Canfield Bikes Announces New Colors & Builds for Tilt and Lithium Models

Dec 1, 2022 at 10:34
by Canfield Bikes  
Canfield’s best-selling CBF 29ers now available for pre-order with new colors, build options.

PRESS RELEASE - Canfield Bikes

Canfield Bikes, high-end boutique mountain bike manufacturer, today announces new colors and build options for the Tilt and Lithium, our popular 29-inch mountain bikes built around the patented Canfield Balance Formula suspension system.

The Tilt, a mid-travel trail bike featuring 138 millimeters of rear-wheel travel and a 140-millimeter fork is available in an all-new Pinkle and Sandstorm powder coats as well as a Stealth Silver anodized finish. The Lithium, a long-travel AM/enduro bike, boasting 163 millimeters of rear-wheel travel paired with a 170-millimeter fork, makes its debut in Gnarigold and Blue Velvet powder coats as well as Stealth Black anodized.

We aim to provide riders with personalized builds to fit their budget and riding style. Rather than offering set builds, most individual components on complete bikes are now customizable, including shock, fork, wheels, brakes, drivetrain, crank length and even chain color.

Notably, there are now "Rolling Chassis" upgrades which allow customers to add steeply discounted wheelsets from e*thirteen, Atomik and RideFast Racing to frameset and frame & fork packages, including a free e*thirteen LG1 Plus wheelset with any Tilt or Lithium frame & fork package for a limited time.

bigquotes“We like having the ability to allow customers to customize builds and upgrade where it matters rather than forcing them to jump into the most expensive build to get certain components.Lance Canfield




CANFIELD LITHIUM - 29" WHEELS // 163MM REAR // 170MM FRONT
Canfield Lithium Long-Travel 29er 29er Enduro Bike CBF Suspension
Canfield Lithium Long-Travel 29er 29er Enduro Bike CBF Suspension
Canfield Lithium Long-Travel 29er 29er Enduro Bike CBF Suspension
Canfield Lithium Long-Travel 29er 29er Enduro Bike CBF Suspension
Canfield Lithium Long-Travel 29er 29er Enduro Bike CBF Suspension

The Lithium is the first 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.

With 163 millimeters of rear wheel travel paired to the active and efficient CBF™ tuned linkage, the Lithium has 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.

CANFIELD LITHIUM GEO & SIZING


Canfield Lithium Long-Travel 29er 29er Enduro Bike CBF Suspension
The Canfield Lithium is the drug of choice for gravity junkies afflicted by big climbs standing between them and their fix.

EXPLORE LITHIUM




CANFIELD TILT - 29" WHEELS // 138MM REAR // 140MM FRONT
Canfield Tilt Mid-Travel 29er 29er Trail Bike CBF Suspension
Canfield Tilt Mid-Travel 29er 29er Trail Bike CBF Suspension
Canfield Tilt Mid-Travel 29er 29er Trail Bike CBF Suspension
Canfield Tilt Mid-Travel 29er 29er Trail Bike CBF Suspension
Canfield Tilt Mid-Travel 29er 29er Trail Bike CBF Suspension

The Tilt is a 29er trail-slayer built around the patented Canfield Balance Formula™ suspension. 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 138 millimeters of rear wheel travel paired to CBF ™ linkage that’s been tuned to be slightly more progressive, the Tilt is an efficient all-rounder that climbs like a mountain goat with a meth habit. 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.

CANFIELD TILT GEO & SIZING


Canfield Tilt Mid-Travel 29er Trail Bike CBF Suspension
Canfield Tilt Mid-Travel 29er Trail Bike CBF Suspension
The Canfield Tilt is destined to be your weapon of choice regardless of where the ride takes you.

EXPLORE TILT




The Tilt and Lithium are available as complete bikes, frame, fork & shock, framesets and an all-new "rolling chassis" option that pairs wheels with framesets or frame, shock and fork.

Pre-orders are open now at special discounted pricing with extra Cyber Week discounts available for a limited time. Delivery is expected as soon as January, 2023 via optional expedited air shipping.

Visit CanfieldBikes.com for more info.

2023 Canfield Tilt Lithium



132 Comments

  • 62 30
 The Lithium is such a great bike and I would love to own one, but for the downtube water bottle mount. To me, that's much more inexcusable than the headset routing everyone bitches about on here.
  • 38 18
 I wouldn't buy a frame these days that didn't take a full size water bottle inside the frame. Under the downtube is a no for me.
  • 31 11
 I have a bike with a downtube water bottle mount. I have a fidlock bottle on it, and it stays in place... but I'll never buy another bike with a downtube water bottle mount. It's 2022, if you're not able to fit a bottle in the frame I'm ignoring you as a manufacturer honestly.
  • 19 4
 Even a proprietary bottle & cage in the space that's left above or below the shock inside the triangle would be better than under the downtube.
  • 4 3
 I agree.
  • 10 9
 Seems like Canfield could take a queue from Revel and modify their Al frame profile to fit at least a medium bottle inside the triangle. My wallet would itch more for a Balance or Lithium then.
  • 8 0
 @whitebirdfeathers: I can't even believe it exists as an option outside of touring bikes.
  • 9 0
 @chrod: this is literally why Revel exists
  • 22 3
 @kokofosho: Yep, Pinkbikers are dumb enough to swap their whole bike out because they don't know about water bottles with spout covers. /s

It can't possibly be that:
- Bottle loss from hard riding is more likely with hanging downtube mounting
- Hard to reach/return while riding
- Aesthetics (yep, some people don't like downtube warts)

With so many brands offering in-triangle water bottles, it's unfortunate for manufacturers who don't prioritize bottle placement that they'll be ignored
  • 6 0
 @jloosener: Yep, that and carbon. Revel have solved Canfield's bottle and weight tradeoffs, but at a price.
  • 18 1
 @chrod: to be fair, Revel had to use a yoke and more complex linkage to accomplish it which side loads shocks. While I haven't ridden one, I hear they're not as stiff as Canfields and prone to creaking/roaching bearings.
  • 5 2
 @DCS1138: Yes, this exactly. Even with my distaste of downtube mounts, I still might take a Canfield over any Revel bike.
  • 5 0
 @DCS1138: I did not realize that creak/bearing wear issue. Good to know
BTW the Balance LTD in your profile pics is drool-worthy
  • 3 0
 @chrod: fyi - revel 35% off rails 275 is less than a balance…
  • 26 2
 @chrod: fair points, and I haven’t ridden a Canfield, but:
-I rarely grab my bottle while riding hard anyway
-Canfield’s suspension is highly regarded
-compromising their suspension design for something arguably mush less significant, like water bottle placement, seems to run against their whole ethos
-plenty of other companies approach the form/function equation differently
-I tip my cap to Canfield for making what I’m sure they felt was a hard decision and going with function
  • 4 1
 @DCS1138: I don't know if this is true necessarily. I've seen a few people on the facebook group complain about creaking and 99% of the time it is a torqueing issue. I have around 750 miles on my rascal and I'm on my second set of bearings. Probably due for another but I'm not upset about it. The rear end is also fairly stiff, I'm a heavy guy and don't notice any weirdness from the frame anywhere, it is very stout for a 130mm trail bike in my opinion. The new Rail 29 uses bigger bearings which I am a fan of, hopefully Revel updates their entire line up with the larger bearings and linkages.
  • 19 0
 @Boondocker390: 750 miles and you're on your second set of bearings - and probably due to be on your third? Your bearings are lasting 375 miles. You should be upset about it.
  • 4 5
 Fully agree.
Currently on a bike with headset routing for 2 months. Was a bit hesitant about it, but honestly is no big deal. Contrary to a load of misinformation that circulates here you can replace stems and spacers without touching the cables (at least on mine), it creates neat cabling for bikepacking bar bags and, IMHO, you should be bleeding your brakes more frequently than you replace upper headset bearings.

Downtube bottle cages, on the other hand, simply compromise the functional package of the bike.
  • 1 0
 @DCS1138: yeah I’ve never ridden one ( i have ) but lets put FUD on the interwebs
  • 7 8
 Imagine not buying the bike you actually want because of some tertiary consideration like water bottle placement...
  • 9 7
 @Muscovir: Agreed! A $50 water hip pack will solve the problem, will hold more water + your keys and phone, AND is much, much easier to use while pedaling. If you position it correctly you won't notice its presence within about 30 seconds of starting to pedal.
  • 7 0
 @KJP1230: one just can't beat the convenience of just grabbing a standard water bottle that you then can just throw into the dish washer after the ride. Specially if you ride almost everyday, bladders get old fast. Not saying that they don't have a place, but I just can't see them as a replacement for a properly stored bottle
  • 3 8
flag dmackyaheard (Dec 3, 2022 at 7:38) (Below Threshold)
 @Arierep: How so? The bike still carry’s a water bottle, just on the other side of the downtube. It’s still accessible while climbing, and actually lowers the center of gravity vs inside the frame. Did I miss anything?
  • 2 1
 @dmackyaheard: It will definitley require a bottle with some sort of cover over the mouthpiece, but then again, I wouldn't ever mout a bottle on my frame that doesn't have a cover anyways.
  • 3 3
 @KJP1230: I'm also big proponent of hip bags or low-profile backpacks and would much rather carry the weight directly on my body.
  • 1 0
 @Muscovir: fidlock has them, they work well
  • 3 0
 @DCS1138: yokes dont sideload shocks, in fact the opposite. What the do do is increasing vertical bendingloads when the bike goes through travel. The Revel has a very small yoke so this should be no problem. Increasing shocklength by 5-10cm is a problem though. There is a good Vorsprung vid about it btw.
  • 1 0
 @dmackyaheard: you missed the part where I said "standard water bottle". With the amount of cows, horses and sheep around here I'd never risk running one without a cover under the water bottle. And no, it's not as accessible under the down tube, sorry
  • 1 0
 @Arierep: I hear you with the convenience of washing. Truth be told, if I were riding that often I would be more likely to invest in multiple bladders because I simply love the convenience of grabbing a hose rather than a bottle during the ride (plus carrying a few small items).

Sure, you still have to clean them. But you could batch it and knock them all out at once. 2-3 bladders would keep you going for more than week if you at least do a quick water rinse after you refill.
  • 3 0
 I have a Canfield and I would definitely like to have a bottle mount inside the front triangle, but I honestly think the bike makes up for it. I just have a fidlock with a lid on the bottom of the downtube and it hasn't given me any issues. I also don't generally drink while I'm riding, I'll stop off to the side and grab a quick sip. I do admittedly also use my Canfield primarily as a park bike, or on longer rides further away from civilization where I want 3-4L of water and plenty of tools so I'll be bringing a pack anyway.

I have an Evil Calling for local hour long loops that (just barely) fits a bottle in the front triangle haha.
  • 2 0
 @Arierep: Standard water bottle size? Yah, they have one. The Fidlock has a cap for the bottle with a hinge to prevent dirt/grime from getting on the nozzle. I have two Canfields with the same standard size Fidlock bottle, ride in areas where there is live stock and horse, and their sh!t gets on my bottle on my hard tail with the cage in the frame, and my Canfields where the bottle is below the down tube. I also reach and take my bottle in and out while pedaling with the same effort as a bike with the cage in the frame, and I have average arms on size large frames. If you don't want one, cool. but I will tell you that outside the look of a bottle on the down tube, it functions the same.
  • 2 0
 Same, I had the Lithium for most of ‘21. But the inability to store a water bottle in the main triangle was a deal breaker and I moved on after ~6mo. Having to wear a hip pack with the weight of a couple full bottles or bladder during summertime in the southeast was a huge bummer.
  • 1 0
 @chrod: Revel Geo is wayyy to oldschoool
  • 2 1
 @Muscovir: it’s not really the bike you want if it doesn’t have all the things that you want….you see that right, like it might have almost everything, and that’s a persons prerogative to decide if something a bike doesn’t have is worth looking at the other 1000 other possible options out there.

Imagine being annoyed about what other people find important in their purchasing decisions in their own lives, that have absolutely no effect on you whatsoever. Wild eh
  • 1 0
 @onawalk: dawg, they're clearly mad crying ass upset over the fact they can't make use of that sweet sweet CBF because the actual engineering marvel of being able to carry water in a bottle strapped tight to a specific spot on your bike is what steer's their performance minded spaceship of decision making. A true conflicion.

They know what they want in a 'performance' MTB frame design..the rest of us know what we need

/Canfield gang
  • 1 0
 @SixxerBikes: you lost me boss, I’m slightly confused, but that’s common
  • 30 1
 Rode a lithium last summer, great on everything from all day single track to bike park. I ended up with a rear triangle issue and they replaced it no questions asked, even pressed in new bearings for me! Lance himself even called me, incredible customer service!! Buy One!!
  • 27 1
 Props to any company that still takes alu seriously.
  • 17 2
 Both Tilt and Lithium are looking sick! That Pinkle color is awesome. Way to go Lance, keep em coming
  • 13 2
 I had a 2022 Tilt, WONDERFUL riding bike. Climbed line a goat, floated on the chunk. CBF is no joke. But the water bottle location just sucks, i resorted to a back pack or a hip pack with bottles.
  • 5 0
 @kokofosho: how is that gonna help the water bottle mounts being on the downtube
  • 5 0
 @ZanderShredsMtb: He's just saying you can flip the cap and the nipple is still clean. But that's not really a solution.
  • 4 0
 @krka73: yeah... good thing you won't be touching a bottle with dog sh$t /s
  • 10 0
 Canfield gang for life--absolute most dynamic (see: performance) suspension kinematic platform on the market, hands down.

Get you some
  • 3 0
 Alright, you're the person I want to talk to. I know Canfields are legit, and anyone who has owned/ridden them always speak highly of them. I'm like **this** close to picking up a Tilt today on pure impulse. Can you contrast them with other bikes in terms of suspension performance? Specifically Santa Cruz, Kona, Scott or Spesh (I am familiar with these), or any other bikes that you could compare them against..

Anyone else that wants to throw out some pros/cons, feel free!
  • 8 0
 @mikealive: the best way I can describe it is pretty much all the positives you want without the negatives. “Balanced.” Some bikes have really high anti-squat and pedal well, but the trade-off is that they don’t track well and feel more like a hardtail when you’re on the gas through chunk. CBF is efficient and pedals well, but stays active and tracks so well at the same time you almost don’t notice it doing its thing. Cliche, but “hover bike” comes to mind. Plush on the downs without feeling like a soggy couch. Still supportive, responsive and poppy when you need it. No brake jack, kick back, etc. And at least for me (I realize this is subjective), the geo is dialed. Feel right at home pretty much right away on a Canfield without the “I’m not used to this bike phase.”
  • 5 0
 @mikealive: Yo! We have 2 balance in the family and I just pulled the trigger on a Tilt. They have the brake and pedal kickback isolation of a pre 2020 Spesh without the wallowy suck the like out of you pedaling. Its really odd but every time I have ridden the balance I think :this just feels really good". I have a Guerrilla gravity mega trail too and it does have a slightly better pedal support climbing, maybe more accurately described as different, not really better than the canfield but with the Megatrail pedal support means some pedal kickback and slight brake jack under hard descending unless I have a loose engagement hub.
Pedal platform may feel slightly like an older santa cruise without the weird post sag slump bounce thing they had going on. I guess its a balance between the magic carpet ride of a spesh enduro and a santa cruz tallboy.... Yet somehow better. Im a fan boy but I haven't found a bike that seems to be a better compromise.
  • 5 0
 @mikealive: I am a former SC owner and demoed a Balance pretty heavily against a Nomad. I ended up going with the Balance and I absolutely love it. I have never ridden a bike that just floats through chunk the way my balance does. It honestly seems like it picks up speed every time you hit a rock or root haha. A riding buddy of mine ended up with a 2019 Nomad CC XO1 and still asks me to trade bikes for laps fairly often.
  • 4 0
 @OldschoolAK: Yours was an explanation of a Canfield I can relate to. I rode a VP Free for years, now have a Megatrail / Smash and can feel pedal kickback on very rare occasions. Came from a Rune and I also described the MT's support as "different", not bad, and in fact better once used to it.
The MT pedals better than it has a right to, but if the Canfield is yet more magic carpet and a better compromise, that's appealing.
  • 4 0
 @OldschoolAK: I had a Balance and now Lithium. Lithium pedals even better and is more supportive. I had a buddy with a Megatrail and Trail Pistol. He replaced the MT with a Lithium but planned to keep the TP for more trail/XC riding. After a few rides on the Lithium, he realized it climbed/pedaled better than even the TP and sold both his old bikes.
  • 5 0
 @DCS1138: similar deal for me. Was on a v2 transition, and just test rode a lithium because I’ve always wanted to ride one. Bought it on the spot and sold my bike immediately, no regrets whatsoever. I love the lithium
  • 7 0
 @DCS1138 @OldschoolAK @BlackVR @chrod @Bmxtar Thanks to every one of you for taking the time to share your experiences, I really do appreciate it! I was zeroed in on a GG Trail Pistol for next year, but I'll trade ~1lb frame weight for the $1600 difference all day long.

I'm sold. See you guys atop a new pinkle Canfield next season!*

*I should have lots of time to ride, since I am likely single after making this purchase right before Christmas Big Grin
  • 1 0
 @DCS1138: that’s what I’m assuming I’ll end up doing…..
  • 6 0
 I have had a Lithium for over two years and liked it so much I just built up a raw Tilt to compliment. These bikes are super impressive. Good technical climbers, no need for a climb switch, a ton of fun on the less aggressive terrain, playful, and when it comes time to chew the steep and rough, just point it where you want to go and the bike will absorb it. The customer service throughout ownership has been great whether going through an LBS or directly through them. 10/10 recommend if you want a burly metal trail or enduro bike.
  • 7 0
 Ordered a Lithium frame, really looking forward to building it up and riding!
  • 1 0
 what color?
  • 3 0
 @TheRamma: Black. Flashy bikes aren't my thing.
  • 3 0
 @emery033: i got you. i went raw on mine. that black is nice in person. hope you like!
  • 1 0
 @emery033: well my brother, you're in luck because she's still sporting that absolutely lit CBF kinematic platform. like MAAAAAYNE

/gang
  • 8 1
 The Lithium is on my wish list. I've heard too many good things about the CBF platform.
  • 8 0
 Hey, look…it’s a pink bike on Pinkbike.

I’ll show myself out.
  • 8 0
 Purps all day.
  • 11 6
 All you whiners going on about the water bottle thing have obviously never ridden a Tilt. If/when you do, you will stop and figure it out.
  • 16 4
 This. Can't believe anyone would prioritize bottle placement over whole bike performance. Worthwhile trade-off in my opinion, but I'm also a camel and can only get away with a bottle and no pack for a short ride under an hour anyway...
  • 10 0
 i'm not going to hate on anyone for prioritizing it, but it's not a huge deal for me. Went from a bike without a bottle in the front triangle, to one with it. Was happy for a few weeks, but honestly I end up taking so much stuff on the average ride (tube, patches, multi-tool, snack), carrying a 0.5-1L of water isn't something I notice.

I still have my process 153, which the lithium replaced, and the bottle mount is not worth the rest of the tradeoffs on the process. That lithium is just so dialed...
  • 4 5
 Maybe because there are other bikes that perform just as well while having a sensibly located water bottle mount? To be clear, I think Canfield is an awesome bike company. I demoed a Tilt and Lithium last year and loved them, and am a prior owner of a Nimble9. All that being said, it really wouldn't be that difficult to modify the triangle position slightly to accommodate a bottle cage, right?
  • 4 4
 @DCS1138: because there are so many great riding bikes that can fit a water bottle. If Canfield was be all end all best riding bikes ever, then yeah, people will sacrifice the bottle. But it's not, so they won't.
  • 2 1
 @SkullsRoad: Have you ridden one?
  • 1 1
 @RogerMexico: I have a Tilt and a Lithium. I have a fidlock on both, can access them while climbing, and two years in a row at the whistler bike park it hasn’t fallen off. Literally every other bike I’ve owned with the exception of downhill bikes could carry a water bottle inside the triangle and it’s not a big deal. If you want a bike with a bottle get one, arguing in the comments is not accomplishing anything.
  • 3 0
 @RogerMexico: IDK, you can call and ask Lance on the website number about it. As people have noted, Revel did that, ended up with a complicated linkage, and doesn't compare well when it comes to frame stiffness, despite being carbon. Buddy just ditched a Rail for a Lithium, and that's one of the biggest benefits he feels.

I'm just surprised so many people ride with a single bottle, and would be put off by putting that water in their pack. But we like what we like!
  • 4 0
 First time I’ve seen a TRP derailleur on a major brand bike - anyone have experience with them? Also - that crankset and chainring is SEXY

Time to drool over these for a few months
  • 2 0
 The TRP derailleur is rad. I've had it on a couple bikes now, both 12 and 7 speed, since that was the only drivetrain I could get for a while and its been surprisingly reliable and quiet. Their brakes are definitely what they do best but love seeing them featured on major bike brands, they deserve it
  • 1 0
 I got the TRP derailleur/shifter on a Helix R cassette, on a lithium.

It's good enough, I'd say GX/SLX level. Does what it is supposed to do. Not as light/crisp as my X01 setup. The derailleur has taken some hard hits (something about always smashing up my new bikes...), removed some paint/metal, and still functions well. Clutch works quite well, I'd say less slap than X01 (which is actually the older, better SRAM clutch). The lever for the clutch does tend to get turned to off randomly while moving (not riding), but I've just started checking it before rides.

I'm happy enough with it that I didn't swap my X01 on there, but I wouldn't seek it out. Will be interesting to see what kind of longevity it has, since that and durability are what I care about most with drivetrains.
  • 2 0
 Great looking frames. Surprised to see the M size at 450mm reach recommended all the way up to riders 5’-11”. Seems most brands are recommending much longer bikes at that height—— but that’s my height, and almost all geo numbers on the M size just about matches perfectly my old 26” Megatrail from 2015, which I think is perfect for my height and riding style. I wonder if this is a Canfield ethos, or the ride on ultra-long is starting to turn.
  • 1 0
 I miss my Riot. Short stays are part of the Canfield story, but I am really coming around on longer ones... a Tilt with longer stays and a bottle in the frame would be a dream bike. While we're dreaming, go back to the Riot style external cable routing for everything - fantastic execution. Simple, clean, serviceable.
  • 3 1
 Psshhh! There are no headset-routed cables. How can I ridicule the manufacturer if there are no headset-routed cables? Pass...because I'm broke as f#(, but I really want one!
  • 3 0
 You can have a dig at them for putting the water bottle mount under the DT instead...
  • 5 0
 500mm reach and 425mm chain stays on XL Tilt sound unbalanced.
  • 3 0
 500mm reach for a size XL isn't exactly that long either. For a bike built around playful handling, 425mm chainstays seem about right.
  • 3 0
 I'm 6'4" on an XL Lithium and also had a chance to ride an XL Tilt. Not unbalanced at all, probably the best handling bikes I've ridden...
  • 1 2
 This is why I don't like Canfield. They use tiny little chain stays. I guess they don't have any steep trails to climb...or maybe they just like wheelies...
  • 1 2
 @DCS1138: Did you climb anything steep and technical?
  • 1 1
 @Muscovir: playful = all weight on rear wheel with no grip on front wheel if you dont hang over bars and looping out when climbing sounds fun :p
It might be fine for s/m but L/XL really should grow the chain stays a bit.
  • 4 0
 @mybaben: yes, all the time. I live on Colorado’s Front Range and lots of steep ups and downs in my favorite zones. I’ve had the bike on trips to the PNW and Oaxaca. I easily clean steep, techy ups on this bike that I hadn’t previously. Never felt unstable at speed. I honestly don’t experience any of the supposed drawbacks people claim for shorter chainstays and love how well they corner and how easy the bike is to maneuver.
  • 1 0
 @mybaben: p.s. I wouldn’t even call them crazy short, just moderate compared to some super long bikes.
  • 1 0
 @nkaiste: Nah. Playful = super easy to pull into a manual.
  • 1 0
 @Muscovir: That might be true. But go the RSD route. Adjustable chainstay. It would attract more customers.
  • 1 0
 ..the chain stays actually grow under sag>>ends up being around ~430mm, right on point with Evils and all the other sensible geo. bikes.

This doesn't get highlighted nearly enough (and should really be included on the geo. chart when the chainstay length is under sag)
  • 2 0
 @SixxerBikes: That's a reasonable point.
  • 1 0
 @DCS1138: Interesting. I would call anything 430 crazy short, which I see on the one bike. What size frame are you riding? That could be play a big part...
  • 1 0
 @SixxerBikes: But aren't chain stay growth under sag almost always a thing? A bike with 430 stays might have 435 in sag.
  • 2 0
 @mybaben: XL Lithium
  • 1 0
 I have had a Lithium for 2 season now. Built with a 36 up front with an Avy damper/coil conversion, and an EXT Arma out back. This bike truly does it all. I'm more of a gravity junkie, probably should do more climbing to get into better shape, and this bike would support that. It's technical climbing ability is well beyond mine, it just continues to have traction over just about anything going up. I have no lockout ability and have never felt the need for one. The platform is efficient and active when it needs to be.

Headed down this bike loves to go fast. It comes alive the faster you go. Steep, chunky, flow, jumps, it loves it all. It isn't a point and shoot bike, the more effort you put in, the greater the result.

I did have an issue and actually cracked the rear chainstay. Lance called me direct, apologized and another rear was at my door 2 days later.

Sure hoping that was a gen 1 design issue as I don't know what else I would ride that could fill the spot this bike does.
  • 2 0
 Love all the colors, wish there was a way to make alloy bikes domestically. Maybe someday the margins and scale will be available.
  • 1 0
 The worlds noisiest cassette, E thirteen could have made it not sound like an 80s industrial plant during every shift but atleast its not as soft as their aluminum cheese rims.
  • 4 1
 Great looking bikes and photos!
  • 13 13
 "The Canfield Lithium is the drug of choice for gravity junkies afflicted by big climbs standing between them and their fix." I like this bike a lot, but that marketing copy is so cringe.
  • 6 9
 oh ya that is pretty fucking inexcusable
  • 3 8
flag SixxerBikes (Dec 3, 2022 at 13:31) (Below Threshold)
 ..at least Canfield doesn't take an employee factory photo of everyone wearing a N95 face-diaper (mask)

Yet another win for Canfield Bikes
  • 5 1
 Love that purple!
  • 3 1
 I have a Tilt build in progress. I'm torn on the water bottle issue, but the borrowed bikeI rode was so nice.
  • 2 0
 Look at the new Skyline LR10 (lo-riding) backpack. Basically a glorified hip-pack with shoulder straps, works excellently and provides supreme ventilation on your back. Water+tools+weed goes in there....not the bike
  • 1 0
 I'd like to try one of these one day, heard many good things about the CBF. Also, the paint on that Lithium. Man that's a nice yellow.
  • 2 0
 Can’t be a Canfield where is the idler pulley? Out of all bikes with idlers they should be on top!
  • 5 3
 Their two year warranty kills me. Five year and I’m a customer
  • 14 1
 IDK, I'd call and talk to Canfield bikes. A lot of the companies offering longer warranties give themselves a ton of outs. Kona (a company with a good warranty rep when I bought) treated me pretty badly when I had a strange frame failure. Their "crash replacement" on a front triangle is more expensive than a frame + shock from Canfield.

Bought a Lithium a few months ago, had a weird BB issue, and they just replaced it for free.
  • 5 0
 @TheRamma: my last three bikes are from Nicolai. Zero question warranty support with express shipping from Germany. If Canfield wanted to offer a longer warranty, they would.
  • 3 0
 Thats what kept me out of getting Banshee Legend
  • 3 1
 I owned a Riot which lasted 2 years and 2 months (1600 miles) before the head tube cracks.
  • 2 0
 @Mntneer: I hear you. For comparison's sake, a Nicolai frame with an okay DT Swiss shock (only one I could select, not really a great choice in the states) was 3300 euro. Luckily that's currently $3300 bucks these days, but that's with a crazy favorable exchange rate. Usually that would put it closer to $5k USD.

Lithium frame, with a DVO topaz, is $2200 MSRP (currently on sale for $2k). Most companies with great warranties make you pay more at the outset. It's fine if that's your preference, but having dealt with a few companies on warranty, I'd rather pay less than hope they don't get sold to a shitty conglomerate (hi Kent/Kona!) before I have to use the warranty (although I doubt that would happen with Nicolai).
  • 3 0
 Had my Lithium over two years and it’s a tank.
  • 3 2
 Now that is a some serious seat tube angles going on there!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • 1 0
 In what way? 77ish effective and 69ish actual is pretty damn normal nowadays.
  • 1 0
 @Tambo: its just on some of the pics it looked pretty steep
  • 1 0
 @Tambo: and also i did not read any of the charts
  • 2 0
 @mtbflow24: you are right where you belong
  • 1 0
 @Tambo: (☞゚ヮ゚)☞
  • 1 0
 Triathlon bikes have many solutions for mounting water bottles, behind the saddle and on the handle bars.
  • 1 0
 Wait for the new Knolly Fugitive or by a Canfield Tilt? And why?
  • 6 0
 I had a Fugutive LT and now have a Tilt. The Fugitive was a great bike, but not nearly as playful nor well rounded. 10mm longer chain stays and less snappy suspension response vs the Tilt. Just my 2 cents.
  • 1 0
 @dmackyaheard: Awesome!!! That is one concern about playfulness and also reading about how to set a shock multiple times on the Knolly. Any recs on a rear shock and whether a Fox is a good choice?
  • 1 0
 @upisdown: You can run pretty much whatever shock you want as long as it’s a MM style tune. I have a Rockshock Deluxe MM off the shelf and just ordered a Super Deluxe coil MM for it. Tuning is super easy, and I was surprised how similar each bike came out in terms of pressures and rebound settings. I think fox called MM something slightly different, so you may want to call them for a recommendation.
  • 1 0
 Looks a lot like my Banshee Prime V2 from 2017.
  • 1 0
 Yeah, they bear a resemblance, but that is where it ends. I had a 2018 Banshee Rune, and the Canfield's ride quite a bit better. I did like that brandished black finish on the Rune though!
  • 1 1
 Indeed. Great bike if you've been in a time capsule for 5+ years. A lot has changed since then and there's more to bikes than making them manual easily. Need to lengthen the chainstays if you want to race Enduro on it.
  • 2 0
 @fentoncrackshell: what if you want to have fun on it? some people like shorter stays...
  • 1 0
 @canfieldbikes Do you guys ship to Europe?
  • 3 5
 What an upgrade, add fast strips sticker, make an announcement
  • 5 0
 the announcement is for new colors and build options. take a breath.





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