Stoic is a new bargain trail hardtail from Canyon

Canyon Stoic
(Image credit: Canyon)

German direct brand, Canyon, has added a trail hardtail to its portfolio. The new bike is called the Canyon Stoic, and it features a 6061-grade aluminum frame, with some very daring angles.

Designed to run a 140mm fork, the Stoic sits at a 65-degree head angle, which makes it slack for those riders who enjoy navigating a hardtail down the steepest terrain.

Where Canyon’s designers have shown great vision, is the Stoic range of sizing and wheel configurations. Recognizing that certain wheel sizes work better at specific rider heights, Canyon has opted for both 27.5- and 29in configurations with its new Stoic.

Stoic hardtail

With a 170mm dropper, the Stoic is ready to get rad. (Image credit: Canyon)

Low price with premium geometry

The three smallest sizes run 27.5in wheels, whilst all Stoics that are medium or larger roll as 29ers. Canyon has managed to shape the hardtail rear triangle to accommodate relatively generous tire sizes, with enough room in the back for a 27.5x2.8” or 29x2.5”.

Beyond the slack head angle, Canyon has also made sure the Stoic hardtails are low and long. As a reference guide to geometry, a size large Stoic features a stretched 480mm of reach.

An interesting specification detail is Canyon opting for 42mm offset forks on its 29er Stoics. This is to balance the influence of a comparatively long reach and slack head angle on steering responsiveness. The shorter offset 29er fork quickens steering inputs.

In terms of appearance, the Stoic has a blended cable routing architecture. Its rear brake line is exposed, whilst the shifter cable is semi-internal. The bike’s dropper seatpost routing is completely stealth.

All the Stoic variants roll Schwalbe Magic Mary front and Hans Dampf rear tires, both with the brand’s Super Trail rubber compound.

Pricing starts at $1100 and peaks at $1800. The value model comes built with an SR Suntour XCR34 fork, Shimano Deore M6000 drivetrain and MT200 stoppers. The $1800 Stoic runs a RockShox Pike Select RC fork, NX Eagle drivetrain and Guide T brakes. 

The Stoic is available now from now although a few sizes won't be ship until early 2021.

Lance Branquinho
Freelance writer

Lance Branquinho is a Namibian-born journalist who graduated to mountain biking after injuries curtailed his trail running. He has a weakness for British steel hardtails, especially those which only run a single gear. As well as Bike Perfect, Lance has written for, and Cycling News.