Canfield Brothers' Balance
The original Balance, released in 2006, was known as one of the first true mini-DH bikes. While our second generation Balance is aimed more for all mountain use, it still retains our original Balance’s aggressive heritage. The goal with the new version was to produce one of the most efficient pedaling bikes in its class, while giving it the classic Canfield Brothers bump eating, DH performance. Designed around 27.5” wheels, the geo was also configured to also run 26′s.
After 10 years of development, we are proud to announce the 2015 Canfield Brothers Balance is in stock and shipping now.Features
● Patent pending Canfield Balance Formula Suspension
● 160mm travel
● 27.5” and 26” compatible
● 66° head angle, (27.5” with a 160mm Pike)
● 16.75” chainstay
● Front derailleur compatible
● 142x12mm rear spacing
● RockShox Maxle included
● Colors: anodized black or brushed with six different link color options
● Frame weight: 7.5lbs without shock
● Sizes: S, M, L, XL
● Price: $2100 US, (frame and Cane Creek DB Air CS)
● Frame and fork/wheel/crank and pedal packages availableFrame Details
Constructed from 6061 aluminum, the Balance features a tapered headtube, 73mm bottom bracket shell, ISCG tabs, 142 x 12mm rear dropouts and stealth dropper routing. Oversized, 15mm pivots and Enduro Max bearings are incorporated for low maintenance, even in the wettest of environments. Stout tubing was used to to ensure the frame is strong, stiff and ready for hard charging.
Available in anodized black or brushed finishes, with six different link colors. Suspension Design
Over the last 15 years we have been refining parallel link suspension designs. In 2006 we had an incredible feeling 6” bike, the original Balance, but the subtleties of perfect pedaling were not quite dialed. In 2008 we introduced the next evolution, The One, with a “magical” pedaling feel. Combined with 8" of travel, it was a bump eating machine that pedaled as well as bikes with half its travel.
Seven years later, with a patent pending, our goal with the Balance was to create a super efficient pedaling, 160mm platform, with massive bump eating performance. Utilizing a vertical wheel path, the Balance has a consistent feel, no matter where you are in the travel. A smooth, even, progression rate provides a supple feel off the top, mid stroke support and ramp up at the end to prevent harsh bottom outs. To aid in its pedaling characteristics, we tightened the moving virtual pivots around the chainring to neutralize the forces from the suspension, allowing for maximum power transfer to the drivetrain. Lastly, the instant center moves down through travel eliminating pedal kick, a trait that is prevalent in many bikes in this genre. Geometry
Special thanks to ReilShift Media for the helping us on this project – Reilly Kintzele, Dakota Huntley and most of all, Trevor Parsons for throwing down on our Balance!
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for more details.