The Grail CF SL 7 eTap is a beautifully designed bike. Its components are SRAM's all-new AXS, which has impressed us since its release last year

Canyon has tried to add some contrast to the visual package with a blacked-out fork and headtube which flow into the top- and downtube.

The anti-slip, shock-resistant Grail CF SL 7 eTap is available in two color options - 'sand' or 'forest' - and both are very appealing if I'm honest. 

The perfect combination of top speed and climbing prowess - it has enough low-end gearing to run up steep inclines, but also weighs 8.79kg.

The Grail comes with Schwalbe G-One R 40mm tyres out of the box. They roll well but may have a propensity to clog up in wet, muddy conditions.

DT Swiss/Schwalbe G-One R 40mm combination in combination with a DT Swiss/Schwalbe GRC 1600 Spline carbon wheels are lightweight and stiff.

On technical sections of the trail, the Grail impressed me most. Especially when we needed to descend and climb up steep terrains, it proved its worth.

The Canyon Grail CF SL 7 is an excellent versatile gravel bike with an even more impressive price tag. It is available for a starting price of $2,499.