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    It's water-cut from two 3/16 plates of stainless steel to give the 3D look. The back plate painted black then tig welded together. 2" stainless square tube tig welded for the hitch part.

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    "Fight Club" trail Antioch, Cal.
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    Cased a double and snapped my bars. Midair I could tell I didn't have the height and prepared for impact. I walked away from this one with just a couple of scratches.

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    So I suppose I'm in the market for new bars. What do people like for carbon bars these days? I see a lot of SIXC and Renthal in my neck of the woods.

    These were old (ca. 2012) Easton Havoc that had seen better days, 750mm/20mm rise/31.8 clamp, with a 60mm stem. How do folks feel about 35mm clamps?

    I'm 6'0, 32" inseam, on a Large balance. I might go a little wider, perhaps 760-780mm with a 50mm stem.

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    I run 35mm havens on my riot and love them. Done everything from xc rides to days at keystone bike park. I am waiting to decide if I like these atlas 2 bars I have on my balance right now. If not I'm going with 35 havens.

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    Love my SIXC 800mm, with 35mm dia. stem, at 50mm length. On a large Balance. 35 length felt short. Changed after a couple of rides. After riding the 800mm bars everything else feels to narrow. This is what I'm going to run on all my bikes. You get use to leaning the bike over to miss trees. Some tree gates are tricky. My pinkies move automatically. Ha.

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    Love my ENVE DH bars, 800mm with 40mm Thompson X4 stem looks so sleek!. I'm also 6'-0 on a large Balance.
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    Had one of those Thompson stems. One stout beautiful piece. It went with my TBLT when I sold it. If I didn't go with 35 dia., that's what I would get. Running RF Atlas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lazarus2405 View Post
    Cased a double and snapped my bars.
    And you weren't carrying the manufacturers approved carbon repair kit?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lazarus2405 View Post
    Cased a double and snapped my bars. Midair I could tell I didn't have the height and prepared for impact. I walked away from this one with just a couple of scratches.

    So I suppose I'm in the market for new bars. What do people like for carbon bars these days? I see a lot of SIXC and Renthal in my neck of the woods.

    These were old (ca. 2012) Easton Havoc that had seen better days, 750mm/20mm rise/31.8 clamp, with a 60mm stem. How do folks feel about 35mm clamps?

    I'm 6'0, 32" inseam, on a Large balance. I might go a little wider, perhaps 760-780mm with a 50mm stem.
    Glad you walked away from that! Could have been painful.

    I have 800mm Six C bars (35mm) on a 40mm stem and I love the way they ride. However I can't recommend them. I had a crash that snapped an almost brand new set of SixCs last summer. It wasn't that hard of a crash and I couldn't believe they broke. I told my mechanic about it and he said he has seen quite a few broken SixCs. Had one right there in his shop.

    Raceface did a crash replacement but it only 20% off MSRP which was disappointing. I think I would seriously consider enve for the next set, just based on their crash and warranty policy.


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    I'm running chromag bza bars on my riot and epo and love them. Have had a couple nasty crashes and no issues


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    Captain Ahab

    Just got back from a Moab trip. Rode Captain Ahab with some buddies. Two of us were on the Balance and there were a few inquiries about our bikes. Of course, I told everyone how amazing this bike rides. We climbed all the slow tech stuff and made it down without a hiccup. I think we were the oldest riders on Ahab that day. The young whippersnappers were surprised how well we rode that day. I told them it was the bike...
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    Quote Originally Posted by hitechredneck View Post
    Here you go, a few beers into the evening and figured I would appease you. This is a 2.3 dhr 2 on 30mm inner carbon fattie SL off my riot.


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    Nope. I did not get that far into it.

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    Trying to Balance my XC fitness training.

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    Not the best shot of the bike, but the view was nice. Mt. Baker


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    Quote Originally Posted by jminus View Post
    Not the best shot of the bike, but the view was nice. Mt. Baker
    From Galbraith? Nice shot nonetheless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DRSpalding View Post
    From Galbraith? Nice shot nonetheless.
    Yes it is. The look out point right after the start of Evolution.

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    Not technically on the trail, but getting ready to ride

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    And on the trail (stretched a bit too much in panorama mode)

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    Couple of Moab shots of my DVO'ed '17 Balance.


    Classic Castle Valley shot
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    And another from Portal Trail.
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    Enjoyed a cool mid-day ride on my local (Chapel Hill, NC) trails yesterday. Love my new balance build!
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    Swapped out the Topaz for the Jade today and set up with base tune. So far the weight penalty may indeed be worth the increase in performance. Have to give it some more miles to say for sure but so far so good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffrey j View Post
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    Swapped out the Topaz for the Jade today and set up with base tune. So far the weight penalty may indeed be worth the increase in performance. Have to give it some more miles to say for sure but so far so good.
    What are your settings on the Jade?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScottieM8 View Post
    What are your settings on the Jade?
    Used the base tunes from their site as a baseline: Base Tune | DVO Suspension Tech Website

    They don't list our stroke length so I started with a combination of the top two:

    180psi, 30-31 rebound, 5 HSC, and 4 LSC (want to try 2-3 LSC on the next ride).

    Only thing I'm somewhat unsure about is bought it with a 500lb spring and I'm right at 160 lbs. Sag actually feels really good and think a 450lb spring may sag too much for my liking.

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    Got me some new rubber. (Maxxis DHF/DHR2)

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffrey j View Post
    Used the base tunes from their site as a baseline: Base Tune | DVO Suspension Tech Website

    They don't list our stroke length so I started with a combination of the top two:

    180psi, 30-31 rebound, 5 HSC, and 4 LSC (want to try 2-3 LSC on the next ride).

    Only thing I'm somewhat unsure about is bought it with a 500lb spring and I'm right at 160 lbs. Sag actually feels really good and think a 450lb spring may sag too much for my liking.
    I'm also 160lbs with all my gear on. I have a 450lb titanium spring and it feels good.
    My settings are 7 hsc, 18 lsc, reb 19, all from full open. If anyone has settings on their Jade, post them up please. I climb a lot to get to the downs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScottieM8 View Post
    I'm also 160lbs with all my gear on. I have a 450lb titanium spring and it feels good.
    My settings are 7 hsc, 18 lsc, reb 19, all from full open. If anyone has settings on their Jade, post them up please. I climb a lot to get to the downs.
    Good to know in regards to the 450lb - where did you get your Ti anyway (and what dims)?

    Also, will have try settings closer to yours once I get another ride or two in.

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    It's an older Progressive ti spring laying around. Not sure about the dimensions. Still tweaking the Jade but it's so smooth in the rough.

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    Hitechredneck, that's badass. Last year I took my Balance to Angelfire and it rained on the 3rd run down the mountain. I was still getting use to the bike and trying to get comfortable with it. That run in the mud was when it all came together. I had more fun and felt more comfortable on it than the DH bikes I had rented before. Can't wait to go back. Be there Labor Day weekend.

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    I can't believe that before even 100 miles of trails like this my CCDBAC is already notchy and loud. From what I've read those are the symptoms of a blown out shock. The real trails are soon to be dry here, what's a CC warranty rebuild take?2016 Canfield Balance Trail Photo Thread-0528171527a.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thrashbarg View Post
    I can't believe that before even 100 miles of trails like this my CCDBAC is already notchy and loud. From what I've read those are the symptoms of a blown out shock. The real trails are soon to be dry here, what's a CC warranty rebuild take?Click image for larger version. 

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    Give them a call and they will direct you to the nearest service center to expedite the process. The one on my Balance is over a year old and still works great, knock on wood. I've had my older DBAIR serviced in the past and it took about a week. It really depends on where the nearest service center is to you.

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    Last ride on my CCDBA. Just sold it. Should have a 2018 float X2 in about a week.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Thrashbarg View Post
    I can't believe that before even 100 miles of trails like this my CCDBAC is already notchy and loud.
    I can believe it. That was my experience with the CCDBA. Feels great for a month on a fresh rebuild and then all notchy. Send in for rebuild and repeat.

    Precisely why I went with the DVO Diamond and Topaz on my Balance (totally user serviceable).

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    I have not had any issue so far with mine. 350 miles so far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by twd953 View Post
    I can believe it. That was my experience with the CCDBA. Feels great for a month on a fresh rebuild and then all notchy. Send in for rebuild and repeat.

    Precisely why I went with the DVO Diamond and Topaz on my Balance (totally user serviceable).
    My experience was slightly different. Two failures, once at 570 miles and then another 500 after the rebuild. Shock feels great (amazing even) right up until it fails.

    The failure presents itself as a loss of compression damping, especially noticeable in the first inch of travel (up to the notch). Usually it feels like my ability to corner fast went to hell and I start losing the backend unexpectedly. Also both times it failed I noticed a lot more oil on the stanchion than normal.

    I was very tempted by the Topaz but I really like the tunable damping circuits on the CCDBA. Going to see if the Float X2 can get me similar performance with better reliability. I don't mind getting it serviced twice a year if I can plan for it in advance.

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    El Corte Madera, Skeggs Point, Cal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by acfsportsfan View Post
    Perfect weather, Perfect Dirt
    I see you have the Flow MK3 rims. I am on the verge of getting some new wheels and am on the fence between those or some crabon Light Bike rims now that they offer Onyx builds. Any input to sway me either way? Anybody chime in.

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    First weekend out with the X2. So far it feels great.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Thrashbarg View Post
    I see you have the Flow MK3 rims. I am on the verge of getting some new wheels and am on the fence between those or some crabon Light Bike rims now that they offer Onyx builds. Any input to sway me either way? Anybody chime in.
    The Flow MK3 rims have been the easiest rim (for me) to install tubeless tires. They are a good working man's rim. Not to heavy, just wide enough to give my 2.5 DHF tire a nice profile and have a cool looking low profile. I removed the Stan's stickers and left the "Flow" stickers on. On my Riot, I have ENVE AM rims and they are a P.I.T.A. when you happen to break a spoke (Internal nipple's). For the price $80 to $100 per rim depending where you shop, it's a great value and all I will be using for future purchases.

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    Thanks for the reply. Gotta admit that I like the low profile, and pretty much everything else you said about the stans are my selling points.

    On the other hand the LB are less than a $300 diff, and they don't have the hidden nipple thing.

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    I'm a little late to the party.

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    Me and the balance trail e snowshoe


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    Blurry airtime.

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    Whistler - Balance handled like a champ. The only place I missed a DH bike was the braking bumps. Love the DVO diamond, but it can't eat the braking bumps quite like my Emerald.
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    Downieville, Butcher Ranch Trail (Rock Garden Waterfall)
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    This late into the season makes it a bit easier with all the snow melt water gone.

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    Getting back at it again after being laid up since last October...feels good to be riding again! Especially on my Canfields!
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    Posing in the Galbraith backcountry


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    Getting back at it again after being laid up since last October...feels good to be riding again! Especially on my Canfields!

    Beautiful! ... hold on a moment, yellow spring, DVO shock?

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    I am not the owner of that Balance but it is the Fox SLS spring.

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    Yes, it is the orange Fox SLS spring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hootbmx View Post
    Yes, it is the orange Fox SLS spring.
    Looks cool in there

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    Two photos from my first ride with the Balance
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    Would love to hear about the Helm fork.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hitechredneck View Post
    Would love to hear about the Helm fork.

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    My initial thoughts about the HELM are very positive (coming from FOX suspension) - eats big g-outs, jumps, and fast rooty sections and asks for more (I have spent the weekend at the nearest bike park tuning suspension settings for the rear CC DBA and the HELM). I will be able to speak about its reliability in a long term after I've run more tests.

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    Those switchbacks are easier than ever with that short chainstay

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    My unique take on a trail photo today.

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    Hope your ok. Steer tube sheared off the fork and the head tube of the frame seems ok, kind of impressed with that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScottieM8 View Post
    Hope your ok. Steer tube sheared off the fork and the head tube of the frame seems ok, kind of impressed with that.
    Thanks, I am relatively unscathed somehow. I was so happy not to be injured that I wasn't even slightly upset about trashing the fork.

    Frame seems to be ok but I'm going to take it by Canfield and have them look it over.

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    Did you go off a big drop or jump and it snapped?

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    Did you go off a big drop or jump and it snapped?
    It was 100% rider error. I went off a (not that big) jump and landed offline in the brush going fast and nailed a stump that I didn't know was there until I was sailing through the air.

    It did feel like the CSU broke easier than I would have thought and now I'm slightly suspicious that the creaking noises I've been getting from the front end were symptomatic of a bigger problem. The fork has been ridden pretty hard for 1700 miles. Some decent wrecks during that time.

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    Whoa, that's pretty extreme. Glad you're not hurt. Things can always be replaced or repaired, but your well being is the most important. I wouldn't be too upset either if that's the worst of it. Like your positive attitude.

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    Wow! That is crazy. I'm sure map will take care of you as well. Just goes to show these bike are built to take a beating! Worth lugging around that extra couple of pounds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sartor87 View Post
    Those switchbacks are easier than ever with that short chainstay

    https://www.pinkbike.com/video/477947/
    How are you liking that HELM????

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    Quote Originally Posted by jminus View Post
    It did feel like the CSU broke easier than I would have thought and now I'm slightly suspicious that the creaking noises I've been getting from the front end were symptomatic of a bigger problem.
    Dang....glad you and the frame are both OK.

    When you hit something head on that stops the front wheel dead like that there are probably 2 outcomes 1) you go OTB or 2) something snaps.

    The fork acts like a big lever arm applying a huge amount of force to the CSU and head tube. If you're going fast enough, it's more likely that something will snap since it's kinda hard to accelerate/rotate your entire body mass around the front wheel that quickly.

    In this case, I think you ended up with the best possible outcome in that Fork is less $ than frame ($$), and/or dental/hospital bills ($$$$$$$).

    If the steerer tube snapped clean through above the top of the crown, I"m not sure that any creaking you heard prior had anything to do with the failure, unless you had already cracked the tube.

    Now if the bottom of the steerer tube is deformed and has partially or completely pulled out of the crown, that could be another matter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by twd953 View Post
    Dang....glad you and the frame are both OK.

    When you hit something head on that stops the front wheel dead like that there are probably 2 outcomes 1) you go OTB or 2) something snaps.

    The fork acts like a big lever arm applying a huge amount of force to the CSU and head tube. If you're going fast enough, it's more likely that something will snap since it's kinda hard to accelerate/rotate your entire body mass around the front wheel that quickly.

    In this case, I think you ended up with the best possible outcome in that Fork is less $ than frame ($$), and/or dental/hospital bills ($$$$$$$).

    If the steerer tube snapped clean through above the top of the crown, I"m not sure that any creaking you heard prior had anything to do with the failure, unless you had already cracked the tube.

    Now if the bottom of the steerer tube is deformed and has partially or completely pulled out of the crown, that could be another matter.
    Thanks, and I agree. I think I came out much better from the crash because the fork broke instead of transferring the energy into launching me into the sky.

    Steer tube completely deformed and pulled through the crown, close up below. MRP says they have never seen anything like it before.


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    Quote Originally Posted by jminus View Post
    Thanks, and I agree. I think I came out much better from the crash because the fork broke instead of transferring the energy into launching me into the sky.

    Steer tube completely deformed and pulled through the crown, close up below. MRP says they have never seen anything like it before.
    Wow, that's impressive!!

    More recent one of mine out on the Ghost Town trail, Glorietta NM:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Porch View Post
    Wow, that's impressive!!

    More recent one of mine out on the Ghost Town trail, Glorietta NM:
    Porch, could you do me a favor and take a close up of the bottom headset cup from a side-on view of the frame? I am trying to figure out if mine is bent and it looks like you have a CC40 headset like I do.

    Love the red graphics.

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    [QUOTE=Porch;13328290]Wow, that's impressive!!

    More recent one of mine out on the Ghost Town trail, Glorietta NM:
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    Haven't seen another Balance in NM except mine and my buddy's. Seen a few Jedi. Have taken mine to Angel Fire a few times and it rocks. If you're ever in ABQ PM me.

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    I really like that area, did the big mountain enduro down there this spring and liked the area a lot. I did mine on my Riot, half way down jagged axe I wished I had my balance. Smashing those rocks at race pace I longed for more travel.

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    @jminus I'll try to get a picture tonight. Unfortunately my MRP Ribbon is off for some warranty work so it's all apart right now, but if i understand what you're looking for correctly it shouldn't matter?

    @ScottieM8 will do! Brad @ Fusion in Los Alamos is a Canfield dealer so I think we've got 3-4 up here, really like mine!

    Quote Originally Posted by hitechredneck View Post
    I really like that area, did the big mountain enduro down there this spring and liked the area a lot. I did mine on my Riot, half way down jagged axe I wished I had my balance. Smashing those rocks at race pace I longed for more travel.
    I have the worst luck in that area, been there three times now and still have yet to ride Jagged Axe and Chili Dog. This past time we rode up Ghost Town and down Secret Trail, then had a few mechanicals that led to running out of time and water. Next time!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jminus View Post
    Porch, could you do me a favor and take a close up of the bottom headset cup from a side-on view of the frame? I am trying to figure out if mine is bent and it looks like you have a CC40 headset like I do.

    Love the red graphics.
    Hope this helps, sorry for the delay
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    Quote Originally Posted by Porch View Post
    Hope this helps, sorry for the delay
    No worries about the delay. The pictures are exactly what I needed. I was concerned that the headset cup seemed a bit out of line with the outer wall of the headset tube. Yours looks the same so I think I'm good to go!

    Thanks for the help!

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    No new photos for two weeks! We need to get this thread back in action. The Balance is back to its former glory. Mrp fixed the fork and I threw a new 185 bikeyoke revive dropper on as a “welcome back” present. I’ve been feeding the beast a steady diet of steep gnar. Two seasons on this bike and I still love everything about it.




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    Quote Originally Posted by jminus View Post
    No new photos for two weeks! We need to get this thread back in action. The Balance is back to its former glory. Mrp fixed the fork and I threw a new 185 bikeyoke revive dropper on as a “welcome back” present. I’ve been feeding the beast a steady diet of steep gnar. Two seasons on this bike and I still love everything about it.



    Diggin' the blue accents dude!

    Hows that Ribbon? Or is it a stage? Almost bought one and still might in the future once funds permit. I assume the Float X2 is badass on this bike (I have 2018 Float X2 on my downhill bike and had a 2016 Float X2 on my past Devinci spartan). I purchased my used Balance complete a few weeks back and the CCDBA just doesn't compare when I'm pushing it.

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    Me and my balance on our recent adventure in pisgah. Squirrel gap on our way to black mountain.


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    Picture from Mammoth during closing weekend two weeks ago, all snowed out. Still had fun with the few trails that were open (no gondola or lift unfortunately) and putting in some XC and uphill miles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bkirk View Post
    Diggin' the blue accents dude!

    Hows that Ribbon? Or is it a stage? Almost bought one and still might in the future once funds permit. I assume the Float X2 is badass on this bike (I have 2018 Float X2 on my downhill bike and had a 2016 Float X2 on my past Devinci spartan). I purchased my used Balance complete a few weeks back and the CCDBA just doesn't compare when I'm pushing it.
    The fork is a stage and it’s great. Other than recently breaking it half (pictures earlier in this thread) it has been super reliable and I love the way it ride. The on trail tuning ability with the ramp control is amazing. I am definitely putting the ribbon on my next bike.

    I have the 2018 X2 as well and it replaced the CCDBACS that I blew twice in less than a year. I like it quite a bit but to be honest I liked the CCDBA a lot too and I find them comparable.

    If you are finding the CC shock to be lacking, it might be time for a rebuild. I couldn’t get more than 500 miles out of mine before I would lose compression damping and it would start to ride like garbage. The change is subtle enough that you first just suspect that you are having a bad ride or two. But after awhile it becomes obvious that something isn’t right.

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    I just went back through this thread and WOW, I have never heard of or seen anything quite like that with a fork. I assume the CCDBACS on my bike needs a rebuild. When I purchased the bike, I was shown proof of the Fox 36 being rebuilt (and its working well, but not the CC shock). I suppose I could send it back for a rebuild, but as you've mentioned and many others it seems, I'm not very confident in the long term reliability. Trying to Balance (pun intended) my options of selling the CC (probably wont get much for it) to help offset the cost of a new X2, or have it rebuilt and see how it performs then, or wring out what life is left in it and then revert back to one of the previous options.

    On another note, I'm curious if you or anyone else can make a comparison between the MRP Stage or Ribbon vs the Fox 36. The Ribbon has been on my radar for some time now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bkirk View Post
    I just went back through this thread and WOW, I have never heard of or seen anything quite like that with a fork. I assume the CCDBACS on my bike needs a rebuild. When I purchased the bike, I was shown proof of the Fox 36 being rebuilt (and its working well, but not the CC shock). I suppose I could send it back for a rebuild, but as you've mentioned and many others it seems, I'm not very confident in the long term reliability. Trying to Balance (pun intended) my options of selling the CC (probably wont get much for it) to help offset the cost of a new X2, or have it rebuilt and see how it performs then, or wring out what life is left in it and then revert back to one of the previous options.
    If it were me, I would spend the $ on getting the X2. The CC will require a rebuild every 500-600 miles, which is like 3x a season for me. At $160 a pop, its gonna add up. I I would probably hold onto the shock as a spare if you have to sell it for next to nothing. I got $300 for mine (after 1 season), but it was freshly rebuilt.

    Quote Originally Posted by bkirk View Post
    On another note, I'm curious if you or anyone else can make a comparison between the MRP Stage or Ribbon vs the Fox 36. The Ribbon has been on my radar for some time now.
    Haven't ridden a Ribbon yet (plenty of people have Stages and Ribbons in the Ribbon thread though). I haven't ridden a recent Fox 36 either (2014 was the last one I have spent time with). I sort of swore off Fox after some creaky crown experiences though.

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    Not a Balance but I have a MRP Ribbon on my Riot and am very happy with it. You can tell it moves a lot of oil when you start hitting the really fast and rough terrain. I honestly think all the forks do a great job up to that 90% really pushing it factor and then the really good ones start to shine. I have a lot of experience on Pike, Lyrik, and 36 forks. The RS stuff feels better in the parking lot test area. Very supple and eager to get into travel. I wish they were a little tunable but I got my Lyrik to a place I was very happy with on other bike. I think the Ribbon beats them all though. Its mid stroke support and ability to really handle the repeated deep hits sets it above. There were sections of trail that my vision would literally go blurry with how rough it would get at speed. After 3 rides on the Ribbon to get it tuned, that is all gone. Its not as velvet carpet ride at the beginning of the stroke but if you really start pushing it, the fork shows its stuff.
    I also think its as stiff feeling as my lyrik. I do think the compression knob looks a little cheap and the reverse arch is different but you quickly accept the arch and ignore the little details with the performance. And that bottom out adjuster is the bomb!

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    Finally got some pics up. Been riding this balance since about July. Quite the burly bike, pedals like a champ and goes down hill like a round-ish rock (can't be stopped)


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    Quote Originally Posted by TheRage43 View Post


    Finally got some pics up. Been riding this balance since about July. Quite the burly bike, pedals like a champ and goes down hill like a round-ish rock (can't be stopped)

    Nice view! Bike and the scenery. How are are you liking the DVO Diamond and Topaz?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bkirk View Post
    Nice view! Bike and the scenery. How are are you liking the DVO Diamond and Topaz?
    A lot!

    I'm a long time Marz fan based on how simple and effective their designs were, and just how well they worked. I was worried that the DVO stuff was going to be over the top with too many adjustments (I hated the CCDB with how drastic the changes were), but it really didn't take much to get them set up right. The fork was super simple, and after some reading I put 3 of the bands they give you in the Topaz air chamber (2x positive, 1x negative) and that gave me the feel I was looking for. Feels just like the Jade coil now, but it also has the 3 position switch, which is nice for varying terrain.

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    2016 Canfield Balance Trail Photo Thread-22343980_10212689676850458_1718420940_o.jpg

    It seems that the autumn is leaving our region - snow above 1000m since yesterday - I tested the setup on a more flowy trail which is a little hard to find in my area.

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    Is that a Cane Creek Helm?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lazarescu View Post
    Is that a Cane Creek Helm?
    Yes, it is, you can read my initial impressions a several posts above (#164)

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    Huck to flat!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lazarescu View Post
    Huck to flat!
    No there is transition to the left out of the frame.


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