Canfield Bikes Prototype Stolen in Salt Lake City

Apr 2, 2021 at 11:12
by Canfield Bikes  
Stolen bike Canfield Tilt Prototype with EXT suspension

Words: Canfield Bikes


A one-of-a-kind Canfield Bikes prototype was stolen at approximately 6:45 a.m. in Salt Lake City from the back of a vehicle on the block of 100 E 400 S in downtown.

The bike was a pre-production Goblin Green Canfield Tilt, size medium, with a very unique build including EXT suspension front and rear with custom color-matched green decals, Canfield cranks, pedals and saddle. The bike was set up as a "mullet" with a 29-inch front wheel and 27.5 rear wheel.

Production versions of the bike have not yet been shipped to customers, so this bike is the only one of its kind not in Canfield's possession at this time.

Stolen bike Canfield Tilt Prototype with EXT suspension

As a prototype, it does not have a serial number and the "Tilt" and skully logos on the toptube are black surface-apply decals. Production Tilts in this color will have white decals sealed beneath the clear coat. The bike has other unique features that will allow Canfield to easily distinguish it from production bikes.

The prototype was in possession of SLC-based EXT-USA, US distributor for EXT Suspension, for testing and shock tuning as part of a partnership between Canfield Bikes and EXT-USA.

The bike was locked to a bike rack on an EXT-USA employee's vehicle at the time of theft while the employee was inside a local business. The lock was destroyed by the thief.

Stolen bike Canfield Tilt Prototype with EXT suspension

Local authorities have been notified.

Anyone with information is asked to immediately contact Canfield Bikes and EXT-USA.

Canfield Bikes
(801) 548-2556
info (at) canfieldbikes dot com

EXT-USA
(213) 973-3709
ext-usa (at) suspensionsyndicate dot com

Suspension Syndicate
(601) 884-1158,
Service (at) suspnsionsyndicate dot com

Stolen bike Canfield Tilt Prototype with EXT suspension
Stolen bike Canfield Tilt Prototype with EXT suspension



106 Comments

  • 58 0
 there is a special place in Hell for bike thieves
  • 39 1
 PB's been highlighting thefts of industry people's bikes, even NPR had a story about bike theft on it's front page earlier this week. There's a sort of blind spot in all these stories and the comments they generate. With the exception of thieves trying to score themselves a new personal ride, every theft is committed with the idea that there is a resale market the thief can access. Who is buying stolen bikes? As you work out the seating chart for the circles of Hell, I think this is worth pondering
  • 23 11
 Leave your prototype on the back of a car and experience noob results. Sucks but I thought we all learned this 29 years ago.
  • 3 0
 @Snfoilhat: true fences got a market for just about everything. Usually long term drug dealers know a fence or two or just keep it. cause they’ll basically take stolen goods for drugs at obscenely low prices. (Mtb for a $20 bag wouldn’t be out of question) Pro bike thief’s go straight to fences or have their own resellers and homeless/petty guys usually go thru the drug dealer.

I imagine most get resold domestically online by resellers. I’m sure there is at least one Pinkbike account selling all stolen bikes. But I imagine some also get shipped overseas by the container load by organized crime.

I imagine most people buying a stolen bike have no idea it’s stolen and the few that suspect it would only look into it if say someone walked up to them and said hey I think ur riding my stolen bike.


I will say though with the prices specialized is asking for those e bikes that shit better come with onstar.
  • 6 2
 @ReeferSouthrland: I thought they were saying it was stolen off a vehicle in the middle of traffic which freaked me out. This is just irresponsible, especially with a special bike like that. I've stopped for food with bikes on the back but parked so we were looking at them the entire time and they were right outside the window. This isn't much different than leaving it locked to a random post. It's always those quick five min trips where stuff gets stolen. Bikes thieves are evil like that.
  • 7 15
flag ol-sidewinder (Apr 3, 2021 at 15:03) (Below Threshold)
 @ReeferSouthrland: douche comment
  • 14 10
 @ol-sidewinder: Yes you seem like a douche indeed.
  • 4 0
 @ol-sidewinder: agree. Sounds like he hasn't had a rig stolen before. I'm sure he loves it when someone tells him what he's done wrong as he's hanging his head.
  • 1 0
 @Snfoilhat: My thought is they just sell/use the components. Keep or destroy/discard the frame. This one not having a serial number it may get stripped and painted then sold.
  • 39 0
 That sucks! Fookin' bike thieves...hope the thieves get caught and you recover your prototype @canfieldbikes
  • 9 0
 Given the area of town, there’s a high probability the bike is among the homeless population. If so, it may not be too difficult to track down. If I’m downtown I’ll keep my eyes open.
  • 8 0
 @gnarlysipes Canfield posted on Facebook about a possible sighting near a trail head in Kaysville Ut riding with a partner on a orange YT
  • 20 0
 Hmm doesn’t hold a waterbottle so that easily rules out 90% of Pinkbike as the thief.
  • 17 0
 Before anyone jumps on me for being insensitive or anti-homeless just some background info on myself. I am in the middle of getting my masters degree in social work and I understand that everybody has a story. In being a social worker I realize that there are people out there who have had rough lives and suffer from addiction but I have to drawn the line on compassion when the rest of society is being victimized to support that addiction. I live in a town where the junkies and tweakers don't even try to hide what they are doing any more because the police don't enforce anything. Homeless encampments are littered with head high stacks of stripped bike frames and dirty needles. On several occasions I have seen beater RVs pull up in the middle of town and out of nowhere dozens of sketchers come rolling up with carts full of bikes and parts and as soon as the doors open up, bikes go in and drugs go out. I call the police and they just tell them to move their carts so they aren't blocking the side walk. A couple of weeks ago the sheriffs dept. put out a big "look at the great job we are doing" story about a big meth sting they on an RV parked downtown. They confiscated a pound of meth, scales, 10K in cash. Looking into the arrest record revealed that the dealer had multiple felonies pending so they wrote him a ticket to appear in court and drove away none of which was mentioned in the article...Don't take your eyes off of your bike.
  • 1 0
 Surely national, institutionalized non-enforcement of crimes that harm cyclists is unintentional and not actually shadow policy regarding cycling in America.

nextcity.org/features/view/how-much-is-a-cyclists-life-worth-anyway
  • 5 1
 Law Enforcement's hands are tied in a lot of these instances. There's only so much they can do. They make a felony arrest, book the suspect into jail, and the suspect is immediately released back into society and free to reoffend.

Writing a citation is essentially the same thing, just saves times from the booking process. District Attorneys decide to not file on a lot of cases and the charges are dropped.

Its essentially catch and release these days. It's only getting worse.

The root of this problem is not law enforcement. It's the soft justice system, and politicians pushing to decriminalize a bunch of things that may seem petty to some. It's a domino effect.

Imagine someone breaking into your house while you're asleep, putting you and your family in great danger. The police respond, apprehend the suspect, and book him into jail. The suspect is then immediately released from jail. As a victim, do you feel safe? Do you feel like justice is being served? Nobody thinks that way until they are that victim. This is now a reality. The ballot box is the only way to fix it.
  • 2 0
 The crime being described here is burglary 1st degree if the 'family at risk' is just imaginary, coming from the sense of having your private space violated and the worry associated with that, and home invasion if the risk is material. If law enforcement can even be bothered to respond promptly and make an arrest this suspect is not simply being released. There's a bond hearing to consider public safety and flight risk. Bond could be hundreds of thousands of dollars. Also, this domino effect mentioned is one of the predictions of the so-called broken windows theory of policing, which has been discredited in multiple analyses across decades of time and different locales. The data don't support the prediction, however appealing the 'logic' of it strikes a person, however true it feels
  • 1 0
 @Snfoilhat:
Maybe where you're from.. Here in California, they are released from Jail almost immediately on SOR or OR (supervised own recognizance, and own recognizance). Yes, even for burglary. Its especially bad with the covid crap going on. $0 "covid bail" is a thing.

The scenario I pitched didn't involve anyone getting hurt, so in the eyes of the state, there is no risk of public safety. I'm willing to bet that if someone had the odasity to break into your home, then they have the odasity to cause you or your family physical harm. Just because they didn't hurt anyone in this instance, doesn't mean they won't hurt someone next time.

And where has the broken windows theory been discredited? CNN saying its debunked doesn't count, sorry.
  • 23 3
 Major bummer. I'd be circling Pioneer Park and other homeless camps!
  • 20 10
 I don't like what the Homeless population is doing to my city (recently had my life threatened by them when doing trail work in Austin, my wife is scared to ride alone, it's trashy, etc.) however I see nothing but very cheap bikes in the homeless camps.
My opinion is that bike theft of this sort on the scale that we are seeing it, that requires the carrying of large cable cutters, is the work of fellow bicyclists and is funded in full by law abiding bicyclists purchasing used gear.
  • 17 28
flag skijosh (Apr 3, 2021 at 6:21) (Below Threshold)
 @SunsPSD: you are an idiot if you believe anything you just said. Every week someone on MTBEU recovers a $3,000+ bike at a homeless camp in SLC
  • 18 3
 @skijosh: name calling, solid. Anyway, he’s not entirely wrong. It’s probably relative to where you live. Here in the Colorado front range we have both indiscriminate homeless thieves and more organized criminals targeting specific high end bikes. Maybe they’re not fellow cyclists but they certainly know what they’re after and how to make it disappear.
  • 16 11
 @SunsPSD: do you like what your city is doing to the homeless population?
  • 5 0
 @dicky1080: what is the city doing to the homeless?
  • 34 37
 I’m sick of how many once great cities have been ruined by homelessness and the legalization of drugs. I have lived in PDX my whole life, and have watched this once beautiful city become a landfill. Between the junkies and the anarchists the streets don’t feel safe.
  • 29 6
 @wda1wustl: Oh yes, throwing drug users in jail would really solve a lot of problems

(that is sarcasm)
  • 27 4
 @wda1wustl: welcome to America....I'd blame our corporate thief class before drug users and anarchists...but I get your point.
  • 4 4
 -shakes fist in air and yells- “GET OFF MY LAWN!!!”
  • 12 9
 @wda1wustl:
complains about "junkies and anarchists"...probably lives in hillsboro
  • 6 0
 Whoever it is, they had cable cutters on hand and were looking for opportunities at 6:45 a.m. They were looking for opportunities; it’s not like they just happened upon a bike.
  • 1 0
 @jstafford0502: it doesn't take much of an eye to recognize an expensive bike. We once found an old abandoned homeless camp outside an apartment area me and friends were living in. One of the time was a pair of bolt cutters. They're opportunistic but they definitely know when they're looking at an expensive bike. Plus for $20 you've got a cordless angle grinder from harbor freight that'll kill any lock in less than a minute.
  • 5 1
 @wda1wustl: dude some of the pics I see out of Portland are insane. I'm sure many parts are still nice but man there are huge homeless camps, trash dumps, and random fires. I always thought SF was trashy, which it definitely is haha.
  • 3 0
 Not here in Seattle. I’ve seen a nice 2016 Santa Cruz Bronson and a new Cannondale gravel bike just during the last few weeks at a homeless camp in Lake City. But yeah, it’s mostly junker bikes @SunsPSD:
  • 2 2
 @wda1wustl: amen feeling the same way
  • 2 0
 @nyhc00: I have no idea!! But am interested to know.
  • 2 0
 @wda1wustl: I'm out in the gorge and just see the junk on the side of the hwys in route to Costco or family in Pdx. Is it still that bad in town? or is it just a few select places? Can you still cruise downtown for dinner and drinks if you stay away from the waterfront? Btw at least we can rule out the Blazers as being the culprits...because they cant steal anything to save their life. (I'll see myself out...)
  • 3 8
flag Kieranf (Apr 3, 2021 at 13:48) (Below Threshold)
 Ignorant af but ok @wda1wustl:
  • 4 0
 @kymtb0420: I might start with the politicians first…
  • 7 3
 @Kieranf: You are right. If my personal experience and first hand knowledge doesn’t validate your narrative, then I must be wrong.
  • 11 3
 @wda1wustl: "legalizing drugs ruined cities [during a pandemic that has driven housing prices up, destroyed jobs, and exacerbated income inequality" isn't an experience. It's reductive dogma.
  • 5 2
 @Svinyard: Yes. Downtown is totally chill. The neighborhoods are totally chill. The camps are isolated and the people in them are generally suffering and wish they were in a better situation.

It's heart breaking. I wish I knew what could be done to help them out in a meaningful & long-term way.
  • 14 0
 Can’t stop, rant coming. First off, PDX was rough or even rougher in the eighties, and nineties. You’d think bikes just started getting stolen by some of these comments. Many of these same folks in tents used to live indoors but now their shitty ranch homes are worth half a million or their SRO got turned into a Pearl highrise condo. (I miss the Brewery Blocks.) Now they are out in the street. Social safety net has completely been eroded. We ask our cops to be social workers and mental health caregivers, firefighters to be nurses; 911 case managers. Mental illness and drug addiction is going an issue moving forward. House people. It’s ultimately cheaper. Being callous and crying that it’s an eyesore won’t help. But, if you touch my bike or my kids you might catch my hitch wrench.
  • 2 0
 @mkpfaff: You're way off. Shitty ranch home are *listed* at a cool half million, and then go for $75k asking with all repairs and inspections waived and $25k in earnest money. Oh! And you better write the seller a nice letter about what a good and moral person your are and how you want to start a family and start a non-profit and I will only work the increase the value of the other homes in the neighborhood and maybe include a photo of you and your spouse/SO and your cute dog so the seller knows your the type who will maintain the "character" of the neighborhood (b/c that doesn't violate any fair housing laws)
  • 3 0
 @pmhobson: I assume you meant to write $750k.
  • 3 0
 @mkpfaff: Ha! Close. I meant to type "$75k *over* asking [price]"

Derp. Bad typo.
  • 11 4
 @wda1wustl: Maybe you care or don't but here's something to think about... calling people junkies does nothing but dehumanize them and make it easier to treat them like they don't matter. If you think lawmakers who legalized drugs caused this, you should give that a lot more thought. Legal or not, drugs have the same potential to cause problems. Addiction isn't about drugs, it's about people who are struggling and don't know how to cope. It's a mental health issue, the same as homelessness tends to be.

So, what we need in this country is not more illegal drugs, it's more compassion towards others and trying to care a little about the people we share this existence with. At the least, you can see that the "me first" approach fails because you're not the only person living in your sphere and now these other people that nobody cared about are at your feet, making you feel unsafe. You want them gone but you already know, that isn't going to magically happen. The answer to this starts way higher up than the street level. It's about prevention, getting universal healthcare for everyone, and caring, just a little, about others so we don't end up with hordes of people on the streets suffering from drug abuse and mental health problems.
  • 5 0
 @GrassWhistler: I appreciate your comment. Getting rid of people isn’t the right thing to do by any means. These people need help, even if they refuse it and so t want to change.

But as a healthcare worker I am not OK with people coming into the ED to get their meth lab burns treated for free, only to have them back in the hospital 6 months later for the same issue. Nor am I OK with my tax dollars funding “treatment programs” that have very low success rates, where individuals cycles through the system repeatedly without accountability.
  • 1 1
 @SunsPSD: cities in California California freakn let them sleep inside skate parks...such a disaster. Kids seeing them do drugs; shave their privates out in public....terrible.
  • 3 1
 @GrassWhistler: compassion doesn't help people make better decisions, bolster their impulse control, increase their time preference, or fix their childhood trauma issues. getting a hand chopped off might make someone think twice about fking with someone else's hard-earned stuff though.
  • 1 0
 @mm732: Ahh. I see we're discussing this in good faith and not through the lens of moral extremism. Nice.
  • 2 3
 @GrassWhistler:

The California approach of more handouts, hugs, free needles, and socialized programs seems to be working really, really well.
  • 7 8
 @wda1wustl:

We can thank the left for ruining all these cities.
  • 3 0
 @pmhobson: ah i see you're deploying passive aggressive shaming tactics in an attempt to claim the moral high ground. nice.
  • 1 0
 @mm732: womp womp. Attempting compassion vs aspiring Y'all Qaeda.
  • 1 0
 @SunsPSD: remember how you were certain that this wasn't done by a homeless person, but now based on the most recent sighting, it most certainly was?
  • 1 0
 @skijosh: Certainly? Far from it. C'mon man. Nothing from the description makes their housed/unhoused status "certain".
  • 1 0
 @skijosh: Are you on crank? I NEVER said 'I was CERTAIN it wasn't a homeless person'.
Simply stated that it was my opinion that most of the high end bike thefts were not the work of the homeless and nothing that we know yet changes that opinion overall, or even in this very particular case.
Work on your reading comprehension dude.
  • 1 0
 @SunsPSD: You can't expect anything to be read or said in good faith at this point.
  • 2 0
 @DylanH93: Brosef, Portland is a massive slum now. You have to see it to believe it.
  • 11 0
 I had my car stolen and broken into twice in DTSLC. it’s not the place I grew up in. DT especially is bad. Is a shame you can’t stop in for a coffee or a donut without this shit.
  • 17 29
flag brandwinnie (Apr 3, 2021 at 17:45) (Below Threshold)
 It's called Liberalism and the shit will keep happening if the Utards keep voting them in.
  • 9 8
 @brandwinnie:

I couldn't agree more. This site seems to lean left, so we obviously have an unpopular and "offensive" opinion. People are so soft these days.
  • 16 5
 HUNT THEM, FIND THEM, KILL THEM !!!
  • 11 0
 I’m just here to say nice border collie. I have one, best dogs ever
  • 5 0
 we had these as working cow dogs. They knew their left from right and could be commanded at full sprint in the midst of a chaotic cattle push. They were straight up heroic at times too doing death defying things while a 2klb bull tried to run them down...all the while keeping their job in mind. That being said, we also knew enough to not have them run at speeds for long miles like people do on bikes. They love it but it wrecks their bodies unnaturally later in life. I'm always a bit torn on the whole trail dog concept. Enjoy the pup, you might throw some balloons out in the backyard and see if they'll heard them up Smile .
  • 3 0
 @Svinyard: I hear ya. Definitely important to not over run your dog especially early in life. That being said my average speed when mountain biking is usually around 6-7.5mph which is like a light to moderate trot for my dog, not to mention the frequent stops at watering holes. As long as you keep the milage reasonable riding with a dog is plenty sensible.
  • 2 0
 @Svinyard: Best dog I've ever had was a Blue Merle Tri BC/Aussie Shepard cross. Adopted her from the Humane Society when she was 1 and had her for 16.5 years. I've had 4 other dogs, all good ones but she was in a class of her own.
  • 7 0
 I can't imagine being able to sleep indoors in any DT area with a bike like that locked to a rack on a vehicle parked on the street. It's crazy. All fine bikes sleep inside with me. Regardless of the opinions of anyone with me. Or the management.
  • 2 0
 @ReeferSouthrland: same here man. If my bike is outside the house, my rule is it never leaves my view. We've all heard it a million times, there's no excuse for a quick five minute trip into a store while your bike is locked up. Playing Russian roulette right there.
  • 1 0
 @DylanH93: My and my roomie's nice bikes live by the TV in the living room. We call it the bike shrine.

Only the cheapies get to stay on the porch, and we're on the third floor anyways. Had one bike stolen and I'm not taking any unnecessary risks.
  • 3 0
 @DylanH93: that’s how I do it too. Sometimes I consider locking it up and running into the store for five minutes. Then I realize the gas and time to run home and come back is less than $7,000, so it’s worth it.
  • 6 0
 SLC and petty theft go together mike peanut butter and jelly. Sorry to hear but it’s just one of those places you should never leave your bike unattended.
  • 5 0
 Unfortunately it’s true. Theft has become a huge problem in SLC and even in Utah in general and seems to be increasing every year.
  • 5 0
 Here we are again, the roaring twenties... Remember what happened in 1929? History repeats itself. If you think thievery is bad now, just wait. The more this "the haves and the have nots" shit continues the worse it'll get.
  • 3 0
 Having to deal with bike thieves first hand, the underlying drive was dope. Bike thieves know they can’t just roll around on this “hot” bike. It can be quickly unloaded for dope, then fenced and parted out. The frame will be painted, serial numbers filed scratched off. Some components may be kept because their isn’t an obvious serial number to verify if its stolen.
  • 2 0
 UPDATE - CONFIRMED SIGHTING: Evening of April 4, leaning on a tree in front of apartments on Southside of 7-Eleven on 100 south & 300 east in downtown SLC. Person who spotted it was certain it was the Green Tilt. Called cops who did not respond for over an hour. Eventually attempted to confront and retrieve the bike when someone started to ride away with it, but was outnumbered by suspect and friends. Suspect described as 20-something male, short (approx. 5’5”) dark skin, shaggy black hair, baggy clothes, unkempt appearance.
  • 4 0
 Just saw this bike on Mo and Hannah’s MTB channel this morning. People suck
  • 11 6
 Locks only stop honest people
  • 4 0
 Sounds about right for SLC
  • 2 0
 remember when the Honda Engineers carried the RN-01 gearboxes around in a suitcase because they didn't trust mericans? be like the Japanese. don't trust mericans lol.
  • 1 0
 I never leave my bike unless it's double locked (insert peewee Herman joke here) I can see it, and I'm sure I can get my butt to the car before someone can mess with it.
Hope you guys get your bike back intact asap
  • 1 0
 Does Kazimer have a Tilt to demo? No one has ever said anything bad about a Canfield and I hope they sell a ton of them. Get those Reddit crowdsourcing types on the case to get it back.
  • 1 0
 Bummer! That’s why I have 3 locks and bikes never out of sight. Maybe for a few seconds if no choice but if you can cut all 3 locks in 10 seconds I’ll be dammed.
  • 1 0
 Maybe that tonka truck guy is not only taking photos but actually taking prototypes now? Let’s see what he says... spy shots from his garage on NSMB next....
  • 2 0
 Sick looking bike. Darn bike thrives
  • 2 0
 You gotta be kidding me! My next bike will be a canfield.
  • 2 0
 On it. Gonna need a geo chart to confirm ID when found.
  • 2 1
 Might look kind of sick with a 12 year old dual crown and a set of 26" wheels jammed in it
  • 1 0
 If I see this bike in Canada . I'll kick ass first ask questions later. Sorry for your lost. Sucks!
  • 1 0
 Time to invest in those fancy tractor chain setups. I'm guessing they require a bit more hardcore hardware to cut.
  • 1 0
 That bike was in Hurricane during the festival, its a shame it was stolen: youtu.be/yY-GtDlGRyY?t=345
  • 2 0
 Thieves really do suck.
  • 2 0
 Thieving scumbags!
  • 1 0
 That’s the last time I stop downtown on my way to the bobsled.
  • 2 0
 I will look out for it
  • 10 13
 My bike is over 10k. I’m sure this bike being a prototype is worth more than that to the person responsible with the bike. I would never leave my bike out in public behind a car, locked or not locked. I would disassemble it to be inside the vehicle. If I couldn’t, I wouldn’t stop anywhere.
Should’ve known better to do that!
  • 1 0
 I carry a Rottweiler lock around my neck at all times.
  • 2 1
 The thief should be shot!
  • 1 0
 Bastards
  • 1 0
 Mormons like bikes
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