2016 Canfield Balance Trail Photo Thread- Mtbr.com
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 200 of 226
  1. #1
    mtbr member
    Reputation: acfsportsfan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Posts
    336

    Canfield Balance Trail Photo Thread

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

    2016 Canfield Balance Trail Photo Thread-20160814_091801.jpg
    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.
    Last edited by acfsportsfan; 12-16-2018 at 02:00 PM.

  2. #2
    mtbr member
    Reputation: iamtylerdurden's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Posts
    503


    Sent from my XT1585 using Tapatalk

  3. #3
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Posts
    42
    Quote Originally Posted by acfsportsfan View Post
    Well, there's a Riot Photo Thread....

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	20160814_091801.jpg 
Views:	326 
Size:	380.0 KB 
ID:	1088103
    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....

  4. #4
    mtbr member
    Reputation: acfsportsfan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Posts
    336
    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?

  5. #5
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Posts
    445
    Taking a break or two while practicing for the Chuckanut Enduro race this weekend.



    Last edited by jminus; 08-23-2016 at 09:22 PM.

  6. #6
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Posts
    42
    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...

  7. #7
    mtbr member
    Reputation: acfsportsfan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Posts
    336
    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.

  8. #8
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Posts
    445
    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.




  9. #9
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Posts
    1,410
    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.

  10. #10
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Apr 2015
    Posts
    327
    This is the funnest bike and I have ridden quite a few over the years.2016 Canfield Balance Trail Photo Thread-balance-otero.jpg

  11. #11
    mtbr member
    Reputation: acfsportsfan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Posts
    336
    2016 Canfield Balance Trail Photo Thread-20160916_161656_resized.jpg2016 Canfield Balance Trail Photo Thread-20160916_165223_resized.jpg
    Downieville, Cal.

  12. #12
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Raleighguy29's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2014
    Posts
    1,193


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


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

  13. #13
    mtbr member
    Reputation: acfsportsfan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Posts
    336
    2016 Canfield Balance Trail Photo Thread-packer-saddle-9-17-16.jpeg
    Shuttle Drop Off @ Packer Saddle, Downieville, Cal.

  14. #14
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Posts
    268
    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.

    http://youtu.be/edT30HJuryw

  15. #15
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Apr 2015
    Posts
    327
    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.

  16. #16
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Posts
    268
    We did have a blast.

  17. #17
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Posts
    445
    Fresh off the trails at Galbraith, Bellingham. First ride on new Hope brakes. So far I'm a big fan!


  18. #18
    mtbr member
    Reputation: acfsportsfan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Posts
    336
    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.

  19. #19
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Posts
    445
    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

  20. #20
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Apr 2015
    Posts
    327
    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.

  21. #21
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Posts
    268
    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.

  22. #22
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Apr 2015
    Posts
    327
    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.

  23. #23
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Oct 2015
    Posts
    37
    Quote Originally Posted by acfsportsfan View Post
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	20160916_161656_resized.jpg 
Views:	170 
Size:	191.8 KB 
ID:	1094848Click image for larger version. 

Name:	20160916_165223_resized.jpg 
Views:	166 
Size:	170.6 KB 
ID:	1094849
    Downieville, Cal.
    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.

  24. #24
    mtbr member
    Reputation: acfsportsfan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Posts
    336
    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!

  25. #25
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Oct 2015
    Posts
    37
    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

  26. #26
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Posts
    445
    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.


  27. #27
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Posts
    445
    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

  28. #28
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Oct 2015
    Posts
    37
    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?

  29. #29
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Posts
    445
    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!

  30. #30
    mtbr member
    Reputation: acfsportsfan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Posts
    336
    2016 Canfield Balance Trail Photo Thread-20161009_114730_resized.jpg2016 Canfield Balance Trail Photo Thread-20161009_094950_resized.jpg
    U.C. Santa Cruz trails (The ever changing water tank murals)
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails 2016 Canfield Balance Trail Photo Thread-20161009_095020_resized.jpg  


  31. #31
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Apr 2015
    Posts
    327
    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.
    2016 Canfield Balance Trail Photo Thread-fruita.jpg

  32. #32
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Posts
    76
    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.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails 2016 Canfield Balance Trail Photo Thread-img_20161010_113431.jpg  


  33. #33
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Posts
    445
    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.


    Before:



    After:


  34. #34
    mtbr member
    Reputation: acfsportsfan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Posts
    336
    2016 Canfield Balance Trail Photo Thread-20161103_141848_resized.jpg
    "Fight Club" Trail Antioch, Cal.

  35. #35
    Canfield Bikes
    Reputation: flymybike's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Posts
    1,111
    2016 Canfield Balance Trail Photo Thread-img_3656.jpg2016 Canfield Balance Trail Photo Thread-img_3660.jpg

    Had a great day out on Dead Horse Point. Enjoying the new tires.
    https://canfieldbikes.com/
    Building bikes that make you smile!
    www.mtbparks.com
    All Bike Park, All the time.

  36. #36
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Posts
    216
    2016 Canfield Balance Trail Photo Thread-me-dv.jpeg

    Fire Swamp at Deer Valley.

  37. #37
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Posts
    445
    A rare break in the rain at Galbraith.


  38. #38
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Posts
    268
    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?

  39. #39
    Canfield Bikes
    Reputation: flymybike's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Posts
    1,111
    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.
    https://canfieldbikes.com/
    Building bikes that make you smile!
    www.mtbparks.com
    All Bike Park, All the time.

  40. #40
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Apr 2015
    Posts
    327
    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.

  41. #41
    mtbr member
    Reputation: ROFF's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2015
    Posts
    76
    2016 Canfield Balance Trail Photo Thread-image.jpg

    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.

  42. #42
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Oct 2015
    Posts
    37
    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.

  43. #43
    mtbr member
    Reputation: ROFF's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2015
    Posts
    76
    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.

  44. #44
    mtbr member
    Reputation: acfsportsfan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Posts
    336
    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.
    2016 Canfield Balance Trail Photo Thread-20161204_104509_resized.jpg
    2016 Canfield Balance Trail Photo Thread-20161204_114952_resized_1.jpg
    Last edited by acfsportsfan; 12-05-2016 at 09:30 AM.

  45. #45
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Posts
    445
    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.

  46. #46
    mtbr member
    Reputation: twarner21609's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2014
    Posts
    79
    2016 Canfield Balance Trail Photo Thread-20161001_140919.jpg

  47. #47
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Raleighguy29's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2014
    Posts
    1,193



    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

  48. #48
    mtbr member
    Reputation: rsullivan's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Posts
    849
    Quote Originally Posted by Raleighguy29 View Post



    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    Those look awful familiar .... 😁😁

  49. #49
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Posts
    3

    Balance 2016 in Castle Rock, CO

    2016 Canfield Balance Trail Photo Thread-img_20161120_123626059-1-.jpg

  50. #50
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Raleighguy29's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2014
    Posts
    1,193
    Quote Originally Posted by rsullivan View Post
    Those look awful familiar ....
    As they should


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

  51. #51
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Posts
    445

  52. #52
    mtbr member
    Reputation: acfsportsfan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Posts
    336
    I just love seeing new trail photos of the Balance every few days!

  53. #53
    I'm with stupid
    Reputation: hitechredneck's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Posts
    5,908
    Quote Originally Posted by [email protected] View Post
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	IMG_20161120_123626059 (1).jpg 
Views:	112 
Size:	93.0 KB 
ID:	1110810
    If you ever bring your balance down to the Springs hit me up. I have a Riot and a Balance on the way. Would be nice to ride with another canfield person.

  54. #54
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Posts
    445
    Happy dog, happy bike.


  55. #55
    I'm with stupid
    Reputation: hitechredneck's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Posts
    5,908


    Mine showed up today!

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I537 using Tapatalk

  56. #56
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jul 2014
    Posts
    75
    No tire rub? Room for a little mud? I know the maxxis 2.8 are smaller than advertised.

  57. #57
    I'm with stupid
    Reputation: hitechredneck's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Posts
    5,908
    I'm going to grab my frame from the shop so I can build it up today. I will slap a wheel with a 2.8 rekon in there and snap a pic or two.

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I537 using Tapatalk

  58. #58
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jul 2014
    Posts
    75
    Thanks!!!!

  59. #59
    I'm with stupid
    Reputation: hitechredneck's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Posts
    5,908
    Here you go. This is on 30mm inner wheels. Only one kinds tight spot but TONS of room

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I537 using Tapatalk

  60. #60
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jul 2014
    Posts
    75
    Wow, looks like will work fine. Curious to hear your thoughts about how it rides with the plus tires. Thanks!

  61. #61
    I'm with stupid
    Reputation: hitechredneck's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Posts
    5,908



    Weather was nice today!

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I537 using Tapatalk

  62. #62
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Dec 2014
    Posts
    33
    Getting some trail riding in as all my local higher elevation stuff is iced over.


  63. #63
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Posts
    445
    Coming in hot on an icy turn. Lost the back and high sided into the sticks.


  64. #64
    I'm with stupid
    Reputation: hitechredneck's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Posts
    5,908



    Getting my Danny Mac on with a balance.

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I537 using Tapatalk

  65. #65
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jul 2014
    Posts
    75
    Is that with the plus tires? How was it. Any frame rub?

  66. #66
    I'm with stupid
    Reputation: hitechredneck's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Posts
    5,908
    No I ended up taking the plus size setup apart. I didn't like it on my riot so figured I would not like it on the balance. Plus my fork out not fit the 2.8 highroller.

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I537 using Tapatalk

  67. #67
    Canfield Bikes
    Reputation: flymybike's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Posts
    1,111
    I have 2.8 plus on my Balance, I like it for the riding I do, mostly sharp, loose and rough terrain. Smooths allot of the small chatter out, seems to not hang up on those small bit as much as a 29 higher pressure tire. I think it works well in rough conditions but no real advantage if the conditions are near perfect. Loamy or built PNW trails, don't bother with plus. Rugged back country or desert trails it's a reassuring feeling to have better traction, a smoother ride and float for the sandy bits. It can be bouncy if your air pressure is off only one or two PSI and the bigger tires do that even more. Lastly the casing is still a bit wimpy, I care lots of plugs.
    https://canfieldbikes.com/
    Building bikes that make you smile!
    www.mtbparks.com
    All Bike Park, All the time.

  68. #68
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Posts
    445
    Enjoying a rare warm and not rainy January day in the PNW.

  69. #69
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jul 2014
    Posts
    75
    I put rekon in the rear and 2.8 dhf in the front. A little tight at the chain stays, but took on one short ride and did not notice any rub. Will pit some tape where it's close and see if rubs off. At least for the short test I did- felt great! Tons of traction and not sure if I felt significantly more drag on the climbs. Does feel a little vague, but also felt like did not need to be as precise about line choice. Agreed- if going to bike park, will want the hr2 2.4 set up. Cool option to play with.

  70. #70
    mtbr member
    Reputation: acfsportsfan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Posts
    336
    Lake Chabot (Castro Valley, Ca.) XC fitness ride on the big bike.
    2016 Canfield Balance Trail Photo Thread-20170129_124747_resized_2.jpg2016 Canfield Balance Trail Photo Thread-20170129_141029_resized_2.jpg
    I think it's funny that I refer to the Balance as the big bike with the smaller wheels compared to my Riot.

  71. #71
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Posts
    445
    Nice winter day in the woods.


  72. #72
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Posts
    445
    Looking back at the rock it just hucked.


  73. #73
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Posts
    445
    This thread is too quiet! First tracks this morning.


  74. #74
    I'm with stupid
    Reputation: hitechredneck's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Posts
    5,908
    Awesome! Got to love 2nd tracks..... The trail dog beat you.

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I537 using Tapatalk

  75. #75
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Posts
    445
    Quote Originally Posted by hitechredneck View Post
    Awesome! Got to love 2nd tracks..... The trail dog beat you.

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I537 using Tapatalk
    Haha. Yeah. It was untouched until I got my phone out and squatted down to take the shot. Then she went bolting by. I had the last laugh. She had to have a bath when we got home

  76. #76
    mtbr member
    Reputation: acfsportsfan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Posts
    336
    Big Trees trail, JMP in Oakland, Cal.
    2016 Canfield Balance Trail Photo Thread-20170312_105927_resized_1.jpg2016 Canfield Balance Trail Photo Thread-20170312_110004_resized_1.jpg
    Upgarded my Lyrik with the Avalanche cartridge.
    Last edited by acfsportsfan; 03-14-2017 at 07:22 AM.

  77. #77
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Posts
    783
    I finally dug up this pic from my first week with my Balance. Still had the DBAir instead of the 11.6. Halton Agreement Forest/Milton Falls in ON, CA.

    2016 Canfield Balance Trail Photo Thread-rumijpslker7pmhxs6ngz1iuieijbafl1dheimh4xog-2048x1536.jpg


    The rock drop here is about 6ft vertical lip-to-landing and about 4ft horizontal, and the biggest drop I'd hit up to that point. Landing it on the Balance felt fantastic, smooth and supported. Phenomenal.

    2016 Canfield Balance Trail Photo Thread-img_20160709_151638a.jpg

  78. #78
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Mar 2017
    Posts
    1
    First ride on my new 2017 Balance. I must say I am impressed by the pedaling efficiency of this bike, it is not a light bike, but it feels great doing whatever is asked of it. And it is very confidence inspiring on the downs.2016 Canfield Balance Trail Photo Thread-img_8561.jpg
    2016 Canfield Balance Trail Photo Thread-img_8556.jpg

  79. #79
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Posts
    445
    Sloppy mud and treacherous roots today. Sun was out!


  80. #80
    mtbr member
    Reputation: joecrow's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2017
    Posts
    4
    2016 Canfield Balance Trail Photo Thread-20170324_163953.jpg Trails finally dry enough to take it out for the first time after the build a few weeks ago!

  81. #81
    Professional Noob
    Reputation: eicca's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2014
    Posts
    675
    If it fits 650b+, will it fit 29s?
    => CannondaleExperts.com <=
    All the parts and accessories your Cannondale ever needs

  82. #82
    I'm with stupid
    Reputation: hitechredneck's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Posts
    5,908
    Quote Originally Posted by eicca View Post
    If it fits 650b+, will it fit 29s?
    Then you would have a bottom bracket height from 1999 haha

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I537 using Tapatalk

  83. #83
    Professional Noob
    Reputation: eicca's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2014
    Posts
    675
    Quote Originally Posted by hitechredneck View Post
    Then you would have a bottom bracket height from 1999 haha

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I537 using Tapatalk
    Nah. Offset bushings will put it back where it belongs. ANd if needed, a shorter stroke shock will keep the tire from hitting the seat tube.

    Basically you'd have a Riot that could be a Balance.
    => CannondaleExperts.com <=
    All the parts and accessories your Cannondale ever needs

  84. #84
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Posts
    445
    Quote Originally Posted by joecrow View Post
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	20170324_163953.jpg 
Views:	73 
Size:	459.4 KB 
ID:	1128593 Trails finally dry enough to take it out for the first time after the build a few weeks ago!
    Nice looking bike and excellent choice on the fork. I love my stage.

  85. #85
    I'm with stupid
    Reputation: hitechredneck's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Posts
    5,908
    Quote Originally Posted by eicca View Post
    Nah. Offset bushings will put it back where it belongs. ANd if needed, a shorter stroke shock will keep the tire from hitting the seat tube.

    Basically you'd have a Riot that could be a Balance.
    Would be a awfully good looking riot at that point. Lol

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I537 using Tapatalk

  86. #86
    Professional Noob
    Reputation: eicca's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2014
    Posts
    675
    Someone here should see if a 29er wheel fits in back.
    => CannondaleExperts.com <=
    All the parts and accessories your Cannondale ever needs

  87. #87
    mtbr member
    Reputation: joecrow's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2017
    Posts
    4
    Quote Originally Posted by jminus View Post
    Nice looking bike and excellent choice on the fork. I love my stage.
    Thanks! I haven't messed with the compression/ rebound settings much but just the general settings for my weight are phenomenal with small bump sensitivity and ramp control for the big hits.

  88. #88
    I'm with stupid
    Reputation: hitechredneck's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Posts
    5,908
    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.


    62016 Canfield Balance Trail Photo Thread-uploadfromtaptalk1490667184424.jpg2016 Canfield Balance Trail Photo Thread-uploadfromtaptalk1490667203707.jpg

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I537 using Tapatalk

  89. #89
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Posts
    445
    Quote Originally Posted by joecrow View Post
    Thanks! I haven't messed with the compression/ rebound settings much but just the general settings for my weight are phenomenal with small bump sensitivity and ramp control for the big hits.
    My favorite part about the fork is that it always feels consistent no matter how hard it is getting ridden. I seems to always hate my pike by the end of a long descent. Never feel that way with the stage. I also love how easy it is to have a few different "modes". I have my climbing/flat trail plush mode (1 click ramp, 1 compression). My gonna-hit some jumps, but nothing nuts mode: 3 ramp, 2 compression. And oh-god-its-steep mode, 5 ramp, 4 compression. I've got 930 very hard miles on mine. No issues, no creaks, still rides great.

  90. #90
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Thrashbarg's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2017
    Posts
    89
    2016 medium. Full Canfield build, as this was my first time building. Made a bunch of spreadsheets with price/weight scenarios and kept coming back to their build, which is pretty solid. Coulda spent more for some bling here, a little weight there, but their choices are all great.
    2016 Canfield Balance Trail Photo Thread-0324171611.jpg

    Spent a few rides dialing in build issues, then started in on the suspension. Couple days of going way out of the recommended settings, bringing it back and starting over, and I think I've got it. Today's ride was the magic carpet.

    Don't use the climb switch yet on the ccdb, maybe when some fireroad climbs open up we'll see. It's fine without. Climbs better than my Scott Ransom (which has a climb mode and full lockout).

  91. #91
    9 lives
    Reputation: cyclelicious's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Posts
    14,878
    My new ride. The suspension needs to be adjusted and dropper seat raised a little but so far so good. Hope to ride this weekend

    2016 Canfield Balance Trail Photo Thread-17522642_1900990583478717_3839469870307252763_n.jpg

    2016 Canfield Balance Trail Photo Thread-17498641_1900990473478728_7887985135982946006_n.jpg

    2016 Canfield Balance Trail Photo Thread-17498499_1901002586810850_6459000655731886389_n.jpg

    2016 Canfield Balance Trail Photo Thread-17499141_1900993940145048_8648211767628535664_n.jpg

    2016 Canfield Balance Trail Photo Thread-17457876_1900991476811961_79927110734127697_n.jpg

    2016 Canfield Balance Trail Photo Thread-17424954_1900994586811650_7537199925220001782_n.jpg
    F*ck Cancer

    Eat your veggies

  92. #92
    mtbr member
    Reputation: joecrow's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2017
    Posts
    4
    Quote Originally Posted by Thrashbarg View Post
    2016 medium. Full Canfield build, as this was my first time building. Made a bunch of spreadsheets with price/weight scenarios and kept coming back to their build, which is pretty solid. Coulda spent more for some bling here, a little weight there, but their choices are all great.
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	0324171611.jpg 
Views:	76 
Size:	157.8 KB 
ID:	1129095

    Spent a few rides dialing in build issues, then started in on the suspension. Couple days of going way out of the recommended settings, bringing it back and starting over, and I think I've got it. Today's ride was the magic carpet.

    Don't use the climb switch yet on the ccdb, maybe when some fireroad climbs open up we'll see. It's fine without. Climbs better than my Scott Ransom (which has a climb mode and full lockout).
    Looks great! Had the exact same thing with an Excel spreadsheet with different builds and the full breakdown of every part needed. Ended up with a 2017 balance Canfield build!

  93. #93
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Thrashbarg's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2017
    Posts
    89
    2016 Canfield Balance Trail Photo Thread-0323171823.jpg

  94. #94
    May contain nuts
    Reputation: Haggis's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Posts
    2,353
    What would a large Balance with Topaz, no carbon, tubeless 800-900g rubber weigh in at? 32lb achievable?

  95. #95
    I'm with stupid
    Reputation: hitechredneck's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Posts
    5,908
    My 2016 large balance with full new XT 11 spd/brakes Command post and Henge saddle. roval alloy wheels race face Atlas stem and bars. XT trail pedals. And a fox 36 with maxxis dhf 2.3 3 c exo front and 2.3 aggressor rear. Came in right at 33.8lbs. So you can compare the weights of all those parts to what you are going to use. Frame without headset with CCDBAcs was 9.5 lbs.

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I537 using Tapatalk

  96. #96
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Posts
    783
    32lbs is very doable. My Large frame was a hair under 8lbs (3625g) without shock. My completed build with an 11.6 coil, a 1750g wheelset, 900g tires, and XT build and strong-but-weight-conscious trim came to 32.9lbs (14.9kg) including pedals and dropper. With a Topaz you could be comfortably under 32.0lbs, depending on kit.

  97. #97
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Posts
    445


  98. #98
    mtbr member
    Reputation: acfsportsfan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Posts
    336
    ^ cool ^

  99. #99
    mtbr member
    Reputation: acfsportsfan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Posts
    336
    Jminus, your close up picture of the Canfield Skull head badge gave me the idea of making a trailer hitch cover for my Tahoe. Don't "Sue" me Canfield, I only made one and I'm not selling anything. I'm only advertising for you guys.

    2016 Canfield Balance Trail Photo Thread-20170409_183010_resized_1.jpg2016 Canfield Balance Trail Photo Thread-screenshot_2017-04-09-18-54-37_resized_2.jpg

  100. #100
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Posts
    445
    That is bad ass! Is it made out of metal? How did you do it?

    When I saw the giant skull sticker on Vin's jeep, I tried to keep him to sell me one for my truck but he said it was a on off. One of these would work nicely and has the advantage of not being a sticker.

    Also, in regards to the badge on my bike, the corrosion (galvanic?) inside the eyes and around the edges have added to the mad-max mystique of it. After a good muddy ride it looks down right apocalyptical.

  101. #101
    mtbr member
    Reputation: acfsportsfan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Posts
    336
    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.

  102. #102
    mtbr member
    Reputation: acfsportsfan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Posts
    336
    "Fight Club" trail Antioch, Cal.
    2016 Canfield Balance Trail Photo Thread-20170415_172325_resized_2.jpg2016 Canfield Balance Trail Photo Thread-20170415_172523_resized.jpg

  103. #103
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Posts
    783
    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.

    2016 Canfield Balance Trail Photo Thread-img_20170415_112141-2.jpg

    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.

  104. #104
    I'm with stupid
    Reputation: hitechredneck's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Posts
    5,908
    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.

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I537 using Tapatalk

  105. #105
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Posts
    268
    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.

  106. #106
    mtbr member
    Reputation: acfsportsfan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Posts
    336
    Love my ENVE DH bars, 800mm with 40mm Thompson X4 stem looks so sleek!. I'm also 6'-0 on a large Balance.
    2016 Canfield Balance Trail Photo Thread-bars.jpg

  107. #107
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Posts
    268
    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.

  108. #108
    May contain nuts
    Reputation: Haggis's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Posts
    2,353
    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?

    2016 Canfield Balance Trail Photo Thread-bar-repair.jpg

  109. #109
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Posts
    445

    2016 Canfield Balance Trail Photo Thread

    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.


  110. #110
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Raleighguy29's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2014
    Posts
    1,193
    I'm running chromag bza bars on my riot and epo and love them. Have had a couple nasty crashes and no issues


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

  111. #111
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Apr 2015
    Posts
    327

    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...
    2016 Canfield Balance Trail Photo Thread-captain-ahab-smaller-size.jpg

  112. #112
    Professional Noob
    Reputation: eicca's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2014
    Posts
    675
    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.


    6Click image for larger version. 

Name:	uploadfromtaptalk1490667184424.jpg 
Views:	116 
Size:	66.8 KB 
ID:	1128936Click image for larger version. 

Name:	uploadfromtaptalk1490667203707.jpg 
Views:	112 
Size:	55.3 KB 
ID:	1128937

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I537 using Tapatalk
    Yeeeesssss. Oh yes. That's awesome. Sorry, I've been out of town and missed your post. Did you happen to compress the suspension to see if the tire would hit the frame?
    => CannondaleExperts.com <=
    All the parts and accessories your Cannondale ever needs

  113. #113
    I'm with stupid
    Reputation: hitechredneck's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Posts
    5,908
    Nope. I did not get that far into it.

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I537 using Tapatalk

  114. #114
    mtbr member
    Reputation: acfsportsfan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Posts
    336
    Trying to Balance my XC fitness training.

    2016 Canfield Balance Trail Photo Thread-20170423_165335_resized.jpg

  115. #115
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Posts
    445
    Not the best shot of the bike, but the view was nice. Mt. Baker


  116. #116
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Posts
    1,275
    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.

  117. #117
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Posts
    445
    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.

  118. #118
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Posts
    445

  119. #119
    mtbr member
    Reputation: jeffrey j's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Posts
    162
    2016 Canfield Balance Trail Photo Thread-fullsizerendercan.jpg

    Not technically on the trail, but getting ready to ride

  120. #120
    mtbr member
    Reputation: jeffrey j's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Posts
    162
    2016 Canfield Balance Trail Photo Thread-fullsizerendercan3.jpg

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

  121. #121
    mtbr member
    Reputation: twd953's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Posts
    966
    Couple of Moab shots of my DVO'ed '17 Balance.


    Classic Castle Valley shot
    2016 Canfield Balance Trail Photo Thread-20170427_173511.jpg

    And another from Portal Trail.
    2016 Canfield Balance Trail Photo Thread-20170428_160431.jpg

  122. #122
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Posts
    56
    Enjoyed a cool mid-day ride on my local (Chapel Hill, NC) trails yesterday. Love my new balance build!
    -CO
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails 2016 Canfield Balance Trail Photo Thread-img_0921.jpg  


  123. #123
    mtbr member
    Reputation: jeffrey j's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Posts
    162
    2016 Canfield Balance Trail Photo Thread-fullsizerender-4.jpg

  124. #124
    mtbr member
    Reputation: jeffrey j's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Posts
    162
    2016 Canfield Balance Trail Photo Thread-fullsizerender-5.jpg

    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.

  125. #125
    I'm with stupid
    Reputation: hitechredneck's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Posts
    5,908
    2016 Canfield Balance Trail Photo Thread-uploadfromtaptalk1495327858542.jpg

    Opening weekend mud fest St anglefire bike park

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I537 using Tapatalk

  126. #126
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Apr 2015
    Posts
    327
    Quote Originally Posted by jeffrey j View Post
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	FullSizeRender-5.jpg 
Views:	87 
Size:	242.8 KB 
ID:	1138241

    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?

  127. #127
    mtbr member
    Reputation: jeffrey j's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Posts
    162
    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.

  128. #128
    mtbr member
    Reputation: acfsportsfan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Posts
    336
    U.C. Santa Cruz
    2016 Canfield Balance Trail Photo Thread-20170521_104809_resized_1.jpg
    Me and my riding buds.
    Got me some new rubber. (Maxxis DHF/DHR2)

  129. #129
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Apr 2015
    Posts
    327
    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.

  130. #130
    mtbr member
    Reputation: jeffrey j's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Posts
    162
    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.

  131. #131
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Apr 2015
    Posts
    327
    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.

  132. #132
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Posts
    268
    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.

  133. #133
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Thrashbarg's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2017
    Posts
    89
    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

  134. #134
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Apr 2015
    Posts
    327
    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. 

Name:	0528171527a.jpg 
Views:	71 
Size:	110.2 KB 
ID:	1139934
    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.

  135. #135
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Posts
    445
    Last ride on my CCDBA. Just sold it. Should have a 2018 float X2 in about a week.


  136. #136
    mtbr member
    Reputation: twd953's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Posts
    966
    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).

  137. #137
    I'm with stupid
    Reputation: hitechredneck's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Posts
    5,908
    I have not had any issue so far with mine. 350 miles so far.

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I537 using Tapatalk

  138. #138
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Posts
    445
    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.

  139. #139
    mtbr member
    Reputation: acfsportsfan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Posts
    336
    El Corte Madera, Skeggs Point, Cal.
    2016 Canfield Balance Trail Photo Thread-20170610_170304_resized.jpg
    Perfect weather, Perfect Dirt

  140. #140
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Thrashbarg's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2017
    Posts
    89
    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.

  141. #141
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Posts
    445

    2016 Canfield Balance Trail Photo Thread

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




  142. #142
    mtbr member
    Reputation: acfsportsfan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Posts
    336
    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.

  143. #143
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Thrashbarg's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2017
    Posts
    89
    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.

  144. #144
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Posts
    445

  145. #145
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Posts
    1,501
    I'm a little late to the party.

    2016 Canfield Balance Trail Photo Thread-img_20170607_131156.jpg

  146. #146
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Raleighguy29's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2014
    Posts
    1,193

    Me and the balance trail e snowshoe


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

  147. #147
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Posts
    445


    Blurry airtime.

  148. #148
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Oct 2016
    Posts
    32
    2016 Canfield Balance Trail Photo Thread-fullsizerender.jpgSelfie on the trail.


    Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk

  149. #149
    mtbr member
    Reputation: BurkeVT's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Posts
    617

    2016 Canfield Balance Trail Photo Thread

    Deleted
    Last edited by BurkeVT; 07-08-2017 at 05:21 PM. Reason: Not a Balance!

  150. #150
    mtbr member
    Reputation: acfsportsfan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Posts
    336
    South Lake Tahoe
    2016 Canfield Balance Trail Photo Thread-img952017072995132050.jpg
    2016 Canfield Balance Trail Photo Thread-20170729_133930_resized_2.jpg

    Tunnel Creek Trail, Incline Village (Tahoe)
    2016 Canfield Balance Trail Photo Thread-img_20170730_124949.jpg

  151. #151
    mtbr member
    Reputation: twd953's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Posts
    966
    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.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails 2016 Canfield Balance Trail Photo Thread-a9791df0-c911-4850-bfe4-211b2731da74_zpseylnk4sy.jpg  

    2016 Canfield Balance Trail Photo Thread-9d431da3-78c1-4efe-a5f3-7c832ad85b41_zpsfdydayrm.jpg  

    2016 Canfield Balance Trail Photo Thread-37245728-2cf4-480d-81a3-d694a4927eef_zps4jrs7lob.jpg  


  152. #152
    mtbr member
    Reputation: acfsportsfan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Posts
    336
    Downieville, Butcher Ranch Trail (Rock Garden Waterfall)
    2016 Canfield Balance Trail Photo Thread-butcher-waterfall-rock-garden.jpg
    This late into the season makes it a bit easier with all the snow melt water gone.

  153. #153
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Posts
    76
    2016 Canfield Balance Trail Photo Thread-img_20170824_192324.jpg

    Getting back at it again after being laid up since last October...feels good to be riding again! Especially on my Canfields!
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails 2016 Canfield Balance Trail Photo Thread-balance.jpg  


  154. #154
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Posts
    445
    Posing in the Galbraith backcountry


  155. #155
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Dec 2016
    Posts
    70
    Quote Originally Posted by Hootbmx View Post
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	IMG_20170824_192324.jpg 
Views:	71 
Size:	188.4 KB 
ID:	1154010

    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?

  156. #156
    mtbr member
    Reputation: beer_coffee_water's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Posts
    1,004
    I am not the owner of that Balance but it is the Fox SLS spring.

  157. #157
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Posts
    76
    Yes, it is the orange Fox SLS spring.

  158. #158
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Dec 2016
    Posts
    70
    Quote Originally Posted by Hootbmx View Post
    Yes, it is the orange Fox SLS spring.
    Looks cool in there

  159. #159
    Full grown man
    Reputation: weird terry's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Posts
    93

  160. #160
    Full grown man
    Reputation: weird terry's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Posts
    93
    2016 Canfield Balance Trail Photo Thread-balance-2.jpg

  161. #161
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Oct 2016
    Posts
    32

    2016 Canfield Balance Trail Photo Thread




    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    Last edited by rustyspoke; 08-28-2017 at 02:44 AM.

  162. #162
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jun 2017
    Posts
    13
    Two photos from my first ride with the Balance
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails 2016 Canfield Balance Trail Photo Thread-21146865_10213502552815720_1675059274_o.jpg  

    2016 Canfield Balance Trail Photo Thread-21146269_10213502552655716_2099151699_o.jpg  


  163. #163
    I'm with stupid
    Reputation: hitechredneck's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Posts
    5,908
    Would love to hear about the Helm fork.

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I537 using Tapatalk

  164. #164
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jun 2017
    Posts
    13
    Quote Originally Posted by hitechredneck View Post
    Would love to hear about the Helm fork.

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I537 using Tapatalk
    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.

  165. #165
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jun 2017
    Posts
    13
    Those switchbacks are easier than ever with that short chainstay

    https://www.pinkbike.com/video/477947/

  166. #166
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Posts
    445


    My unique take on a trail photo today.

  167. #167
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Apr 2015
    Posts
    327
    Hope your ok. Steer tube sheared off the fork and the head tube of the frame seems ok, kind of impressed with that.

  168. #168
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Posts
    445
    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.

  169. #169
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Apr 2015
    Posts
    327
    Did you go off a big drop or jump and it snapped?

  170. #170
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Posts
    445

    2016 Canfield Balance Trail Photo Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by ScottieM8 View Post
    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.

  171. #171
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Apr 2015
    Posts
    327
    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.

  172. #172
    I'm with stupid
    Reputation: hitechredneck's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Posts
    5,908
    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.

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I537 using Tapatalk

  173. #173
    mtbr member
    Reputation: cpolism's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Posts
    251
    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????

  174. #174
    mtbr member
    Reputation: twd953's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Posts
    966
    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.

  175. #175
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Posts
    445
    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.


  176. #176
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Posts
    1,501
    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:
    2016 Canfield Balance Trail Photo Thread-img_20170904_103955.jpg

  177. #177
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Posts
    445
    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.

  178. #178
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Apr 2015
    Posts
    327
    [QUOTE=Porch;13328290]Wow, that's impressive!!

    More recent one of mine out on the Ghost Town trail, Glorietta NM:
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	IMG_20170904_103955.jpg 
Views:	85 
Size:	263.0 KB 
ID:	1156775[/QUOTE
    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.

  179. #179
    I'm with stupid
    Reputation: hitechredneck's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Posts
    5,908
    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.

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I537 using Tapatalk

  180. #180
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Posts
    1,501
    @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!!

  181. #181
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Posts
    1,501
    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
    2016 Canfield Balance Trail Photo Thread-img_20170910_213700.jpg
    2016 Canfield Balance Trail Photo Thread-img_20170910_213731.jpg

  182. #182
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Posts
    445
    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!

  183. #183
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Posts
    445
    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.




  184. #184
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Dec 2014
    Posts
    21
    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.

  185. #185
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Raleighguy29's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2014
    Posts
    1,193

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


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

  186. #186
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Dec 2014
    Posts
    21
    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.
    2016 Canfield Balance Trail Photo Thread-imag2387.jpg

  187. #187
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Posts
    445
    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.

  188. #188
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Dec 2014
    Posts
    21
    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.

  189. #189
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Posts
    445
    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.

  190. #190
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Posts
    1,240
    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!

  191. #191
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Posts
    908


    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)


  192. #192
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Dec 2014
    Posts
    21
    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?

  193. #193
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Posts
    908
    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.

  194. #194
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jun 2017
    Posts
    13
    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.

  195. #195
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Dec 2016
    Posts
    70
    Is that a Cane Creek Helm?

  196. #196
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jun 2017
    Posts
    13
    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)

  197. #197
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Oct 2017
    Posts
    52
    2016 Canfield Balance Trail Photo Thread-20171017_155346.jpg

  198. #198
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Oct 2016
    Posts
    32
    2016 Canfield Balance Trail Photo Thread-img_4246.jpg


    Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk

  199. #199
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Dec 2016
    Posts
    70
    Huck to flat!

  200. #200
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Oct 2016
    Posts
    32
    Quote Originally Posted by lazarescu View Post
    Huck to flat!
    No there is transition to the left out of the frame.


    Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. Canfield Brothers 2016 Balance
    By KillingtonVT in forum Canfield
    Replies: 966
    Last Post: 06-27-2020, 07:08 PM
  2. Canfield Riot Photo Thread
    By dustyduke22 in forum Canfield
    Replies: 911
    Last Post: 05-06-2020, 09:15 PM
  3. Canfield Balance 2016 - Linkage analysis.
    By andrextr in forum Canfield
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: 01-20-2016, 12:12 PM
  4. Canfield Brothers 2016 Balance
    By KillingtonVT in forum 27.5
    Replies: 23
    Last Post: 01-15-2016, 01:18 PM
  5. Replies: 18
    Last Post: 12-25-2015, 08:03 AM

Members who have read this thread: 3

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

THE SITE

ABOUT MTBR

VISIT US AT

© Copyright 2020 VerticalScope Inc. All rights reserved.