Canfield Brothers KDH Project With Jackson Goldstone

Jun 25, 2014 at 9:05
by Canfield Brothers  

The FUTURE... It's a pretty bold term and mindset these days! From our history of building DH bikes dating back to 1999, the future is something we always talked about. What is the future going to bring? If you take a look at the history of other extreme sports, the youth have always served as the bridge between older generations and new ones... The KDH is one of those projects that takes a look in what the future of DH mountain biking has in store!

Jackson and our Canfield Brothers KDH prototype

When we started this project, we didn't want to make just another kid's full suspension bike. We wanted to produce a proper kid's DH bike with slack angles, short stays and deep travel. We focused on a 120mm travel, concentric BB pivot design, built around 20” wheels. These features combined would allow for maximum stand over, while giving the feel of a full DH bike, only scaled down for small riders.

The next stage was product testing. Since building custom long travel frames over the last 15 years, we have always done our own testing. But for the first time in our company history, we had the challenge of testing the bike to its fullest without any of us riding it. With the shortest person in our team being 5'6”, we sought a rider not only the right size, but one that also had the skill set to push the limits of our design. Enter Jackson Goldstone and a visit to Bellingham, WA for a short test session this past spring.

Jackson taking the Canfield Brothers KDH for a spin

Jackson's first reaction on the KDH was, “the bike has so much suspension!” He was immediately charging new lines on our bike with confidence. From this session our partnership developed and we are stoked to announce Jackson Goldstone as the official tester for our KDH project. Jackson will provide product feedback on our KDH, while giving it the punishment that no other place like Whistler can provide.

The finalized production aluminum KDH will be released later this summer. Complete build specs and pricing TBD.

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76 Comments

  • + 29
 MY DAUGHTER NEEDS THIS!! I go punch Sean via email now!!!
  • + 10
 hahahha, you like!?!! Everyone that has seen the bike in action is pretty stoked!!! Wish I was 7 again!!
  • + 3
 Just sent you an email my brother!! Now that I have your PB account you screwed!! Stay out of my faves at work!!!
  • + 3
 I second that notion, MY SON NEED THIS!! Let me know if there is a mailing list for when they are ready!
  • + 4
 My daughter needs to get big enough to need this now.
  • + 1
 The fork is almost bigger than the entire frame haha
  • + 1
 just use a pit bike fork haha
  • + 1
 My son and daughter are going to be the luckiest kids in a few years. Leave it to Canfield Brothers to change the mtb world again and again... Way to go CB!
  • + 1
 I think LiL Shredder Bikes was the first to really changed the kids mountain biking in the industry with the first 16 or 20 bike FS and even a dirt jumper. Dude I think credit goes to LiL Shredder Bikes.
  • + 2
 I'm praising CB for their continuous efforts of progression for over 15yrs... They didn't invent the bicycle either, but it seems they can make any bike better... 16" 20" 26" 27.5" 29". Shall I continue? If you owned one you would know this... Nothing against Lil Shredder Bikes...
  • + 9
 cool idea, but with the way kids grow interchangeable swingarms or dropouts to change wheel sizes and add gears would be a must for me to sink that kind of cheese into a bike for my kid. the front end is no biggie, just a fork change and angleset to correct geometry.
  • + 10
 lil shredder.
  • + 5
 I think lil shredder really made people and companies think about a real bike for kids. I know scott has a full sus. Bike but shredder hit it out of the park. Wonder if it starts a trend. How many others will build 20" bikes?
  • + 12
 Meanwhile all the BMX riders will be shredding these at the skate park cause they have 20 inch wheels....lol
  • + 1
 Yea, if they're under 4'10".
  • + 3
 I'm 6ft tall and I would love to shred this thing
  • + 1
 You should have them make you one with a 22" top tube. I'd like to shred that too.
  • + 1
 Sorry epic drez I accidently neg proped you I these would be so fun to take down your local and smash about for a bit
  • + 1
 Hey don't worry about it alfieh, but yeah these would be a blast
  • + 1
 Imagine it would be so easy to control just throwing it about
  • + 1
 That's what I'm saying, its so small and I would imagine its pretty light as well, its like a BMX bike with suspension and slightly different geometry
  • + 11
 I need to have a kid now...
  • + 4
 heck if i had a kid he would be screwed, i would steal his bike all the time
  • + 5
 Killer bike. Wish I had more options for my son when he was younger but my new son will be stoked for sure. I don't really care if its convertible or not because their will always be a strong demand for used ones.
  • + 4
 That's a really nice thing, bikes for kids are frequently too heavy, suspensions too stiff, and what about the ring with 40 tooths. Need this idem for my future kid's customers...
  • + 0
 Finally a Canfield I would buy!
  • + 2
 It's nice to see new products like this specifically built for the kiddos. Now DHers with womp rats can start them on something other than a Stinky 2-4 or those old Big Hit Groms. Woot.
  • + 3
 Lil Shredder make a kick ass 20" FS bike (as well as an equally badass FS 24" and sliding dropout 16-20" hardtail) and Commencal make a 20" version of their Supreme downhill bike. This is the first 20" bike I've seen running a 26" fork though (lil shredder runs a 20" White Bros fork, and Commencal a 24" RST) which will mean a much better quality fork and more travel - it does make the bike look really goofy though.
  • + 2
 My son races full Dh on the lil sheddar 24 with a fox 32 on the front. Custom cut down zee cranks totally lagit 27 pounds. Its perfect.
  • + 1
 Dear mom thanks for my bmx bike way back 18 or so years ago, i loved it it got me addicted to riding bikes and i thought i was the shit on that bmx. now i see this and my jaw drops.
  • + 4
 I hope they paln on putting a real drivetrain on it.
  • + 31
 He only rides park.
  • + 11
 And "he's faster than you".
  • + 3
 I think the idea is to keep it simple for the kiddos.
  • + 1
 @bhd13
He rides all the mountain not just park.

@cougar797
Simple? Kids learn fast, my 6 year old has been riding a 1x9 speed set up since late last year on her Spesh Hotrock and has no issues with using the gears at the proper times on our rides.
  • + 3
 @valley: I was just cracking wise.
  • + 3
 Lance, Chris, Vin and Sean, Thanks for bringing this out for the little shredders. I hope it does well.
  • + 3
 Is Jackson still riding for 'lil shredder bikes then?
  • + 1
 I heard Jackson was dropped off the team. I saw him opening weekend on a Lil Shredder, then there is this "Enter Jackson Goldstone and a visit to Bellingham, WA for a short test session this past spring" Maybe that had something to do with it.
  • + 1
 I think the bike is amazing, but i'm sure the frame will cost about $2500. It would be a touch different if there was a way to make it compatable with both 24in and 20in
  • + 3
 Crank arms look a little long
  • - 1
 I think it's OK for the kids.
  • + 1
 They look long to me too, should be shorter than 165mm that's for sure
  • + 1
 Jackson runs Shimano Zee's on his Lil Shredder prodigy I think - Zee,s don't come any shorter than 165mm so these would be fine.
  • + 1
 There probably aren't many quality shorter cranks to choose from.
  • + 2
 Lil shredder cut the crank arms down shorter normally
  • + 1
 Canfield makes amazing 155 cranks.
  • + 4
 The cranks we used on our KDH build are actually 140's. Quality cranks in short sizes are actually very hard to source. Jackson is testing these for us, but will be running his custom Zees as well.
  • - 1
 TO SPECIALISED. MAKE A DHBIKE FOR LITTLE ONES! Juse the same as the demo just make it all smaller. Shrink the rear dif and make the fork and shock match. Not a big deal! Why not, its in demand!
  • + 5
 Or just have Canfield do all the work and make a x4 better bike than a "Demo Mini" would ever be!
  • + 2
 Miniature P.Slope anyone ?
  • + 2
 Why is a 9 or 10 year old tester on 20" wheels?
  • + 16
 Agreed, he should be on a 29er...You trollin bro?
  • + 3
 have you seen him in person? he's barely bigger than my 5 year old
  • + 1
 20" are usually for average 5 and 6 year olds. My 9 yr old, who's a bit below average height is on a 24". I thought Jackson was closer to 10 but understandable if he's a really small 10.
  • + 2
 I was just jerkin your chain man. Your son does ok on 24s?
  • + 3
 My 5yr old is average height and is on a 16", so 20" would probably suit him from the age of 7+
  • + 2
 Yeah, my 6 yr old daughter is on a 20", probably 1/2 an inch too big. But the 24" works great for my 9 yr old. Looking to get a really small, used slope bike for him and possibly put 24"s on it. I thought for sure, Jackson had 24" at whistler last summer.
  • + 2
 whoops, just checked some videos. Looks like he is a smaller kid and still rocking the 20".
  • + 1
 My daughter is 9 and is comfortable on my 6 year old sons 20" bike www.pinkbike.com/photo/10390753
Think a lot of people move their kids onto bigger bikes way to soon - 20" mtb and a 16" bmx will do most kids until they are 8 or 9 and mean that they aren't riding something that weighs more than your own bike.
  • + 2
 yeah i put my son on 18" as he was too big for the 16" he had but not big enough for 20" and yeah they are super heave for the little nuggets to move around
  • + 1
 Pretty sure he can just ride a ride a 24 bike now,
  • + 1
 Agreed, this would be amazing on 24's. Mainly because I might actually be able to ride it at six foot four.
  • + 1
 It's like the bike industry is raising a child.
  • + 1
 If they produce this bike it would be criminal not to call it the Padawan.
  • + 1
 muito bom!!!!! manda uma para o Brasil!!!!!
  • + 1
 Any updates on the balance? I think I may be between that and a slash.
  • + 1
 The Balance will be shipping late July. I would recommend getting the Balance forsure!
  • + 1
 how slack is the head angle? 64 like full dh spec?
  • + 1
 What are those tires?
  • + 1
 They are Maxxis Snypers - they make them in a folding 2.35 version which I run on my 6 year old sons custom hardtail.
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