Canfield Unveils Jedi 29 High Pivot DH Bike

Dec 8, 2021 at 12:05
by Canfield Bikes  
Canfield Jedi 29er DH Bike - Orange

PRESS RELEASE: Canfield Bikes

Canfield Bikes today unveils a completely redesigned version of our iconic high-pivot downhill bike, the Jedi 29. The much anticipated update includes a new shock layout, revised suspension kinematics, 29-inch wheels and updated geo and sizing.

Going back to the drawing board on our flagship DH bike was no easy task. With a pedigree stretching back more than 20 years—from the first Big Fat Fatty Fat prototypes in 1999 to the most recent 27.5 Jedi—there was a lot to live up to. But also a lot to build on. Having refined high-pivot multi-link designs for over two decades, owner and designer Lance Canfield knew exactly what he wanted—and what he didn’t want—from the latest downhill bike to wear the Jedi name.

Canfield Jedi 29er DH Bike

bigquotesThe Jedi is a very special bike for me and the new one embodies everything I’ve always wanted it to be.Lance Canfield

“This Jedi is a direct evolution of the first bikes I designed and I’ve been refining it for a long time. This is a new bike, but it’s a bike more than 20 years in the making,” says Lance Canfield, owner and designer. “The Jedi is a very special bike for me and the new one embodies everything I’ve always wanted it to be.”

Canfield Jedi 29er DH Bike - Orange

Like its predecessors, the all-new Canfield Jedi 29 is a two-wheeled podium-seeking missile designed to annihilate anything standing between it and the finish line. The rearward axle-path of the Canfield Formula 1 suspension design gives the Jedi the unnatural ability to not only maintain its speed, but actually accelerate through rough terrain. Thanks to 29-inch wheels, the new Jedi is even faster and smoother through nasty sections of trail, but a revised axle path allows it to corner and jump more intuitively than previous versions.

Canfield Jedi 29er DH Bike - Orange

Updated sizing and geometry make the Jedi 29 feel more balanced and composed at speed and in the air. And despite begging its rider to go bigger and faster than ever before, the new Jedi’s precise handling makes changing direction and snapping corners feel nearly telepathic.

Canfield pioneered high-pivot, multi-link bikes in the late '90s, and is still one of the only brands doing so today. Unlike other high-pivot, pulley-wheel designs (which rely on some form of single pivot or modified/linkage-driven single pivot), the Jedi continues to use a multi-link layout that allows all aspects of kinematics to be fine-tuned. This virtually eliminates the compromises and unwanted characteristics of suspension performance common in most single-pivot designs.

Canfield Jedi 29er DH Bike

A revised leverage rate provides more supple small-bump sensitivity at the top of the stroke, while a more progressive end-stroke offers a smooth, bottomless transition on big hits. Improved mid-stroke support results in a more poppy, responsive ride. Neutral chain growth (less than 1mm) creates a smooth, disconnected feeling at the pedals, completely isolated from suspension forces.

Canfield Jedi 29er DH Bike

Braking performance has also been revised for slightly less anti-rise, remaining more neutral and predictable when you drop the anchor. Anti-squat is now more focused and consistent throughout travel, providing unparalleled acceleration at the pedals for a bike this gravity focused.

Canfield Jedi 29er DH Bike - Raw

Canfield Jedi 29er DH Bike - Black

Available in Orange, Stealth Black Anodized and Raw finishes in M, L and XL. Frame only options start at $2,599.99 and complete bikes start at $6,499.99. The Canfield Jedi 29 is available for discounted pre-order pricing now with expected April/May, 2022 delivery at

• 29” Downhill Race
• Formula 1 Suspension
• Vertical Rear Travel: 203mm
• Horizontal Rear Travel: 19mm (horizontal) / 64mm (effective)
• External cable routing
• Adjustable pulley wheel guide for optimal chain management with a variety of cassette sizes
• One-piece CNC upper and lower links
• Custom Chainstay Protector (not shown)
• Custom removable rear fender
• Replaceable rear derailleur hanger
• Available in Medium, Large and X-Large


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  • 82 1
 Nice to see the Jedi is BACK!!!
  • 191 4
 failed "Return of the Jedi" post opportunity....
  • 7 1
 Maybe we could, well, say it's his return.
  • 8 0
 @TerrapinBen: Probably didn't want to risk litigation.
  • 8 0
 @TerrapinBen: Definitely a litigation avoidance maneuver.
  • 67 1
 Hello there.
  • 52 0
 General Kenobi
  • 38 0
 This IS the bike you're looking for.
  • 5 0
 This is where the fun begins
  • 3 1
 The tragedy of Darth Plageuis the wise?
  • 3 1
 I have a good feeling about this.
  • 6 0
 Lets try spinning, thats a good trick.
  • 4 0
 Live long, and prosper...Doh!
  • 3 0
 I loved you
  • 55 0
 Canfields marketing should just say We Told You So, on high pivots
  • 26 0
 Nailed it, pulley wheeled bikes 20 years ago and got flack for it. Now they are popping up everywhere. I've had several Jedi's and they are awesome. I don't need a DH bike but I'm feeling the compulsion here.
  • 40 0
 Imagine winning a race on this, stepping on the podium and saying "I've got the high ground"
  • 11 0
 Do you think this bike hates sand?
  • 6 0
 @ratedgg13: Yeah, it gets everywhere
  • 2 0
 You underestimate my power!
  • 31 0
 Do, or do not. There is no try. Yoda, Psalms 29er
  • 4 2
 Underrated comment. Masterclass with the psalms callout
  • 24 0
 Hope this gets into your next shootout with the commencal supreme
  • 16 0
 My old Jedi was the best performing and most reliable DH bike I have owned.
  • 15 0
 Nice!!! This is the kinda news I wanna see here.
  • 7 2
 Totally agree - 29er dh bike for all the racers who ride canfield???
  • 6 0
 Luca Shaw to Canfield? You heard it here first.
  • 14 0
 I love that the chain stay length is given in sagged and unsagged. That rearward axle path is amazing.
  • 13 0
 Oh man… I haven’t ridden DH in over a decade and don’t know when I ever will, yet for some reason I’m considering dropping $6k on one of these
  • 11 0
 Do it. Dh bikes are so special
  • 3 1
 @adrennan: and you can be special again!
  • 18 4
 A 27.5 version would be awesome for the free riders.
  • 2 0
  • 28 0
 They've got the one.2 for that, can run a dropper + wide range and pedal it too (like a real freeride bike). HSP isn't really needed unless you're trying to go fast.
  • 18 0
 @transam711: Ya man. the One.2 checks all the boxes for a freeride machine
  • 4 1
 @chriskneeland: but it has a really low bb with 27.5 front and back
  • 3 0
 @Kmccann137: It's not 2009 anymore you don't really need a low bb
  • 2 0
 @healthy-not-sick-biker: ya, low bbs were because we had kid bike wheelbases back in the day.
  • 5 0
 @Kmccann137: I built mine as a mullet and with a 190 zeb. No complaints but for some reason I'm trying to rationalize buying this smh.
  • 13 1
 The best part ? $2500 for a frame. That's real world pricing for you !

Enjoyed my previous Jedi, only sold it cuz the large still felt small and was time to move to 29".
  • 3 7
flag wburnes (Dec 8, 2021 at 16:47) (Below Threshold)
 I got my Commencal supreme frame for $2,000. The Nukeproof Dissent is $2,000 with frame and shock. Norco has a $1,650 frame as well.
  • 1 0
 Funny, the reach and toptube length on the new large is almost exactly the same as my 2016 XL (470 v 475mm). It is amazing how much dh bikes have grown, my 2011 Turner DHR (dw link) was progressive at the time it was designed and the reach on an XL was only 430mm.
  • 9 1
 @wburnes: Canfield frams are so much higher quality than those brands though sooo beefy
  • 14 0
 Woow Dorado!
  • 10 0
 Oh man, Xmas just came early. Raw finish looks so good, now how to justify a DH bike to myself and hide this in the garage from my wife lol
  • 8 1
 I was like..... "Not feeling the looks.... not feeling the looks....." Then I saw the black bike. Damn. I'm a huge Canfield fan,& there's never gonna be a DH bike in my stable... but still..... that black bike...... Damn.
  • 2 0
 You know you have to have it...
  • 1 0
 I don't know it you could use it much in NJ but you could drive down to TN.
  • 3 0
 @healthy-not-sick-biker: Guess you've never heard of a little place called Mountain Creek.
  • 8 0
 But I was going into Tosche Station to pick up some power converters!
  • 7 0
 All the other high pivot bikes gotta take note.
  • 7 0
 Were these pictures taken at Angel Fire? The trails look soooo familiar.
  • 3 0
 They where.
  • 7 0
 Ooohh the raw alloy sets me loins a'quiver
  • 4 0
  • 5 0
 The evolution of the the OG high pivot has arrived! I've always like the look of the Jedi and those that came before. The black one looks amazing. Dark Jedi ftw.
  • 1 0
 Yes but with a green light saber top tube blend
  • 6 0
 Super psyched to see this! The frame looks fantastic! Well done.
  • 4 0
 OH I SEE WHAT YA DID THERE. high pivot from the people who have been doing high pivot all along. Beware. Disney owns Jedi now. Rumbling in Valhalla as Mickey gets pissed
  • 4 0
 My Jedi was by a huge margin the fastest, most capable DH bike I’ve ever owned. Will definitely be pulling the trigger on one of these.
  • 10 5
 Already out of date, should have gone mullet
  • 4 0
 Can someone explain the horizontal/effective rear travel?
  • 3 0
 Yea was wondering that as well...
  • 14 1
 The rearward travel is the measured horizontal change point-to-point from the center of the bottom bracket to the center of the rear axle.

Horizontal or "actual" is considering the front triangle static and only cycling the rear suspension. It's a simple X dimension on a graph.

"Effective" is what happens when the bike compresses in dynamic real world situations with both tires on the ground (which we can also simulate and measure in our software) as the bottom-bracket drops, angles change, etc.
  • 5 0
 Found this graph for the old Jedi. Assuming it's accurate. Anyway, if you look at the picture, it has 37 mm of horizontal travel over 150 mm of effective travel. The remaining 50 mm begin moving forward again.

The new one says 19 mm and 64 mm which means the new bike has less rearward extension and the peak rearward extension occurs earlier than the old bike.

This is actually a very large change of 18 mm. If you compare it to a redesign of the Enduro and the demo, neither of them saw a horizontal change of more than 2 mm due to the redesign. Also, the current demo has maximum x extension of 1 mm and it is a very fast bike which is always contending at the world championships. The new demo is 18 mm more than it.

Very interesting looking bike.
  • 7 0
 @mdinger: The Jedi saw changes every time it was produced. The 2008 Jedi you linked to was the first, when we compare to the previous Jedi, we are talking about the most recent one, 2017.

2017 Jed: 33mm horizontal/75mm effective rearward
2022: 19mm horizontal/64mm effective rearward

Combined with 29-inch wheels, the Jedi is faster and smoother (and also corners and jumps better), even with slightly less rearward than the previous version.

A Demo is one of the most polar opposite bikes on the market to a Jedi. Design wise, It also has very little chain extension so pedal kick back is minimal so both bikes feel smooth through the pedals. However the Demo wheel path is very forward.... A Jedi rear wheel is trying to get out of the way (rearward), blowing off repeated hits instead of packing up into the next one, keeping your momentum pushing forward. It's one of the most "case" friendly bikes out there and helps save your ass if you make mistakes. For me. it just begs to go faster and bigger and let's me get away with it.
  • 1 0
 @flymybike: good information. The fact that the demo is crazy fast in spite of those design differences is very interesting to me.

They've reduced the rearward extension multiple times since its original release then. I guess that just shows how extreme the original design was.
  • 4 0
 Since nobody explained the why, I will. The idea of having a rearward axle path is two fold. The first is that it helps maintain the wheelbase as the bike compresses, where on a bike with a no rearward path, or even a forward path (which many have), the wheelbase shrinks as the suspension compresses (as a fork compresses, the wheelbase shortens about 10mm for every 30mm of compression). The second reason is that the rearward axle path is the bike tends to move over hits better, as the objects you hit don't push the suspension vertically, but back at a diagonal (exactly how much depends on the size of the object v. wheel).

What most people comment on with a high pivot DH bike is that they don't seem to get hung up on hits as much and maintain their speed better in chunk. My sample size of one, being the 2017 Jedi I now have versus the 2011 Turner DHR I used to have corresponds with this subjective observation. I am unaware of anyone ever doing any type of scientific or quasi scientific testing to see if in fact the rearward axle path does result in less hangup and in turn maintaining more speed.
  • 2 0
 @canfieldbikes: I think I get what you’re say about effective rearward travel, but do your figures assume the front wheel isn’t compressing? I would imagine under normal use the front is compressing along with the rear (though likely not in perfect sync unless Jason Lucas is riding the bike is super slo-mo) and the angle change is relatively small.

Follow up: does your effective rearward travel measurement mean that some bikes with zero actual forward travel may have some effective rearward travel? Obviously not as much as this one.

To be clear, not trying to be critical here, just want to understand the measurement.
  • 1 3
 @feldybikes: if you are questioning this, this hard, you don’t get it. Good luck with your taxes.
  • 1 0
 @feldybikes: front and rear are designed independently. Effective travel in the rear has nothing to do with the front. It is just a linkage being pushed by a shock and nothing moving is connected to the front suspension. People can make observations about both but they're still effectively independent.
  • 1 0
 @mdinger: If you need any evidence that the front and rear suspension must function as a unit, increase the rebound on your fork, take all the rebound out of your shock, got hit some jumps and report back how they are independent of each other.
  • 1 0
 @carym: that's a different issue. If you perform a bunny hop and land only on the back wheel, does the front compress too? It does not because they are independent.

When you ride down the trail normally, your weight is distributed across both front and back and preference is to have both wheels feel similar when they hit a bump but they still function independently.

Put another way, when you hit a bump going down the trail with your front wheel, you want the rear wheel to wait until it hits the same bump, not activate immediately.

Brakes are similar on bikes as well but not on all motorcycles. Some motorcycles activate both front and back brakes with one lever (not independent), others have a lever and a foot pedal (independent)
  • 3 1
 Really happy to see this. Too bad i already ordered a new Session frameset. I would definitely have thought about buying this. Cheers Canfield
  • 4 0
 I just wanted the propper side shot of the bike! Haha
  • 2 0
 I would love to purchase a carbon jedi 29. I loved my jedi and Canfield bikes always supported the racers really well. Thanks for the help!
  • 2 0
 How about one god damn photo from the non-drive side so we can make heads and tails out of the linkage? Is this a CBS bike? No idea crank is in the way.
  • 2 0
 It’s their formula one suspension platform, not cbf
  • 2 0
 @jeffreylj: The Jedi isn't a CBF bike. The center of curvature starts on top of the pulley like CBF and moves rearward out of the CBF zone. However it doe's stay lined up with the chain throughout travel, keeping pedal forces pointed in the right direction.
  • 3 0
 Stoke is high! Just like the pivot...
  • 3 0
 You know we want a shred video to go with this rad product release!
  • 3 0
 Awesomeness. A legendary and pioneering frame returned. Also, that RAW..
  • 2 0
 One tiny complaint:
Can't choose the link color anymore.
That black with anodized green links would be BADAZZ
  • 2 0
 I have the 2015 Jedi in black with the green links. It does look pretty nice.
  • 1 0
 @sino428: I had a black w/ blue and my wife had the black w/ green. I loved that color scheme.
  • 1 0
 @roxtar: Yea I have some blue parts on mine too. The black, blue, and green all looks nice together.
  • 1 0
 Waiting for someone to put a 180 single crown on it and have a beastly enduro bike with that 76 degree STA.
  • 5 0
 Better off with the Canfield One2
  • 2 0
 @wburnes: Yeah, but high pivot lol
  • 2 0
 this is where the fun begins
  • 1 0
 It will be a long time before I'm able to replace my 2012 Jedi with that monster..
  • 5 3
 It looks fantastic! I'm so glad it's not a mullet.
  • 2 0
 Make the geo picture bigger please
  • 2 0
 Nice, I wish I could justify owning a dh bike again
  • 2 0
 ONe.2 in raw would be sweet
  • 2 0
 Well done guys! Looks fantastic.
  • 2 0
 Oh, my dear friend. How I’ve missed you.
  • 2 1
 Wait I thought Deviate created the high pivot Smile .
  • 1 0
 looks so mint, shame it's 29 only.
  • 2 0
 What’s the problem in putting a 27.5 rear wheel for mulleting it? Hell, what’s the problem with a complete 27.5 wheelset (it will just lower the bb by around 13mm)? Smile
  • 1 0
 @hitarpotar: Bottom bracket hight
  • 1 0
 Future classic right there. No one will ever sell this one up.
  • 2 0
 the original OG
  • 1 4
 Looks like a Sessender.
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