All new Canyon Stoic Hardtail is both aggressive and at a price

Canyon is known for offering performance bikes at affordable prices directly to consumers, but so far they have only offered two hardtail mountain bikes: the Exceed cross-country bike and the Dude fat bike. Today the brand announces the Stoic, an all-mountain hardtail that promises modern, bombproof spec at an affordable price.

Starting with the frame, the Canyon Stoic is made from 6061-T6 aluminum to keep costs down and ensure durability. Canyon claims the bike is a “Category 4” model, which in brand parlance means it undergoes the same strength and impact testing as their enduro race bikes. The frame features a 65° head tube angle and a 75° seat tube angle. While that seat tube angle might feel a bit slack for 2021, remember this is a hardtail bike, not a full suspension bike where sag tends to reduce the effective seat tube angle of a few degrees or more.

Buyers will find internal routing for the derailleur and dropper post that Canyon describes as “fuss-free,” and the rear brake hose is routed externally, eliminating the need to bleed after simple swaps. The frame uses a mechanic-friendly threaded bottom bracket shell and only features a single bottle mount on the top side of the downtube. Limited frame clearance means the maximum the chainring size that will fit is a 30T, which more pedal-focused riders may find insufficient.

If you want to use a 32T or 34T chainring, you are unfortunately out of luck.

The Stoic comes in a wide range of sizes, from XXS to XL. Mid and larger frames feature a 29er construction with 140mm of suspension travel up front. Small and smaller frames come with a 27.5” construction that features a 150mm fork to maintain a similar geometry across the range. Dropper post travel ranges from 125mm on the smallest sizes to 170mm on the mid and larger sizes. The 29er frame will fit tires up to 2.5″ wide, while the 27.5 frames will fit tires up to 2.8″ wide, technically 27.5+.

Canyon offers two versions in the United States and a third version for European customers. The Stoic 4 is priced at $1,799 with a Rockshox Pike Select fork and SRAM NX Eagle drivetrain, and is said to weigh around 31 pounds. The Stoic 3 gets a Rockshox Recon RL fork and SX drivetrain for $1,099 and weighs about a pound and a half heavier at 32.6 pounds. At €799, the Stoic 2 is the most affordable build, although it is currently not available in the USA. This bike comes with an SR Suntour XCR fork and Deore 11-speed drivetrain at about the same weight as the Stoic 3 build.

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