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Future Shock-style system or a suspension fork. Unlike every other drop bar in existence — where the stem attaches to a clamping area in the middle of the tops of the bar — the Hover bar places the tops of the bar above a stem that connects to an additional bar that in turn connects the apex of the hooks. If that sounds confusing, that’s because it is, and I highly recommend you closely examine the included photos to actually begin to understand what’s going on. According to Canyon, this setup makes the Hover bar seven times more compliant than the brand’s H31 Ergocockpit — as used on brand’s Inflite cyclocross bike — with only a 120g weight penalty over the same bar. Why did Canyon not use suspension to improve comfort? Will Canyon sell the Hover bar separately? Do I have to use this handlebar on the Grail?
Canyon’s official line is that although it would be possible to swap out the Hover bar for something else, it strongly cautions against doing so. 81mm to the centre of the tops! The Grail is designed around the upright riding position afforded by the shape of the bars, which means that using anything but the highest rise stem on the Grail would result in an insanely aggressive position. Aero gravel might be a thing now, but I think taking track bike geometry to the world of gravé might be a step too far. Using anything but the Hover bar would also ruin any of the nice integration at the front of the bike.
Whether or not this matters to you comes down to how much value you place on aesthetics. Canyon did point out that it would be possible to run any of its H-series integrated cockpits on the Grail — such as the aforementioned the H31 Ergocockpit — which would nicely integrate with the front of the bike, but again, this would still result in an insanely aggressive position for a gravel bike. What about mounting a GPS or lights? Mounting a GPS is no problem as the Hover bar ships with a proprietary out-front mount that attaches to the bottom of the stem. However, if you use a bag on the bars, this will be obscured, so you will have to resort to using a band-on mount. As for lights, the answer isn’t so clear — as there’s no round section of the bar, you won’t be able to fit anything that doesn’t use a band-on mount. There is also no eyelet on the front of the crown of the Grail, so you won’t be able to fit the vast majority of dynamo lights.
What is it like to ride with the Hover bar? You’ll have to read my first ride review of the new Grail to find out! Jack has been riding and fettling with bikes for his whole life. Always in search of the hippest new niche in cycling, Jack is a self-confessed gravel dork and thinks nothing of bivouacking on a beach after work. Also fond of cup and cone bearings, skids and tan wall tyres. Happiest when on a rural road by the coast or crossing a remote mountain pass. Also partial to a cheeky gravel adventure or an arduous hike-a-bike.
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