Canfield Bikes Reveals New Colors & Build Options for 2023 Balance

Oct 4, 2022 at 9:31
by Canfield Bikes  
2023 Canfield Balance - Long-Travel Enduro 27.5

PRESS RELEASE: Canfield Bikes

Today, we are excited to announce new colors and build options for a slightly updated version of the first CBF-equipped mountain bike, the Canfield Balance. Boasting 169 millimeters of rear wheel travel and 27.5-inch wheels, the Balance combines efficient pedaling with big-hit performance and playful handling. It is also mullet-compatible for those seeking business in the front while keeping the party in the back.

Available in Goat’s Blood deep-red powder coat and Stealth black anodized finishes, the 2023 Balance now features internal cable routing for the first time ever as well as other minor geometry updates across sizes to enhance fit and handling for a wider range of riders.

Build options will be centered around TRP's TR12 12-speed shifter and derailleur mated with e*thirteen's Helix Race cassette, but SRAM drivetrains will also be an optional upgrade. Riders will be able to choose Canfield cranks in lengths from 155 to 170mm paired with AbsoluteBlack premium chainrings.

2023 Canfield Balance - Long-Travel Enduro 27.5

Cockpit duties will be handled by our own all-new Canfield Special Blend bar and stem combo. The matte carbon bar with stealth graphics sits at 800 millimeters wide with pre-measured cut marks to make it easy for riders to get the right fit for them. Lance designed a beautifully machined 40-millimeter alloy stem to cradle the bar's 35-millimeter clamp diameter.

Several suspension options will be available from Cane Creek, RockShox, MRP, DVO, EXT and others. Wheel options include premium options from e*thirteen and Atomik Carbon. All rolling stock will be wrapped with the legendary grip of Maxxis rubber.

Stopping duties will by handled courtesy of several options from TRP and Magura.

Other details include size-specific SDG Tellis dropper posts, custom Canfield SDG saddles and Lizard Skins grips with custom Canfield lock-rings.

bigquotesThe Balance holds a special place in our lineup. It was the first bike to feature CBF suspension, expanding the possibilities of a an aggressive big-hit bike burly enough for the bike park yet efficient enough for all-day epics.Lance Canfield

“The Balance holds a special place in our lineup,” said Lance Canfield, CEO and designer. “It was the first bike to feature CBF suspension, expanding the possibilities of an aggressive big-hit bike burly enough for the bike park yet efficient enough for all-day epics. And we still think 27.5-inch wheels are a ton of fun.”

Built around the patented Canfield Balance Formula suspension system, the Balance is a big-mountain brawler unafraid to earn its turns. Canfield has been refining parallel-link suspension for two decades, and the result is maximum traction, effortless climbing and no room for excuses when the going gets rough.

2023 Canfield Balance - Long-Travel Enduro 27.5

The Balance’s CBF™ tuned linkage offers smooth, consistent travel and a slightly progressive leverage ratio that makes all 169 millimeters of travel available while offering a predictable bottomless feel.

The Balance features a slack 64-degree head-angle and longer front center combined with a 170-millimeter fork (with the ability to run up to a 180mm fork) provide confident descending, while short 16.5-inch chainstays keep handling nimble and playful.

The Balance is available in S, M, L and XL for pre-order now at as Factory Build complete bikes, as well as frame, fork & shock and frameset packages.

2023 Canfield Balance - Long-Travel Enduro 27.5
2023 Canfield Balance - Long-Travel Enduro 27.5
2023 Canfield Balance - Long-Travel Enduro 27.5

• 27.5” All-Mountain / Enduro
• Mullet Compatible (160mm 29" fork recommended)
• 7005 aluminum with CNC links
• Patented Canfield Balance Formula™ Suspension
• 169mm travel
• Metric shock sizing (230mm x 65mm)
• Boost Spacing
• Custom Chainstay Protector
• Internal Cable Routing
• Tapered headtube
• 15mm Max-type pivot bearings (6902)
• Water-bottle mount
• Replaceable rear derailleur hanger
• Available in Small, Medium, Large and X-Large

2023 Canfield Balance GEO

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  • 52 14
 im convinced that those complaining about "dated geo" straight up can't ride and/or use their long bikes as a crutch. Have you guys never used a dirt jumper? 26" wheels, head angle is steep as fck and yet we hit 9" lips. Guaranteed the people testing these bikes for development are better than you are.
  • 39 1
 everyone should own or at least ride a DJ and ride it on terrain it wasn't meant for.
  • 10 2
 @adrennan: My dh bike got stolen about 10 years back, so for a few months I rode some of my local dh trails on the dj bike (with a front brake and some knobbly tyres added). It was so much fun I carried on riding it for a few weeks even after I got another dh bike sorted out. I still like to take it for a little tech trail blast every now and then.
  • 6 2
 @gabriel-mission9: I learned how to mountain bike on a dj so they will forever hold a place in my heart. Brought my current dj up to the deer valley bike park this year and it was just as fun as I remember it could be
  • 3 1
 @adrennan: Still the most fun bike I've ever owned at any price
  • 15 0
 9" lips I can do. 9', now that's a problem!
  • 7 0
 @2d-cutout: hah yeah I meant 9’ I was waiting for this comment
  • 6 0
 I get where you're coming, as qualified DJ pilot. But, pointing a DJ bike down a rocky steep trail, with hard cut corners...I feel I would OTB death in 3-5 seconds. Tho Slack bikes suck off steep lips.
  • 5 1
 Yes, have a dirt jumper and love it for dirt jumping... which is insanely different than going mach chicken down a steep as f*ck, gnarly chute. I've been riding since the 90's and the best bike I've ever owned is my newest one with modern geo... that 491 reach with a 63.5 degree head angle in a size large lets me ride even faster and gnarlier than I ever had.

Ya I can make any bike a "mountain bike". Couple years ago an old buddy brought out his old 1992, fully rigid, Rocky Mountain Hammer... we took it up "The Shore" and had a blast picking our way down the trails. That doesn't mean everyone on modern bikes sucks and modern geo is dumb. Frankly the opposite.. I'm fortunate enough to be able to flip bikes every season and I've ridden a lot of different geo's... for me, long reaches and wheelbases with slack head angles are what I love and give me the confidence to do what I enjoy.

I wouldn't buy these bikes... but it's great that these are available for those who like a more traditional geo. There's no need for anybody to shit on anybody for the bike choice they make.
  • 4 0
 9" lips? Tell me more.
  • 3 1
 @islandforlife: we agree on all these points, I was just reverse bashing the ones calling this bike trash and unridable. Because exactly to your point, one should be able to make almost any bike work and your intended purpose is the only thing that is gonna set bike choice apart.
  • 7 0
 I'm 4" away from hitting 9".
  • 1 0
 @ryd-or-die: some say love, it is a rivef
  • 43 4
 How is 476 reach and a 75 seat angle not modern??looks perfect to me
  • 29 7
 Medium needs a 500mm reach and 85° seat angle to qualify now. Sheesh, get with the times.


Yeah, I agree tho looks modern. Plus 476mm with normal stack seems the magic reach number for the most common rider height, 5'10".
  • 16 8
 @ViolaVesperlin: I couldn't ride black tech trails until I got on a bike with a 1350mm wheelbase. So much confidence, I busted all my PRs by 30 seconds. It's the future. That combined with my new 850mm bars just makes you feel like superman.
  • 7 3
 I prefer my bike with a 91° seat angle so my reach is longer than the ETT. super modern. I can transfer power to the pedals so much better and when I stand up, boom, all stretched out for the gnar!
  • 8 2
 @4thflowkage: Yeah superman when he's in a wheelchair from crashing his too long bike that handles like a shopping cart
  • 3 0
 @4thflowkage: I remember seeing some 1000mm bars in person Synchros mocked up for Interbike one year lol
  • 2 0
 @ViolaVesperlin: 2010 or 11 I believe. They looked so ridiculous at the time. Now I bet it would look large, but not as satirical as it did at the time.
  • 1 0
 @takeiteasyridehard: Haha, so true almost a full foot wider than average DH bars for the time.

I was riding super wide 740mm bars back then, because that's what Gee was running.
  • 4 0
 When you take the 75* STA and actually raise the seat to pedal height and then find out it's 73.5* STA.
That's when it's not modern geo...

BUT, there isn't a side view of a built bike so I didn't actually check IF that's what will happen. So I could be talk'n out of my @$$... Smile Smile Smile
  • 2 0
 @stiingya: yeah, for some of their other bikes they list STA at different heights on the site. probably would tell you if you reach out.
  • 1 0
 It all depends. I would have to go for an XL in order to get a comfortable reach, but a 490mm seat tube would then allow for a 150mm dropper post, maximum…
  • 20 3
 I love my Balance! This looks to put everything right where it needs to be for a totally badass rig that will take you to new levels. Geo and sizing are on point for ripping, climbing, jumping and sending... A true Balance of all around fun, Hell yeah!
  • 16 3
 Seen that matte black in person, and it looks killer. Glad somebody is putting out some fun 27.5ers still!

Can't wait for the chorus of "how can you ride park with less than a 500 mm reach/450 chainstay?" to die. Reminds me of the dudes that used insist that low pressure 27.5+ wheels were the future of MTB.
  • 14 5
 I still havent figured out how people get 25 psi in normal size tires to work without pinch flatting on the first rock.
  • 22 5
 @adrennan: probably by bending at the knees and hips, give it a try next time you ride.
  • 8 7
 @adrennan: I think the answer is "they're slow." Rode park with a friend last weekend who observed that my tire pressure was much higher than his, and it was thinking 'well yeah...but you don't hit any big features.'
  • 5 1
 Yeah, I love the super short chainstays, perfect for freeride and bike park
  • 2 0
 @adrennan: yeah, for me, it's rim/tire dependent. I've had some (WTB i29s) that died on moderate chunk within a few miles on a first ride. Others (Xm481/ex511/Revin carbon) that never make a pinging noise at the same PSI with the same tires. Going below 25 PSI on the rear for me requires an insert.
  • 2 0
 @adrennan: It's pretty easy not to pinch at 12mph. Oh and like the one user said, bend at the knees and hips...but I think speed and terrain have more to do with it.
  • 1 0
 @adrennan: I run 24psi on 27.5 tires in my enduro races \, just have to be 120lbs at 5'11
  • 2 0
 @Babytoejam: do you have to run around the shower to get wet?!
  • 16 4
 Yeah, I'll be that guy...put a water bottle mount inside the front triangle and they'll sell a lot more of them.
  • 9 5
 I wanted a Canfield sooo bad but ya no bottle cage inside the triangle is a dealbreaker for me. So I bought a Revel instead.
  • 4 3
 @skierdud89: You blew it.
  • 18 7
 @skierdud89: “what!, no water bottle mount, damn, where will I store my tools and car keys?”

Choosing a mini DH bike, not based on how it rides, but the availability of water bottle mount, classic Pinkbike.
  • 15 3
 @sanchofula: yup classic pinkbike... picking another bike that shreds just as hard but also offers me the tiniest convenience when I'm spending thousands of dollars.
  • 8 2
 Or just buy a Banshee Rune.
  • 4 0
 @skierdud89: I have two on them, the water bottle thing does bug me a bit, but I just put a fidlock on the down tube and its fine.
  • 3 2
 Yep, thats the only reason I don't own one.
  • 4 1
 @Kiwijohn42: i have one, there awesome
  • 5 1
 @dmackyaheard: yeah, I was worried about the lack of holder on the Lithium. then I test rode one, and figured the advantages outweighed that specific disadvantage.

carrying water in my hotlaps used to bother my back, but since I started weight training, it's become a non-issue. I get people who feel otherwise, but I wouldn't discount Canfield bikes until you try one. I don't know that I would have grown to appreciate the brand so much if I didn't get to check them out in person, for free.
  • 2 3
 At this point it's stupid they don't, at least they should partner with a company to sell something that carries "some water" where you can actually reach it like YT does. Under the tube is nice to have "too". But sucks for an ONLY place...

And yea, I get that they make great bikes and some people swear by them. But LOTS of people make great bikes that also let you carry a water bottle you can reach without having monkey arms...
  • 2 1
 @stiingya: not sure what you mean with YT, looked and just saw a big fidlock bottle they've rebranded.

I'm not against talking about potential downsides, that's totally fair. I went from a bike with no water holder (older process 134) to one with a holder, and loved it. Did a bunch of rides with just the bottle! It was awesome. Then had a few mechanicals where I had to walk out. A short ride is still a long ass walk with a broken bike. Started riding with a hot laps all the time. Adding 0.5 - 1 L of water isn't really a big deal there.

That's just my personal reason for not really understanding the water bottle in the front cage thing on PB.
  • 2 1
 @stiingya: This is purely opinion. I would rather have a bike that rides better vs the ability to fit a water bottle in the frame. The reason the mount is on the bottom isn't from laziness, per Lance Canfield, they would rather prioritize shock placement on the down tube vs a in frame water bottle mount. I have Fidlocks on the downtube of both of my bikes and it works fine, can even access while climbing. If you don't like it, then that's your opinion.
  • 3 2
 @dmackyaheard: Shock placement for an excellent suspension feel and having bottle mounts within the front triangle are not mutually exclusive. There are many bike manufacturers that have accomplished that. No one here is debating the awesomeness of Canfield's bikes, but this is something that would take them to a higher level. My rides are similar to what most do these days; 2-4x a week 2-3 hours max and occasional longer weekend epics. I haven't routinely ridden with a pack since 2015. I have all of my tools on my bikes (OneUp EDC), my phone/keys/snacks in my pockets and a bottle on the bike...that's it. Once you ride without a pack it's difficult to go back. I will also go a step further and say that internal frame storage is heading towards a must have as well, but lets at least have the bottle mounts.
  • 3 2
 @dmackyaheard: nah man that's just a lie certain industry guys hope you believe. So many brands have adjusted design to accommodate a bottle and still have a bike that shreds and some companies have decided to die on the hill of "it's too hard to make work" ya ok. In this particular scenario my Revel Rail still uses a Canfield suspension design but ALSO lets me carry a bottle so there's no excuse in my book.
  • 1 0
 @sanchofula: Same decision I had to make with my Supreme SX which has no bottle mount. Either get a bike that has a mounts or choose the 180mm high pivot without one.

High pivot for the win
  • 4 0
 What it the ongoing infatuation with a gross, dirty, plastic bottle (that will very likely become trail-side trash)?
  • 1 0
 @suspended-flesh: 100% if you're talking about a bottle mount beneath the downtube. Those are practically useless. A bottle mount within the front triangle does not have those problems.
  • 2 1
 @skierdud89: cool, cool. So you're saying water bottle mounts are more important than ISCG tabs? That's fine, but not true for all riders.

@hellbelly so you haven't ridden with a pack in 7 years, and haven't regretted it? buy a lottery ticket man, you've had some luck.
  • 2 0
 @TheRamma: I don't know about luck, but no regerts as the kidz say. Big Grin I have a EVOC Enduro FR pack which you can pretty much fit your life into. I've used it twice in the aforementioned time period when riding the Whole Enchilada. Otherwise, the only other pack I ever use (and rarely) is the Bontrager Rapid pack. As hip packs go it blows everything away as it does not move at all. It plus a bottle on my frame is plenty of H2O for any 2-3.5 hr ride and that's in hot AF Georgia heat too. Also GJ is one of my favorite places I've ridden in CO.
  • 1 1
 @TheRamma: lol that is one impressive straw man argument. When were we talking about ISCG tabs??
  • 2 0
 @hellbelly: I'll listen to the real engineers rather than the armchair engineers. If you believe its that easy... why don't you redesign the frame for a water bottle, prototype it, and produce it?
  • 1 0
 @dmackyaheard: As I never claimed to be an engineer there is no need for me to do that. However, it's already been accomplished many times. Revel is the most obvious example, but many UK designers have placed bottle mounts beneath the top tube to accommodate a downtube mounted shock. Additionally there are the Status bikes from Specialized, Ibis' Ripley and Ripmo and many others. I'd be surprised if when the next version of these bikes comes around that this is not taken into consideration.
  • 3 1
 @hellbelly: Nice! Whatever you're doing, keep it up! Walking out of a few rides just made me need that pack. For water consumption, my best ever was getting through all of Gunny Loop with a 20 ounce bottle in July. Ah, those were the days. I don't have an issue with anything less than a back country 4+hour epic with the Hot Laps, but I don't love having to tighten it as I drink. I love GJ too! I didn't even MTB when I decided to move here.

@skierdud89 Not really a strawman, just pointing out that your bike has a compromise that some (including me) wouldn't make. I shopped Revel, and nearly bought a Rail, but just need a bashguard for where I live (and how poorly I ride). On the new Lithium, I didn't mount one right away, and quickly remembered why it was so important to me. I know you can mount one to the ring, but I'm looking to protect the BB too, so I like the proximity of an ISCG for all those pointy ass rocks. But I'm sure you find a way to be happy with that bike, just like me slumming it with no water bottle in the front triangle.
  • 2 0
 @hellbelly: I'm not saying it cannot be done, but if it comes down to a bike riding better vs having a water bottle in the frame, I'll take the former. You are right in that a lot of companies, namely Yeti and Banshee, who did not have room for a water bottle in the past have changed their ways. Their newer bikes do ride better, but its not from having a water bottle in the front triangle. I have ridden a Revel Rascal, and I prefer the angles on my Tilt, but I also think Canfield's CBF feels smoother and more supple than Revel's iteration. It could just be the way they have their linkage tuned, or personal preference, but the main reason their linkage is different than Canfield's is the ability to include a bottle in the triangle. But also, gotta say this, we are arguing about a bottle being on top of the down tube or below it.
  • 12 1
 Flat black. Sharp lines. Stealth sells.
  • 7 0
 I bought some cranks from Canfield and two guys (Lance included) called me to confirm the fitment (at my request) that day, before they shipped. Seemed to be after their working hours or at the tail end. I'd consider that some great service.
  • 9 0
 looks like a fantastic park bike that could still be pedaled around as needed
  • 5 1
 it is a fantastic park bike. buy one.
  • 1 0
 I have a V2 Balance and that's exactly what it is. I love mine and I am very tempted to upgrade to a new one.
  • 10 0
 Check out that skull, Ibis.
  • 5 0
 Argh, external routing was one of the best little details on the Balance. Why make life harder than it has to be? People actually think it's an advantage to have to disassemble and reassemble a brake on the bike? Fishing stupid housing in and out of tubes? There's literally no advantage to it.

My LE 2020 will probably outlive me, though.
  • 4 0
 This bike needs two things aesthetically speaking, first is a complete seat tube like their newer bikes, all the way to the BB area and second a non curvy top tube to seat post junction. Otherwise great bike and great company
  • 1 0
 Yeah I found the seat tube bb junction to look a bit odd also. Still, having ridden a balance, I am sure it's a you said, aesthetician aside, great bike, great people.
  • 7 0
 Water bottle mount ** but don’t drink from it.
  • 6 0
 Still the best head badge in the business.
  • 4 0
 Internal routing...on an aluminum bike. I got a Yelli Screamy because it DIDN'T HAVE INTERNAL ROUTING...sigh, Canfield. Sigh.
  • 22 17
 XL has a 490mm reach with a 420mm chainstay... no thank you
  • 19 1
 Sounds fun to me!
  • 1 0
 The nimble 9 hardtail has a reach of 475 on the large and this XL is 490. At sag the size large hardtail will have a 15-20 mm longer reach. WTF ?
  • 2 1
 Bike looks great. The chainstay length is weird, though. I'd like to read a review on this one. Very unusual numbers...
  • 7 0
 To each their own! My Lithium is 500 Reach 430 Chainstay. Been testing a Banshee Titan this past week (495 reach 452 chainstay) and I'm going to sell it for sure, the short chainstays are SO f'ing fun and bring so so so much joy and poppiness to my riding. I know other riders who prefer to straight plow will feel differently and avoid Canfield, but if you like to manual and pop and play and be sideways, then I recommend trying one for sure!
  • 4 0
 @COmoose: I 100% respect and hear you because you've tried other geometries/longer chainstays, and it didn't work for your style. Too many people bash on something without ever actually giving it a try. People ride bikes so differently I guess. Going to longer chainstays allowed me to have so much more fun on my bike because I can just get looser with it, and it feels so crazy balanced, it feels like I can push it 20% harder than my short cs bike, and it's still within its limits. To me, that's a fun bike, even though its harder to bunny hop and pop. But that feeling of invincibility between my 2 wheels is such a blast to get rowdy with. But I am happy different people prefer different things, and there are bikes for everyone! Keeps our sport interesting.
  • 1 0
 @misteraustin: yes dude! And that's not to say I don't like the Banshee either - I totally get that feeling of invincibility - it's actually crazy to switch back to the Canfield because I have to remind myself to get used to it because it's so much quicker that you have to ride it differently, be more quick and precise! But yeah at the end of the day I love what it offers, but if I was racing I'd keep the Banshee 100%.
  • 3 0
 I don't need a 27.5 freeridish trail bike, but damn do I want that very black one. I miss my Riot.
  • 3 0
 i love my 2016 Balance! Even more with a dropper post, it's like having 3 bikes in 1!
  • 4 0
 No one rippin' the internal routing?
  • 4 1
 Not a fan of internal routing… but it’s worth the hassle to ride a Canfield.
  • 3 0
 Also not a fan of cosmetic cable routing.
  • 5 0
 Looks like a Darkside
  • 5 0
 Looks like a banshee
  • 4 2
 LMAO... hard to respect opinions from absurdly titled web commenters... just sayin'...
  • 2 0
 CBF absolutely works. I still miss my Tilt, but could not work with a under-mount bottle cage.
  • 4 1
 A mountainbiker's mountainbike.
  • 2 3
 As a tall rider, and as with many tall riders whom had zero decent fitting options for like ….. uh 40 years: I love reading medium sized riders complaints. It just makes my coffee that mush sweeter in the am.
Xxl Spire. For me.
Medium balance for you.
Optic for them ….
and sometimes dirt jumpers should be sized and geo’d up too.
You’r way isn’t the only way.
Some of us are really enjoying jibbing the literal “semi truck” sized wheelbases…….
But different strokes and horses for folks….
  • 1 0
 Has anyone seen photos of that stem? I’ve heard it referenced a couple of times, and as a huge fan of their pedals am pretty stoked that it’ll be as dope.
  • 1 0
 I have seen the stem in person and yes, it matches up with the cool aesthetic that Canfield puts out. Dope it is
  • 1 0
 That seat angle is slack af. You are going to be so stretched out when your seated. My Rocky Element has a steeper seat tube. What a time to be alive
  • 2 0
 Were there any geo changes at all?
  • 8 5
 Looks like a Banshee
  • 1 0
 I own one and i agree
  • 5 0
 Looks like an old Banshee.
  • 4 0
 @Kiwijohn42: Like a v2, with the exception of the larger main pvot.
  • 2 0
 @DuelingBanjos: Both use 7XXX Aluminum too. I wonder if the material choice drives the design a bit? Optimal tube diamter etc...
  • 2 0
 @maestroman21: Interesting train of thought, no idea but there might be something there.

I used to have old rune and still have Darkside
  • 1 0
 @DuelingBanjos: still have both my v2 darkside and rune (which ive mulleted), and am sitting here reading this post ride thinking the same thing, and liking it - would like to see an updated Darkside next!
  • 3 0
 I'd ride that bike
  • 2 0
 Canfield with MRP suspension just feels right
  • 1 0
 Giddy up!
  • 1 1
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