Canyon Release Stoic Hardtail

Dec 8, 2020
by Canyon  


PRESS RELEASE: Canyon

We believe that hardtails are proof that having the best time on an MTB ride doesn’t always depend on having the flashiest bike on the hill. Our all-new Stoic was designed to be one of those bikes that you can rip down your favorite trails with a huge grin on your face- without the words ‘kinematic’ or ‘shock setting’ ever crossing your mind.



Versatile, capable, and ready for anything, without it breaking the bank, we wanted the Stoic to make sense whether you happen to be a young rider on a budget, a newcomer wanting to dive straight into pumps and jumps, or a long time MTB veteran looking for an ultra-playful hardtail to add to the stable. What we ended up with is an all-new, bombproof alloy hardtail, featuring progressive geometry, and rock-solid components. It’s available in a huge size range, with 29-inch wheels for taller riders and a 650B setup for shorter riders.

The Stoic line-up features three models. At €799* the Stoic 2 is the most affordable option, but it still delivers on quality. Featuring the same burly 6061-alloy frame as the rest of the range, the ever-reliable Shimano Deore drivetrain and the sturdy SR Suntour XCR 34 Air fork. The mid-range option, the Stoic 3, costs €1,199* and has everything a trail bike needs, including an Iridium dropper post, wide-range SRAM SX Eagle drivetrain and a Rockshox Recon RL fork. At the top of the tree sits the Stoic 4 at €1,699*. Fitted with parts the discerning hardtail rider will appreciate, including the Rockshox Pike fork and swank Canyon G5 cockpit, our top-shelf Stoic punches way above its weight out on the trail.

Whether sending it on steep technical trails, playing around at the local pumptrack, or just riding through across town, hardtails rule.

Sitting among our Category 4 quiver of bikes, it’s been tested and approved to withstand the same punishment as our enduro machines.

A simple bike- that teaches you the most. Tough enough to deal with a ‘steep learning curve’.
The wheel sizing is split between 29er for frame sizes M-XL and 27.5 for sizes 2XS-S.


Finding the balance- progressive geometry that still keeps things interesting when it’s time for a jib or two.




All three models will be available in most markets from December 8th at canyon.com. Two Stoic models are coming to the USA in the coming months, albeit with slightly different naming and pricing attached to them. Stoic frame and component spec, however, are identical the world over.

Video by Aspect Media
Photography by Roo Fowler
With support from Canyon Bicycles
Featuring James Farrar, Freddy Pulman, Tomas Lemoine, Kaos Seagrave



MENTIONS: @Canyon-PureCycling


177 Comments

  • 201 5
 I don't get it, lowest model with Deore, Middle option with SX. I would take lowest model any day over SX garbage.
  • 32 0
 Have to agree. Had SX on my rig and so cheaply constructed and bent very easily. The Deore looks way better quality and construction.
  • 13 0
 Yeah, lowest model is great value, only the fork and wheels are questionable, but either could be replaced with high end second hand models with the 400 euros saved between the models.
  • 13 0
 Well it's deore 10 speed, so probably cheaper to spec...
  • 52 0
 anyone else find these landing pages on Canyon super confusing to navigate or is it just me?
  • 19 0
 @oatkinso: I've always found their web page hard to use. Its not the best
  • 9 0
 @MattP76: seems overly engineered to me.
  • 9 0
 @oatkinso: looking at YT, nah bro..
  • 3 0
 @Serpentras: haha, maybe thats their 'inspiration'
  • 3 0
 @MattP76:
It used to be better but they changed it a while back to the current setup, it's terrible. I don't know if it's deliberate to push people towards certain models.
  • 11 0
 The higher end sram stuff (gx,xo) is excellent, but yeah: SX is embarrassingly terrible... Like Walmart quality garbage.
  • 7 0
 Even further. My deore levers seem to have a consistent bite point that my m8000 levers don't. And even shorter stroke. Just the way I like it
  • 2 1
 @Serpentras: specialized and yeti have to be the worst for me
  • 1 0
 @Solorider13: specialized one is so horrible to use
  • 5 0
 I honestly don’t even understand SX anyway. So what is NX considered now? Mid-tier? Then what is GX??? This is so goofy
  • 3 0
 @Ryanrobinson1984: Well I changed my SX rear mech for an NX model and it felt like a huge upgrade lol. The difference in quality is huge. However NX used to be a really low spec. SX is one of the worse quality set of gears I've ever had.
  • 2 0
 Yeah i heard a buddy of mine say they feel really cheap(because the probably are), I have a 12sp deore on giant fathom 2 2021 and its been mega reliable so far, but anyway, I don't think the mid range option if even available in the US.
  • 1 0
 @oatkinso: I just went on their US website and the only thing I noticed is that for the page for the stoic models it says the stoic 3(in my case that's the stoic 2) has 11 speeds, then I went on the specific page for the stoic 3(stoic 2 for people outside the US) and noticed that its actually a 10speed deore. pretty wack
  • 1 0
 Same frame in all models. So, just swap out the drivetrain for $300 bucks and put the SX drivetrain on a beater-go-to-the-store Frankenstein bike. I'm not fond of the forks more.
  • 2 0
 I don’t get it either, commencal did the same thing. Deore in lowest model and I got sx for the top tier model. Broke within 2 weeks.
  • 3 0
 @Solorider13: for me I think every page is bad when I can't see the bikes and facts instant after a few clicks.

I don't want to read marketing made for people who don't know what's going on.
I really hate brands when I cant find the geometry right away.
  • 1 0
 @Serpentras: exactly, if I have to struggle to find builds and information on the bike besides their marketing crap it’s annoying. Trek has a really confusing website to me, none of their builds are in any order and it’s a complete mess
  • 48 6
 Size M should be 650b as well, for the fun factor!
  • 3 0
 facts, I have a nukeproof scout 275 size m and its straight up the best bike out there
  • 1 0
 @Hiben: So do I, that's what I base my comment on. As a person who have ridden M sizes for 20+ years I just think 27.5" is better suited for a jumpy and active riding style for persons my size. That's the aim of this bike if you go by the video.

And I agree on that the Scout 27.5 is one of the best there is. It gets about the same milage during the summer as my Banshee Spitfire and all the milage in the winter Smile
  • 1 0
 @JanB: I've got a small Scout 275 and it is awesome!
  • 1 0
 @JanB: big facts, my only problem with it was it was too ground hugging, so i chucked on a +1.5 degree angleset and its pretty much a dj at this point
  • 36 0
 So when is YT coming out with their hardtail?
  • 29 1
 Polished aluminium, special edition, ‘sold out in twenty minutes’ version, to be confirmed.
  • 2 3
 26” DJ is good enough for me #dirtlove
  • 3 0
 @tobiusmaximum: You can always polish it yourself... And you know it..!! :-)
  • 1 0
 Thats what i want....
  • 2 0
 after they fix all their customer service/warranty issues and have actual inventory on hand, thats my guess
  • 1 0
 @FarmerJohn: they helped me with my warranty pretty quickly, but I do feel I was a lucky one, judging by what the majority of the bike world says. I also feel, like you mentioned, I will never be able to get another YT. Never ever in stock.
  • 2 0
 @slayersxc17: they have every model of Tues in stock, both wheel sizes, 2-3 different sizes. They even have a few Izzos.
  • 1 0
 @DHhack: well, guess I haven’t looked in while
  • 1 0
 @DutchmanPhotos: don't tell me julio made it into pinkbike
  • 4 0
 Totally off topic but,

@DHhack: In the market for a DJ and decided to check out YT's site. Read the description and laughed at this:
"The super strong wheels will let you get away with one or two over-rotated tricks and dirty landings.."

So you only get one or two over-rotations before the wheels break? lolol
  • 1 0
 @donpinpon29:

Tobiusmaximum wanted to buy my polished Santa Cruz Chameleon...
  • 1 0
 @erikvehmeyer: lol nice!
  • 18 0
 Stoic definition is - a member of a school of philosophy founded by Zeno of Citium about 300 b.c. holding that the wise man should be free from passion, unmoved by joy or grief, and submissive to natural law
  • 3 0
 A great name for a bike.
  • 3 0
 It's good for "a job or two," but is wholly unmoved by it
  • 4 0
 Great! I hate it when bikes get all emotional after a long downhill run
  • 24 7
 The lower to models are almost 15kg without pedals in size M, the top model ist still over 14kg. That's quiet a lot if you ask me
  • 27 17
 Who really cares? It's about how it rides and the abuse it can take!
  • 32 0
 @MattP76: Yes I fully understand that, but to me, a trail-hardtail should still be lighter than my enduro bike. I want to cover more distance with it, pop it around more and have fun on the pumptrack. And for that, weight does play a role.
But I agree, if it doesn't withstand hard riding, it's not worth it
  • 5 0
 the entry model is normal seat post(lighter) and the top model with dropper seat post(heavier)
  • 5 0
 My cotic bfe 27.5 is around 14kg with auron fork, mostly deore/slx 11spd groupset(11-46), brandX dropper, plastic pedals, M1700 wheels and exo/dh casing combo... I'd say this is a reasonable price/performance build and the weight is just what it is, doesnt bother me much Smile
  • 9 0
 @MattP76: Me when my steel hardtail is just as light/lighter and probably rides better.
  • 2 0
 My 4 year old entry-level Spectral weighs the same... Full suspension Deore 2X :-/
  • 5 0
 Cool, my 161 Privateer is also almost 15kg. How they managed to get that weight is really beyond me.
  • 4 0
 @Serpentras:
Fork >2300g
Wheels >2300g
Cranks plus chainring >800g
No reference to tubeless, so add two more tubes, and everything else also being not weight conscientious you can easily reach over 14Kg.
  • 2 17
flag hamncheez (Dec 8, 2020 at 5:41) (Below Threshold)
 My custom ti hard tail with all used parts and tire inserts is 26 pounds. Nothing particularly light on it. I don't get hard tails over 30 pounds.
  • 14 0
 @hamncheez: bet your custom ti hardtail didn't come in anywhere close to this price range tho.
  • 1 0
 @MattP76: I get what you say. But if your rational choice is a hardtail (not just a short budget imposition) you expect to have a good bike and I would never even consider buying this as my hardcore hardtail...
  • 1 0
 @rickybobby18: Frame was a grand. Not too bad.
  • 2 0
 @MattP76: the norco steel hartail looks much tougher
  • 2 0
 @Mesmomesmo: cranks with bb are 1050g. Just replaced mine. The Truvativ powerspline bb which they same makes maintenance "child's play"started to grind at around 800-1000kms. I don't know if removing and binning are "child's play", but that's what I did.
  • 14 1
 Don't know why y'all are defending these companies for making clunkers. A hardtail shouldn't weigh the same as a full sus... There are tons of hardtails that are tough AND light, and it's silly to pretend that weight isn't a consideration on a bike that you pedal. To me an overly heavy bike implies lazy engineering and a way to save money on warranty claims.
  • 1 0
 @rezrov: Pivot hardware, bearings, shock. Depending on the shock, that's not a whole lot of weight difference between a FS and a comparable hardtail. There shouldn't be a huge difference for bikes that are designed to handle the same kinds of terrain, roughly, which is the case here. My aggressive hardtail is only a pound or two lighter than my aggressive full boinger.
  • 12 0
 That was the worst video I've ever seen. Had to mute the music within the first 20 seconds before having a panic attack and even then I still had to turn it off before having a seizure.
  • 1 0
 Good riding, but the filming was dizzying. Totally headache inducing!
  • 1 0
 I'm with you - don't know how people can listen stuff like that.
  • 8 1
 After years of selling you the flashiest bike on the trail we're going to sell you a bike that is proof that you don't need the flashiest bike on the trail. Just don't connect the dots, or click between the bikes on our website. Oh and we made sure it's heavier so at least we have that. But yeah, buy a hardtail though you cool dudes!
  • 10 1
 Great pricing in Euros. But £849 on the UK website does not equal €799. At the moment at least...
  • 36 1
 Lol they have run computer models to predict post Jan 1st exchange rates.
  • 13 55
flag danielstutt (Dec 8, 2020 at 2:17) (Below Threshold)
 Thats the "you are leaving the EU" penalty fee. Blame it on Macron.
  • 104 10
 @danielstutt: Blame it on all of you Brittish people who voted for the Brexit
  • 18 2
 The UK is about to absolutely rinsed. Sky high bike prices are just the start.
  • 48 5
 @danielstutt: I blame it on the 52% of flag waving boot lickers
  • 10 32
flag danielstutt (Dec 8, 2020 at 2:27) (Below Threshold)
 @bashhard: I thought Europe didn't care? Personally I don't agree with brexit, I see the benefits of staying in the EU but its happening like it or not and im sick of the bashing, just get it done already and it will just become another non-event in history that was blown out of proportion by the mainstream media and petty gov ministers in Europe who have an agenda that it doesn't suit.
  • 16 7
 @bashhard:
Agree 100%
Unfortunate 52% of people here are idiots.
Give everything away and gain some crackpot far right wing ideology.
  • 23 10
 @danielstutt: alright thanks Daniel but can you give the phone back to mummy please?
  • 20 14
 @samanual: I already gave it to your mom, sorry.
  • 3 1
 @Steventux: I suspect the exchange rates already reflect whatever hedge position the banks have based on what they reckon will happen (which is probably more accurate than whatever the politicians think). So probably won't swing toooo wildly. Maybe we're just paying extra to have brake levers fitted the right way round!
  • 14 1
 @danielstutt I think you made a typo earlier, you are of course referring to 'Murdoch' and not 'Macron' as the interfering foreigner.
  • 13 2
 @bashhard: I didn't vote for Brexit. Can I have it at the Euro price instead?
  • 1 1
 @Steventux: ha good spot, yes sorry my typo.
  • 6 1
 @Steventux: but Boris said it would all be ok and we’d have everything set up and going by the year 201..... oh!
  • 8 1
 @bashhard: not all of us voted to leave. Some of us aren’t totally stupid.
  • 5 1
 @danielstutt: I blame it on Boris, Farage and the narrow minded idiots who voted to Leave
  • 2 1
 @TommyNunchuck: it’s our own fault for letting morons have the vote. LOL
  • 7 1
 @CustardCountry: It's David Cameron's fault for desperately trying to win back the Tory gammons who were stolen by UKIP
  • 19 0
 What are you crying about? You get a free bag of mackerel with every bike.
  • 2 0
 @BenPea: hahaha, my favourite comment of the day
  • 4 0
 @maffy: I'm sorry, but people just aren't talking about the upsides.
  • 3 0
 @BenPea: sir, please take your cheese elsewhere Smile
  • 3 1
 @danielstutt: or y’all could try reversing course instead of doubling down on stupid
  • 3 3
 Can anyone join in this unelected oligarchical circle-jerk? Or is it just for EU.S.S.R supporters?
  • 1 0
 @tobiusmaximum: Because Putin wants the EU to stick together right? Excellent historical perspective sir.
TAKE BACK CONTROL. MBGA
and Good Luck
  • 1 0
 @CustardCountry: I feel your pain.....after 4 years of #45 (legend in this own mind!!!) on the other side of the Atlantic, hope it works for England. Back to the bike, geo seems spot on and price for a rolling chassis not too bad - just upgrade as needed, this bike will sell out over here very quickly.
  • 8 0
 Backcountry.com lawsuit = imminent!
  • 1 0
 ah ya beat me to it! BC will be knocking on their door!
  • 2 1
 Seriously! I hope they learned their lesson. Their customers gutted them.
  • 1 0
 @Hayek: What exactly happened?
  • 9 0
 @DAN-ROCKS: Backcountry.com went after a bunch of small businesses last year with “backcountry” in their names: Backcountry Coffee, Backcountry Bikes, Backcountry Denim, etc. There was a fairly wide scale boycott of Backcountry.com. They ended up having to extend an apology and stopped their litigation. Most of their executive team was fired and a ton of staff let go. It was pretty ugly. But Backcountry has an in-house brand called Stoic, so we’ll see if they litigate against Canyon or if they learned that their customers expect more.
  • 1 0
 @Hayek: Ohhh, hahaa I see. Thank you for explaining!
  • 2 0
 @Hayek: Hayek has it right, but I think it's equally important to note that they didn't go after any BIG corporations that were/are using the name Backcountry...they didn't want the hassle of litigation...they only went after small mom-and-pop type businesses.

So I suspect they won't say "boo" to Canyon.
  • 2 0
 @smartyiak: i had typed out a full paragraph about this ordeal and the year following, but being a current employee.... i had to redact... lets just say the junkshow is much larger than you think. and that sadly employees are far underpaid for dealing with the shit they deal with.
  • 4 0
 lets have a hardtail grouptest! isnt that hard. Hardly ever heard you guys mention the word hardtail on air. Levy will soon be the hardtail gandalf,talking about the magic of only riding hardtails once and walks with a kane for the rest of his life. HARD!
  • 1 0
 Yes, a grouptest would be great!
  • 7 0
 This is the new STP from the 2000's!! perfect beginners rig
  • 6 0
 Give me the option to get frame only and I will get one today.
  • 4 0
 I agree! I'd much prefer to do a custom build than go with any of their build options.
  • 6 0
 Looks like Session.. I mean, Meta HT
  • 4 0
 I wonder if Rockshox Recon RL is still piece of shit. That fork is the worst fork that I've owned. SR Aion is way, way better.
  • 2 0
 Had one on my NP Scout and it was trash.
  • 2 0
 during the summer was looking at something like this one as my first bike (130-140 trail bike with minimum budget). and the list was quite small: radon cragger (was sold out), nukeproof scout (out of stock), yeti arc (did you see the price) and a few other options. and frankly, this canyon stoic looks like one of the best options at the moment (considering it's still in stock).
  • 4 0
 Radon just released the new cragger. Better specs and a lot lighter than the canyon for almost the same price...
  • 1 1
 @PILATUS: bro geo way different
  • 1 0
 Meta ht am? OP, almost identical to this imo but a bit more playful geo.
  • 1 0
 @ryanakins8: meta ht am has 160 travel fork, which seemed to me too much. and specwice it is not the best value (no dropper on €1500 bike).
  • 1 0
 @wyric: to each their own. I love it. I ride a wide variety of jumps, DH and mellow single track. Haven’t even had a moment on the trail where I felt like 160 was too much of that helps for anything. Good luck finding something!
  • 5 1
 Nice hardtail, they certainly SCOUTed the competition before releasing this one.
  • 3 0
 Hopefully this frame is not too stiff since it is alloy. Would love to see a Shimano spec across the board. The frame looks cool though
  • 1 0
 I love my FS, but I feel like nothing excites me more than a new hardtail being released. Looks very cool! My "budget" hardtail is still fun but one day I'm gonna add on a much more aggressive hardtail.
  • 4 0
 why is an NX hardtail €1700?
  • 1 0
 It’s the Pike.
  • 3 0
 good price and geo xl 29 and 505 reach beatiful
  • 3 0
 Is it possible to put 27,5 tires in a size L frame?
  • 3 0
 If you want this bike but want this option go with the meta ht am from commencal. 27.5 any size. Also it’s cooler.
  • 1 0
 sad. thanks for the info guys
  • 3 0
 I am very stoiced about this bike!
  • 3 0
 No Christopher Walken? No Sale.
  • 3 1
 The Canyon marketing manager has earnt her salary. Another great release video.
  • 1 0
 Not related to this bike specifically but man why does Pinkbike hate Evil so much? Everyone else has coverage on the new Offering and this place is crickets.
  • 1 0
 if you don't sell frame only or the spec with the fox fork on the front.. then don't show me it! god that pisses me off. mini-rant over.
  • 1 0
 Im in the market for something like this i have Three hard tails.i Tried my Bosses 29er Norco and loved the livelyness and get up and go .
  • 1 0
 Correct me if am mistaken, but isn't the suntour XCR rated as "Casual MTB only", which means: no airtime, no hard charges?

Would kind of render this bike pointless ...
  • 1 0
 I believe you're talking about the Stoic 2, which comes spec'd with a Suntour XCR34 Air. Seems to me it's fairly similar to a RockShox 30 Silver TK and/or a RockShox Recon. Reviews seem pretty good on it, I've never really ridden any Suntour forks, though.
  • 2 0
 Hmmm, looks like a Chameleon, Meta HT, and Scout. Am I missing any other "progressive" hardtails, that look the same.
  • 3 1
 Nice bike but what's everyone's favourite Dirty Dike tune?
  • 2 0
 Return of the Twat
  • 2 1
 Canyon release a new bike but pinkbike can't even release the fantasy results
  • 2 0
 No geo, no travel? Are they trying to drive you to their website?
  • 2 0
 so... this one or a Commencal Meta HT?
  • 3 0
 Commencal! Internal cable routing, slightly more playful geo. I have a feeling this bike was made to create completion with commencal. I have the meta ht and it’s a great bike. I do plan on buying the base level for this bike tho for my wife though. All white looks bomb.
  • 1 0
 I have the same feeling. To me, the Stoic screams Meta HT. Subdued decals, similar aggressive riding in mind, green paint, Guide T's, a Select RC fork, bridgeless seatstays, and a strangely long seat tube all at the same price. I do wish there was a higher spec option, though. I would definitely buy a Stoic CFR haha
  • 1 0
 @ryanakins8: yes, i think the same, very similar. Im looking for de Meta HT, but cant decide the size, im 169cm and thinking in a Small Size.
  • 2 0
 @tomasyr: Best to go with what the manufacturer recommends, I do believe that hardtail party did say that if you were contemplating between two sizes and wanted a hard-charger of a hardtail, opt for the larger size instead. He was reviewing the older version, though.
  • 1 0
 Too bad Canyon doesn't sell frame only. And the seat tube length is still needlessly long.
  • 2 1
 Yep. I don't know what is olding manufacturers back. I mean, this may have been sent to production a year ago back when those numbers were less of an issue, but still, a company this big should employ someone to read PB etc. to understand that people want long droppers. Maybe even run the designs by a few riders, haha
  • 1 1
 @jesse-effing-edwards: I don't think that this bike is being aimed to the PB crowd. Seems like it's aimed at the budget minded not really serious mtber. Those people don't even know what the numbers on a Geo chart mean. The farthest they've probably gotten is 1x and a dropper, which Canyon fulfills nicely.
  • 2 0
 The entry version costs less than Specialized new kids bike Smile
  • 1 0
 Wow a mountain that’s not incredibly expensive. Top spec model costs less than a lot of frames nowadays.
  • 3 2
 Stoic sounds like a Viking name....the Viking of Bikes....
  • 17 0
 Stoicism is a school of Hellenistic philosophy founded by Zeno of Citium in Athens in the early 3rd century BC. It is a philosophy of personal ethics informed by its system of logic and its views on the natural world. According to its teachings, as social beings, the path to eudaimonia (happiness, or blessedness) is found in accepting the moment as it presents itself, by not allowing oneself to be controlled by the desire for pleasure or by the fear of pain, by using one's mind to understand the world and to do one's part in nature's plan, and by working together and treating others fairly and justly.
  • 8 0
 @Sirflyingv: ok, but will it blend?
  • 1 0
 A bike for young talents...
  • 1 0
 Geo looks pretty good on paper
  • 1 0
 Much needed addition to Canyon's hardtail range!
  • 1 0
 Stitched 360 in the USA any time soon?
  • 1 0
 Where is the city in the vid?
  • 1 2
 I have a hard time getting excited about aluminum hardtails. Steel just rides soo much better
  • 1 0
 What does steel bring to the ride? I've got a Nukeproof Scout 275 that I love for most of my riding but occasionally it is pretty harsh in the rear. Was thinking maybe upgrading to a FS in a year or so but a steel HT frame would be significantly cheaper if it gives a better ride quality. Biggest concern is weight and rust.
  • 1 1
 @schu2470:

Steel is more flexible (in a good way). That’s why so many people ride steel hardtails. There’s no way I could ride the trails I do with an aluminum hardtail. It would be painful. I owned a Banshee Paradox (aluminum) years ago when it first came out and have only run steel hardtails ever since.
  • 1 0
 @schu2470:

Also, don’t be afraid of wet weather riding with a steel hardtail. I’ve been riding steel hardtails in the pacific north wet for almost a decade with zero issues. It’ll take years to have rust issues that are a safety concern in my opinion. By they time it’s a concern your bike is probably WAY outdated Wink
  • 2 2
 That video was incredible!
  • 1 1
 Comes with that Canyon geometry circa 2015 too, bargain!
  • 3 0
 Did you look at the geometry chart? Looks very modern for an aggressive hardtail to me.
  • 1 2
 @Offrhodes: I did! It is modern for a Canyon but compared with what is out there it is dated!
  • 2 3
 Nice looking frame and overall, shame about the colour???
  • 2 0
 The green on the stoic 4 is ok, but on the 2 and 3 are really subpar.
  • 2 0
 Isn't it looking mint?
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