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    2016 Canfield Balance Trail Photo Thread

    Well, there's a Riot Photo Thread....

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    Taking a break @ JMP in Oakland, it was so much fun going down Chaparral Trail. The Balance just ate up all the rail road ties.

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    Quote Originally Posted by acfsportsfan View Post
    Well, there's a Riot Photo Thread....

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    Taking a break @ JMP in Oakland, it was so much fun going down Chaparral Trail. The Balance just ate up all the rail road ties.
    You ruined in a few second all my efforts to decide if I choose a Riot or a Balance frame....

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    Quote Originally Posted by freddok View Post
    You ruined in a few second all my efforts to decide if I choose a Riot or a Balance frame....
    I'm a little slow, I don't understand what you mean?

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    Taking a break or two while practicing for the Chuckanut Enduro race this weekend.



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    Quote Originally Posted by acfsportsfan View Post
    I'm a little slow, I don't understand what you mean?
    No problem, my english is maybe not really good... :-) . Just to say, I'm looking since a moment for buying a canfield frame but I hesitate between the riot and the balance. I was almost decided for the riot until I see your bike...

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    2016 Canfield Balance Trail Photo Thread-20160826_162713_resized.jpg2016 Canfield Balance Trail Photo Thread-20160826_170522_resized.jpg
    Contra Loma/Black Diamond Mines, Antioch, Cal.

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    Not a trail photo per se, but the Balance kicked ass all day on last weekend's CDC enduro race here in Bellingham.

    Racing was never something I even considered doing until I got this bike. The Balance has been one heck of a confidence upgrade.




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    Quote Originally Posted by jminus View Post
    The Balance has been one heck of a confidence upgrade.
    That is about the best compliment we can receive! Thanks for the support Justin and glad you had fun at the race.

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    This is the funnest bike and I have ridden quite a few over the years.2016 Canfield Balance Trail Photo Thread-balance-otero.jpg

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    Downieville, Cal.

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    Getting ready to drop in on walnut in brown county indinana. This bike is so awesome


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    2016 Canfield Balance Trail Photo Thread-packer-saddle-9-17-16.jpeg
    Shuttle Drop Off @ Packer Saddle, Downieville, Cal.

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    No pic, but how about a video. My riding buddy put together a 3 min video from gopro footage of us riding at Angelfire. I'm the one in the orange jersey, riding my Balance. Not a lot of riding footage, but it is a Balance. And it was the perfect bike for 95% of the trails. And handled the other 5% just fine.

    if the link doesn't work search YouTube, FWMBA Angelfire.

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    Looked like you had a blast in Angel Fire Rone. Heading there this weekend with the Balance. Such a fantastic bike that does everything so well. It gives me confidence when going super fast which can be a bad thing for this old man.

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    We did have a blast.

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    Fresh off the trails at Galbraith, Bellingham. First ride on new Hope brakes. So far I'm a big fan!


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    What I find very enjoyable is the conversation starter that owning a Canfield has. The shuttle drivers in Downieville that load all these great bikes seam to always compliment my Balance and that gets the ball rolling with others asking questions. Seen a lot of Specialized, Santa Cruz, Yeti and Pivots up there and I loved having the only Canfield although the Crampon pedals were popular.

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    Quote Originally Posted by acfsportsfan View Post
    What I find very enjoyable is the conversation starter that owning a Canfield has. The shuttle drivers in Downieville that load all these great bikes seam to always compliment my Balance and that gets the ball rolling with others asking questions. Seen a lot of Specialized, Santa Cruz, Yeti and Pivots up there and I loved having the only Canfield although the Crampon pedals were popular.
    I'm with you. Lot's of people ask about the bike and I would be lying if I said I didn't enjoy the attention. I have to try hard not to overly gush when asked.

    And when I run across someone else on a Canfield, I feel like we are brothers in a secret society

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    Quote Originally Posted by jminus View Post
    I'm with you. Lot's of people ask about the bike and I would be lying if I said I didn't enjoy the attention. I have to try hard not to overly gush when asked.

    And when I run across someone else on a Canfield, I feel like we are brothers in a secret society
    I think we all are...and it's no longer a secret. I'm spreading the Canfield love out there.

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    Saw 2 other Canfields in Angelfire. 1 Jedi, 1 Balance. Both ridden by women. Both shredders. My buddies ask me if I bought a girl's bike. Ha.

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    Angel Fire was great yesterday, all sun and not one cloud in sight. Temps were in the low 60s and there was no lines to get on the lift. Our Balance performed flawless there. Ran into a buddy that I haven't seen in awhile and he was on a Session. Needless to say, we kept up with him. This bike just shreds.

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    About to start building up a Balance. My suspension setup should be similar with a Push in the rear and Lyrik 170mm up front. How does it climb? I'll assume it's an absolute beast going down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by d3ftone View Post
    About to start building up a Balance. My suspension setup should be similar with a Push in the rear and Lyrik 170mm up front. How does it climb? I'll assume it's an absolute beast going down.
    I would say it is smooth on the downs soaking up all the chatter. As far as climbing goes I'm not the best person to ask, I always say "first one to the top waits the longest". It's a little heavy compared to carbon bikes but it doesn't really feel like a heavy bike when your riding it. It is what it is, a slacked out terrain munching machine and I like it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by acfsportsfan View Post
    I would say it is smooth on the downs soaking up all the chatter. As far as climbing goes I'm not the best person to ask, I always say "first one to the top waits the longest". It's a little heavy compared to carbon bikes but it doesn't really feel like a heavy bike when your riding it. It is what it is, a slacked out terrain munching machine and I like it!
    While I don't hate climbing, I have similar sentiments. I enjoy the challenge of going up but it's just that thing you have to do so you can get the payoff of going down. I also have more fun on a 27.5 compared to a 29 when I'm descending. These reasons are why I went with the Balance. I feel it's going to be a bike that maximizes the fun parts of riding while still being serviceable on the parts that you have to do, in theory at least. I'll know soon

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    Here she is all decked out in the rain gear. Testing out some ideas for keeping muck out of the linkage. The idea for the little foam chunk inside the linkage came from Chris Canfield. Works awesome.

    Decided to order a mudhugger rear fender because I'm tired of having to scrape mud off my riding pants every day in the wet season.


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    Quote Originally Posted by d3ftone View Post
    While I don't hate climbing, I have similar sentiments. I enjoy the challenge of going up but it's just that thing you have to do so you can get the payoff of going down. I also have more fun on a 27.5 compared to a 29 when I'm descending. These reasons are why I went with the Balance. I feel it's going to be a bike that maximizes the fun parts of riding while still being serviceable on the parts that you have to do, in theory at least. I'll know soon
    I really enjoy climbing, especially when it's technical, and I have no problem keeping up with my carbon fiber riding pals. The Balance has amazing traction when pedaling, which, combined with the great body position provided by the steep seat tube, make it climb great. The chunkier the climb, the more it stands out. All my climbing PRs on our local trails have been set on the Balance.

    It is heavier than my previous (carbon) bike, but I solved that issue by riding more

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    She's a beaut! Good idea with the foam, motocross riders do that for mud races, foam on the top of the helmet and in random crevices on the bike.

    Damn, that's impressive that the Balance climbs that well. Happy to hear that. How are the trails in Galbraith and Bellingham in general? I was there a couple months ago when I was passing through on a road trip to Whistler and rode a few trails on the Chuckanut side - double down, double diamond, and a couple others, they were pretty epic. Are Galbraith and Chuckanut the only two trail spots?

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    Quote Originally Posted by d3ftone View Post
    She's a beaut! Good idea with the foam, motocross riders do that for mud races, foam on the top of the helmet and in random crevices on the bike.

    Damn, that's impressive that the Balance climbs that well. Happy to hear that. How are the trails in Galbraith and Bellingham in general? I was there a couple months ago when I was passing through on a road trip to Whistler and rode a few trails on the Chuckanut side - double down, double diamond, and a couple others, they were pretty epic. Are Galbraith and Chuckanut the only two trail spots?
    Galbraith is a blast. It is more on the bike park side (more jumps, obstacles and flow) of the spectrum when compared to Chuckanut (steep and natural). Trails at Galbraith are very well maintained and marked so its great for visitors.

    I'm relatively new to Bellingham (< 1 year) so I haven't done too much exploring outside of Chuckanut and Galbraith. I think most of the other riding around here requires some driving. It is pretty easy to scoot up to BC and ride Squamish, Whistler, and North Shore, so most of my exploration has been to the north.

    I rode the Balance at Whistler too. Bike ate up everything I threw at it!

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    U.C. Santa Cruz trails (The ever changing water tank murals)
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    Spent a few days in Fruita, Co. We rode 20-25 miles everyday there. The Balance climbs like no other bike I've owned and descending is phenomenal. Here are the twins.
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    Here is my 2016 Balance. Weighs in at 31.2 pounds with pedals...only 1/2 pound more than the carbon Transition Patrol and Rocky Mountain Slayer that I demoed at Outerbike a couple of weeks ago.

    Haven't had a whole lot of time on it since the shock had to go back to Cane Creek already after riding the Deer Valley Bike Park in Park City. Just got the shock back and so far I'm really loving it! At the bike park, I prefer the Balance over the Riot...jumps so well and inspires great confidence. It is a great addition to my Riot and EPO! Just got a DVO Jade with a Fox SLS spring for it...this will add another 1/2 pound to the overall weight which is nothing to me. If anyone has a Jade, would love to hear the settings you found worked best!

    This picture was taken on Sardine Peak up at Snowbasin Utah.
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    Wet trails today after lots of rain. Took the balance out in full rain gear, rocking the mudhugger on the rear and a custom linkage protector I made the other day.

    After last winter I decided I was tired of washing my bike of a dealing with trashed clothes on after every ride so I went full mud flap this year. All the different guards did a pretty good job keeping the important bits clean and more importantly I didn't have that awful squishy mud feeling in my shorts by the end of the ride.


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    "Fight Club" Trail Antioch, Cal.

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    Had a great day out on Dead Horse Point. Enjoying the new tires.
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    A rare break in the rain at Galbraith.


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    Ok, Lance, I can't tell what tires those are. Running DHF, f & r. Great for parks, but probably overkill for everything else. So what are you running?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rone Turner View Post
    Ok, Lance, I can't tell what tires those are. Running DHF, f & r. Great for parks, but probably overkill for everything else. So what are you running?
    The front is a 2.8 Nobby Nic and the rear is a 2.8 Recon. Surprised no one else has tried to plus out a Balance. I have a Canfield wheel set also with some 2.5 DH Minions for park days.
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    I was thinking about slapping on some 2.8 tires on and seeing how they work. Nice knowing it can happen with the Balance, such a versatile bike! Right now I'm playing with the DVO Jade on mine. Taking it one thing at a time so I can see what I like or dislike on the changes.

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    Just finished this up and had the first ride today. I love it!! I'm coming off of a Riot and I liked that. But when I put 27.5s on the Riot I knew I needed a Balance.

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    I traded you that bike bro! Haha, I'm setting up your Riot on 27.5x2.8 high rollers, RS Vivid coil and Ohlins RXF 34. I see you insta-swapped that Lyrik out haha. Did you give it a ride first?

    I'll post pics of my build when it's done.

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    Show it!

    I didn't even mount that Lyrik. Im sold on the MRP Stage. I just love that fork.

    I had the Raze changed so It would fit the Balance and the bike feels great. I had a good baseline to start from so the first ride was full on.

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    Getting ready to drop in @ Pacifica Boy Scout Trail. My first time here and these trails were above my comfort level. I did like the waterfall rock garden on "the Mile" trail. I felt I had an advantage over my riding buds with the Balance. Rode it blind and made it all the way through.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ROFF View Post
    Show it!

    I didn't even mount that Lyrik. Im sold on the MRP Stage. I just love that fork.

    I had the Raze changed so It would fit the Balance and the bike feels great. I had a good baseline to start from so the first ride was full on.
    +1 the stage is so good. I'm totally on board for the ribbon when they get released.

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    Balance 2016 in Castle Rock, CO

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    Those look awful familiar ....
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