Canyon Endurace AL7.0 review

German direct-sell king’s lightweight long-distance cruiser

Our rating 
4.5 out of 5 star rating 4.5
GBP £999.00 RRP | AUD $1,599.00

Our review

This is pretty much as good as it gets for an aluminium bike at this price. Great endurance-flavoured frame matched with first-rate kit, wheels and tyres
Buy if, You want one of the very best — and best value — endurance road bikes around
Pros: Quality frame, quality kit, quality ride for the long-distance cyclist
Cons: Very little to fault apart from the ‘ticking’ of the Mavic Aksium wheels
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Canyon has hit the sweet spot, smashed the ball out of the park and generally hit the bullseye with its aluminium Endurace road bikes over the last few years. You can choose whatever cliché you like, but the German direct seller’s Endurance has proved popular with cycling press and punter alike.

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The Endurace AL7.0 is a compact-framed aluminium bike with non-smoothed welds and a full-carbon 1 1/8in fork. Claimed weights are 1,350g for the frame and another 350g for the fork.

The 7.0 is the middle of the three-bike range and there are also a couple carbon Endurace models from £1,349 in men’s, women’s and disc versions.

The welding isn’t quite as smooth as the Rose Pro SL
The welding isn’t quite as smooth as the Rose Pro SL
Russell Burton

The Endurace is available in seven sizes from XS to a whopping 3XL, with a 24.8cm head tube for riders up to 204cm tall (a shade over 6ft 8in). There’s a rider and bike limit of 120kg too, which should cover most of us.

So, short, tall, big or small just what are you getting for your £999?

In addition to that endurance-friendly frame (581mm stack, 375mm reach, 175mm head tube for my Medium) you’re getting one of the lightest bikes available at this price, coming in at less than 8.5kg.

The frame comes with UCI approval
The frame comes with UCI approval
Russell Burton

Canyon Endurace AL7.0 kit

Unboxing and setting it up took very little time, but I’d recommend enrolling a friend if you doubt your own spannering skills, and thanks to Canyon’s supplied torque wrench you’re not going to wreck anything.

The component line-up is a full raft of Shimano 105 with a compact 50/34 chainset and wide-ranging 11-32 cassette. Up hill and down dale that’ll get you out of just about any jam.

Fancy sprinting with your mates to the next village sign? Then crank it up and you’ve got a Manx Missile-friendly top gear. Reach double-digit and you can sit comfortably in the saddle and spin too, alternatively you can stay in a higher gear and puff and grunt your way up of course.

Canyon Endurace AL7.0 ride impressions

The Shimano 105 calipers offer smooth and powerful braking
The Shimano 105 calipers offer smooth and powerful braking
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England’s west-country doesn’t have Alpine or Pyrenean peaks, but it does have short, steep, sweat-inducing inclines that challenge bike and rider alike, and the Canyon came up better than the tester this winter.

It descends very well too, though early rides were accompanied by a slight ticking from the Mavic Aksium wheels, and their metal joins weren’t as smooth as I’d like. This does go away in time, but is still a distraction to begin with and one I’ve come across before.

Braking from the Shimano 105 calipers is smooth and powerful and I think the Endurace probably has the best tyres you’ll find on any bike at this price — and on a lot of bikes costing twice as much.

The Endurace is designed for long distances
The Endurace is designed for long distances
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Continental’s Grand Prix tyres are made in Continental’s German factory and feature Conti’s BlackChili compound and PolyX Breaker anti-puncture technology. They’re not ultra-light but for their combination of very good rolling resistance and durability they’re great to see and a pleasure to ride.

The same is true of the Canyon’s handlebar and bar tape combination. Canyon’s own Ergo bar has comfortable semi-flattened tops that complement the bike’s endurance ambitions, as does the padded Ergospeed Gel tape.

Unfortunately there was a light ticking from the Mavic Aksium wheels
Unfortunately there was a light ticking from the Mavic Aksium wheels
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I don’t know why German companies have a bit of a love-in with flattened bar tops but I for one approve. If you ride more on the tops than the drops I find them a more natural handhold for my smallish hands. The bar itself has quite a short reach, again showing that this is a distance and comfort over speed machine.

But in spite of all that, if you want to get your heart pounding and power through the gears, the stiff sub-metre frame delivers a smooth, rewarding and comfortable ride. It resembles Rose’s Pro SL 105 in many ways, but where that’s hammer-down hard, this is more of an all-rounder.

The Endurace AL7.0 is one of the lightest aluminium bikes at this price and the ride and kit are impressive
The Endurace AL7.0 is one of the lightest aluminium bikes at this price and the ride and kit are impressive
Russell Burton / Immediate Media

Doing a long sportive and looking for a PB? Fine and dandy. But, if you fancy a first race outing, Canyon’s idea of endurance geometry isn’t that extreme and you should still be able to mix it with the fast boys and girls, though you might want to consider a longer stem.

Canyon has made no shortcuts in kitting out the Endurace AL7.0, it is one of the very lightest bikes at this price and the ride is impressive. Just about the only downside is that you have to do the first fettling yourself.

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Product Specifications

Product

Name Endurace AL7.0
Brand Canyon

Available Sizes XS S M L XL XXL XXXL
Seatpost Canyon Iridium
Reach (cm) 37.5
Stack (cm) 58.1
Head Tube (cm) 17.5
Frame size tested M
Wheelbase (cm) 98.9
Top Tube (cm) 54.7
Seat Tube (cm) 53.7
Chainstays (cm) 41.5
Wheelset Mavic Aksium
Weight (kg) 8.36
Stem Canyon V15
Shifters Shimano 105, 11s
Seat Angle 73.5
Bottom Bracket Shimano BSA
Saddle Selle Italia X3 Canyon Edition
Rear Tyre 25mm Continental Grand Prix SL
Rear Derailleur Shimano 105
Headset Type Acros AZX 214
Head Angle 72.5
Handlebar Canyon V15
Front Tyre 25mm Continental Grand Prix SL
Front Derailleur Shimano 105
Frame Material Aluminium
Fork Canyon One One Eight carbon
Cranks Shimano 105 50/34
Cassette Shimano 105
Brakes Shimano 105
All measurements for frame size tested M