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    Quote Originally Posted by PUJ View Post
    Finally finished the build. Now it's time to get rowdy!
    OMG! I really like in raw and everything else in black! Congratulations!

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    I wanted mine all in black but they haven't more black links, so I choosed red links and buyed red wheel hubs.
    I'm still waiting for the zee brakes and 27'5" black ztr flow ex rims. But here it is with 26".

    I'm stunned on how it climbs. I never had a fully to compare with, but it's better than my old ones.
    I supose I need to adapt to it because downhill I'm faster with my old rigid bike .

    I'll post pictures with 27.5"

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    the Balance climbs like a mule! I love it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by waveslayer View Post
    the Balance climbs like a mule! I love it.
    ^ this.
    Oldest daughter doesn't ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by koon View Post
    I wanted mine all in black but they haven't more black links, so I choosed red links and buyed red wheel hubs.
    I'm still waiting for the zee brakes and 27'5" black ztr flow ex rims. But here it is with 26".

    I'm stunned on how it climbs. I never had a fully to compare with, but it's better than my old ones.
    I supose I need to adapt to it because downhill I'm faster with my old rigid bike .

    I'll post pictures with 27.5"
    It climbs very well, but it goes down much better

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    Smile Balance XL build

    Two days ago I finally had the time to transfer all my components from my old frame, a Santa Cruz Bronson XL to my shiny new Canfield Brothers Balance XL. The Bronson was also a great bike, but the reach is a bit small for my 191cm height, the suspension never felt quite right and the head angle could be slacker. In my opinion the Fox CTD cashier with the VPP suspension is not sensitive enough on small bumps, I even swapped the shock with a Rock Shock Monarch RC3 plus which helped a bit. But it didīt cure it.

    Our trails here are a mix of gravel/asphalt climbs and steep descents from “high” mountain peeks, woody sections with lots of roots, sometimes slow and technical and sometimes fast, but always steep. So a slack head angle head angle than the Bronsons 67 degrees.

    When I build the bike I extended the RS Pike from 150 to 160mm before putting it on the Balance, I installed a Cane Creek Angleset with a 1 degree cup to slacken the HA out even further to 65 degrees, which was a bit fiddly to make it play free. I also treated myself with a Race Face SIXC 35mm carbon handlebar with 35mm stem. The rest of the build was straight forward. Further improvements would be to clean up the cables in front. I set the sag and shock up in the “All Mountain” settings. The Pike with 10 clicks of low speed compression, fairly quick rebound and about 28% sag to keep the front high.

    As a dad to three kids below 5 years I donīt have as much time to ride my bike as I would like, but yesterday I had 3 lovely ours to my own disposal. We went for a newly build trail close to our hose that has 375 m of climbing on gravel and asphalt and steep, technical and fast descent through the woods.

    My first impressions of the bike is that even though the final Balance build ended up at 600g heavier than the Bronson build it still climbed as well and I did not notice the weight penalty at all. Me and my fellow riders tend to take our time on the way up anyway and hurry up on the descents. Heading down the bike instantly felt fast and controlled, the suspension was even more capable than I imagined. It soakes up everything and never drops out of line. And most importantly for me soaks up small bumps from roots way better than any bike Iīve owned before. Even though the head angle is very slack the short chain stay made turning through steep sharp corners easy.

    One thing that it doesīt do as well as the Bronson was trail riding on flatter trails, the suspension was using too much travel and it felt like too much bike. But I was prepared for that and Iīm sure some of it can be fixed by tinkering with the suspension settings. A 65 degree head angle is also a bit too slack for that kind of trail.

    So much fun, so easy to get speed even in the roughest sections and confidence inspiring! It feels like a downhill bike and I can really ride it like and it still climbs very easy.I still need more time to get everything dialed, but after my first ride I can already say that my upgrade gave me what Iīve was looking for!

    Final build weight 14.4kg, 31.75lbs:
    Frame XL
    RS Pike rct3 fork
    XO1 gear
    Cane Creek Angleset headset, using 1 degree cups to slacken the head angle.
    Race Face Sixc 35mm handlebars and 35mm stem
    Odi Vans grips
    XT krank, 30 t race face Narrow wide ring
    E therteen LG1 pedals
    Avid trail x9, 200/200mm rotors
    Onza ibex 2,4 tires, set up tubeless
    Syntace w35 27,5” wheelset
    Reverb stealth seatpost
    Fizik Tundra 2 saddle

    Sorry for my bad iPhone pictures
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    Congrats on the Balance

    You're right the Balance hides it's weight very well and it's suspension system works like a dream.
    I don't think you need the -1 degree angleset though. If you have a normal headset give it a try and i'm sure you won't go back to the angleset, unless you just ride on VERY steep terrain.
    Have fun with it. I have a blast on mine.

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    What are your opinions of the Canfield wheelset for those that are using them or have used them. Am planning on getting a set. Thanks

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    Running the DH ones on my Jedi.... seems very solid for the hack that I am. I'd rather plow thru the rocks than hop them...lol. Their hub is solid with decent engagement. Very reliable
    Last edited by rsullivan; 06-01-2015 at 04:26 PM.

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    Thanks

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    I'm running their AM wheel set and they seem to be very good. Hubs seem solid too.
    Oldest daughter doesn't ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BTTR View Post
    Congrats on the Balance

    You're right the Balance hides it's weight very well and it's suspension system works like a dream.
    I don't think you need the -1 degree angleset though. If you have a normal headset give it a try and i'm sure you won't go back to the angleset, unless you just ride on VERY steep terrain.
    Have fun with it. I have a blast on mine.
    Thanks BTTR, I will have a lot of fun with it!

    I will give the 65 degree HA a try and see if it is working out as planned. If not I will steep it up a bit yes

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    I finally have my zee brakes and the 27'5 wheelset. If I can climb as good as I'm doing with 26", it's done, if not I will change from 11-34 to 11-36. I also consider a bashguard if I still make tickels to the stones. A fast picture:

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    Quote Originally Posted by koon View Post
    I finally have my zee brakes and the 27'5 wheelset. If I can climb as good as I'm doing with 26", it's done, if not I will change from 11-34 to 11-36. I also consider a bashguard if I still make tickels to the stones. A fast picture:
    Finally! Looks good.
    Now you just need a 11-36 cassete with a 42 teeth One Up cog and you're good to go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BTTR View Post
    Finally! Looks good.
    Now you just need a 11-36 cassete with a 42 teeth One Up cog and you're good to go.
    42 teeth is TOO much, I can climb my nearests mountains with the 30/11-34 and 26" wheels.
    If I can't with the 27'5" wheels, just need to change to the 11-36.

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    Quote Originally Posted by koon View Post
    42 teeth is TOO much, I can climb my nearests mountains with the 30/11-34 and 26" wheels.
    If I can't with the 27'5" wheels, just need to change to the 11-36.
    42T is just perfect for me, and I climb some steep stuff sometimes I wish I had a 44T

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    Which dropper is that? Did you wrap the chainstay to protect it or were you getting some chain slap?
    Oldest daughter doesn't ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bent Wheel View Post
    Which dropper is that? Did you wrap the chainstay to protect it or were you getting some chain slap?
    Gravity dropper turbo.
    I have used scotch 2228 (2x0.065in)

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    That it is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by koon View Post

    That it is.
    Oh cool, I just bought some of that same stuff. Kind of finicky to put on but I managed. Looks good with my Raw frame. Thanx koon.
    Oldest daughter doesn't ride.

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    Do you feel confortable with ardent enfront?
    I've recorded how the rear suspension works.
    I have a 30 on my cranks and 11-34 back.


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    I like the Ardent 2.4's for local riding. CA hard and fast with some light loose over hard. I hit top o' the world at Whistler on her, and she did well. Might have enjoyed some more meat, but they held up fine on that and A-line heading down. I rock about 22psi. Really starting to fall in love with this dirt ****. She's a little wide in the hips but she goes down like a champion!

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    I'm sorry if this has been covered but is this frame approved for 27.5 with 170 mm fork?
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    160 for 27.5. & 170 for 26

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    2015 Balance - Build and Show what you got!!!!!-image.jpg

    Med 2015 Balance
    2016 fox 36 TALAS
    XO1 drive
    XT cranks
    Raceface 30t narrow wide
    SIXC bar
    Light bike hoops on dt Swiss 350s (probably to soon be replaced by the i9/ NOX setup from my Bronson)
    XT brakes (waiting on a set of Saints)
    Stealth Reverb dropper
    Chromag Contact peddles

    Love the way this thing moves but I'm considering a large frame. I'm 5-10 and with a 50mm stem it feels well sized but can't help but thinking a large frame with a 35mm stem might be even better. Any thoughts from similar sized riders?

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    Very nice.... 2by18

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2by18 View Post
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    Med 2015 Balance
    2016 fox 36 TALAS
    XO1 drive
    XT cranks
    Raceface 30t narrow wide
    SIXC bar
    Light bike hoops on dt Swiss 350s (probably to soon be replaced by the i9/ NOX setup from my Bronson)
    XT brakes (waiting on a set of Saints)
    Stealth Reverb dropper
    Chromag Contact peddles

    Love the way this thing moves but I'm considering a large frame. I'm 5-10 and with a 50mm stem it feels well sized but can't help but thinking a large frame with a 35mm stem might be even better. Any thoughts from similar sized riders?
    I'm 6'1", I ride a Large with a 50mm stem, fits really well.
    Oldest daughter doesn't ride.

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    Great looking build! I'm also 6'1" and ride a XL with 35mm stem. Fits me perfectly

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    I recently obtained a used 2015 Canfield Balance frame and finally built it up from parts off my old bikes. Also installed are new XT M8000 1x11 setup (Crankset 30t/BB/Shifter/11-42t cassette). Have not taken it out yet due to my leg injury.
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    2015 balance

    The build is almost done. As it sits it weighs in at 29 lbs
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    Right tool for the job!

    2015 Balance - Build and Show what you got!!!!!-img_4917-1-.jpg

    Last time I was in Moab, I still had my old 2002 Turner XCE with a 70š HTA, 4" of travel and no dropper. What a difference this bike makes... More hucking and lot less walking! So fun!
    Work expands to fit the time allotted...

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    Awesome thread guys...

    2015 Balance Sizing question: I'm 5'8.5", 30.5" inseam and like 34" sleeve. Medium or Large? I'm gonna throw a 160mm Pike on it. I've always rode medium frames. But a few posters have risen some doubt.

    Thanks

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    New build here. Picked up a used 2015 Medium frame from Vin with a new CCDBA and updated links for my son (his evil stepmother decided she could no longer wait to inherit his Turner 5 Spot). The build is:

    Fork: Manitou Mattoc
    Bars: Answer Carbon 720
    Stem: Kore 35mm
    Grips: ODI Ruffian
    Brakes: Avid Elixer 9, 180mm centerline rotors
    Shifters: Sram X9
    Chain: KMC 10spd
    Cassette: Sram PG 1050 11-36
    Crank/BB: SRAM XO Carbon-22-36 with guard
    Front Derailleur: Shimano SLX
    Rear Derailleur: Sram X9 Type 2
    Saddle: Sette Amp
    Post: Rockshox Dropper
    Pedals: Fyxation Mesa 61
    Tires: WTB Vigilante 2.3 Light & Fast Front, WTB Trail Boss 2.4 Light and Fast Rear.
    Wheelset: DT Swiss X1700 Spline 2.

    He is 5'6" and 150 pounds so the medium is a drop long at the moment, but with how he is growing should fit great by summer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cary View Post
    New build here. Picked up a used 2015 Medium frame from Vin with a new CCDBA and updated links for my son (his evil stepmother decided she could no longer wait to inherit his Turner 5 Spot). The build is:

    Fork: Manitou Mattoc
    Bars: Answer Carbon 720
    Stem: Kore 35mm
    Grips: ODI Ruffian
    Brakes: Avid Elixer 9, 180mm centerline rotors
    Shifters: Sram X9
    Chain: KMC 10spd
    Cassette: Sram PG 1050 11-36
    Crank/BB: SRAM XO Carbon-22-36 with guard
    Front Derailleur: Shimano SLX
    Rear Derailleur: Sram X9 Type 2
    Saddle: Sette Amp
    Post: Rockshox Dropper
    Pedals: Fyxation Mesa 61
    Tires: WTB Vigilante 2.3 Light & Fast Front, WTB Trail Boss 2.4 Light and Fast Rear.
    Wheelset: DT Swiss X1700 Spline 2.

    He is 5'6" and 150 pounds so the medium is a drop long at the moment, but with how he is growing should fit great by summer.

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    Cary,

    CONGRATS on the build, it looks awesome! Be sure to post up some riding pics.

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    I'm looking at a balance to replace my giant reign. I am 6'2 ( 33" inseam) & ride a xl reign but it always felt to tall. Would a large balance be big enough? I was never able to get really comfortable on the reign. I have no option to test ride a balance

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    Quote Originally Posted by tim300wsm View Post
    I'm looking at a balance to replace my giant reign. I am 6'2 ( 33" inseam) & ride a xl reign but it always felt to tall. Would a large balance be big enough? I was never able to get really comfortable on the reign. I have no option to test ride a balance
    I'm 6' with a 33 inseam. no issues on a Large frame. I love mine!

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    Quote Originally Posted by KillingtonVT View Post
    Cary,

    CONGRATS on the build, it looks awesome! Be sure to post up some riding pics.
    No photo, but a short video. Interestingly, he likes the shock settings set to Park but with sag about 33%.

    Link to video below because I can't figure out how to embed it:

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bxk...thkey=CJiq2IgO

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    Riding slowly since 1977.

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    2015 Canfield Balance

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    Not sure why its posting it rotated...

    Anyway, Whats the max tire clearance? I am considering experimenting wiht some 2.8s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dasnakenyc View Post
    Not sure why its posting it rotated...
    Apple iMumble photo?

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    those are the tackiest tires on the market to hold your bike like that. 2.8 sounds tight even on skinny rims, but i'm just guessing at that. i use a mac and haven't had the problem of rotation.

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    2015 Balance - Build and Show what you got!!!!!-20160319_104114.jpg
    Saint cranks/brakes, rt86 203/180 rotors
    XT 11s 11-42, 32t raceface narrow wide
    150mm KS LEV dropper
    Raceface atlas stem, bars, saddle
    X-fusion vengeance hlr air fork
    Onyx hubs, dt competition spokes, alloy nipples, velocity blunt35 rims

    First day on dirt and she's a beast

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    Any guys running SRAM XO or XX1 on their Balance builds? Sean says they are too narrow and the XT cranks will build muscle

    My wife thinks I have only 3 guns

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    my updated build, loving EVERYTHING this bike can do!
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    2015 Medium Balance
    Canfield Cranks 170mm with 30t Charinring
    Sram 1070 10spd cassette
    sram 1091r chain
    Sram X0 shiter with Sram X9 type2 derraileur
    Canfield Crampon Ultimate MAG pedals
    CCDB AIR CS
    Rockshox Pike RCT3 160mm
    Stans Flow EX on Industry 9 hubs
    Maxxis Aggressor tires 2.3" EXO
    Easton 50mm long stem
    Answer Protaper 780mm Handlebars
    Easton Carbon friendly grips
    KS LEV 150MM
    Sram Guide RSC brakes with 180mm rotors
    SDG belair 2.0 ti saddle
    maybe some other things i forget

    i am 6'0 with 32" inseam
    and the bike fits me well uphills or down!

    short vid
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    15' Canfield Balance - The go to guy of the bike world!

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    Building will be begin soon... with stolen build lists from previous owners
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    What fork ya rocking?


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