The Canyon Grizl:ON CF Trail shows why 'just buy an MTB' is nonsense

I tested the burly, top spec Grizl:ON which can cut it easily on MTB trails

Canyon Grizl:ON in the woods
(Image: © Tom Wieckowski)

Cyclingnews Verdict

The Grizl:ON CF Trail is brilliant fun to ride, and has only put a smile on my face but I'm not sure it will be at the top of riders 'to buy' lists

Pros

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    Very versatile thanks to the power on-tap

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    Stylish looks

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    Will be at home comfortably in MTB terrain

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    Clever light and frame bag system

Cons

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    A mode adjust button on the handlebars from the factory would help

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    Some audible rattle over rougher ground

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    Some motor drag/lag on more technical terrain

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"Why don't you just buy a mountain bike" it's an argument that seems to get levelled at some of the more aggressive drop bar gravel bikes on the market at times, e-bikes included. And I just don't buy it. I think there's a lot more to the argument than that, as I'll go on to explain. 

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Design and aesthetics A well executed design with some well thoughtful and interesting design ideas like the integrated light system8/10
Build Solid, big name, high spec parts, i'd just like to see a remote mode button on the bars 8/10
Performance Great, eats up technical off road riding, still feels lively on the road, hasn't failed to put a grin on my face 9/10
Weight 15.9kg a non issue with the e-power on tap, not too unwiledly when moving the bike around8/10
Value In the current climate this could be a more expensive bike, nearly every option box is ticked and there aren't many concessions really, a remote mode button would be my only want 7/10
Overall rating Row 5 - Cell 1 80%

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Tom Wieckowski
Tech writer

Tom joined the Cyclingnews team in late 2022 as tech writer. Tom has over 10 years experience as a qualified mechanic with 5 or so of those being spent running an independent workshop. Tom has ridden and raced bikes from an early age up to a national level on the road and track and has ridden and competed in most disciplines, even the odd bit of bike polo. Tom is as happy tinkering away in the garage as he is out on the road bike exploring the Worcestershire lanes.