Canfield Bikes Introduces Lithium and Tilt 29ers

Nov 24, 2020
by Canfield Bikes  

PRESS RELEASE: Canfield Bikes

Canfield Bikes today introduces two all-new 29-inch mountain bikes built around the patented Canfield Balance Formula suspension system. The Tilt, a mid-travel trail bike features 138 millimeters of rear-wheel travel and a 140-millimeter fork. The Lithium, a long-travel AM/enduro bike, boasts 163 millimeters of rear-wheel travel paired with a 170-millimeter fork.

bigquotesWe’re stoked to introduce new bikes that combine big wheels with the magic of CBF suspension and legendary Canfield performance. I’ve been working on dialing these in for a long time and they are exactly the bikes I wanted to build. I can’t wait for everyone to ride themLance Canfield


CANFIELD LITHIUM - 29" WHEELS // 163mm REAR // 170mm FRONT
Canfield Lithium
Meet the new maniac on the mountain. Introducing the Lithium, our all-new long-travel 29er worthy of wearing a skull on the head tube. Designed to destroy big descents with reckless abandon, unafraid of the effort required to earn them. From enduro stages to bike park laps and backcountry adventures, the Lithium is a big-wheeled warrior ready for anything the mountain throws your way thanks to the secret sauce of the patented Canfield Balance Formula suspension.

Lance Canfield on the Canfield Lithium.

With either 163 or 151 millimeters of rear wheel travel (adjustable via shock stroke) paired to the active and efficient CBF tuned linkage, the Lithium is born in the lineage of the legendary Balance. But thanks to 29-inch wheels, it’s got even more of a penchant for ludicrous speed and stands ready to flatten any terrain and wage all-out war on the Strava segments of lesser bikes.

But don’t think for a second fun was forgone in favor of going flat out. The signature Canfield geo has been optimized to create a bike as lively and intuitive as it is stable and confidence inspiring. The 430-millimeter chainstays make last-second maneuvers and manuals second nature, and a 64.5-degree head angle paired with a 170-millimeter fork makes any line choice possible.

The Canfield Lithium is the drug of choice for gravity junkies afflicted by big climbs standing between them and their fix. Available in Milton Lava Red with grey links and Bandit Black with gold links.


CANFIELD TILT - 29" WHEELS // 138mm REAR // 140mm FRONT
There’s a party on the trails and you’re invited. The Tilt is an all-new 29er trail-slayer built around the patented Canfield Balance Formula suspension. Picking up where the revered Riot (Toir) left off, the Tilt is a mid-travel 29-inch mountain bike designed from the dirt up to be the most fun you can have on two wheels, whether it’s an after-work rip or an all-day epic.


With either 138 or 125 millimeters of rear wheel travel (adjustable via shock stroke) paired to CBF linkage that’s been tuned to be slightly more progressive, the Tilt is an efficient all-rounder. But make no mistake—like any bike with a skull on the headtube, it’s ready to party when gravity takes over.

The geo has been dialed to strike the perfect balance of snappy, responsive handling and stability at speed. A 65-degree head angle leads the charge when the going gets rowdy and 425-millimeter chainstays let you change direction just by thinking about your next line choice. A 77-degree effective seat angle keeps you in the power position while climbing.

The Canfield Tilt is destined to be your weapon of choice regardless of where the ride takes you. Available in Walter White with blue links or Goblin Green with silver links.


While both frames share the familiar Canfield aesthetic, there’s more than meets the eye. Both bikes feature a new internal cable routing system with interchangeable machined ports designed to accommodate one, two, three or zero cables at the various entry/exit points. An all-new forged clamshell bottom bracket assembly reduces the number of individual welded parts, simplifying production, ensuring precise frame alignment and creating an even stronger junction between the down tube, seat tube and linkage.



A beautifully machined 7075 T6 alloy one-piece upper link paired with an all-new rear triangle have significantly increased overall rigidity and handling characteristics. One-piece forged vertical stays are at the heart of the redesigned rear triangle, maximizing stiffness, strength and durability. A horizontal seat stay brace ties it all together, further reducing lateral flex. Reach, stack, seat-tube length and standover have also been refined across all sizes for a more dialed fit.


The Tilt is offered with a Cane Creek Helm fork and Kitsuma shock, while an Öhlins TTX Air shock and RXF 36 m.2 Air fork adorn the Lithium. Riders have a choice of Magura or TRP brakes when it comes to stopping duties. Both bikes feature a SRAM GX Eagle 12-speed drivetrain, SDG Tellis dropper and SDG custom Canfield saddle. Standard rolling stock is Canfield Special Blend AM29 wheels with optional premium wheel upgrades from RideFast Racing and Atomik Carbon, all wrapped in Maxxis rubber.

LITHIUM FACTORY BUILD SPECS
• Fork: Ohlins RXF36 m.2 Air 29" 170mm
• Rear Shock: Ohlins TTX Air
• Wheels: Canfield Special Blend AM29 or…
-Atomik AM35 - Carbon 29" w/ i9 Hydra Hubs (optional upgrade)
-RideFast Hotline 29 - Carbon 29" (optional upgrade)
• Tires: Maxxis Minion DHF 2.5/Maxxis Dissector 2.4
• Shifter: SRAM GX 12-speed
• Cassette: SRAM 1275 Eagle 12 speed 10-52T
• Cranks: SRAM GX 165mm
• Bar: ProTaper 35mm diameter, 25mm rise, 810mm wide
• Stem: ProTaper 35mm clamp, 45mm length
• Grips: SDG
• Brakes: Magura MT5 or TRP Quadiem
• Rotors: 203mm front, 180mm rear Magura or TRP
• Seatpost: SDG Tellis 150mm on S/M, 170mm on L/XL
• Saddle: Custom Canfield SDG Radar MTN
• Sealant: Trucker Co. Cream II

LITHIUM GEO & SIZING


TILT FACTORY BUILD SPECS
• Fork: Cane Creek Helm MKII 140mm
• Rear Shock: Cane Creek Kitsuma Air
• Wheels: Canfield Special Blend AM29 or…
-Atomik AM35 - Carbon 29" w/ i9 Hydra Hubs (optional upgrade)
-RideFast Hotline 29 - Carbon 29" (optional upgrade)
• Tires: Maxxis Minion DHF 2.5 front, Dissector 2.4 rear
• Drivetrain: SRAM GX Eagle 10-52T
• Cassette: SRAM 1275 Eagle 12 speed 10-52T
• Cranks: SRAM GX 165mm
• Bar: ProTaper 35mm diameter, 25mm rise, 810mm wide
• Stem: ProTaper 35mm clamp, 45mm length
• Grips: SDG Thrice 31mm black
• Brakes: Magura MT Trail Sport (4-piston front/2-piston rear) *or* TRP Slate T4 (4-piston)
• Rotors: 180mm TRP or Magura
• Seatpost: SDG Tellis - 150mm (S/M), 170mm (L/XL)
• Saddle: Custom Canfield SDG Radar MTN
• Sealant: Trucker Co. Cream II

TILT GEO & SIZING

Pre-orders can be placed now at CanfieldBikes.com as complete bikes, frame, fork & shock, frame & shock and frame-only packages with an estimated April 2021 delivery. Prices start at $1,699.99 MSRP for frames and $4,599.99 for complete bikes.

Limited time Black Friday/Cyber Monday pre-order pricing of up to $900 off select packages is active now through midnight, Monday, November 30.


125 Comments

  • 133 9
 The lack of chain tension on the green bike made a little part of me die inside.
  • 199 0
 Nick here with Canfield Bikes. I built all of our photo bikes in about a 24 hour period. Saw that this morning and definitely gave me a nervous twitch hoping no one would catch it. You're like a samurai sword, too sharp
  • 12 2
 @simcik: explains the hoses.

Frames look great. Any chance a lithium could get a 275 back wheel w/ same geo (flip chip, links, anything??)
  • 4 0
 @Grosey: Yeah needed to keep em a little long for swapping between builds and such.

The bike will do 27.5"+. Running as a mullet would change the geo, no chips in our design to accommodate mullet without geo change.
  • 1 0
 @simcik: Champ. They look clean!
  • 3 1
 @simcik: Hey Nick, all good. I run one the larger photo studio networks in the US. Hit me up next time and Ill get you sorted. ;-) Nice bikes!
  • 1 0
 @simcik: Any chance we could get a frame weight for both of these please?
  • 21 0
 @Blackers:

LITHIUM:
• Weights (medium):
-Frame w/ hardware: 7.7 pounds
-Frame w/ shock: 8.8 pounds
-Complete: 31.8 pounds

TILT:
• Weights (medium):
-Frame w/ hardware: 7.6 pounds
-Frame w/ shock: 8.9 pounds
-Complete: 31.8 pounds
  • 12 18
flag hardtailparty (Nov 24, 2020 at 15:58) (Below Threshold)
 I hear there's a parts shortage for bike parts. Apparently the only chains manufacturers can get right now come in slightly too long.
  • 20 0
 Well, I'm pretty stoked...stoked that the Lithium (somehow) isn't an e-bike and stoked that Canfield is still making kick ass bikes.
  • 6 0
 @hardtailparty: Haha, there definitely is some challenges on the parts supply chain. We have busted our butts to ensure parts will be here for delivery on time. All that effort may have made me a little delirious while building up that Tilt Razz
  • 4 1
 @hardtailparty: I love your channel! I asked Nukeproof to send you a scout. BTW don't butcher another hardtail!
  • 3 0
 @healthy-not-sick-biker: Thanks! I've sent more than a few to nukeproof too. I think it'll happen eventually. No promises on your non-butcher request. Wink
  • 96 0
 The Lithium will help you deal with both the ups and the downs.
  • 15 0
 Dayummmm. i see you
  • 13 0
 What you did there...
  • 1 0
 You sir, are a scholar.
  • 32 4
 Why did you have to go and paint them Frown
  • 52 27
 Logo/paint looks walmart af
  • 12 7
 Reluctantly, I agree. :/
  • 15 8
 Looks like the Graphics were done in Microsoft Word 2003
  • 9 0
 I'm being optimistic and thinking the photography isn't the greatest and they will look much better in person.
  • 6 7
 That was my first thought as well, maybe they should hire a new 8th grader to come up with an updated design???
  • 11 0
 Yeah, I like their raw aluminum finishes the best.
  • 4 5
 This shouldn’t be a deal breaker for me, but it is.
  • 5 8
 @onlyDH: for similar cost I can not only get a better looking design, but also decent looking logos...knolly, banshee...
  • 9 2
 @unrooted: I agree, Banshee hit it out of the park with their new design. Knolly has always been oddly cool looking to me.
  • 16 2
 @unrooted: Anyone that's seriously ridden a balance, a one, a toir, or a jedi, to the level they allow, could give a f*#% about either of those bikes you mentioned. canfields are bangin' and worth every penny.
  • 7 5
 Yea, looks really cheap and bad. Especially that green one.
  • 4 1
 Thats an unusual critique, the graphics don't look amy different to any other brands efforts, can't all be murdered out
  • 5 1
 @ranke: Yah what dumbells even thought that those other bikes even come close to canfield CBF. I own a Toir and the suspension is other worldly and don't forget the easy wheelie 414mm chainstays!
  • 5 0
 @Hri666: That John Deere green is amazing, actually. It's got an almost in your face coolness about it.
  • 2 4
 @rrolly: I hope it is just the photos, but they look like those really cheap and bad 1$ kids bikes from China. You’ll be dying from lead poisoning if you touch the paint too long...
  • 2 0
 @Hri666: I think that it might just be the photos. The paint really does not look good at all. Kind of discouraging since I was looking forward to these releases
  • 4 0
 @Hri666: The frames are powdercoated instead of painted. The green and white Tilts have a second coat of powder which are tinted/metallic finishes. The white has a tint of blue to it and the green has a tasteful amount of metallic flake to it.

I do think they look stellar in person. Do appreciate the feedback.
  • 3 0
 @simcik: Ok ok I’ll admit, the colors in the riding photos do look better than the product pics.
  • 19 0
 Canfield...Please bring back the option of choosing link color.
  • 7 0
 How cool would it be if you could customise the link colour? Bring back the purple!
  • 12 0
 +10

not to mention a raw frame option?

the Tilt could be a good replacement for my alu ripmo as I'd love to give the CBF a go and the Rascal's sta is pretty slack for a taller rider.

frame looks to be about half a pound heavier than mine but then again I could also lose 20 off my #dadbod.

coincidentally I've got a newly rebuilt 210x55 shock just sitting around so that $1600 promo is damn tempting.
  • 19 2
 There's a party in the mountains and you're invited. That tilt looks especially amazing.
  • 3 0
 Do you have that Youtube channel?
  • 6 0
 @teethandnails: yep, he's kind of a big deal.
  • 26 2
 @canfieldbikes: I have many leather-bound books... my apartment smells of rich mahogany... I'm kind of a big deal.
  • 1 0
 @canfieldbikes: Then bring your Moxie - ESD rendition HT to the party! BYOSlackB
  • 1 0
 Nice! Hows the under-forked ESD doing?
  • 1 0
 @teethandnails: I released a video on it, check it out. I've since returned the bike to kona.
  • 19 1
 Is PB ever going to review Canfield bikes?
  • 1 8
flag nurseben (Nov 24, 2020 at 19:34) (Below Threshold)
 Anyone wanna bet that the mystery bike in the ongoing Pinkbike Field Test is one if these bikes? I’m thinking there’s a chance!
  • 2 0
 @nurseben: mystery bike has 27.5 wheels.
  • 9 0
 I loved my Riot. The Tilt has a solid update on the geo and addresses the biggest issues I had with mine, at least on paper - lateral stiffness and progression. If I didn't just buy a Knolly I'd be more interested...but happy to see both these bikes in the line up. The Lithium is going to be a beast... not a lot of dual link 29ers go that big, and CBF is the real deal for springy, sharp pedal feel.
  • 2 0
 How do you like your Knolly (Fugitive?) compared to your Riot?
  • 4 0
 @Skooks: I love it. It also addresses those stiffness and progression issues I felt that n my Riot. The overall impression of the Fugitive is that it's super solid and supportive. Its chunky, but in a vaguely reassuring way. I broke a Riot... I can't imagine breaking a Fugitive. Handling is far more direct/connected, versus vague and disconnected from the front contact patch on the Riot. I was worried about the length of the Fugitive for my flatter trails, but it's easy to manage. The Riot hands down pedals better and feels like more of a sprinter/BMX bike, but the Fugitive is like a rally truck... Dynamic, fum to break loose, ready for anything. When the Riot would get overwhelmed, rear end twisting or bottomed out... Fugitive feels in control, and like I could turn around and do it again but faster.
  • 2 0
 @Glenngineer: Awesome thanks! I also ride a Fugitive and agree with your comments. I have always thought the Canfield bikes would be fun too.
  • 4 0
 @Glenngineer: Pretty sure they have learned a few things since the Riot dropped. I would'nt just write it off the new 29ers from Canfield since you like your Fugi.
  • 13 1
 Making Aluminum bikes great again!!!
  • 11 0
 2020 has been rough enough without goats on meth.
  • 9 0
 Don't all full suspension bikes have the "Reduce rear travel by reducing shock stroke" feature?
  • 3 17
flag thegoodflow (Nov 24, 2020 at 13:47) (Below Threshold)
 Yep, not to mention that you can achieve the same ride by just running less sag, without even messing with a spacer that accomplishes nothing aside from ensuring that you bottom out more often
  • 13 2
 @thegoodflow: Reducing sag does not reduce rear travel...
  • 2 1
 @sngltrkmnd: how 'bout functional rear wheel travel?
  • 2 3
 @sngltrkmnd: no, It doesn't. But if you add a travel limiting spacer, and then accordingly run a similar sag percentage... It is the fact that you're running a firmer spring rate to acheive less sag that accounts for the change in ride characteristics, not the fact the you might bottom out on a spacer at 125mm. Adding these spacers is pointless except in instances where a particular frame can encounter interference issues with the longer stroke (such as a tire hitting the seat-tube)
  • 3 3
 Wow so astute of you. Now how many of them offer it as a choice when you buy the frame?
  • 7 0
 These bikes are great and all, but when are you going to release some swag Smile ? We need to be able to buy t-shirts, pint glasses etc.
  • 9 0
 I got a pint glass w/ my Nimble 9. Expensive glass, but 10/10 would do again.
  • 1 0
 yeah! we want shirts! Big Grin
  • 2 0
 I pulled the trigger on a revel rail because I was waiting so long for the bros to drop a new rig that was right for my local. Stoked i did. it's badass. but-after getting an email last month about their newest swag- it does have an honorary canfield mudguard. Smile
  • 6 1
 The pricing for a frame only is quite competitive. And, with the black friday pre-order discount, its even better. Well done.

The lithium is seems like the short chainstay equivalent/competitor to the Banshee Titan.

Similar geo (reach/stack/HTA/ST length), similar travel numbers, both made out of 7075 aluminum, both with forged sections, and internal cable routing. Would be interesting to see a comparison.

I'm personally think I'm looking for more chainstay length at the moment, but this is still a great option.
  • 6 0
 Just the link is made it of 7075. Can't weld 7075. Yet.

(When they figure that out, carbon might become obsolete.)
  • 1 0
 Pricing for those specs looks really solid! Cane Creek suspension, TRP brakes... super nice!
  • 1 1
 @skylerd: Nicolai begs to differ
  • 1 0
 @bigcrs: “ We at Nicolai exclusively use the alloy 7020-T6 (AlZn4,5Mg1) for our frames.”
  • 1 0
 @skylerd:

That’s what I get for going off of memory. I remembered that banshee used 7000 series AL ending in a 5, but was off by a number or few.

Looks like they use 7005 series.

Still though, differences in which specific alloy type, they still seem remarkably similar to me.
  • 6 0
 Saw a ONE.2 in a lift line recently and it was the nicest looking bike I saw all day. I imagine these will be similarly beautiful
  • 6 0
 The Tilt looks like an awesome bike, besides those colors. Ooh baby, I like it raaaaw.
  • 3 0
 Oh boy, just as I had finally made up my mind on a banshee prime v3 but thought "hmmm I wonder if the long wheelbase and chainstays make sense for my local trails". Really really dumb of me but not sure how I feel about the colors on the tilt. Leaning more towards the white but neither are really the first I'd choose. Wish they were doing the chrome option or just regular raw.

Also really hard to find concrete info on ks2 vs cbf but I assume both are great. I've heard crazy good things about cbf though. Geo on this bike looks spot on and like it will satisfy most people on most trails.
  • 1 0
 I've been on a Titan for most of 2020 after 4+ years on a Riot. Both KS2 and CBF are excellent, I mostly ran coils on both with excellent pedalling from both. Titan is far more progressive a and has a good bit more travel so not exactly apples to apples, but I would have had a very hard time choosing between a Lithium and the Titan had the Lithium been available. I think the geo differences (CS mainly) separate the two more than anything.
  • 3 0
 @abeck59: nice! Yeah, it's been hell trying to choose prime vs knolly fugitive. Once I made up my mind this canfield comes along!

Logic says my trails being a lot of low speed tech means I should 100% go canfield for those crazy short chainstays and more normal but still long wheelbase. Novelty and my love of stability to make up for my lack of skill really wants to try a 450 chainstay and a 1240 wheelbase and wants the prime. I also love the raw industrial look vs what are more or less the exact color of the older salsa touring bikes I had. Not trying to rag on the look of these paint jobs. I have a sneaking suspicion that metallic white color looks amazing in the sun and is hard to capture against a white backdrop.

Decisions, decisions. Good news is they are probably both amazing. The small things seem so make it or break it until you ride the bike and adjust your habits to bring the strength of the bike out.
  • 4 0
 Nice. Been hoping they'd make a shortish travel trail bike. 1700 for the frame doesn't include a shock?
  • 3 0
 Found the answer to my own question.. Not, except right now, you can pre-order WITH a shock for 1899. Or shock+fork for 2650.
  • 5 0
 Cranking out the goods this year. Good stuff.
  • 10 6
 Water bottle mounts...under the frame
  • 3 0
 Good looking bikes. The Lithium has very similar geo numbers to the Yeti SB150 in the XL model for a fraction of the price.
  • 3 0
 Still loving my 2017 Canfield Balance. I bet these new bikes are awesome. Glad to see Canfield back with new frames.
  • 1 1
 Is the only difference in upper shock mount between those two? They seem pretty similiar to me, like all SC look the same. Even my dear Banshee looks the same in V3 generation, you can't quickly say from a distance which frame it is.
  • 4 0
 Another awesome Colorado company, for the riders, not just dentists
  • 3 0
 The Tilt will be a perfect sibling for my Balance.
  • 2 0
 Where is the lithium battery? Otherwise the drug bundles with bike will do.
  • 1 0
 @simcik, @canfieldbikes, I appreciate when manufacturers get directly involved with the comments. Apologies if I missed it, but coil compatibility?
  • 1 0
 Great question, yes, absolutely coil compatible. These bikes are a blast with coil shock.
  • 2 0
 @simcik: insert rock-on emoji in this space.
  • 1 0
 Anyone know what the canfield stock wheels are like? Guessing just like your average stock wheel but curious if they have highish engagement hubs or any details at all really
  • 2 0
 Great question. They will feature a Spank Hex hub (really nice high engagement), 32h J bend butted spokes, brass nipples, 30mm ID rim and weigh in just under 2,000 grams. I have been testing the rims all year long and have been very happy with them on my Balance (test set is a 27.5")
  • 8 6
 Should have saved the Lithium name for the eBike.
  • 20 0
 Named after the trail, not the battery Wink
  • 1 0
 This
  • 2 0
 So is the Lithium the mysterious field test bike?
  • 5 0
 Oh no in the field test it was announced as a 27.5 incher. So it must be the Giga
  • 3 1
 My bet's on the Grim Donut.
  • 1 0
 @simcik @canfieldbikes - another question; what fork offset are you guys using for these frames?
  • 1 0
 44mm offset is standard spec on these and what the geo is based on
  • 2 1
 Is this Lithium the TBD on the field test?
  • 2 2
 Is the Lithium 27.5? That would be sick if so
  • 1 0
 Nice looking bikes, but I'm just itching to trim and tidy the cables.
  • 4 0
 They are definitely easy to make much more tidy, I built all these from the frame up in about a day so those small details were not totally dialed. The internal routing makes them very clean.
  • 1 0
 Do I bother checking stock or...?
  • 1 0
 Safe to say that the Tilt is an aluminum version of the Revel Rascal?
  • 8 0
 Exactly the same... except for price, material, shape, and every geo number.
  • 1 0
 Heard they had the design worked out before Revel was a company, and back when it was "Canfield Brothers" and not just "Canfield." Revel made the Rascal, Canfield made the Tilt. Both bikes are based on the Riot with a braced upper linkage.
  • 1 0
 Yea, aluminum and lower cost is obvious. Looks like a similar shape (at least to me). Checking out geo, the Tilt is definitely more MORE, slacker HT, steeper ST, longer wheelbase/reach/top tube, and shorter chainstay.
  • 2 0
 I'll wait for the Tlit.
  • 1 0
 Is there an european distributor ?
  • 1 0
 @simcik, @canfieldbikes How heavy are the frames?
  • 2 0
 Tilt:
• Weights (medium):
-Frame w/ hardware: 7.6 pounds
-Frame w/ shock: 8.9 pounds
-Complete: 31.8 pounds

Lithium:
• Weights (medium):
-Frame w/ hardware: 7.7 pounds
-Frame w/ shock: 8.8 pounds
-Complete: 31.8 pounds
  • 1 4
 425mm chainstay, 77 degree seat angle, 170mm rear travel... wow what have they done with the wheel path that other companies couldn't figure out. Oh, 69 degree 'actual' seat angle... damn
  • 3 5
 Should have put Formula suspension on there if you talk about "Canfield Balance Formula suspension system"
  • 5 6
 Water bottle inside frame...nope
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