My friend told me yesterday he wants to buy a Canyon Grizl, since we ride a lot of gravel and he only has an old school rim brake bike or a short travel mountain bike (Ibis Ripley).
I think he’d be best served with a Grail, since his use will be rides/races that include lots of pavement and fast dirt roads, rather than single track and adventure (that’s what the Ripley is for). I also think he should go 2x but that’s not as important, either will work fine.
He’s not at all into the Grail handlebar, and is enchanted by Canyon’s specs for the money. Do any other bikes come to mind that skew toward the fast/road side of gravel, and that offer great specs for the money? He’s definitely wanting carbon, and probably GRX if he goes 2x, GRX or Force if 1x, but hopes to keep it in the $3000 ballpark. Thanks in advance for the ideas.