in conjunction with Pinkbike, launched 'The Lounge
' to link Double Barrel shock owners together into a worldwide community on its extensive website. Double Barrel air and coil-over shocks offer the widest range of adjustability and all four critical damping functions - high and low speed compression and rebound - are externally accessible.
Double Barrel shocks
Cane Creek's Double Barrel Shock has separate high and low-speed damping adjustments (right). The Lounge provides a forum for Double Barrel users to exchange setup information.
are popular among the world's top DH racers because of that fact, but with ultimate adjustability also comes the potential for ultimate frustation. Cane Creek added the Lounge to augment its database of starting settings and video tutorials, in a comprehensive effort to make setting up and fine-tuning its Double Barrel dampers a painless process.
Cane Creek's Lounge begins with a comfortable-looking home page. Scroll down for quick-starts to all the important how-to functions on the site.
The Lounge works both ways. Nobody knows more about setting up Cane Creek's damper better than those who have been running them at the races and on trail for years, so tuning Information gathered from posts in the Lounge will be used to improve the accuracy of bike setup information in Cane Creek's database - one that already includes the fitment data for well over 2000 different models. Cane Creek also provides Base Tunes for bikes that come spec'ed with the Double Barrel and are expanding this to include a larger universe to provide recommended setting for aftermarket upgrades. Presently, Cane Creek has a setup page
which allows DB shock owners to input their bikes and then receive a slider-style graphic that depicts the default shock settings for that particular model. The default settings are a good starting point, but Cane Creek admits that there is no question that a rider could work out a more specific tune when armed with the proper know-how. The Lounge gives Double Barrel owners a forum to share setups and provides a better database for Cane Creek's tuning charts.
Type in your bike and the model year and Cane Creek's shock tune page will move the sliders on each damping indicator to depict the correct number of turns for each adjustment dial. Your personal page shares this same feature.
Lounge community members can post shock settings from multiple bikes on their pages using Cane Creek's easy to use graphs and prompts. Lounge members can then access those settings or communicate with riders in the Lounge to offer tuning tips to the needy, or use other's input to squeeze more performance from their Double Barrel suspensions. Members can also choose to share images and communicate between other Lounge users. Existing Pinkbike members
have the option to incorporate their PB pages with the Lounge site, or to create separate Lounge accounts. Cane Creek explains that the Lounge is by no means finished, and that they will continue to refine the site and will have weekly rollouts of new feature beginning in October.
Send messages to fellow Double Barrel riders, or post pictures on your page to let the Lounge community know what you are up to..
Why should Pinkbike and Cane Creek cooperate online? Pinkbike CEO Karl Burkat said, 'We are a worldwide community of like minded riders. Anything that we can do to make riding a better experience or easier to understand is a win/win for us.' If you presently ride a Double Barrel coil or air shock, or are in the market for one, check out the Lounge, and then surf the support information that Cane Creek has created for it. You'll be impressed.