Canyon Endurace WMN CF SL Disc 8.0 Di2 review

Women-specific design for endurance riding

Our rating 
3.5 out of 5 star rating 3.5
GBP £3,049.00 RRP | USD $3,999.00 | EUR €3,219.00 | AUD $5,199.00
Canyon Endurace WMN CF SL Disc 8.0 Di2

Our review

A good all-rounder that gives you a lot of spec for your money
Pros: Excellent value for money; good all-rounder
Cons: No stand-out performance or feel
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Designed for endurance riding, as the name suggests, Canyon’s Endurace represents exceptional value for money due to Canyon being a direct seller and the lack of brick and mortar stores saves the brand those overheads.

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For riders looking for a hands-on experience there were (before lockdown) regular demo events and Canyon has a 30-day returns policy for unused bikes, a UK customer service team and a six-year guarantee.

Canyon, like Liv, is one of only a few bike brands that feel women benefit from a distinct, bespoke frame geometry in addition to touch points, such as saddles and handlebars. This is based on data it has gathered from its online fit system, in addition to information from other sources, such as body dimension databases.

Canyon Endurace WMN CF SL Disc 8.0 Di2
Frame geometry is based on data from female riders.
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Frame and forks are carbon, with internal cable routing and flat-mounted disc brakes. Canyon sizes its bikes up differently to most other brands.

At 5ft 9in / 174cm, I would usually ride a size 54cm or medium, but the Canyon sizing chart indicates that I ride a size small. However, the reach (369mm), head tube (143mm) and seat tube length (535mm) are short by comparison to other bikes aimed at riders of the same stature as me, therefore I’d suggest if you sit towards the higher end of the recommended height range you consider going up a size.

The range itself extends from 3XS to M, which is good news for more petite riders sized 5ft 2in / 160cm and under who often have limited choice. These smaller sizes don’t just have size-specific componentry in terms of crank length and handlebar width, the two smallest sizes also come fitted with 650b wheels, rather than the traditional 700.

Canyon says this means it doesn’t need to compromise the geometry, and therefore handling, of the bike to fit proportionally big wheels into a small frame, giving shorter riders the same ride feel as taller riders.

Frame size S
Seat angle (degrees) 73.5
Head angle (degrees) 72
Chainstay (cm) 41.5
Seat tube (cm) 49.2
Top tube (cm) 53.5
Head tube (cm) 14.3
Fork offset (cm) 4.4
Bottom bracket drop (cm) 7.5
Wheelbase (mm) 989
Stack (cm) 56.1
Reach (cm) 36.9
Canyon Endurace WMN CF SL Disc 8.0 Di2
Super-smooth shifting action from Shimano Ultegra Di2.
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Electronic shifting in the form of Shimano Ultegra Di2 provides super-smooth action and a range of gears well-suited to endurance rides.

The Ultegra 34/50t crankset, coupled with an 11-34t 11-speed cassette, provides plenty of low gears for powering up climbs and trucking along, and enough at the high end of the spectrum for a good lick of speed on flats, although the sprinters out there will miss having a higher range to really get the most out of their power.

Canyon Endurace WMN CF SL Disc 8.0 Di2
Bags of power from Shimano Ultegra RT800 hydraulic brakes.
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Shimano Ultegra hydraulic disc brakes provide plenty of stopping power that responds to subtle control from the shifters. This makes braking, and controlling speeds on descents, comfortable, easy and confident.

A great deal of the comfort comes from the carbon S15 VCLS 2.0 seatpost. It has a leaf-spring design with a shock-absorbing polymer that isolates the saddle and therefore the rider from road-based vibrations.

Canyon Endurace WMN CF SL Disc 8.0 Di2
Ultimate comfort from the leaf-spring designed seatpost.
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Compliance is also built into the frame and the slightly dropped seatstays allow more flex and movement in the seat tube.

DT Swiss’s E 1800 Spline DB is a good-quality tubeless-ready wheelset that provides a comfortable and sturdy ride feel even across rough ground, although, as ever, future upgrades to a lighter and stiffer set will give the bike an efficiency boost.

The finishing kit includes the aluminium Canyon H17 Ergobar handlebars and the comfortable Fizik Argo Tempo saddle with alloy rails.

In action, the Endurace WMN feels agile and comfortable and is a great all-rounder, sitting firmly in the middle ground between bikes that excel at either.

It’s not as nimble and lively as the Liv Avail, for example, nor as supremely comfortable as the Trek Domane, but it is perfectly good at both.

Canyon Endurace WMN CF SL Disc 8.0 Di2
Frame and fork both feature internal cabling to keep things neat.
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It even coped well with some unexpected gravel grinding. You won’t be disappointed if what you’re looking for is a sprightly bike that can handle rough roads and keep you fresh enough to keep going over distance, and you’ll certainly have lots of fun doing it.

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It’s hard to go wrong with the Endurace, and at this price point it makes owning a bike with an electronic groupset a whole lot more affordable.

How we tested

This bike was tested against four other bikes that we consider to be some of the best for female riders – some unisex, some women’s specific. 

On paper and based on experience, these five bikes are leading lights in their various fields – whether that’s comfort endurance, race endurance, gravel and adventure, or all-rounders – based on price and performance.

Testing took place (pre-lockdown) in the Welsh mountains, Mendip hills and on the flat and fast Somerset Levels (plus the odd gravel path and wooded singletrack).

Other bikes on test:

Product Specifications

Product

Price AUD $5199.00EUR €3219.00GBP £3049.00USD $3999.00
Weight 7.79kg (S)
Brand Canyon

Features

Available sizes 3XS, 2XS, XS, S, M
Headset Canyon integrated
Tyres Continental Grand Prix
Stem Canyon V13
Shifter Shimano Ultegra Di2
Seatpost Carbon Canyon
Saddle SD Fizik Argo Tempo Alloy
Rear derailleur Shimano Ultegra Di2
Handlebar Canyon H17
Bottom bracket Shimano pressfit
Front derailleur Shimano Ultegra Di2
Frame Carbon
Fork Carbon
Cranks Shimano Ultegra
Chain Shimano Ultegra
Cassette Shimano Ultegra
Brakes Shimano RT800
Wheels DT Swiss E 1800 Spline