Canyon’s Endurace has been a fixture in the German online seller’s range for over three years. During that time the number of carbon fibre and aluminium Endurace models has expanded with three levels of carbon: the CF, with rim brakes, and lighter CF SL and CF SLX with discs.
My CF SL Disc 7.0 is the lowest-priced carbon disc model and looks to offer typical Canyon value for money, but how does it measure up against the current competition?
The endurance market has really evolved during the last few years with designs that distinguish its bikes more clearly from race-focused models.
Tyre volume and clearance is key, plus frame geometry, components and comfort levels that make long rides less arduous. With its slightly dropped seatstays, subtly cut away and curved lower seat tube and decent clearances, the Canyon ticks most of those boxes.
The Endurace’s slim fork legs easily clear its 28mm Contis. David Caudery / Immediate Media
Conforming to my past experience of Canyon bikes, the recommended medium-sized bike comes up a little short on reach with its stock 100mm stem.
Canyon offers an exchange system, so you’re able to swap the stem for a more suitable length, if necessary, and the 553mm top tube means needing 120mm or longer for me.
At 158mm, the head tube for this size is shorter than the current norm, the 73-degree head angle a tad steeper and 990mm wheelbase shorter, too.
All this adds up to a bike that’s at the less compromising end of the endurance spectrum. Perhaps the clue is in the last four letters of its designation because there’s undoubtedly a race element to this Canyon.
For a start, its 8.45kg weight is very good for a disc-equipped bike at this price and its complete 105 groupset with no substitutions is impressive, too. DT Swiss wheels and Continental tyres are a reliable pairing, but just how does it all feel?
Canyon Endurace CF SL Disc 7.0 ride impressions
From the off, the Canyon aluminium bar feels characteristically ergonomic, and combined with the squared stem profile doesn’t lack stiffness.
Selle Italia’s X3 saddle is flat-topped, firm and a little slippery but benefits from a decent length of exposed VCLS carbon seatpost to help absorb bumps.
The DT Swiss E1850 Spline wheelset is an OEM version of the circa 1,655g E1800 with squat, rounded aluminium rims that are 20mm wide internally. These open the Continental Grand Prix SL 28mm tyres out to 30mm, but still leave a little more frame clearance, just in case.
Shimano’s 11-34 cassette gives a generous range of gears. David Caudery / Immediate Media
Tyre volume dictated testing at 75 to 80psi, allowing the supple rubber to maximise grip and comfort.
Shimano’s 105 hydraulic groupset really is a benchmark for reliable quality and its brilliant hoods and controls are matched by quietly efficient operation. With 52/36 chainrings and an 11-34 cassette, the Endurace is geared to take you almost anywhere on tarmac, although I’ve seen one in a gravel race, too!
There’s no denying that the Endurace wants to fly and its racy edge is always there, nudging you onwards. If you take the bait and force it on a climb, it responds more like the brand’s racier Ultimate, if a little dulled by weightier wheels and tyres.
With relatively little overall mass, it’s easier to sustain efforts and the payback often comes on the descents where the additional grip and control keep things composed.
The Endurace wants to fly and its racy edge is always there. Robert Smith
Compared to the current crop of endurance bikes, the Endurace offers less overall comfort. Despite the firm saddle, seated comfort is quite good, but isn’t matched by the feeling up front, as the combination of fork, handlebar and stem pass more vibration to your hands and wrists than I’d like. It’s not jarring, but is less damped than the rear.
With crisp, predictable handling, the Endurace uses its short wheelbase to great effect, but, at least with the stock 100mm stem fitted, feels a little busier at speed, requiring a little more rider input to maintain your line.
There’s a lot to like about the Endurace, especially if you’re not ready to go fatter and slacker just yet.
Canyon Endurace CF SL Disc 7.0 geometry
Sizes (*tested): 2XS, XS, S, M*, L, XL, 2XL
Seat angle: 73.5 degrees
Head angle: 72.5 degrees
Seat tube: 50.6cm
Top tube: 53.5cm
Head tube: 15.8cm
Fork offset: 4.5cm
Bottom bracket height: 25.6cm
Bottom bracket drop: 7.3cm
How we tested
This bike was tested as part of a five bike grouptest of bikes priced at around £2,000 that have been searched for the most online in the past year and are still available.
The bikes were tested against each other to find out which one provides the best blend of comfort and performance.
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