Cane Creek Launches New Air IL & Coil IL Rear Shocks

Feb 24, 2023 at 12:10
by Cane Creek  

Press Release: Cane Creek Cycling Components

Cane Creek is proud to introduce the next generation of Air IL and Coil IL shocks. Packing class-leading performance in a smaller and stronger package, the Air and Coil IL give riders complete control over their damping with twin-tube technology and an extremely wide range of 4-way external adjustability. Cane Creek’s Air and Coil IL shocks are the absolute best upgrade for any rider’s mountain bike. These shocks were designed and tested for improved suspension performance, increased reliability and seamless compatibility with more trail bikes. The new Cane Creek Air IL and Coil IL shocks are ready to take on anything a rider’s next all-day epic or quick rip has in store.

Available in both Air & Coil - Cane Creek IL shocks have the widest range of damping adjustability on the market - designed to bring a new level of control to XC, Trail and Enduro Bikes.

DB Twin-Tube Technology = More Control
Cane Creek Cycling Components was the first cycling company to provide twin-tube technology to mountain bikes. Now with nearly 20 years of shock innovation under Cane Creek’s belt, both the new air and coil IL shocks feature unmatched on-trail feel, incredible control and the widest range of 4-way damping adjustability on the market.

Coil or Air - Getting dialed in is easier than ever with the integrated tool nested in the climb switch (CS lever). Cane Creek has increased the maximum PSI for Air IL to 350 PSI. The new Coil IL is equipped with a new Preload Adjustment with detents for more precise spring rate tuning.

Both the Coil IL & Air IL shocks are equipped with an integrated tool nested right into our Climb Switch (CS) Lever.

Cane Creek has upgraded the next generation of Air and Coil IL with thicker inner damper tubes for increased strength and slimmer valve bodies and air cans for additional clearance on tight frames. Cane Creek hand assembles and individually dyno tests all suspension products in Western North Carolina to ensure quality control, performance and a rider benefit that is unmatched.


• Thicker Inner Damper Tube
• Slimmer Valve Body
• Reduced Air Spring Outer Diameter
• Compatible On More Bikes


• External 4-way Adjustability
• Progressive & Linear Coil Springs
• Customizable Air Volume Spacers
• Increased Max Air Pressure

Pisgah Born = Rider Designed • Rider Developed • Rider Built
Like all Cane Creek Suspension, Air IL and Coil IL shocks are designed, developed and hand-assembled by riders in Western North Carolina. Informed by the endless climbs and technical descents of the Pisgah National Forest the next generation of IL shocks were born from the experience of the hardcore riders who call Cane Creek home. This shock was developed completely in-house by Cane Creek’s engineering team and rigorously tested on some of North America’s most legendary trails.

bigquotesIf you are planning to upgrade anything on your trail bike this season, the component that will make the biggest bang-for-your-buck impact is the rear shock. And an IL shock, air or coil, is the best way to immediately ensure you feel a positive difference in performance in your ride.Sam Anderson, Cane Creek Brand Manager

- Air +/- 385g
- Coil +/- 280g (w/o spring)
- DB Twin-tube independent compression and rebound in two high-speed and two low-speed damping circuits
Adjuster Positions
- Low Speed Compression
- Low Speed Rebound
- High Speed Compression
- High Speed Rebound
Max Air Pressure
- 350psi
- 50.5mm Valve Body
- 51mm Air Spring
- 51.5 - 54mm Coil Spring (depending on rate)
Damper Oil
- Motorex 4wt
Climb Switch
- 3mm Integrated Tool
- Two Position: Descend | Climb
Available Configurations
- Standard: 190x40, 190x42.5, 190x45, 210x50, 210x52.5, 210x55
- Trunnion: 165x40, 165x42.5, 165x45,185x50, 185x185x52.5, 185x55
- Hand Assembled in Fletcher, NC

The Cane Creek Air IL and Coil IL are available in both metric and trunnion lengths ranging from 165mm to 210mm with a retail price of $629.99 for air and $579.99 for coil (without a spring). They are available immediately through Cane Creek retailers, distributors or factory-direct in North America through

MENTIONS: @CaneCreekCyclingComponents

Cane Creek Cycling Components - DB Rear Shocks


  • 125 3
 No waterbottle integration, nor the ability to run my cables through it. Not interested.
  • 8 21
flag everythingsucks (Feb 28, 2023 at 9:35) (Below Threshold)
 @CaneCreekCyclingComponents when will you realize that the real answers are in the comments. You're making a fool out of yourselves right now.
  • 8 1
 No carbon or expensive golden coating either. How do they expect to sell this?
  • 52 4
 I want that spur
  • 10 1
 I have one, yes you want one! It would be interesting to feel a coil shock on it
  • 2 0
 @BrotherCraig75: Is one kicking around here, uses the older 190x51 version with a progressive coil, and a 140mm Fox34 Grip2 fork, it's a beast! #DreamsAreFree

@CaneCreekCyclingComponents: are you continuing the 190x51 variants? Seems plenty of folks like to 'long-stroke' their space constrained metric 190x45mm bikes with them eg. the TallBoy & Spur....
  • 35 0
 I’m gonna hold out for more adjustability.
  • 31 0
 Pretty blown away with the capability of my Air IL. It's probably the best all-around shock I've run on my Switchblade.
  • 10 0
 I ran a DB Inline Air on a 2nd gen Tallboy and that was the best shock I’ve ever tuned. On anything with 2 wheels!
I could dial in my bike for anything from primitive single track to Moab Slickrock. And I swear the fluid lasted 4 seasons.
His upgrade claim is exactly right- it’s the shock, stupid!
I tried to get one for my 4th gen Tallboy but even Cane Creek said it wouldn’t fit, so I’m running an Ohlins TTX-2 air. Great shock, not supposed to fit. I believe it’s upside down.
  • 1 2
 While you cannot trust the fox x2 and the DPX@ was a terrible shock, the float x has been great on my switchblade, the dhx2 is too linear IMO for my riding.

That being said I would love to try other brands, this is certainly cool
  • 3 0
 @way2manyhobbies2keep: You cant even compare float x to DB air. totally different feels, you should try one
  • 2 2
 @way2manyhobbies2keep: Sure; the Float X may feel good on your switchblade, but it only has LSR and LSC adjustment. Not only does the Cane Creek shock offer HSC and HSR adjustment as well; but it's a twin tube which reduces oil temps and cavitation.
  • 3 0
 @way2manyhobbies2keep: CC Valt spring will change yo life
  • 1 0
 @therealnobody: I might have to give one a shot, everything in socal is pretty huck to flat
  • 2 1
 @notorious-b-o-g: I see you have been successfully marketed to.

The goal of proper engineering is better performance with less adjustment, and the fewest seals and moving part possible.

Not saying the float x is any of that, but your statement about twin tubes is just regurgitated marketing fluff. The perception that more adjustment is better really relies on the owners ability to tune and usually the far ends of the adjustment have negative performance affects.

To get back on topic, I haven't tried the CC and I hope its great, competition is so important to the progression.
  • 17 0
 Love these shocks, I've had the air version on a previous bike and now have the coil one and they are soo nice, all the other brands seem to not care about thier smaller shocks, they, and consumers seem to see them as the inferior cheap version of the piggy backs, or XC targetted, while Cane Creek give you all the performance capable of enduro riding and adjustment in a lighter package, most people aren't riding mega alpine long descents so the oil volume a piggy back gives you doesn't matter and my coil one weighs no more than some of the big air shocks so you get that coil goodness without the usual heft, win win, just a shame the price keeps creeping up like everything esle! at least it's not Fox expensive tho.
  • 6 0
 Amen Brother! Cane Creek made it possible for my old Tallboy to feel like a modern bike because of the bandwidth of adjustment in the DB Inline Air. Short travel matters!
  • 5 0
 Manitou makes an effort, as does DVO. But they're rare indeed.
  • 1 1
 Hear, Hear! Their Coil IL gave my old bike new life. The only reason I'm getting a new one is because I want a bit more travel. But the first upgrade I'm putting on whatever new ride I get is going to be a CC Coil, most likely IL.
  • 16 2
 "Cane Creek Cycling Components was the first cycling company to provide twin-tube technology to mountain bikes. Now with nearly 20 years of shock innovation under Cane Creek’s belt, "

I'm fairly sure the Romic twin tube (I had one on a Kona Stinky) was several years before Cane Creek.
  • 33 0
 You've clearly been riding bikes a good while! The Romic wasn't a recirculating TTX-style design despite having two tubes, it was effectively a single tube where the reservoir/piggyback was concentric to the damper tube which was a smart layout (albeit with a few drawbacks, such as eye to eye length vs stroke). Cane Creek's claim is correct in the TTX/recirculating sense of the design.
  • 2 9
flag Brasher (Feb 28, 2023 at 19:08) (Below Threshold)
 should read "20 years ago with ripped off an Ohlins TTX25" FSAE nerds will know.
  • 16 0
 @Brasher: The "Ohlins" TTX25 is actually a rebadged CCDB coil, made by Cane Creek. It was made available a couple of years after the Double Barrel - note the logos.
  • 2 0
 @VorsprungSuspension: Thanks for the detail! The main thing I remember about the Romic was while it performed really well, it would overheat on long descents due to the lower internal oil volume.
  • 3 0
 @VorsprungSuspension: your knowledge is appreciated!
  • 5 0
 @Brasher: The CC Double Barrel is/was developed as a partnership between Ohlins and Cane Creek. So not really a ripoff by either company.
  • 11 1
 ugh, no 205 trunnion. Yeah, I know the kitsuma piggy back is probably better suited to larger travel frames but I don't care, I a dbcoil il.
  • 2 1
 *want a
  • 5 0
 Yeah, I'd love a DBIL Coil in a 205x57.5 or 60mm trunnion. Thought my luck might be in when I saw this article, guess not though Frown
  • 4 0
 Same. I prefer the compact form factor of inline shocks. Makes more room for bottles and gear. I also think unless youre doing park laps, you don't need a piggyback.
  • 8 0
 I dig the angled air fitting and integrated tool! I really liked the ride quality of the previous gen DB Air IL, had good reliability as well.

However, I do feel like toolless adjustments like the kitsuma as well as HBO (maybe a patent issue?) were missed opportunities. Maybe not an issue on a trail shock, but thats one of the main reasons people are picking Super Deluxe Coil Ult over the Kitsuma.
  • 4 0
 Both EXT and now RockShox are using hydraulic bottom out control. I wonder what the patent situation is. Using a well designed elastomer bottom out bumper can get you the same effect, its just not quite as refined.
  • 2 0
 @hamncheez: pretty sure push uses it too.
  • 1 0
 Just to be clear, Kitsuma is using toolless adjustments.
  • 1 0
 @hamncheez: Probably a friendly licensing agreement since no one cross shops EXT with Rockshox.
  • 2 0
 @William42: Right - sorry if it was not. I bought a Kitsuma for my new rig, for the record, and it's a killer shock!
  • 1 1
 @William42: but it is f-ugly
  • 12 2
 So they made the best shock even better. Db air il was the most sensitive shock i've used, if setup correctly even better than some coil shocks even!
  • 8 1
 Great product. I would run one. However, an upgraded fork will do a hell of a lot more than a rear shock. Spend the $$ upfront first. And that’s assuming you have great tires already. Otherwise, start there.
  • 11 1
 Make this spring in different colors!
  • 9 0
 That huge drop is on my local trail here in Charlotte, NC!. Nice Never thought I would see this area anywhere on PB.
  • 1 0
 Is that Airline I'm in Troutman.
  • 3 0
 @itslightoutandawaywego: It's Cedar Valley, part of fisher farm, in Davidson. It's the double black diamond section off the sweet leaf trail. The trails take an eternity to dry though and have been closed all Winter. Which sucks it's got to be one of my favorite local trails.
  • 7 0
 We are having a dig day on the 12th.
  • 2 0
 @Muggsly: Aha that's why I've never seen it. Jeez the soils sucks around here.
  • 2 0
 @EvanStClair: Be nice if it was listed on the tarheels site. I don't facebook.
  • 1 0
 @itslightoutandawaywego: I agree everytime I talk to the THT they say we post everything on FB. I let em know I don't use FB or any social media and they look at me like I have 3 heads. Oh well.
  • 1 0
 @Muggsly: It's frustrating. If you want my money or time, you need to work with me. If not c*ck off. FFS they have a calendar of events tab on the site. Its blank.
  • 6 2
 Hmmmm. Wonder if i could finally sneak a coil in my aluminum tallboy 4? Coils on tallboys are nothing new, but the aluminum version has a narrower shock tunnel if I understand correctly. Ive been curious for years now but havent pulled the trigger because im a heavier rider and need a pretty beefy spring, leading to fit issues in the shock tunnel.
  • 18 4
 I never understood why you would want to do this as a heavy guy? There isn’t that much travel to play with and you need to run such a heavy spring to avoid constant bottom out that it feels like butt
  • 3 0
 Had a bronson 3 with the DB Coil. It was the only coil that could fit inside the Bronson 3 at the time. The shock was completly tuned by my tuner but it made the bike way way better! More progressiv. At the end I think the EXT could fit as well.
  • 8 3
 @Solorider13: LIterally just to experiment.
  • 12 0
 @Gibbsatron: sounds expensive
  • 3 0
 So the issue there is the shock tunnel has clearance issues with the spring - and they haven't changed the spring to the best of my knowledge. As it's one of the narrower diameter springs out there, it's probably a no go.

From what I've seen, lighter weight riders using lighter weight springs have better odds on making it work. But as the wire diameter gets thicker on the heavier spring rates, the greater the chances of getting rub are.

Seems like it works for some people and not others, but since the official recommendation from both CC and Santa Cruz is "don't do it, it'll void warranty" probably best to avoid. YMMV.
  • 5 0

"Completely tuned by my tuner..."
  • 13 8

That's not really how suspension works - not just on this bike, but on all bikes.

It's a fairly complex relationship, but the basics are this: An air spring by nature is pretty easy to push through until you get towards the bottom, where it ramps up quick and hard. This can have the crappy effect of making it so that you simultaneously blow through travel too easily, and have your bike feel harsh because you're riding a narrow range of the bottom of the travel. Frame manufacturers working from the bike kinemetics angle, and suspension manufacturers building out the dampers/springs themselves have gotten pretty clever at mitigating this and so the reality is your modern air shock is pretty f*cking good, and brings all sorts of tuning options that just aren't available on a coil. But, most of them still have some sag in the midstroke. More powerfully built riders tend to notice this more because they're pushing through the natural friction from the damper and working the spring harder and so they're more likely to notice these shortcomings. The advantage of a coil is that its a linear spring. Meaning that there is no saggy middle spot, and the force required to push it from 0-1" is x, and it requires another x to go from 1"-2". This can lead to a more plush overall feeling, because the spring is less inclined to pack up and keeps the bike riding higher in it's travel. Frame kinemetics plays a huge role though, and for a lot of bikes, and air spring is just the flat out better choice.

But as far as "it'll feel harsh" far from it. A 170lb rider is going to use a different spring rate than a 240lb rider - regardless of if it's air or coil. So as long as the 240lb rider is using a coil spring thats appropriate for their weight and riding style, it shouldn't feel drastically different - other than giving a bit more support in that mid layer and making the overall feel a bit softer and ground huggier.
  • 3 0
 @Gibbsatron: always a fair reason
  • 10 6
 PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: Not every bike is improved by switching to a coil shock!! Don't trust your noob friends on a Diamondback. Head on over to your local LBS and very likely don't trust the kid behind the counter who gives you shit for riding clipless!!
  • 22 4
 "Completely transformed the bike bro! I mean, I'm still dialing it in and I need to try another spring but it's suuuuuuuuper sick."
  • 1 0
 @bkm303: hahahahaha
  • 6 0
 Bet these new puppies will fit a stumpy now!
  • 3 0
 This is awesome for those of us with the Santa Cruz Hightower V2. Cascade components kept us in the loop with the V3 and now a coil shock that fits with the tight frame tunnel.
  • 4 0
 Serious question. Can I put this on my stumpy Evo without it spontaneously exploding now?
  • 1 0
 Did the old one blow up on the Stumpy EVO? I think the shaft size is pretty much the same as the old one but they claim the inner diameter is bigger.
  • 1 0
 @dirtdiggler: I've seen pictures of snapped DB in lines on the old 2019 one. I want a coil on my newer stumpy but I can't shake those old images.

Not that I've seen it but the forums also claim Cane Creek put out a statement saying stumpjumpers are not supported for their shocks.
  • 7 0
This is the info from their site.

The issue with the Stumpy is it's long clevis. When you bottom out the shock it puts excessive lateral load on the shock and this is why you see them snapping coil shock shafts, and air shocks needing a rebuild quicker than other frames.

Looks like the Kitsuma Coil is a go though.
  • 3 0
 @dirtdiggler: if the OD is the same but the ID is bigger, the wall thickness would have decreased!
  • 1 0
  • 2 1
 @dirtdiggler: It's not the side to side rotation that bends/breaks shafts, it's up and down (think forces pushing towards the top tube). An IGUS bushing can only allow so much flex in the system.
  • 2 0
 @notorious-b-o-g: from that link: "Modified on: Tue, 15 Dec, 2020 at 1:42 PM". This from "Cane Creek Coil IL shocks are not compatible with bikes that use “clevis” style suspension designs (including Specialized Stumpjumper & Turbo Levo models) – please contact our support team for questions or concerns". There is no warning for the new air model.
  • 1 0
 @bashhard: Yeah, it just says that it has "Thicker Inner Damper Tube" but nothing about the shaft size increasing. That's my bad for misreading.
  • 1 0
 @notorious-b-o-g: it! That makes more sense.
  • 5 1
 DB Inline has been awesome to me for years. Glad to see they keep this line of shocks improving.
  • 2 0
 3 rebuilds over 7 years. Love CC.
  • 3 0
 I need to get one of their DBair shocks again. The plushes air shock I've ever experienced. Made my 2016 Smuggler feel like an enduro bike on the downs.
  • 5 0
 What was already a great shock, now even better! Thanks CC!
  • 5 0
 this is jewellery and art of engineering. I want one they look so cool...
  • 1 0
 Damnit! I just purchased the previous version from them, and even called to ask if the reason they're on sale is if an updated version is coming out. The lady I talked to wouldn't say anything but eventually said that the only change is that they're moving to metric sizing, so the old ones have to go. Which made no sense to me, as they already had both measurements. My frame has real tight clearances and would have much preferred to wait the couple weeks to order the new, more compact version.
  • 3 0
 Never thought I'd see the day that coil shocks would grace short travel downcountry bikes. What a time to be alive!
  • 3 0
 Sick! The old DB air totally transformed the ride quality on my evil following. The new price is pretty dang steep though
  • 3 1
 Hey CC, would have been nice to know a new shock was coming last week when I bought one from you!.. ugh. New ones probably are not discounted though. lol
  • 5 0
 LOL, Why did you think they were blowing out all the old shocks?
  • 1 0
 @Telebikes: because sales are sheet right now. Picked up a Topaz 3 recently at a good discount. Course, the 40% off is a deeper discount than it was when I bought too. Ugh.
  • 4 0
 Both G1 and G2 shocks use the same Damper/Air spring... The only difference is frame clearance is better on G2.

If that was not an issue for you, you got a sick deal on what is basically this new shock.
  • 2 0
 @JudyYellow: yeah, I am not too hurt. LOL still a good shock. Just would have been nice to have the latest, or the option, since it is going on a new SST frame.
  • 1 0
 @gmoss: My SST is shipping with the new shock soon. Got lucky on the timing I guess.
  • 3 0
 @gmoss: That shock will RULE on your SST. Got two buddies wit that setup and they love it...
  • 2 0
 @Telebikes: yep, just timing. Can't say enough about those guys. Once headset gets here, will be on my way!
  • 1 0
 @JudyYellow: Looking forward to it! First time with high and low speed adjustment on a shock. Stoked though its not the latest. Haha
  • 1 0
 @gmoss - I feel your pain. Did the exact same thing, same shock going on same bike. The Steezl came available just days after my SST frame was ready too.
  • 3 0
 You could buy 2 of these, and one previous gen IL shock for the price of a PUSH
  • 2 0
 I've had a DB air and DB air IL and have nothing but praise for both, if I was to replace my current shock it would be with a Cane Creek.
  • 3 0
 New stuff look great! Been loving the previous coil on my Shadowcat. Game changer for sure.
  • 3 0
 Will it fit Santa Cruz Hightower and its small shock channel?
  • 1 0
 The old version did but still rubbed. Google the youtube guy who long term tested it.
  • 2 0
 I don't know why progressive valt springs start from 400lbs, this is typically to heavy for lighter riders.
  • 2 0
 Completely depends on the bike you're putting it on. I'm only about 72kg and am running the 450-525 spring and it is perfection. I would however give up a bit of the features for easier at-home maintenance.
  • 1 0
 @bishopsmike: True, but I weight 72kg and use 390lb spring, on a bike with LR ratio starting about 3x. So the problem is not uncommon. Springs typically start at 350lb.
  • 3 0
 Are the coils certified for use on clevis-style suspension bikes?
  • 2 1
 ask Clevis
  • 3 0 "Cane Creek Coil IL shocks are not compatible with bikes that use “clevis” style suspension designs (including Specialized Stumpjumper & Turbo Levo models) – please contact our support team for questions or concerns". There is no warning for the new air model.
  • 2 0
 Anymore user serviceable?
  • 5 0
 Cane Creek has made the service Docs/Procedures public now for about a year, so this is 100% user serviceable if you have the tools, etc.
  • 2 0
 No 205x65 Metric Trunnion option…?!? WTF?!?
  • 1 0
 the new RS Super Deluxe is sublime.
  • 1 0
 @jaydawg69: Looking for one, but most overseas stores do not ship to our location and the bloody local agent is useless in getting back with details on local availability...
  • 1 0
 Seems very little different from the previous version. I have two inline coil that I've been using for years. Work fine.
  • 2 0
 Hell yeah, looks like Cedar Valley!
  • 1 0
 - Standard: 190x40, 190x42.5, 190x45, 210x50, 210x52.5, 210x55

This is not standard it is metric.
  • 2 2
 Always wanted to try the newer ones. Had 3 blow up on an Enduro back in the day and pretty much steered clear ever since.
  • 2 0
 The first version? That was because Spesh pushed to get the shocks early. Had 3 warranted before getting new inners and then it was trouble free and superb
  • 2 0
 Again no 230x60 sadly
  • 1 0
 Doh - in this day and age, Yeah thats a complete Fail
  • 1 0
 Does this mean Hightower 3 owners can throw a coil shock onto their bikes?
  • 1 0
 Riding a IL Coil on my Smuggler from 2018. two different worlds to ride.
  • 1 0
 The Helm forks are amazing too - that's all i've got to say on the matter.
  • 1 0
 Updated but still no 230x60 - 65mm option?
  • 1 0
 How does a shock without piggyback even work!?
  • 1 0
 Still no 230 option...
  • 1 0
 Just ride more XXXC and you'll be included in no time.
  • 2 3
 Had a DBair for a short while. It was great....when it wasn't blowing up.
  • 6 0
 did you have the original DBair Inline? that was a few shock generations ago and they have fixed their reliability issues since then.
  • 1 2
 How about the new 11/6s
  • 1 0
 expensive AF
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