Newly launched Grail gravel bike hints at potential new down tube storage system for the German model’s MTBs.
Canyon’s newest gravel bike launched final week, and as diehard mountain bikers we initially didn’t pay any consideration. However a random social media put up highlighted the Grail’s new Aero LOAD characteristic, with its inside down tube storage and intelligent FidLock bag mount – one thing Canyon is presently lacking on its vary of extremely rated mountain bikes.
So might a model of the Aero LOAD be on its technique to Canyon’s mountain bike vary? There’s a really excessive chance, and with an increasing number of manufacturers providing inside body storage on their mountain bikes, Canyon can be lacking a trick if it didn’t exploit the sensible advantages. And as mountain bike down tubes often have a lot higher quantity than highway bikes, there’s even higher potential for options and carrying capability.
What actually makes Canyon’s new design stand out from the likes of Specialised’s SWAT, Trek’s BITS, Santa Cruz’s Glovebox, and Orbea’s LOCKR, is the intelligent packaging. Pop open the hatch and there’s a mini-tool and mini-pump clipped to the underside, which suggests much less faff fishing round for instruments and spares. With the FIX Minitool boasting a mixture of seven widespread hex and Torx keys.
A customized waterproof and dustproof LOAD Instrument Pack and Instrument Snake slides into the down tube cavity, and is definitely retrieved because of a pull loop at one finish. Inside there are customized pockets for tyre levers, a CO2 head and cartridge, and an internal tube.
The ultimate piece of the puzzle that units Canyon’s resolution other than the competitors is a body bag system that locks into place with discreet, magnetic FidLock mounts. This implies baggage could be put in or eliminated in seconds, with out fiddly bolts or body scratching straps. This could possibly be an important resolution for a small body bag or device wrap on a mountain bike.