Finaly a preview of the new canfields bros....
If it rides as good as my One it should be a great bike.
That said i was personnaly expecting something a bit different, canfield has always been coming out with new and unconventionnal/revolutionnary products..This one looks to "common" to me
I would have liked a bike as burly as this one with less travel.
From their facebook page:
The Canfield Brothers Balance, our version of what a 27.5”, 160mm All Mountain bike SHOULD be. Tough enough for park riding, yet unparallelled pedaling performance. Go any where, do ANYTHING!
We will have more details with a full release in the upcoming months and ETA is expected to be early summer 2014.
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I kinda agree. Even from the aesthetic perspective, there are hotter looking frames out there. I'm sure they dialed in the geometry though.
A welcome addition to a growing segment. May not count as being revolutionary, but looks nice.... Looking forward to seeing geo and reading some reviews.
I don't know about that.. haven't seen in person but look at the beefy aluminum rear triangle, who else has this?..looks pretty solid.. Devinci prototype is the only one that I've seen that comes to mind
It looks really good to me. From that single image, I can't say there is anything I don't like about it.
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I kinda agree as well, considering some of the comments made leading up to this had me believing that they might be releasing something more unique. But in the scheme of things, how much more unique can a AM 160mm frame be? All in all I like what I'm looking at, all we need now is some production geo numbers.
It looks like-
There might be geo adjust via drop out's?
It certainly has-
Asymmetric chainstays as part of that tough rear triangle, ISCG tabs and tapered ht.
Last edited by bigcrs; 11-29-2013 at 04:54 PM.
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I agree. Not the sexiest bike there but looks very much tool for the jobs. Looks really tough.
There are 160mm bike which didn't feel has 160mm travel. If it has the One trait, it shouldn't feel that way.
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I really like the Look of the Frame. Somehow much better as some Carbon-Offerings from others. It´s possibly not super special on the very first Look, but I´m sure Canfield is going to make it more "unique" or "uncommon" by the Geometry, same as their Friends from Banshee. Both Companies usually go the more "aggressive" Root when it comes to Geometry and Sizing.
Originally Posted by bigcrs
All of Cannondale's 2014 Overmountain bikes have a ridiculously beefy aluminum rear triangle. No, they don't have a 650b offering yet but I bet they're working on it.
Originally Posted by Deerhill
My brother has the 2013 jekyll MX and when you see the frame in person it is built like a monster truck, no wonder Clementz shredded the hell out of his this year
They haven't let the cat out of the bag yet, but since the Balance has taken the The One's spot on their website lineup I too am sure we'll see something a little more Canfield like.
Originally Posted by NoStyle
If the Balance has taken The One's spot it'll have some big shoes to fill, and new expectations to satisfy. Though just like Knolly's Chilcotin (amongst others) had knocked the Delirium off, it would not seem too surprising that the Balance will do the same.
If the design allows for sub-17" chainstays, with a good-pedaling multi-link suspension design, and plenty of fat tire clearance.... that would be something to brag about
I'd be curious to know what kind of fork it's built around. The One was built to handle up to a 180mm right? Like a Mini-DH?
The 160mm Enduro/AM market has stiff competition these days, and as much as I love the Canfield Brothers stuff, The One has always been very expensive for what it offered, luckily there wasn't anyone else offering competition. The 160mm 27.5 game, on the other hand, is a full one.
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Just looking at that frame shot (no visible provision for a f/d )sub 17's is what I think we'er in for. Good/great pedalling is a giving, and if any of tire clearance is inherited from the current The One's tire clearance wont be so great.
Originally Posted by doismellbacon
Yeah I'm hoping 180mm Metric.. some specs would be nice
Originally Posted by PHeller
No worries bigcrs,
Originally Posted by bigcrs
tire clearance like our Jedi- about 12mm.
And yes- Insane pedaling.
Look close- the FD block is in there-
I'll look a little harder next time, blind freddy could have seen that block.
Originally Posted by cSquared
Any other numbers you might want to share?
Thank you guys for all the responses over the last week. It's been fun seeing all of your first impressions. Our goal with the Balance is to offer the "Enduro" riders a stout 160mm bike that not only has amazing pedaling characteristics, but will also have our Canfield confidence inspiring capabilities for descents. We designed the Balance around the RS 160mm Pike and configured geo to work both 27.5” and 26”. (26” for customers looking to make the Balance more park oriented.) We did not incorporate adjustable geo/travel features in this bike as we did not feel they were necessary for a bike in this genre. Of, course by running internal/external headsets or a longer fork you will have the option of dialing in the HA to your personal preference and riding style. (I will be running mine with 26's and a Marz 170mm 55 Evo Ti to make the perfect Bellingham trail slayer).
The Balance will be replacing The One in our line up, however I will say the 160mm Balance feels really deep for its travel and feels similar in depth to The One in 7” mode. The shorter rear, (16.75” stays), allows the bike to feel nimble and corner like its on rails. This bike is simply put - REALLY FUN to ride and we are very excited to bring this bike to the market! Here's a rad shot of Lance testing it's capabilities:
We'll have the full details and answers to the rest of your questions when we do our full release as we get closer to having bikes available.
If this is half as good as the original Balance it will be amazing. I had one back in the day that I ran as a mini-DH and it was *****in'. Should have probably never sold the bike. Hopefully this one is a bit lighter weight
I am watching this bike with a great interest. What is the planned BB height? Some of us easterners like it a little higher and the pictures do not seem to be indicating a tremendous amount of BB drop.
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