Be forewarned, what you're about to read is a blatant sickening love-fest for my new bike.
I was in the market for a new DH bike this year, mainly for riding Whistler Bike Park (I live in the Vancouver area.) I extensively googled everything out there for months, and kept coming back to the Canfield Jedi. It's not like everything else out there, stands out in the crowd, but more importantly everyone that had one raved about it in almost cult like passion. I thought long and hard, figured I'd check out the used market and see what was available. I had a few questions, so I emailed Canfield and experienced what present owners rave about almost as much as the bikes themselves...customer service. Sean from Canfield replied the next day with detailed answers to all my questions and then offered me a reduced price on a leftover 2012 frame that was just too hard to refuse. I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. The build up was great, there is so much attention to detail in these frames. They ship with a container of loctite to apply to your pivots after assembly. Color me impressed. Cable routing is tidy with the included fasteners. Total weight came in a smidge over 37lbs. I love the look of it and couldn't wait to get it up to the bike park.
Over the years I've had an on and off again lust for Whistler. I'm no spring chicken at 48 and I'll never set any lap records, but I like to have as much fun as the next guy. This bike is the most confidence inspiring thing on 2 wheels I've ever sat on. It totally makes up for my lack of skill and holds a line monster trucking over pretty much anything while still feeling nimble enough to throw around on the tight stuff. Chunder - no problem, braking bumps - floats through them, jumping and coming up short (my specialty) no issue. The bike never seems to come unsettled and soaked it all up with out blinking. The old adage, the faster you go the smoother it gets takes on a whole new meaning. This is where the suspension design really becomes apparent. My first run down the techy stuff was a bit tentative and I found my self getting hung up and generally hacking it up. Next run down I just let it go. Going faster than I'd normally feel comfortable over some pretty rugged terrain was effortless. I really surprised myself at how well I was making it through. Just point and shoot, the bike held the line and soaked it all up. I'm not a good jumper. A-line is something I have generally not ridden in the past few years. I decided this past weekend it was time to change that. While the bike didn't instantly transform me into Brendan Fairclough, it did give me the confidence to let it go here and there and before the day was over things had gotten a lot better. So much that I can't wait to get back next weekend and have another go at it. They say a good rider can ride well on any bike, but to me a great bike can take an average rider and give them the confidence to be a better rider. That's exactly what this Canfield Jedi has done for me. Thanks first to Sean Gollub for luring me into the cult that is Canfield ownership, and thanks most to the Canfield Brothers for providing the koolaid!
I'll leave you with a few photos, build details can be found here Canfield Jedi - dave-m's Bike Check - Vital MTB
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