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Canyon admits that gravel bikes are just 90s mountain bikes with Grizl Throwback edition

Limited edition Canyon Grizl CF SL 7 Throwback gravel bike, ride it like a 90s mountain bike
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If you are an old cyclist lamenting the loss of rigid 90s drop-bar mountain biking options, Canyon’s new limited edition Grizl CF SL 7 Throwback gravel bike might be just up your alley. I feel seen!

Scratch that.

Everyone should want this splatter paint carbon Grizl. It’s got silver rims, a chromed-out handlebar, tan wall tires, a flashy bright pink & aqua paint job. Plus, a modern wireless 1x drivetrain. I mean, come on, it’s even got a pink anodized stem faceplate. This is the most self-actualized gravel bike I’ve seen since we were calling these things cross bikes…

Limited edition Canyon Grizl CF SL 7 Throwback gravel bike

Limited edition Canyon Grizl CF SL 7 Throwback gravel bike
c. Canyon

Let me just start off with the fact that there are only 250 of these bikes available globally. If you really want one, and already know what a Grizl is, just scroll down, hit that Canyon.com link and snap one up before they’re gone!

OK, for those still reading, modern gravel bikes are awesome.

This Grizl Throwback is a full carbon frame & fork that’s lighter than anything you rode in 1995. It has more capable, more progressive geometry that is technically more capable than those early mountain bikes. And its 29er wheels with wide tubeless rims, even with just 1.77″ tires (700x45mm Schwalbe G-One Bites) will roll over rough stuff better than your old 26×1.95″ XC tires. Oh yeah, and hydraulic disc brakes… gamechanger, there. Plus, now you get a bump-eating carbon seatpost, a simpler wide-range 1x drivetrain with a wireless Rival AXS derailleur with a clutch to keep your chain from dropping.

It’s kinda crazy how much better of a mountain bike this new gravel bike is than an old mountain bike was.

 Limited edition Canyon Grizl CF SL 7 Throwback gravel bike, details

But that’s no excuse to not love the look of the 1990s, those early days of real mountain biking.

This limited edition gravel bike is Canyon acknowledging that when they launched the Grizl two years ago, everyone joked that “Gravel is just mountain biking from the 90s!”. That didn’t hurt Canyon’s feelings, and as they put it…”it just sounded like a hell of an excuse to indulge in a bit of nostalgia and relive those halcyon days. So here it is: a tribute to all that was great and good during mountain biking’s pioneering decade. The Grizl CF SL 7 Throwback, a gravel bike that combines that iconic 90s MTB look with modern gravel bike design to give riders their old school kicks, 90s style.

Tech details

Just a refresher that the carbon Grizl has room for up to 50mm tires (that’s 29×2.0″ for you mountain bikers). And it comes in a super wide 7 size range – the two smallest with 650b/27.5″ wheels to preserve perfect handling. It gets anything cage fork mounts, four cage/bag mounts on the frame, and an optional custom-sized set of bikepacking bags for it made by Apidura.

This Grizl CF SL 7 Throwback is the 2nd-tier, theoretically more durable carbon layup. It gets a tapered steerer, conventional modular internal cable routing, 12mm thru-axles, flat mount 160mm disc brakes, an integrated seatpost clamp for the 27.2 post, and stealth dropper compatibility. It also sports hidden full-coverage fender mounts.

Canyon Grizl CF SL 7 Throwback – pricing options & availability

 Limited edition Canyon Grizl CF SL 7 Throwback gravel bike is a 1990s rigid mountain ibke

OK so a reminder, only 250 of these beautifully gaudy Grizl Throwback bikes are being made available. They come in just one SL 7 spec with these uniquely finished components – special edition brushed aluminum DT Swiss GR1600 wheels, VCLS carbon seatpost, SRAM Rival AXS XPLR 1x 10-44T , etc. – for 3799€. Get yours now direct from Canyon while they last.

The one drag, it doesn’t seem like the Throwback will be available in the land of mountain biking’s birth. Fingers crossed for the Americans that a future retro throwback will make its way across the Atlantic, but this one will sell out in the rest of the world first, I think.

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Chader
Chader
11 months ago

Cool take using an old concept. The kicker here would be spec’ing the Shimano GRX Limited group because the silver polish accents on that would look so good with the bar and wheels that play off the old color schemes.

Kai Lindström
Kai Lindström
11 months ago

Has anybody noticed that those DT wheels are of new design (not just the colorway)? The hubs are completely different compared to the GR1600s currently for sale. One guy on Facebook’s Specialized Diverge forum had bought a set of DT GRC1400 wheels from a clearance sales and the LBS had told him that DT is renewing its product line(s). So let’s see when they’ll go public with the new wheels…

Jimmy
Jimmy
11 months ago

But how am I supposed to run an LD stem like the 90’s with that tall head tube and short reach?

ACKRS
ACKRS
11 months ago

Are you OK?

Chris
Chris
11 months ago

I loathe that comparison. They really couldn’t be more different IMO.

Dylan
Dylan
11 months ago

That colour scheme looks like a perfect match for the Cane Creek brakes in the article next to this one on the Br front page. Pity they’re rim brakes and wouldn’t fit…

Yurp
Yurp
11 months ago

Cool paint.

“gravel bikes are just 90s mountain bikes” – hear this a lot but I don’t think so. They might get used on similar terrain at times but the attitude back then was so different. It’s a well bounced-about contemporary debate but I’d call the decent 90s MTB as able to descend faster over bigger ground than a lightweight drop bar bike.
I had one and I have a gravel bike now plus I have more ability now despite getting on in years!

Exodux
11 months ago
Reply to  Yurp

Thanks…..I’m sick of hearing that also. Gravel bikes are not re-invented 80’s/ 90’s mountain bikes.

Mr. P
11 months ago
Reply to  Yurp

I’m not a fan of the “90s mountain bike” comparison either. But my gravel bike is way more capable than the bike I rode in the early 90s. But my gravel bike is on 29/50s (1.95s) with a 520mm handlebar and a slacker head tube so it makes sense.

John
John
11 months ago

Funny as I was just telling this to someone the other day. Like the old days on the fire roads by San Francisco

Greg
Greg
11 months ago

In the 90s I’d be super pissed at having to ride dirt roads on my mountain bike. It was all singletrack, rocky and rooty. Even most mountain biking today isn’t as rough as it was back then, with all the flowy bermy stuff you get now.
AND it was uphill both ways!
Get off my lawn!

Bobby
Bobby
11 months ago

Bring back brushed aluminum rims please!

David Burckhard
David Burckhard
11 months ago

So a Bridgestone RB-1 with a 1x drivetrain?

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