Canfield Returns to Production in 2020 After Change in Leadership

Nov 7, 2019
by Canfield Bikes  
Photo Don Stefanovich
Lance Canfield in Fruita, CO. Photo: Don Stefanovich

PRESS RELEASE: Canfield Bikes


Canfield Brothers has officially rebranded as Canfield Bikes and we will be producing new bikes which will be available beginning in early 2020.

Our announcement comes as our brand celebrates 20 years in business, and breaks the silence after a two-year hiatus during which the Canfield brothers, Lance and Chris, worked through restructuring the business, a process that ultimately resulted in Lance acquiring Chris’ share of the company.

“We’re proud to announce that Canfield Bikes is alive and well,” says Lance Canfield, owner and designer. “We thank all our customers and fans who have always believed in us and even after two years consistently check in with us for updates, wondering when we will be making more bikes. We apologize for the silence, but it was necessary while we restructured. This is the announcement you have all been waiting for. I’m excited to carry the torch and continue doing what I love: building badass mountain bikes worthy of wearing a skull on the head tube.”

bigquotesI’m excited to carry the torch and continue doing what I love: building badass mountain bikes worthy of wearing a skull on the head tube.Lance Canfield

After working together for 20 years, Lance and Chris have each decided to pursue their passions in different ways. Lance will continue as owner and designer of Canfield Bikes. Chris—who recently won the Masters title in the USA Cycling Downhill National Championships and a Masters World Championship win aboard his Canfield Jedi—will retain the rights to the Canfield Balance Formula (CBF) suspension patent, working to license and implement the patent on other platforms.

We will continue to use CBF suspension.

Photo Ian Cook Elements of Exposure
Lance Canfield at Bootleg Canyon in Boulder City, NV. Photo: Ian Cook, Elements of Exposure

“We congratulate Chris on his title wins and wish him the best,” says Lance. “His spirit, energy and creativity have played a vital role in making the brand what it is today and he will be missed. But we have no doubt that great things await him.”

For two decades, we have amassed a nearly cult following despite minimal marketing thanks to our rider-focused engineering philosophy, industry-leading suspension designs—from the legendary Formula 1 linkage on its Jedi downhill bikes, to the active and efficient patented CBF on recent trail and all-mountain bikes—and a customer-centric approach to sales and service.


Building on our heritage, we will maintain the level of quality products and hands-on customer service riders have come to expect. Components, including Crampon Mountain and Crampon Ultimate pedals, rebuild kits and C2 AM and DH cranks are in stock and available immediately.

Photo Ian Cook Elements of Exposure
Lance Canfield at Bootleg Canyon in Boulder City, NV. Photo: Ian Cook, Elements of Exposure

New bikes are slated to be available by spring 2020, with details and pre-order options expected by the end of the year. Service parts for existing bikes will also be available.

“Canfield Bikes was founded on a simple principle: building the bikes that we want to ride,” says Lance. “And nothing about that is going to change.”

For more information, visit CanfieldBikes.com.

by Don Stefanovich


138 Comments

  • 65 0
 2020 and beyond!
  • 53 0
 You know it!
  • 29 0
 Great news! Everybody was hoping for a positive update and we got it.
  • 9 0
 Whamp Whamp.....looking forward to a new bike in my garage.
  • 5 0
 Sweet, can't wait to see what they come out with.
  • 4 0
 @canfieldbikes: congrats dude and godspeed. being a small bike co is hard...
  • 4 0
 Congrats to you guys...and to your riders as well! As the happy owner of 3 Jedis over the years I’m proud to say I just rode my first XC race on a Canfield carbon hardtail. Then dirt jumped it after. Canfield has made every life stage of biking so much more fun for me.

Kids bike in the pipeline? I recall when you guys made something for Jackson Goldstone back before there was anything legit for kids out there.
  • 1 0
 @drlancefreeride: I second the kids bike idea. skull badged strider
  • 27 1
 Look forward to when Chris launches his new bike brand...

All kidding aside, money/business and friends/family are VERY tough waters to tread. Hope things worked out amicably and they still sit at the same TurkeyDay table...
  • 3 15
flag vinay (Nov 7, 2019 at 12:50) (Below Threshold)
 @squarewheel: Revel Bikes? Shouldn't Anthony Revell from Revell Bikes sue them? Not sure if he's still in the industry, but Stolen BMX (which he also founded) is still around.
  • 5 4
 @squarewheel: Revel licensed CBF, but Chris is not actually involved in the brand.
  • 9 10
 @squarewheel: I refuse to buy a bike called a "Rascal"...??? that is a little 3 wheeled electric chair for when were 98 and can't walk anymore. WhoTF thought that was a good name for a mountain bike...

Also it needs a little more AM to it's trailish nature. (Not that I want a 170 F/R 29er either, but I hate it when they make the 29er the "tame" bike, and the 27.5 the "cool" bike)
  • 6 2
 @stiingya: I'm mostly on board with you about the general treatment of 27.5 vs 29 frames, but as the owner of a Riot (the Canfield 29er - 140/140), I can say it's far more capable than the numbers would suggest. I don't have any experience with the Rascal, but I suspect it's fairly similar.

That said, if Canfield came out with an aluminum 160/160 29er, I'd buy it today.
  • 5 0
 @stiingya: you little Rascal.
  • 3 0
 @mtbswindler: you big Rail.
  • 5 3
 @DCS1138: their “about us” page says Chris is their “trusty COO” so looks like he is deeply invested in REVEL bikes.
  • 3 2
 @DCS1138: yeah, uh, that's not accurate
  • 3 0
 @stiingya: Hey, those Klein Rascals were sweet! I'd argue with you more but I gotta head to Walmart on my electric buggy . . . chair . . . thingy . . . fine, you win, my Rascal.
  • 8 0
 @Doomsdave: It’s worded awkwardly, but that’s referring to Jeremiah.

”Jeremiah Starkey, former lead engineer at RockShox and Trust Performance, now leading all mechanical engineering aspects of our bikes. He collaborated with Chris Canfield, who designed and patented our truly magical suspension. Oh, and he’s also our trusty COO.”
  • 5 0
 @Doomsdave: you read it wrong homeslice. "Jeremiah Starkey is one of the smartest, most detailed engineers in the bike industry, and has the résumé and product development history to back it up. Jeremiah and Adam are long-time friends, and he has been a major part of the engineering process with Revel since the beginning. After working for Revel on a contract basis throughout the development process, he took a leap of faith, moved to Carbondale, Colorado, and is now part owner, COO, and head engineer for Revel."

Consulted with Canfield for the design and patent......... and is the COO.
  • 1 0
 @DCS1138: You are right. I only remembered reading about Chris in connection with Revel Bikes. I was too quick yesterday.
Even the Pinkbike article states that he is only licensing CBF and helping to engineer the bikes.
  • 1 0
 @jsnfschr: seconded.
  • 1 0
 @DCS1138 Ha ha!!!: got it. Thanks.
  • 1 0
 @Sweatypants: I stand corrected.
  • 17 1
 Yes! This is the announcement I was waiting for. Almost had to buy a Revel and sticker kit. Glad we’re back at it.
  • 16 0
 2016 Balance is the bike I never should've sold. Stoked on this news.
  • 7 0
 I had nightmares on sellers remorse, so I did not sell ; ). my raw 2016 is still my favorite bike.
  • 1 0
 Still got mine. I plan on hanging the frame when I move on in case I ever feel like rebuilding it.
  • 1 0
 @Lagr1980: I have a raw 2013 "the one" and I still sit and stare at it sometimes. Beautiful bikes, glad to hear the boys are back at it.
  • 1 0
 @VPS13: I ve got a one too. Was ahead of its time. Still very good
  • 13 0
 Awesome. Candied one was ahead of it's time
  • 18 31
flag WAKIdesigns (Nov 7, 2019 at 10:41) (Below Threshold)
 So was VP Free and Uzzi, people just don’t know it yet
  • 2 0
 @WAKIdesigns: VP Free and Uzzi were both rad bikes.
  • 16 9
 Not going to get my business again. Bought a 2015 Riot when they first came out.

1) Was delayed months, which was not really a big deal.

2) The rear triangle on their first batches of Riots was misaligned and they shipped these out this way stating they were still in spec. Fairly sure this was the cause of quite a few DB Inline shock failures and probably caused premature shock failures.

3) They specced the worst shock they could for the Riot a Cane Creek DB Air, way too much compression that would not blow off or be tuned out (bike rode like crap with that shock).

4) Top tube cracked on mine after only 2 ½ years and 1500 miles, this was on fairly easy/light riding. Digging around appears this top tube issue is either a design issue or a manufacturing issue. Quite a few people have developed this same crack on both their Riots and Balances.

5) When I went to them about warrantying the Riot. They stated this was outside the 2 year warranty (very weak warranty!) and they could do a crash replacement, but they don’t have any larges in stock and don't know if they will ever have any. (basically told tough sh_t!).

Wrote this off as a $2300 lesson and will stick with the big bike manufactures that have better product quality, testing and warranties.
  • 7 0
 On the other hand, canfield offered me a crash replacement deal on a 10 year old frame that i bought used. I was just trying to source a new rear triangle, so the offer was way way above and beyond what i expected of them. Sorry you had a bad experience.
  • 8 0
 Chris won Masters DH WC, Lance did not. C'mon pinkbike, you even had a post about it with comments congratulating Chris Canfield...
  • 1 0
 It says that Chris did...
  • 1 0
 @DCS1138: it’s been fixed
  • 7 0
 Weird undertone with the whole brothers parting ways.... I wonder what happened and what Chris will do.
  • 7 1
 read Lance's letter, it describes what Chris is doing - basically maintaining the patent to CBF and licensing it to companies like Revel, Canfield Bikes will continue to use the CBF platform.
  • 7 0
 Well that’s fricken rad
  • 3 0
 Stoked.. glad to hear, hopefully we can get a “balance” style frame that will last me more than a couple years with out cracking like crazy, Canfield bikes are made for people who want to get out there and kill it. I’ll never get another DH bike other than a Jedi!!
  • 2 0
 People were cracking their Balance? I have several seasons of riding mine hard at bike park and its been bombproof... I am not the heaviest rider but I do ride it like a DH bike
  • 1 0
 @sb666: every single person I know or have spoken to has cracked and/or broken their balance. Not due to their riding skill or ability, but due to the fact the bike failed. I can only safely assume this fact has something to do with the brothers parting ways....
  • 6 2
 Great bikes. I hope the warranty issues can be sorted. Thats the biggest hangup with me buying boutique bikes. Gotta have those frames (and wheels) GTG.
  • 3 0
 Alignment will be key for next run.
  • 5 3
 Really like their bikes and parts. Crampons are my favorite pedals. Well designed suspension and the 420 cs on the balance and then somehow make it shorter on the riot/toir. Great concept to make the bigger wheel size shorter chainstayds to claw back some playability, while other companies say they cant squeeze a shorter cs on a 9er.
Hoping they steepen the seat angles and have better standover. All the things other companies are doing. Shorter seat tube lengths, more reach. Top tubes are probably fine. The design bones are solid just the tweaking.
A 170 travel Ebalance would be sweet
  • 1 0
 I was just looking at the Crampton pedals on their site, and the describes them as "convex". The pictures seem to confirm that they are in fact convex.

Doesn't this pretty much go against the collective consensus among the entire cycling community that pedals should be concave??

I've obviously never actually ridden a set, but I'm curious how that can possibly be a good thing!
  • 2 0
 @gibspaulding: ya i thought that originally too. The convex is very slight and your shoe naturally bends that way. Youre stuck on them very well like that plus good pin placement and height. I had ht ae03's before and theyre super thin as well and flat or maybe slight concave but the bushings died quickly/junk. Crampons feel every bit as good and have that great thin pedal feel when youre close to the axle super sticky and have lasted with zero isdues so far. I have the ones with bearings, not bushings. I believe thats the crampons. They have 2 options, 3 if you cojnt the mags, but 2 real bearing/bushing options. No personal feedback on the others , i just went straight fkr the bearing ones after the HT experience
  • 2 0
 @won-sean-animal-chin: That's interesting! I'll have to keep an eye out for a set to try!
Convex would definitely work nicely for getting proper bearings in a slim pedal.
  • 1 0
 @gibspaulding: worth it id say. Glad to see theyre back in business. I want to get replacement bearing kit just to have in my tool box for whenever. Ive been on them 2 1/2 years on my trail bike. Impacts generally show on the dh bike and bearings/bushing wear generally show more on the pedaly bike. Lowish bb on my transition scout has tested both impacts and pedaling
  • 5 1
 Awesome. Good to have Canfield back. What other American manufacturer will be out there pushing boundaries and making bikes 5 years ahead of the curve?
  • 1 0
 Do they manufacture in the USA?
  • 1 0
 @schofell84: Nope. My Jedi was made in Taiwan.
  • 3 0
 @schofell84: Sorry. Bad verbiage. I guess I should have said American company... Just stating that Canfield was way ahead of the geometry curve for a company with US HQ (some euros were there with them).
  • 1 0
 @sspiff: Fair enough. Maybe Guerrilla Gravity?
  • 4 0
 Bummer these guys couldn't work it out. Sucks to see talent walk away from a seemingly cool company. Seems like Chris is all over RevelBikes and going that direction.
  • 8 1
 Cool. Now do Turner.
  • 2 0
 Right On Lance, congratulations, you as well Chris! Been saving for a new rig myself, sumpin' kinda rare, cool, durable, but with the resume of a bad-ass bike, "worthy of a wearing a skull on the headtube"! Canfield Bikes looks to be trying to fill my request!
  • 5 0
 Its about time!!!! 2020 cant wait to see what comes out the kitchen!!!
  • 5 1
 This explains why they never got back to me about replacement spindles on my Crampons- I had given up hope.
  • 1 0
 Hi Brappjuice, Sorry you did not hear back from us, we now have pedal parts in stock. Please email us directly or checkout the webstore. Thank you again for the stoke and support! canfieldbikes.com/pages/components
  • 5 0
 I've never seen a Canfield without a DVO... done now!
  • 6 0
 I just bought a Canfield Nimble 9 that I'm building up. As a fork, I have a...DVO...
  • 5 0
 @drewsro: I just bought a used Jedi. Rode it a few times and will be switching my DVO Emerald over to it.
  • 2 0
 I have a riot and yelli, both DVO.
  • 2 0
 I've got a Yari up front and a Vivid coil in the rear of my Riot. Bought it with a CCDB-A, but wouldn't be mad if it had a DVO on it. Ha ha.
  • 2 0
 @sino428: I sold my '15 Jedi which had a DVO Emerald on it. Such an awesome bike. Had a '13 also. Had to go a different direction when they stopped making bikes. Will be REALLY excited to see what they have for 2020
  • 2 0
 @krashDH85: Thats what I have. Only got a chance to ride it a couple times but liked it alot, and that was with the somewhat beat up parts that it had on it. Once I get the suspension swapped out and a few other parts replaced/upgraded for next season its should be pretty awesome.
  • 3 0
 @drewsro: Nice! I just build a N9 with a coil MRP Ribbon on it...
  • 4 1
 @Bigplans: DVO rocks
  • 1 0
 @sino428: With some updated geo on the Jedi, would def be in the running for my next bike unless they go full overhaul/model change. In which it will still be in the running!
  • 5 4
 I wish you guys the best of luck. Heard you have some nice bikes. But...

“Canfield Bikes was founded on a simple principle: building the bikes that we want to ride,” says Lance. “And nothing about that is going to change.”

...is literally what every other bike company says...
  • 3 0
 Sure, and different people like to ride different kinds of bikes, so it works out.
  • 1 0
 @ChristophColombo: Agreed. Canfield looks dope. Friends have and love. I just think the marketing message is so absurd. What other bike would you want to build - one that an elephant wants to ride?
  • 2 1
 As long as the frames are more durable and less flexy, I’ll take a look, but honestly I would stick with a rebirth of the Riot and One, they were best sellers and rode well.

Longer travel is in, but not for long, stick with mid travel, short arse chainstays, and two wheel sizes.
  • 1 0
 Crampon pedals are my favorites by far. So stoked to see they are back. I was looking to get another set about 2 months ago for a new build and sadly they where not available so I went with something else (cheap) pedals. Now that they are back gonna buy me a new set!
  • 1 0
 Hell yeah! I'm still rocking a Canfield Brothers "The One" and love it. It was definitely a bike that was ahead if it's time. Looking forward to what they bring to the masses next year. I'll be looking to get either another Canfield or possibly a Revel Rail it something similar.
  • 1 0
 Does this mean I can actually get a rebuild kit for my crampon ultimate pedals? Really loved these pedals and still have them in the garage but they got so clapped out I couldn’t run them anymore. Rebuild kits were unavailable for almost a year. Finally gave up and got some oneup pedals...
  • 1 0
 Excellent! I imported a Yelli, as nothing else like it seemed to exist, could see how it could be better, especially with a longer fork - and then rode an EPO - wasn't in market for a carbon bike but bought one straight away, still rides better than it has any right to (it's not for sale)
  • 6 2
 Perfect. Iron Horse next please
  • 9 0
 @trelleder: I just threw up in my mouth a little bit
  • 3 0
 @trelleder: Know Limits!
  • 3 0
 Dorel Cycles, where bike brands go to die ... of a slow, painful, undignified death !
  • 1 0
 @trelleder: Wish I didn't click that link.
  • 3 0
 Glad to see this! The Canfield bikes are made for getting rowdy and having fun without hurting your wallet.
  • 2 1
 Multimillion pound corporations manage to restructure in less time than these two! Great news though. Love my 2 pairs of canfield pedals and regret never upgrading my 2014 balance to a 2016.
  • 2 0
 Can't wait!! Got to ride a Balance in 2016 but then they stopped making them, can't wait to see what comes out next, an updated Toir would be sooooo sick!
  • 5 0
 For reals that would be sick... that bike’s a riot!
  • 2 1
 @WasatchEnduro: what you did there...
  • 5 0
 Keep it metal please!!
  • 1 0
 Great news for Canfield. I must say, If I was in the market to replace my Foxy I'd probably go with the yet to be released long travel 29er Revel bike to get the CBF suspension.
  • 1 1
 Hmmm... might need to change my plans from selling my complete Riot to just selling the frame, depending on what they come out with. Either way, super stoked to see they aren't going anywhere!
  • 1 0
 When it comes to having fun and launching off or every rock or root, the Riot is unbeatable. Can't wait to see what they roll out next.
  • 2 0
 Somewhere in Europe a photo surfaced of a female DH racer
On a prototype Canfield frame Wasn’t a Jedi layout
  • 2 0
 Yeah saw this a couple seasons ago?
Then radio silence
  • 1 0
 It's funny that this brand is what got me on a 29er... and damn, I missed the "revel" comment.... look forward to what this will bring!
  • 2 0
 Man I hope they keep the Jedi in the fleet and release it with modern day specs. I'd buy one immediately.
  • 3 0
 I really dig my EPO. Such a fun bike.
  • 1 0
 Glad to hear things are moving forward! I’ve been wanting a Balance for almost four years and finally bought a 2016 this summer. All the hype is true.
  • 3 0
 Love to see a carbon Jedi 29er
  • 4 0
 Aluminum would be just fine too...
  • 2 0
 Another plea for a significantly lighter Riot. Carbon would be nice but not critical.
  • 2 0
 Best news I’ve heard all day. Lance is the man!
  • 1 0
 Rad, love Canfield brothers bikes and i guess i will love Canfield bikes. Keen to see what they come up with.
  • 2 0
 Will service parts for the Jedi be available on the site?
  • 3 0
 Nice work Lance!
  • 2 0
 Just keep making the Nimble!
  • 1 0
 Never selling my jedi. It's one bike i'll keep just to hang from the ceiling of the bike lair.
  • 2 0
 SEND IT!
  • 1 0
 But... Iam just on a "new" rig, I can't get another one so soon....
  • 1 0
 Heck yeah! I'd buy a Canfield again! Bring back the Jedi!
  • 1 0
 Sign me up! Updated Riot with more travel and a pls be a bit lighter!
  • 1 0
 So F'D Rad. Cannot wait to see what the boys bring to the table next.
  • 1 0
 Bring back the Big Fat Fatty Fat! best bike name EVER
  • 2 0
 Carbon Riot please!
  • 1 0
 Can't Wait!!!! Thank God!.
  • 1 0
 I have a unadvertised 2011 Small Jedi for sale $800. pm if interested
  • 1 0
 I can now throw the antidepressants awaytup
  • 1 0
 PUMPED
  • 1 0
 This is awesome news!
  • 1 1
 Great news! I’m loving my Canfield Balance. Best bike I’ve ever owned.
  • 1 0
 Hell yeah boys!
  • 1 0
 Efffff yeah!!!!!
  • 1 0
 Irie I the Jedi!!!
  • 1 0
 Good news!
  • 1 0
 I just want a jedi!
  • 1 2
 New bike spy shots tomorrow? Bike test to follow?
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