The Diggle Project
I've owned 3 Canfields. Boo, they've all cracked In the beginning I bought a used One (I think the original owner cracked it). Loved it but damn, do I really need all this travel? Got a Sauce and it was the bees knees, until it cracked after 3 months (hey, I tried it with a 160mm fork, upfront even Chris questioned if it would hold up but said giver a go). Ended up with my second One frame that lasted over a year but then it cracked at the seattube. Damn, I was depressed because I loved, loved, loved the bike. I was in shock for awhile. But I came up with the idea that if I could ever find a Diggle frame I could put an air shock on it and build it up light. I'm just an all mountain guy, the new One is way overkill for me and I wouldn't do the bike justice.
Searching for a Successor
What could replace the great climbing and super plush suspension of the One? First off was the Banshee Rune. I grew to hate it because the suspension wasn't that great. Next up was the Nomad v2. It was a damn good bike. It climbed good and descended like a tank, just point it and hold on. But when Titus had their blowout sale I just had to get and try out the El Guapo. I pitted these two frames against each other for a year, swapping parts back and forth on the frames, until the EG came out the winner. I was set on the EG and started putting some fancy bits on it (Lyrik fork, Avy Chubbie). But then I found a deal on a Diggle I couldn't pass up.
Finding the Diggle
I give thanks to Evil Sylvain. He had both a Diggle and a One v1. His Diggle didn't get much use because he rode the One most of the time. Well lucky for me he cracked the One, and thought the new version would cover the bases of the old One and Diggle.
The Plan - the "Franken-Diggle"
I bought the complete Diggle frame and rear of the old One, along with links and parts. The plan was to build it up light by using the Diggle front, the old One rear, and an airshock (Monarch Plus).
Initial Build Problems
When I started building it everything went wrong. The bearings were all loose in the top link. Finally found a bearing shop in town that had want I needed, Locktite 680. After a locktite operation the link was good to go. Next, the frame was in great shape but the pivot bolts weren't. Most had iffy threads (the threads in the frame were not great but ok). After grinding down to good threads and installing the frame was good to go, The weight of the frame was better than expected, 7.7 lbs (medium frame) with the Monarch Plus.
Medium frame (Diggle front, v1 One rear), Monarch Plus rear shock, Lyrik 2 step fork; XTR crank, derailleurs, cassette and brakes,
All I can say is why the hell is this bike not in production?? This thing absolutely kills it, I mean kills it. I consider it one of the best all-mountain bike out there. I can't put it enough into words how good this bike is. The parallel link suspension is the bomb, can't see why anyone else is not licensing from the Brothers.
Climbing - the pedaling action is light and crisp. It has an easier pedal feel than the VPP, FSR, and VF4B suspension I've tried. It just seems more efficient in energy transfer to the peddles or less force being needed for the cranks to move. No it's not xc bike or hard tail efficient but it is better than any 5"/6" bike out there. In my opinion it's the best full suspension peddling platform out there. Another standout trait is technical climbing. Traction is outstanding as the tire just stays glues to the terrain.
Straight and Level - The Diggle just likes to move! Acceleration is superb, put the peddle down and the bike gets going. Again better acceleration than the others out there. The bike just likes to flat out go fast and fly. Easy to get momentum going and then it doesn't want to slow down. Maneuverability is good when you do slow it down. On a local trail there is a hairpin descending switchback that is littered with rocks. I've analyzed it many times but never had the confidence to give it ago. The Diggle gave me the confidence and somehow I made it on my first attempt, bravo!
Descents - It's a Canfield, enough said. This thing kills the descents. It feels big and burly, almost like driving a tank. You can just run over stuff. Just inspires so much confidence in descending. Again the suspension is the bomb. The longer chainstays to due tend to keep the front from coming up but a little body english takes care of that.
Right now I'm using a Monarch Plus 8.5x2.5 with the top hole giving 6.5" of travel. The bottom bracket height is perfect at 13.5. I'm tempted to use the lower hole to get 7.5" of travel. But there is a problem: there is interference with the top part of the link contacting the airshock shaft when the shock is near full travel. For those who have used both holes, how do they compare? how does climbing in both compare?
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