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Canfield Bikes Announces Third Generation Yelli Screamy Aluminum Hardtail

Oct 19, 2021
by Canfield Bikes  
Canfield Yelli Screamy - Aluminum Hardtail 29er

PRESS RELEASE: Canfield Bikes

Back by popular demand, the all-new Yelli Screamy is longer and slacker with increased reach across all sizes and a 65.5-degree head-angle (with 130mm fork), yet retains its rally car-like handling thanks to 16.7-inch (424mm) chainstays and signature Canfield geo. Crafted from 6061 series aluminum for a compliant ride, the Yelli features stealth dropper routing, ISCG tabs, Boost spacing and three water bottle mounts.

Canfield Yelli Screamy - Aluminum Hardtail 29er

bigquotesThe original Yelli was the hardtail that we wanted to ride. It didn't exist, so we built it.Lance Canfield

“The original Yelli was the 29er that we wanted to ride,” says Lance Canfield, owner and designer. “It didn’t exist, so we built it. We loved the speed and rollover of the big wheels, but 29-inch mountain bikes just weren’t fun to ride back then. We changed that.”

Canfield Yelli Screamy - Aluminum Hardtail 29er

When it debuted in 2011, the Canfield Yelli Screamy was the first 29-inch mountain bike with sub-17-inch chainstays and aggressive all-mountain geometry. At the time, it was the only hardtail 29er that didn’t ride like one, and proved that a lightweight, efficient mile-muncher could still make you smile on the descents.

Canfield Yelli Screamy - Aluminum Hardtail 29er

Today, that spirit lives on in the third generation. Slice and dice singletrack. Rail pump tracks and jump lines. Load it with frame bags and get lost. Keep up with your spandex-clad friends on the climbs and embarrass them on the descents. The Yelli Screamy remains one of the most versatile and fun bikes in the Canfield lineup.

Canfield Yelli Screamy - Aluminum Hardtail 29er

Available with Orange Dreamcycle, Purple Haze, Slate Train and Blue It powder coat finishes in S, M, L and XL. Frame only options start at $799.99 and complete bikes start at $3,399.99. Frame and fork bundles are also available. The Yelli Screamy is available for pre-order now with expected January, 2022 delivery at CanfieldBikes.com.

Canfield Yelli Screamy - Aluminum Hardtail 29er

Canfield Yelli Screamy - Aluminum Hardtail

Canfield Yelli Screamy - Aluminum Hardtail 29er

Canfield Yelli Screamy - Aluminum Hardtail 29er

YELLI SCREAMY FRAME FEATURES
• 29” Trail/AM Hardtail
• 6061-series aluminum
• Recommended fork length: 120mm - 140mm
• Stealth dropper routing
• ISCG 05 tabs
• 73mm BSA Threaded BB
• 30.9mm seat post (34.9/35mm clamp compatible)
• Boost Spacing
• Brake mount: PM 160mm
• Three water-bottle mounts
• Includes seat clamp, derailleur hanger, rear axle and hardware

YELLI SCREAMY GEOMETRY



84 Comments

  • 116 12
 Its a bit slack for a gravel bike, isn't it?

Be safe be well,
Incognito Robin
  • 39 1
 #downgravel
  • 4 22
flag TheOriginalTwoTone (Oct 19, 2021 at 12:54) (Below Threshold)
 Never ridden one have you?
  • 45 5
 @TheOriginalTwoTone: A mountain bike..sadly no. But I love me some gravel riding!

Be safe be well,
Incognito Robin
  • 21 1
 @notoutsideceo: Robin. What do you like more? Money, Teslas, or gravel biking? I hope you're well.
  • 5 2
 @notoutsideceo: If Pink Bike is in your quiver of brands... might be a good idea to ride a mountain bike... or 6
  • 22 3
 @Ianjmalcolm: wow…its like asking which Outside+ property I love the most (not PB to be clear). Just to clarify, is the Gravel Bike an e-bike?

Be safe be well,
Incognito Robin
  • 10 3
 @dmackyaheard: Hey David - I see you're also in the Front Range...can I borrow one of your MTBs to give it a try?

Be safe be well,
Incognito Robin
  • 1 1
 Holy smoking gravel, Batman!

Be safe be well,
Incognito Robin…..and Batgirl
  • 7 3
 @Ben-76: Ben...you've done it. My wife and I will be Batgirl and Robin for Halloween this year based on this suggestion! Now to get my tailor to make some custom costumes for us...

Be safe be well,
Incognito Robin
  • 24 3
 They sure canfield a decent bike.
  • 5 1
 Just remember to take only One.2 Lithium pill a day in order to keep your Balance on the new Yelli.
  • 17 5
 Damn. I know looks are subjective, but that's an ugly bike. Parts of it look like it's melting. Seat stays are bulging. Chainstay and part of the downtime are square, but the rest of the bike is round. There's no harmony. And why are aggressive bikes still coming with 160mm brake mounts?
  • 1 1
 *downtube
  • 4 1
 And I know it's the brand image, but the Canfield script on the downtube looks so 90s
  • 12 2
 Pssst...2nd gen EPO with single-speed friendly chainstays and dropouts. Please!
  • 6 8
 This minus single speed. Fixed dropouts are simple, lighter, and more reliable.
  • 12 6
 Wouldn't be too much to ask for an upper link replacement part for a 2017 Balance? The rub of the cables took a toll on mine and I've been asking for this since a couple years ago. I'm a bit disappointed.
  • 22 1
 Please email or give us a call!
  • 3 0
 Geo numbers look good to me (I already read this on Canfield site!). I had an early version and wanted it to be longer, with steeper seat tube, and to fit a bigger chainring that 30t.
I wonder if chainring and back tyre clearances are same as last model, and if anyone knows what they were/are?
  • 19 0
 The new Yelli will fit up to a 38t ring up front and up to 29x2.8 rear tire.
  • 1 0
 500 max reach. I'm oot!
  • 3 0
 The most fun i've ever had on a hardtail by far. (gen 2)

I would drop my heavy Cotic in a heartbeat for one if they were (A) available in the UK (B) Actually came with 1 good colour like the old green one (C) Wasn't so expensive for ally.


Seriously, for woodland and singletrack this will be absolutely brilliant.
  • 6 0
 Rumor has it this was named after Steve Domahidy
  • 6 0
 Looks like its got pretty good anti squat
  • 7 1
 Take. My. Money.
  • 5 0
 Bright purple bike with a skull on the headtube? Gimme gimme!!!
  • 1 0
 You have two quotes that don't match up one on top of the other. Which one is it? bigquotes The original Yelli was the hardtail that we wanted to ride. It didn't exist, so we built it.—Lance Canfield

“The original Yelli was the 29er that we wanted to ride,” says Lance Canfield, owner and designer. “It didn’t exist, so we built it.
  • 1 0
 No doubt a great bike (I love my Nimble 9), but why is the top tube bent like an entry level Giant? Why not just make it straight so you can actually get the bottle out of the cage on the ST and so the bike at least looks good?
  • 1 0
 Do the water bottle screws go inside the seat tube? The dropper post on the small orange bike looks to go past the upper screw , as if the thread is welded on the outside of the seat tube..Otherwise the screws would not let to use long droppers and this would be a serious drawback fir such a frame
  • 8 4
 Signature canfield geo chart is unreadable.
  • 5 1
 Just click the image...
  • 1 1
 The updated geo looks awesome --- but can you ACTUALLY fit a water bottle anywhere inside the front triangle in the small frame this time? On my 2011 you can't. Well, *I* can, but I had to put the cage on with hose clamps about 3" south of the actual mounting holes.
  • 2 0
 Rad, good to see the Yelli back but $800 US for a frame turfed out of Asia seems a bit steep. I guess it's only money and would no doubt build up nice.
  • 3 0
 That purple reminds of 90's Joker vs Batman
  • 2 1
 I’ve had one of these since 2012. Glad to see it’s return but disappointed in what looks to be the same teeth rattling rear triangle from 10 years ago.
  • 5 0
 Ssssufferrring bbbbuilddsss cccccharacttter!!!
  • 2 0
 I love my Yelli and this looks even better. Very Nice!!! Sweet colors to boot!!!
  • 2 0
 Had a first gen, have a 2nd... Time for a 3rd with boost spacing so I can swap wheels around.
  • 4 1
 Apart from having Canfield on it, Im not sure what is so special here.
  • 1 3
 Few hardtails on the market currently have such a steep STA, which makes a major difference given the long reach.
  • 4 0
 @dmackyaheard: @dmackyaheard: all the hardtails currently have a steep STA... if they are not xc bikes... some of them even look good, unfortunately this is not among them...
  • 2 1
 @Red-October: Besides their nimble 9, banshee paradox, and a few crazy steel bikes.... most mainstream hardtails have 73.5-74.5 vs 76.5-77.5 STA.
  • 2 0
 @dmackyaheard: No, not a few. A lot of steel trail bikes and a lot of mainstream brands bikes have an aggressive geometry like that... Kona, Norco, Yeti, I can list a lot of steel bikes not just a few... there are dozens of other options already... this bike is aggressive all right, but expensive for what it is and how it looks...
  • 2 0
 Love the geo - a steep ACTAUL seat tube makes ALL the difference for tall riders.
  • 1 0
 I loved my Yelli and the only reason I got rid of it was the slack seat tube angle.
  • 3 1
 Ugly , that top tube horrible, Kmart style
  • 2 0
 Still designed for short people
  • 2 0
 Love my Yelli... might need 2 now...
  • 8 8
 Loved my Nimble 9 but aluminum hardtails are too unforgiving except on the smoothest trails.
  • 8 3
 Not true, depends on the design. Banshee Paradox is more forgiving than most steel hardtails. I've owned several steel hardtails before I got my Paradox, and it is by far the most comfortable. Hopefully Canfield has done the same here...
  • 7 2
 Has this ever been measured (rather than just "felt"), like with an accelerometer or something? Because at least in the vertical direction the frame flex relative to the tire deflection will be miniscule. It seems like it'd be hard to detect frame flex on its own, and the relative flex of two materials would be even harder, like a princess-and-the-pea level sensitivity. Maybe lateral flex is another matter? Or high-frequency vibration? Honest questions.
  • 3 5
 @martins: Banshee engineered flex into that frame. It's visible in the design. Not typical of aluminum hardtails though. 40 years of riding every frame material on earth, I think I can detect the difference in ride quality. Have you owned any CB bikes? I've owned 4...
  • 3 2
 @Bushmaster123: Second this.. I push down on the seat on my paradox and see the chainstays flex (as they are supposed to). I can't comment to steel hardtails, but the Paradox is surprisingly "compliant". It's still most definitely a hardtail, but way more capable in chunk than I would have thought. All that being said, I am still much slower on the downs than on my 170mm bike.
  • 1 0
 @Jcmonty: wow. that's pretty clear. i'd like to try one of those out
  • 4 0
 In my experience, better, more modern geometry has largely solved this problem. The old alu hardtails that would leave you beat up are hopefully a distant memory .
  • 1 0
 @muumuu: It's pretty cool. It filters out more than you would expect. I equate it to on par with lower your PSI in your tires 2-3psi and/or adding inserts. Different effect, but same level of difference noticeable.
  • 11 0
 Disagree. I have had multiple alloy hardtails. Specialized Fuse, Commencal Meta HT, and currently a Banshee Phantom. I have also had seat time on steel hard tails, and can report that certain steel hardtails can be as hard as certain alloy hard tails, visa versa. The engineering of the front/rear triangle can have a huge impact on the ride quality vs the material used. I do agree its fair to say that alloy rides in general is less forgiving than steel, but as said previously, the engineering is more important that the frame material in the case of ride quality on a hard tail.
  • 4 0
 @Bushmaster123: Yep, I am aware. You said "aluminum hardtails are too unforgiving except on the smoothest trails", which is a blanket statement, to which I pointed out an example that is an exception that you confirmed.
BTW, extensively ridden several Canfields, Nimble 9's of 3 generations, Riot's, Jedi's etc. I've been riding bikes of all materials for over 45 years myself, as well as selling, repairing and even manufacturing them.
  • 2 6
flag Bushmaster123 (Oct 19, 2021 at 15:03) (Below Threshold)
 @martins: cool, then what's the problem. Blanket statement yes I agree. You win, happy now?
  • 1 0
 @Jcmonty: I'm a steel lover and have a Cotic Solaris but a guy I know reviews bikes and reckons the Paradox is a ruler, loved it and said it was smoother on trail than most steel bikes he's ridden, I'd have one.
  • 2 0
 @muumuu: Ha, down the interent rabbit hole!
Yes, first and easiest to measure static deflection stason.org/TULARC/sports/bicycles/8e-2-Frame-Stiffness.html for vertical - of course all tyres and fork (road bikes) And sideways at hubs sheldonbrown.com/rinard/rinard_frametest.html - range of results tends to show aluminium stiffer - but this is prob down to tube diameter which goes hand in hand with strength

My hunch is the "feel" is more down to the latter - and possibly the compliance you normally feel on a rigid frame is weight on a pedal levering the bottom bracket sideways - but no idea really - triangle truss is very efficient way of making a stiff structure. My brompton (folding bike) doesn't have this and it can be quite sketchy to ride fast.

I suspect clearance for 2.6" back tyres will make this yelli potentially a good bit more comfortable than old one
  • 1 0
 I ride pretty rough and steep trails on my alloy Scout and it's not too common I have an unforgiving moment, feels amazing actually. As everyone has said, build quality and Geometry. A decent wheelset can absorb allot, then add the right fork, the right tire pressure is key, you can add Cushcore and it basically feels like you're cheating. A little bit of finesse helps too.
  • 1 0
 More glow in the dark frame paint please!
  • 10 1
 We tried. We tried REALLY hard to source that paint. I do not believe it was environmentally friendly so it has been discontinued. We tried to get it.
  • 2 1
 @simcik: Well balls. As much as I love glow in the dark frames, I'll take a cleaner planet every day of the week. Cool bikes regardless!!
  • 2 0
 @Lokirides: Yeah, we felt the same. I have to vote for the purple, it looks amazing in person!
  • 1 0
 Any guesses on frame weights?
  • 7 0
 Large with hanger, axle, ISCG tabs, etc., is 5.2 pounds.
  • 3 0
 Hey that aint too bad!
  • 1 0
 Ahh yes, I too enjoy sipping from a mud and filth caked water bottle.
  • 1 0
 2500 for a build kit sounds nuts.
  • 1 0
 Outside approved!
  • 1 0
 No 3.0?
  • 2 3
 I'm so glad at 54 years on, I'm so beyond hardtails! Have fun kids!
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