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    out with the new - Canfield Balance

    To explain a little more about this title, Canfield is no longer offering the Balance. It is being replaced this spring by a few new models which Lance and Chris can explain more about. However, I couldn't wait until spring. I needed a new bike as soon as possible.

    Two weeks ago, I discovered a crack in the seattube of my well loved 2006 Preston. Dave at Redstone Cyclery and Transition did all they could to get me into another Preston under the crash replacement plan (since my Preston didn't qualify for the warranty replacement), but I wanted something a little more than the Preston was giving me.



    Enter the Canfield Balance. On paper, this bike was at the top of my list for Preston replacements. It was everything I wanted in a bike. Short adjustable CS, larger cockpit than my Preston, slack HA, burly design, descent leverage ratio (I planned on only running in the shorter travel setting), long enough ST for full leg extention, 135mm rear spacing, shortish WB, etc. So you can imagine my disappointment when I called up Chris (on a Sunday might I add. Who in the bike industry works on Sunday?) and was informed that the Balance is no longer being produced. Bummer. I spent the next three days going down my list looking for that ideal bike. No luck. Literally, right before I called Dave at Redstone to order in a replacement Preston, I dropped Chris a line to ask if just one more XL aluminum Balance could be manufactured. I think he had misjudged my earlier interest in the Balance as a casual inquiry because on this call he admitted that there is one in the back that he could probably part with. I jumped on the opportunity. I didn't even know what color the bike was. That's a moot point compared to geometry.

    Fast forward a week and on my doorstep is a beautiful, white XL aluminum Balance. What a beauty it is. After purchasing five bikes this year already, I've learned to judge a bike not on its overall appearance, but rather for the details - how the shifter and brake cables are routed, what areas are gusseted for strength and what areas have useless material, and machine work details. This bike met my relatively high standards. It's just a work of art. Plus, I'm a sucker for round, straight tubing - something that is becoming increasingly more rare on bikes today.





    The next week was spent removing parts from the Preston, buying new parts, and building the Balance all while making sure my special lady wasn't put in second place behind my new toy.

    The hard work paid off yesterday when the tires touched the trail for the first time. What a glorious day it was. It didn't take long to conclude a few things: doing your homework and asking Toni (Err) a million questions pays off, this bike is a direct upgrade from my Preston, and this is exactly what I need a bike to be for my style of riding. I could go on and on about geometry and how that is accentuating my riding style, how the rear suspension tackles rough terrain and puts my focus on the trail ahead not what's underneath me, and how easy Canfield was to deal with regarding this bike, but I'm not writing this to promote a bike or a company. Instead, the whole purpose of this post it to express my enthusiasm that I finally found a bike that fits my style of riding, not the other way around. At least so far it has, but I predict that the grin I had yesterday while railing this new bike will only get bigger as I grow into these big new shoes.







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    White? ... Now you're going to need a whole new outfit.


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    Since when did Need have anything to do with this?

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    you will continue to love

    I have had my Balance for over a year now and I still get that feeling in me when I ride it. Best bike I have ever been on, I rented a Specialized Enduro this weekend down in Bootleg Canyon and although a nice bike, I was hating it pretty quickly when I started thinking about my Canfield. Keep us posted as you put more hours in.

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    Nickle - I'm glad your liking your new ride. This is why I build bikes. Thanks for sharing!

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    nice write up glad you found a sweet bike you love...

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    The "secret" bike is revealed. Nice looking bike Nickle. I wil have to try it out soon.

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    Very nice Nickle. Hawt ride for sure. Curious if you found out anything from Canfield about the frame that is going to replace the Balance?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pinch
    Curious if you found out anything from Canfield about the frame that is going to replace the Balance?
    Actually, drop Chris a line. They're completely open and excited about their new bikes. I'm anxious to hear more about them too considering how impressed I already am with my Balance. In fact, the more time I spend on the pedals, the happier I am. I never realized how great short chainstays are until now. They make technical maneuvers so smooth.
    A trail thatís too difficult wouldnít exist because itíd never be used. But, trails can exist thatíre too difficult for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nickle
    Actually, drop Chris a line. They're completely open and excited about their new bikes. I'm anxious to hear more about them too considering how impressed I already am with my Balance. In fact, the more time I spend on the pedals, the happier I am. I never realized how great short chainstays are until now. They make technical maneuvers so smooth.
    nice, ya i like canfield designs,geo... the more i see them the more i want one...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nickle
    Actually, drop Chris a line. They're completely open and excited about their new bikes. I'm anxious to hear more about them too considering how impressed I already am with my Balance. In fact, the more time I spend on the pedals, the happier I am. I never realized how great short chainstays are until now. They make technical maneuvers so smooth.
    So what's the weight of your build? Must be a lot heavier than your old preston?!

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    Wow, that came out looking great Nickle. After all of our discussions, this frame really sounded like the best choice for you. I think you're going to love it. Glad Chris could hook you up.

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    think a 2.25" stroke shock would fit in there?
    afterall it is 7.875" ETE....

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    it fits but the frame and swingarm will hit on bottom out

    I used a 2.25 stroke as a backup when I blew my DHX and was getting it pushed. There are cross piece yokes on the swingarm that will make contact with the seat tube if you run longer stroke and bottom it. I made sure I hit nothing that would do that while that shock was on.

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    did you feel any noticeable difference between factory and pushed dhx?
    Allen from dropnzone said to me the Balance doesn't really like a platform shock...He used to run his with a Van R and i think i saw one with a Roco RC, and it is supposed to perform much better!

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    Pushed is so much better

    I had them pull out the propedal altogether and did the factory tune for the bike, weight, style thing. It not only pedaled better without propedal but it worked so much better on the downs as well. Definitely go with an open shock

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    @ aenema: a question about sizing....i'm 5'10" and currently on a medium preston which feels just right....what size will fit me? the canfields measurements are a bit confusing...i usually run 22" top tubes on medium frames, the medium balance is supposed to have a 16" ST and a 22"TT as stated on their HP, but then i came across this:

    here the medium has 20.5" which is kinda short!!! and the large has 21.75" instead of 23"???

    Canfields posted this on ridemonkey: "The geometry of the Balance is geared toward Dh / dirt jump so it runs small. The actual T-T lengths are S - 20.125, M - 21.125, L - 22.125 and XL - 23.125."

    Now which one is right???

    your comments would be very helpful

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    What type of riding are you planning to do?

    If you are looking to do more jumping, DH, shuttle style of riding you may want to lean towards medium. If you are wanting to climb and/or spend a decent amount of pedaling then the large would give you a better fit for that. I am 6'1" and got a large and it fits like most mediums, but a bit bigger than a transition medium. I was leaning towards gravity priority so I went with a large. My brother in law is about your height and he also got a large but he wanted a super stout all mountain setup that was more pedal priority. Hope this helps.

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    Nice balance man! Gotta love a girl in white.
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    Quote Originally Posted by madafaka
    So what's the weight of your build? Must be a lot heavier than your old preston?!
    Good question. Heavier than I'd like it to be. I didn't pick up much, if any, weight in the frame going from the Preston to the Balance. However, those chromoly cranks jumped up the weight by a pound or more. When I get the money up, they are going to be replaced by something a lighter.

    Quote Originally Posted by Err
    Wow, that came out looking great Nickle. After all of our discussions, this frame really sounded like the best choice for you. I think you're going to love it. Glad Chris could hook you up.
    You were right in recommending this bike. The geometry is what I need for my style of riding. Thank you for all your help, Toni. He responded to literally dozens of my emails over the summer when I was trying to nail down the right bike. The Balance kept appearing toward the top of the list. He was right...
    A trail thatís too difficult wouldnít exist because itíd never be used. But, trails can exist thatíre too difficult for you.

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