Unlike every other drop bar in existence — where the stem attaches to a clamping area in the middle of the tops of the bar — the Hover bar places the tops of the bar above a stem that connects to an additional bar that in turn connects to the apex of the hooks.
If that sounds confusing, that’s because it is, and we recommend you closely examine photos of the bike to actually understand what’s going on.
The bar was developed in a bid to improve front end comfort and control without the added complication and weight of a suspension fork, and from the accounts of a number of BikeRadar testers that have ridden the bike, it does work… to a point.
The Grail’s divisive aesthetics mean that it is unlikely to have mass market appeal, but we applaud Canyon for trying something totally new.
It’s not just unique looks that separate the True Grit from the pack, the bike is a real performer too, with the suspended front end making for a uniquely nimble and confident ride over rough terrain. Who would have thought gravel riders could learn something from mountain bikers?!
Jack has been riding and fettling bikes for his whole life. Always in search of the hippest new niche in cycling, Jack is a self-confessed gravel dork and thinks nothing of bivouacking on a beach after work. Also fond of his tandem, Cecil, cup and cone bearings, skids and tan wall tyres.