Canyon Endurace AL 7.0 review

Gorge yourself on another stunning spec from Canyon

Our rating 
4.5 out of 5 star rating 4.5
£1,049.00 RRP

Our review

The Endurace is near as damn it the perfect entry-level road bike
Buy if, You want maximum value for money and a bike that’s good to go with no mods
Pros: Smart spec with no cut corners, low weight, no upgrades needed
Cons: Boring looks
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At times Canyon bikes can be a headache for reviewers, because the builds it offers seem to be almost unreasonably affordable.

Still, more kit for less money is always a good thing, right? To a point yes, and if strict value for money is your primary concern, you’re unlikely to be disappointed with a Canyon. But then, if everyone took that approach we’d all be riding the same bikes, and that would make life terribly dull, wouldn’t it?

Trickle-down geometry

The Endurace AL takes the entry-level mantle from Canyon’s outgoing Roadlite model, but borrows its geometry from the carbon Endurace CF. As the name suggests, this is not a bike aimed at racers (unlike the Ultimate series) but rather, it’s a straightforward sportive/fondo-style thing built around a simple alloy frame.

Related: Canyon Endurace CF 9.0 Pro

Said frame is refreshingly devoid of the ‘acronymn-Tourette’s’ that blights many modern machines, and in design terms it’s gloriously conventional. Granted, the gear cables run inside the down tube, but the bottom bracket is a threaded unit, the head-tube and the steerer are un-tapered and of standard dimensions, and overall there isn’t a gratuitous curve in sight.

Full Ultegra – minus chain – is great to see at this price
Full ultegra – minus chain – is great to see at this price: full ultegra – minus chain – is great to see at this price
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Full Ultegra – minus chain – is great to see at this price

In fact, you could almost accuse the Endurace of being wilfully inoffensive to look at – a judgement not helped by the regulation grey-on-black paint job that’s interrupted by only the most innocuous of red highlights.

Despite the understatedness of the whole package from a visual point of view, it’s nonetheless a thoroughly competent one. Shimano’s Ultegra groupset is as boringly brilliant as ever, and it’s complete aside from the KMC chain, so we’ve no complaints there. The gearing is ample too, and Mavic’s Aksium One wheelset is a solidly trustworthy companion, particularly when it’s fitted with proper tyres like the Continental GP4000S IIs here.

Lively and engaging ride

The riding experience is as unsurprising as everything else and, as with most Canyons, it’s extremely pleasant. The Fizik Ardea VS saddle proved a hit, and it’s sat atop a carbon seatpost, again emphasising how Canyon hasn’t cut corners in speccing this bike.

With no component niggles to speak of, we might hope for some glaring flaw in the bike’s handling to provide some tasty review fodder, but none manifested itself. The Endurace isn’t quite the equal of its carbon-killing Ultimate AL sibling but it manages to marry more than a modicum of comfort to a lively and engaging ride.

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The looks may be plain but the handling is sprightly: the looks may be plain but the handling is sprightly

The looks may be plain but the handling is sprightly

On 25mm rubber we were content to trundle over the odd small pothole and despite the absence of press-fit-this and oversized-that, the bike did everything we asked of it, leaving us satisfied and ready for more. Its slightly taller head tube (160mm on a size small) will suit those looking for a more relaxed position, but it would be unfair to pigeonhole this a comfort machine only.

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The fact is, it’s a thoroughly good road bike that’s decently light and a pleasure to ride. In fact, it’s about as much bike as you could reasonably expect for the money. All we could really find to criticise is its lack of fittings for mudguards/fenders.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Endurace AL 7.0
Brand Canyon

Available Sizes XS S M L XL XXL XXXL
Rear Wheel Weight 1590
Wheelbase (cm) 98
Top Tube (cm) 52.5
Standover Height (cm) 78
Seat Tube (cm) 46
Chainstays (cm) 42.5
Bottom Bracket Height (cm) 27
Wheelset Mavic Aksium One
Weight (kg) 7.86
Trail 6.9
Stem Canyon V15 90mm 31.8mm clamp
Shifters Shimano Ultegra
Seatpost Canyon S23 VCLS, 25mm setback
Seat Angle 73
Saddle Fizik Ardea VS
Rear Tyre Continental GrandPrix 4000s 700x25c
Bottom Bracket Shimano Hollowtech
Rear Derailleur Shimano Ultegra
Headset Type Tange IS22AE-SCT integrated
Head Angle 71.5
Handlebar Canyon H17 Ergo Alu 31.8mm clamp 40cm
Front Wheel Weight 1180
Front Tyre Continental GrandPrix 4000s 700x25c
Front Derailleur Shimano Ultegra
Frame Material Aluminium
Fork Offset 4.75
Fork Carbon, aluminium dropouts
Cranks Shimano Ultegra 170mm 50/34t
Chain KMC
Cassette Shimano Ultegra 11-28
Brakes Shimano Ultegra
Frame size tested S