Stem Canyon V13 Easton EA50 Integrated with handlebar Fezzari Alloy Salsa Guide
Brakes Shimano GRX RX600 hydraulic disc SRAM Rival 1 flat mount Shimano GRX 600 hydraulic disc SRAM Apex Hydraulic Disc TRP Spyre-C mechanical
Measured Effective Top Tube (mm) 588 573 576 550 568
Measured Reach (mm) 409 390 402 386 380
Measured Head Tube Angle (degrees) 72 72 72.5 71 70
Measured Seat Tube Angle (degrees) 73.5 73.5 73.5 74 73
Measured Bottom Bracket Height (mm) 285 278 292 279
Measured Wheelbase (mm) 1055 1038 1040 1045 1060
Measured Chain Stay Length (mm) 435 425 425 435 440
Warranty 6-Years Lifetime 6-Years Lifetime 3-Years

Our Analysis and Test Results

Canyon Grizl 7 Suspension gravel bike - the grizl 7 suspension we tested features a sturdy aluminum frame...
The Grizl 7 Suspension we tested features a sturdy aluminum frame paired with a 30mm RockShox Rudy XPLR fork. The Grizl also comes in carbon fiber and is sold with and without a suspension fork.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Frame Design


The Grizl 7 Suspension has a full aluminum frame that has been purpose-built for gravel and adventure riding. In addition to the aluminum models, Canyon also makes the Grizl in carbon fiber, denoted by the letters CF SL or CF SLX in the name. Regardless, all Grizl frames feature internal cable routing (including for dropper seatposts), several mounts for water bottles and accessories on the frame (rigid forks have accessory mounts as well), rubber chainstay protection, and clearance for tires up to 50mm wide. It seems clear that Canyon intended the Grizl to be a do-anything gravel bike, ready to take on your first gravel race or head out on a month-long bikepacking excursion.

Whether carbon or aluminum, the Grizl frames have virtually identical geometries, although the carbon models are offered in seven sizes, 2XS-2XL, while the aluminum frames come in five, S-2XL. By today's standards, the Grizl has a somewhat moderate gravel geometry that includes a 73.5-degree seat tube angle across all sizes and a 72-degree head tube angle on our size large test bike (head tube angles vary slightly between sizes). The 588mm top tube length results in a 409mm reach giving it a relatively spacious cockpit. All frames share the same 435mm chainstay/rear center length, and our large frame had a 1,055mm wheelbase. Our test bike tipped the scales at 24 pounds and 12 ounces set up tubeless and without pedals.

Canyon Grizl 7 Suspension gravel bike - the 30mm travel rockshox rudy xplr fork does wonders to make this...
The 30mm travel RockShox Rudy XPLR fork does wonders to make this one of the smoothest feeling gravel bikes we've ever tested. The Grizl can also be purchased with a rigid carbon fork.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Design Highlights

  • Available in aluminum (tested) and carbon frames
  • RockShox Rudy XPLR fork, 30mm travel (also offered with rigid carbon fork)
  • Tire clearance up to 50mm
  • Versatile geometry
  • Numerous bottle and accessory mounts
  • Internal cable routing
  • Threaded bottom bracket
  • Offered in numerous builds ranging from $1,899 to $6,499

Canyon Grizl 7 Suspension gravel bike - the grizl 7 suspension inspires confidence on the decent thanks in...
The Grizl 7 Suspension inspires confidence on the decent thanks in no small part to the suspension fork and wide tires. This bike rips.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Downhill Performance


One place the Grizl 7 Suspension truly shines is on the descents, thanks in no small part to the suspension fork. The front shock along with the high-volume tires results in a very forgiving ride and dramatically enhances comfort, control, and stability over rough surfaces, particularly when descending. The geometry is comfortable without being too relaxed, and we found its handling to be responsive and intuitive. The component specification also comes together quite nicely, helping to enhance confidence on the descents.


While some brands are beginning to design gravel bikes with more extreme geometries, Canyon chose to stick with some tried and true numbers for the Grizl. Similar to most of the other gravel bikes we've tested, the moderate geometry is based more on all-around performance than downhill shredding. That said, the Canyon has slightly longer, 435mm, chainstays and a longer reach, 409mm on our size large, than most of the competition. While not dramatically different, both of these numbers should promote a little more stability at speed, and we found that to be the case. Still, the Grizl remains easily maneuverable with quick and responsive handling, and at the same time proved to be one of the most confidence-inspiring and comfortable bikes we've tested while riding downhill, especially over the rough stuff. We took it on paved roads, smooth gravel, chunky gravel, and mellow singletrack trails, and it felt well balanced, composed, and ready for anything we put in front of it. Canyon also sells the Grizl in multiple builds with and without the suspension fork, so you can get the model that meets your needs.

Canyon Grizl 7 Suspension gravel bike - washboard, potholes, and chunky sections of road are much easier to...
Washboard, potholes, and chunky sections of road are much easier to handle aboard the Grizl 7 Suspension compared to rigid forked bikes.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

While it may not seem that significant, the 30mm of front suspension offered by the RockShox Rudy XPLR fork does wonders to smooth over rough surfaces, taking the edge off bigger hits and high-frequency vibrations to bumpy washboard sections. It helps to keep the hands fresh, reducing the forces transferred to your upper body joints, and at the same time, it keeps the front tire in better contact with the ground, reducing deflection and improving front wheel tracking and traction. This allows you to ride downhill faster with more confidence and significantly more comfort compared to a rigid fork. Sure, there is likely some very minor amount of flex in the system versus a super stiff carbon fork, but that wasn't something that we ever noticed, probably because we were so impressed by how effective the fork was at enhancing the downhill experience, and really proving to be a huge benefit anytime the surface conditions were rough. On top of that, the 45mm wide Schwalbe G-One Bite tires have loads of air volume that helps to dampen vibration even further with a fairly large contact patch that provides loads of traction. Clearance for up to 50mm wide tires means that you can go even bigger depending on your terrain, preferences, and needs.

Canyon Grizl 7 Suspension gravel bike - the grx components all work great and enhance the grizl 7's downhill...
The GRX components all work great and enhance the Grizl 7's downhill performance.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

The rest of the build also helps to enhance this bike's downhill capabilities. Shimano's GRX hydraulic disc brakes have a great lever feel, provide loads of stopping power, and generally just work very well. The 2 x 11-speed drivetrain has a massive range with plenty of big gears to keep hammering on the descents and in the flats where you might run out of gears on a 1-by setup. Even the cockpit is well dialed with nice, thick, cushioned bar tape that feels great in the hands.

Canyon Grizl 7 Suspension gravel bike - sure, it's a little heavy, but that's really the only knock on the...
Sure, it's a little heavy, but that's really the only knock on the Grizl 7's climbing performance.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Climbing Performance


The Grizl 7 Suspension is a comfortable, efficient, and competent climber, although its comparatively heavier weight is somewhat detrimental to its uphill performance. That said, the geometry is well sorted, the component specification is dialed, and it is ready to take on any climb you put in front of it.


When it comes to climbing, the elephant in the room is the Grizl 7 Suspension's weight. At 24 pounds and 12 ounces, it isn't egregiously heavy, but it is significantly heavier, 5 pounds, than the lightest models we tested. Of course, this bike has a heavier aluminum frame, and the suspension fork adds some weight to the package as well. That weight will undoubtedly be noticeable over the course of long rides and lung-busting climbs compared to lighter competitors. Weight aside, we found the Grizl to feel quite efficient and snappy with no noticeable flex in the frame that might sap a little energy. In and out of the saddle, power transfer felt very direct and the bike's weight seemed to fade into the background and go largely unnoticed. The Base model of the Rudy XPLR suspension fork does not have a lockout, so it does move up and down slightly as you climb, especially out of the saddle. Regardless, we didn't feel that movement was detrimental to climbing performance, in fact, it made most climbs, particularly the chunky ones, more pleasant. Of course, if you're planning on racing, snagging some uphill KOMs, or are concerned with weight, you'll be better off looking into other bikes, including carbon versions of the Grizl.

Canyon Grizl 7 Suspension gravel bike - weight aside, the grizl 7 feels efficient, and the suspension works...
Weight aside, the Grizl 7 feels efficient, and the suspension works well on the climbs and in the flats to smooth out the ride.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

The relatively standard gravel bike geometry numbers of the Grizl provide a fairly comfortable seated pedaling position. The reach measurement, 409mm on our size large, is a little longer than on comparably sized bikes we've tested, and when combined with a 90mm stem and a 70mm reach handlebar, we felt a little stretched out. To compensate, we slid the saddle forward slightly, but those who prefer a shorter reach would be wise to check Canyon's geometry charts or possibly swap out the stem for something a bit shorter. The cockpit setup is great, and both the hoods and the bar top were impressively comfortable, and we were very pleasantly surprised by the Selle Italia saddle. The 2 x 11-speed drivetrain has a massive range with gearing as low as 30 x 34 for grinding up the steepest inclines. Once again, the 45mm wide Schwalbe G-One Bite tires impressed us with their versatility and traction on a huge range of surfaces while still remaining relatively fast rolling.

Canyon Grizl 7 Suspension gravel bike - while it lacks the accessory mounts of the models with rigid forks...
While it lacks the accessory mounts of the models with rigid forks, there are still a number of mounts on the frame for bottles, accessories, and even a rear rack. The Grizl is a highly versatile bike.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Versatility


Canyon markets the Grizl as being made for "rough gravel" and claim that it "brings Swiss Army Knife functionality to their proven performance DNA." They go on to say, "Clever design and smart spec make Grizl the perfect do-anything, go anywhere, all-you-might-ever-need gravel bike." So, it's clear that versatility was an important consideration in the design of this bike, and we'd be lying if we said they didn't achieve their goal.


Some of the key design elements that are notable are the fact that the Grizl is compatible with suspension forks (it is sold with or without), has internal routing for use with dropper posts (some builds come with them), and clearance for up to 50mm wide tires. These features allow riders to set their bike up in ways that some other models can't accommodate. Additionally, there are two water bottle mounts within the front triangle, another set of bosses under the downtube, and one more on the top tube, giving riders lots of options for attaching fluids and gear to the frame. Grizl models with rigid forks also have three-pack mounts for even more gear-carrying capability. Aluminum Grizl frames also have mount points for rear racks. All this gear carrying capacity, room for wide tires, suspension, and dropper options make it a great option for bikepacking and adventure riding.

The Grizl is offered in both carbon and aluminum frames and a huge variety of builds. Riders can choose between 1-by and 2-by drivetrains and suspension or rigid forks. The 7 Suspension build we tested was at home on every surface we tested it on. Whether riding mellow singletrack, rough gravel roads, or even pavement, it handled it all very well. The super wide range of the 2 x 11-speed drivetrain also lends itself well to road riding, though you'd probably want to switch to some smoother tires for long pavement rides. Of course, its heavier weight will likely be a turn-off for racers, KOM hunters, and weight-conscious riders, but there are lighter options available. We think that recreational gravel enthusiasts, bikepackers, less competitive racers, and those on a budget will still find a lot to love in this super versatile and reasonably priced bike that's really up for just about anything.

Canyon Grizl 7 Suspension gravel bike - the grizl 7's heavier weight is definitely notable, but unless...
The Grizl 7's heavier weight is definitely notable, but unless you're racing, we don't think it's too much of a concern given its otherwise stellar performance.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Weight


Weight is one place where the Grizl 7 Suspension loses quite a bit of ground to the competition. This doesn't really come as a surprise given that it has an aluminum frame and a suspension fork, but it is notably heavier than its carbon-framed and rigid fork competition. Our testers found that the slightly heavier weight was indeed noticeable on the climbs and over the course of a long ride. Still, the benefits of the front suspension made the weight penalty much easier to accept, potentially even negating it on the descents and over rough roads. That said, the weight of this bike puts it more into the recreational/enthusiast realm, and if you're racing or simply aiming to perform at a high level, it is probably worth looking into the lighter weight and more expensive carbon framed options (Grizl CF SL), of which there are many.


With a measured weight of 24 pounds and 12 ounces set up tubeless and without pedals, our size Large Grizl 7 Suspension is one of the heaviest gravel bikes we've tested. First, the version of the Grizl we tested has an aluminum frame that adds weight compared to its carbon fiber counterparts. According to Canyon, the carbon Grizl CF SL 7 weighs 1.12 kg (2 pounds and 7.5 ounces) less than the aluminum Grizl 7 (without suspension). These bikes have very slight differences in their component specs, but regardless, we're looking at roughly 2 pounds difference in frame weight alone. The 30mm RockShox Rudy XPLR suspension fork is the other main culprit adding to the weight of this bike. We didn't weigh the fork separately, but according to the Canyon website, the Suspension version of the Grizl 7 weighs 0.72 kg (1 pound and 9.4 ounces) more than the standard version with a rigid fork and an otherwise identical build. That's a pretty significant amount of weight and something that riders should consider based on the conditions of the roads they ride and their comfort needs. In our experience, the fork really works wonders to improve rider comfort, handling, and overall enjoyment when riding chunky/rough gravel and singletrack and the added weight was something we were perfectly willing to accept for the increased control and speeds we were able to carry in situations that would be much harsher with a rigid fork. All of that said, if weight is a concern, the carbon fiber versions of the Grizl are certainly worth looking into.

Canyon Grizl 7 Suspension gravel bike - while it may not sound like or look like much, 30mm of travel makes...
While it may not sound like or look like much, 30mm of travel makes a world of difference on rough gravel.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Build


The aluminum-framed Grizl 7 Suspension comes equipped with a very nice build for the price. Canyon's consumer-direct sales model helps to keep the price of this bike very reasonable, and it comes with a build that you could expect to pay significantly more for from a mainstream brand. The most notable aspect of the Suspension build is the RockShox Rudy XPLR fork that provides 30mm of front suspension. Gravel-specific suspension is relatively new, and while 30mm doesn't sound like much, trust us when we say it makes a world of difference when riding rough surfaces compared to the rigid forks found on most other models. The Grizl 7 comes with the base model of the Rudy XPLR fork. It has an easily adjustable Solo Air spring so you can quickly set it up for your weight and preferences. It also has adjustable rebound, clearance for up to 50mm wide tires, flat mounts for disc brakes, and is compatible with RockShox fenders.

Shimano's GRX components are fantastic. Our test bike came with FSA...
Shimano's GRX components are fantastic. Our test bike came with FSA cranks instead of GRX due to component availability, however.
The GRX hydraulic disc brakes are quite impressive and provide...
The GRX hydraulic disc brakes are quite impressive and provide excellent speed control.
The GRX hoods are quite comfortable and the brakes are powerful...
The GRX hoods are quite comfortable and the brakes are powerful enough that braking from the hoods feels much better than with other brands of brakes.

Groupset


The gravel market has been growing rapidly and several component brands have developed gravel-specific parts to meet the demands of this style of riding. Shimano was one of the first to market with gravel groupsets in the form of their GRX line of drivetrain and braking components. The Grizl 7 Suspension comes clad with a 2 x 11-speed mostly GRX drivetrain that includes GRX RX810 front and rear derailleurs, an 11-34t Shimano 105 cassette, and FSA Gossamer cranks with 46/30T chainrings. It is worth noting that due to supply chain issues, our test bike came with the FSA cranks as opposed to the GRX cranks that were originally specced. While a tad noisier over rough terrain than a 1-by drivetrain, the clutched derailleur keeps the chain on and this setup provides a huge gear range for the steepest of climbs or hammering in the flats. Shimano GRX RX600 shift/brake levers have comfortable hoods and intuitive shifting, and they are paired with GRX RX600 hydraulic disc brakes that provide excellent stopping power.

Canyon Grizl 7 Suspension gravel bike - the 45mm wide schwalbe g-one bite tires have lots of vibration...
The 45mm wide Schwalbe G-One Bite tires have lots of vibration dampening air volume and a highly versatile tread pattern.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Wheels/Tires


The Grizl 7 Suspension rolls on a set of tubeless-ready DT Swiss Gravel LN wheels. These are an OEM alloy gravel wheelset that comes pre-taped and ready to be set up tubeless, although the bike comes with tubes installed. We found them to be very easy to convert to tubeless with some valve stems and sealant that we had on hand. While they aren't necessarily ultralight or ultra-stiff, we found them to have a very agreeable and comfortable ride quality, especially when paired with the fairly high volume 45mm Schwalbe G-One Bite tires. These tires are impressively versatile providing good rolling speed and grip on a wide range of surfaces. The larger air volume of these tires also allows for running lower tire pressures and helps to dampen the ride and increase comfort and traction over rough terrain and loose conditions.

Canyon Grizl 7 Suspension gravel bike - the cockpit is nicely equipped. we wouldn't complain about a little...
The cockpit is nicely equipped. We wouldn't complain about a little more flare in the handlebar, but the cushy bar tape is excellent and the Selle Italia saddle proved to be quite comfy.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Cockpit


The cockpit setup is impressively comfortable and Canyon uses a variety of house-branded parts. At the front of the bike, these include an aluminum Canyon V13 stem and a Canyon HB 0050 Ergobar aluminum handlebar with a 70mm reach. While it isn't specified, the handlebar appears to have a slight flare, maybe around 6 degrees or so, and is wrapped in very comfortable Canyon Ergospeed Gel bar tape. This bar tape is cushioned with EVA foam and an elastomer gel mix, and we found it to be very comfortable on the hands. At the back of the bike is a Canyon SP0057 VCLS carbon seatpost topped with a Selle Italia Model X saddle. This saddle has a pressure relief cutout and a nice level of cushioning, and we found it to be the most comfortable Selle Italia model we've tried in a long time. We did find, however, that the cover material could occasionally feel a little grabby on our spandex.

Canyon Grizl 7 Suspension gravel bike - the frame has mounts for 2 bottles within the front triangle as well...
The frame has mounts for 2 bottles within the front triangle as well as mounts on the top tube for bags and accessories.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Build Options


The Grizl comes in both aluminum (tested) and carbon frames in multiple builds and price points. In addition to the Suspension version we tested, the Grizl 7 can be purchased with the same exact build and a rigid carbon fork for a few hundred dollars less. They also offer it with a wide range 1 x 11-speed drivetrain. The Grizl 6 is the least expensive option in the line, and it comes with a pretty nice build and a low price of just $1,899 (as of August 2022).

The carbon-framed models share the same geometry, looks, and numbering system to denote the different builds as the aluminum versions but in a lighter-weight package. They are offered in a range of builds with 2x and 1x drivetrain options starting with the affordable Grizl CF SL 6 and topping out at the Grizl CF SLX eTap Suspension. Since Canyon sells direct to the consumer, their prices are quite reasonable, and we feel all of the builds are pretty good values, comparatively speaking.

Canyon Grizl 7 Suspension gravel bike - if weight is a concern, it's probably worth checking out the carbon...
If weight is a concern, it's probably worth checking out the carbon fiber versions of this bike. Plus, it is offered with and without suspension in a wide range of builds.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Suggested Upgrades


The Grizl 7 Suspension comes very nicely equipped, for the price, and there's little that we'd suggest upgrading. If weight is a concern, we would suggest looking into one of the carbon-framed options. Yes, the carbon models do cost a bit more, but the weight difference is significant. That said, if you're interested in suspension, the least expensive carbon model with the Rudy XPLR fork is the Grizl CF SL 8 Suspension 1by, and it costs $3,899 (as of August 2022).

Canyon Grizl 7 Suspension gravel bike - the mountain biker's gravel bike, or just an impressively...
The mountain biker's gravel bike, or just an impressively comfortable and confidence-inspiring ride? The Grizl 7 Suspension really impressed us, and on top of that, we think it's an excellent value.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Should I Buy The Canyon Grizl 7 Suspension?


If you're interested in getting into gravel, or you simply want a versatile bike that's capable of spanning the full spectrum of gravel riding, the Grizl 7 Suspension is a great option to consider. This reasonably priced model is comfortable and fun to ride on a huge variety of terrain from pavement to smooth gravel, singletrack to chunky roads, the Grizl will happily take you there. It has a great build for the price, including front suspension and girthy tires that enhance comfort and inspire confidence on the descents and over the rough stuff. It's far from the lightest bike around, but if weight is a consideration Canyon also makes it in carbon fiber and a range of builds to suit varying needs and budgets.

What Other Gravel Bikes Should I Consider?


Considering its reasonable price and how much we enjoyed testing the Grizl 7 Suspension, we're inclined to steer lots of riders in its direction. Those seeking a much lighter weight bike, however, would do well to check out the Ibis Hakka MX. The Hakka weighs almost six pounds less, has a very snappy and energetic feel, and would be a more logical choice for racers or those who prioritize low weight. Similarly, the Santa Cruz Stigmata is nearly as lightweight, and we found it to have a very well-rounded performance and an even more comfortable ride quality than the aforementioned Hakka. Both bikes are quite a bit more expensive but come with quality carbon frames and fancier build kits.

Canyon Grizl 7 Suspension gravel bike - tired of getting beat up by rough gravel roads? the grizl 7...
Tired of getting beat up by rough gravel roads? The Grizl 7 Suspension may be the answer as long as weight isn't your highest priority.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

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