The Canyon Endurace AL Disc will stop it like it's hot

Our Budget Bike of the Year gets a brake upgrade

The Canyon Endurace AL Disc 6.0 was our Budget Bike of the Year 2017, and we’ve just taken delivery of the brand new disc version.

Announced earlier this year, the Endurace AL Disc 6.0 gets a virtually identical build to the standard 6.0, but substitutes Shimano’s RS505 hydraulic levers and matching calipers for the 105 rim brakes.

Canyon Endurace AL Disc 6.0 spec highlights

Brakes aside, the new Endurace AL Disc is almost identical to its rim-brake counterpart
Brakes aside, the new Endurace AL Disc is almost identical to its rim-brake counterpart

  • Shimano 105 groupset with RS505 hydraulic levers and matching disc brakes
  • Thru-axles front and rear
  • DT Swiss R24 Spline DB wheels
  • 28mm Continental GP4000S II
  • Available in black or blue
  • Sizes 2XS to 2XL (men's), 3XS to M (women's)

Priced at £1,199 (that’s a £200 premium over the rim-brake version), the Endurace AL Disc 6.0 is built around a tidy aluminium frame that weighs a claimed 1,350g for a medium. It’s matched to a full-carbon fork and this small bike weighs 8.7kg all-in. 

There's no hiding that this is an alloy frame, but it's an attractive one
There's no hiding that this is an alloy frame, but it's an attractive one

Geometry is very close to the rim-brake bike, with a few millimetres added to the stack and a few shaved off the reach. The default stem lengths are a touch longer however (a small now comes with a 100mm rather than a 90mm), and bars are wider for a given size. 

It looks like tyre clearance has increased too — the disc model ships with 28s as standard and there’s certainly room for bigger rubber at both ends. 

Even with 28mm tyres, there's lots of room at both ends
Even with 28mm tyres, there's lots of room at both ends

This black bike looks rather sombre, but Canyon also makes a delightful blue version as well as a women-specific one, which differs slightly in spec and is available in sizes starting from a tiny 3XS. 

The blue version of the Canyon Endurace AL Disc 6.0 is downright pretty
The blue version of the Canyon Endurace AL Disc 6.0 is downright pretty

The rim-brake Endurace AL impressed us with its exceptional combination of spec and ride quality, so we’re expecting great things from the new disc model. 

Apart from the brakes, other highlights include thru-axles both front and rear, and DT Swiss R24 Spline DB wheels, which are easily converted to tubeless.

Is this the tidiest thru-axle setup you've ever seen?
Is this the tidiest thru-axle setup you've ever seen?

As usual with Canyon, there’s no skimping on the spec at all. In addition to all that 105 goodness, you get a nice own-brand carbon seatpost topped off with a Selle Italia saddle. Better yet, the tyres are Continental’s superlative GP4000S II clinchers. 

Contintental GP4000S IIs are always a welcome sight
Contintental GP4000S IIs are always a welcome sight

Canyon has continued to ignore our pleas to put mudguard mounts on its bikes (come on guys!) but in every other respect this seems like an ideal all-rounder. 

The fairly relaxed geometry is beginner-friendly, while nice touches like the threaded bottom bracket should make the bike easy to live with. 

Click through the gallery above for more photos, and look out for a full review on BikeRadar in the coming weeks. 

Matthew Allen

Senior Technical Writer, UK
Former bike mechanic, builder of wheels, hub fetishist and lover of shiny things. Likes climbing a lot, but not as good at it as he looks.
  • Discipline: Road, with occasional MTB dalliances
  • Preferred Terrain: Long mountain climbs followed by high-speed descents (that he doesn't get to do nearly often enough), plus scaring himself off-road when he outruns his skill set.
  • Current Bikes: Scott Addict R3 2014, Focus Cayo Disc 2015, Niner RLT 9
  • Dream Bike: Something hideously expensive and custom with external cables and a threaded bottom bracket because screw you bike industry.
  • Beer of Choice: Cider, please. Thistly Cross from Scotland
  • Location: Bristol, UK

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