CANYON STOIC 4 HARDTAIL REVIEW
Review by Ryan Ackerman
/ˈstōik/ – A person who can endure pain or hardship without showing their feelings or complaining.
It seems that Canyon Bicycles had a bit of fun when it came time to naming a bike designed for you sadistic hardtail shredders out there. The Canyon Stoic embodies the modern hardtail to a T, with aggressive geometry, a capable tube-set and an all-around attitude that says, “Test me.” For this review we reached out to a dedicated hardtail rider, BMXer and let him take the bike home for several months of abuse. Here is how the bike, and his ankles faired.
Canyon puts the Stoic hardtail in their Category 4 mountain bike range, meaning it is meant to be ridden hard and capable of handling the same amount of abuse as their long travel enduro bikes. As fun as this bike looks standing still, the long, low, and slack geometry had me questioning if this were strictly a high-speed enduro hardtail or if I could have some fun on street rides, dirt jumps and pump tracks.
The Stoic is a 29er hardtail and available in sizes M-XL with a 27.5” option in 2XS-S. Our test bike came in a size XL which is a little bit of a stretch for me, but I really did not find it unreasonable since I have lanky arms. With a reach of 505mm, a 65-degree head tube and 429mm chainstays, I felt there was just so much room for activities. The long reach combined with an effective 75-degree seat tube angle seemed to keep me forward enough to conquer steep climbs. The Canyon Stoic cockpit is outfitted with Canyon’s G5 grips and 780mm wide bars clamped to the unique 40mm G5 stem. A 140mm RockShox Pike Select fork softens the blows and provide the only source of relief from big hits.
Equipped with 30mm wide Alex rims laced up on KT M5ER / KT TWF-15 premium hubs and 2.4×29 Schwalbe Magic Mary up front and a 2.35×29 Hans Dampf in the rear, the Stoic rolled reliably and true during our extensive test period. This tire combo is impressive and the perfect match for my riding. Canyon uses a Boost 148 thru axle to keep the wheel spinning and stable, which is a must on a bike that is built to take a beating. A cost-conscious SRAM 1×12 NX drivetrain with 170mm Descendant 6k Eagle cranks keep the cost of the build down.
I really liked that Canyon chose a little shorter crank arm length to help prevent pedal strikes. With a 30-tooth 1x chain ring up front and 11-50 cassette in the rear you are geared to handle just about any trail you encounter. Canyon paired the Stoic up with SRAM Guide T brakes, offering four pistons per caliper for more stopping power. You also get a 180mm SRAM Centerline rotor up front and a 160mm in the rear. At first, I was a little skeptical about the Iridium dropper but after a few rides without a hitch, I soon learned to enjoy all 170mm of travel the dropper provided.
As a bit of a mechanical nerd, I am not a fan of poorly routed cables, making it difficult to repair or adjust components on a bike. Thankfully, Canyon considered that on the Stoic as the cables are routed nice and tidy like. Weak points of the build include the stock Velo VL seat and as usual, the G5 grips are just plain awful. That being said, seats and grips are highly personal items and likely to be changed by the owner anyways, so if it keeps the cost down, we understand. Our size XL Canyon Stoic 4 came in at a little over 32 pounds, with one color option in flat green and retails at $1,999.00 and comes with a six-year guarantee.