The Canyon Endurace WMN CF SL Disc 8.0 Aero Is Fierce & Comfortable

Go long and feel fast on this women’s endurance road bike.


Taylor Rojek |

I have a love/hate relationship with race bikes: While I adore the sharp handling and instant acceleration they provide, the aggressive position and stiffness make my back and arms ache on long rides.

That’s exactly why I like the Canyon Endurace WMN. It’s the endurance-focused sister to Canyon’s race bike, the Ultimate. The bikes are similar in geometry – and both sport a frame designed to better fit women – but the Endurace has a slightly longer wheelbase, a lower bottom bracket, and a higher stack and shorter reach (both by 8mm). To accommodate shorter riders, Canyon spec’d the XXS and XXXS frames with 650b wheels, which reduces toe overlap, and helps smaller riders get in a lower riding position.

Canyon Endurace bicycle
The Endurace has a higher stack and shorter reach (both by 8mm) than the race-focused Ultimate. Matt Rainey

The Endurace walks the fine line between comfort and speed with striking balance. It’s marvellously fluid on broken pavement and gravelly dirt, and feels light and eager on climbs. It puts the rider in a comfortable position that’s not awkwardly upright. I was taken aback by how stiff and fierce it felt. I could charge toward the top of a hill, feeling much faster than I would expect to on an endurance-focused bike.

Canyon Endurace bicycle
Matt Rainey

Price: Around R74,000 depending on the exchange rate.
Weight: 7.3kg (XS, as tested)

Canyon Endurace bicycle
Canyon’s Perfect Position System helps riders find the right size frame.
Matt Rainey
Canyon Endurace bicycle
Despite the endurance road geometry, the Endurace is fast charging and eager on climbs.
Matt Rainey

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