Regular readers will recall our first ride of Canfield Brothers’ impressive One late last year. Despite its 7-8in of travel, the One marked Canfield Brother’s move into more uphill-capable hardware, having made their name with distinctive and innovative big-hitting downhill bikes.
The One is just the start, though, with a whole range of Canfields imminently arriving in the country thanks to Riding High UK. RHUK has added Canfield to an already impressive roster of brands (Spank, Bergamont Bicyles, AXO, Astrix Europe, Element, Knolly Bikes, Superfly). There are four frames in the new range, all sharing variations on the short-link suspension theme.
This being Canfield Brothers, the “short-travel” option is the Sauce. It’s a 5-6in travel frame coming in at an agreeably light 6.13lb – should be game for some all-mountain riding. It costs £1299.99 with a Fox RP3 shock.
If you’re after something a bit stouter, the Can Can takes the Sauce frame and beefs it up considerably. Travel is the same, but heftier tubing and a Fox DHX 5.0 shock in place of the RP3 pushes the weight up to 8.77lbs. Expect to pay £1349.99 for that one.
With the Sauce and Can Can covering the light/stout options at one travel level, the One and Can Diggle do the same thing at the next travel notch. Both frames have 7-8in of travel, with the all-mountain One coming in at an impressive 7.14lb (with DHX 5.0 shock) and £1,399.99 and the burly Can Diggle weighing 8.95lb thanks to beefed-up tubing, a 1.5in headtube up front and the 135mm Maxle out back. The Can Diggle will cost £1,449.99.
Chris Canfield is obviously more than a little positive about the new frames, saying, “I swear to you on my life that this bike doesn’t need a platform shock. Even more – the bike is the only bike in the world to show perfect pedalling in all three of the front chain-rings, in or out of the saddle.”
“This suspension blows my mind every time I ride it. You will not even know that you have suspension when pedalling. It doesn’t have that much pedal feedback, no bob at all. The braking is neutral and smooth.”
“Every time I pedal this suspension I get over excited cause all of my energy goes into the rear wheel to push me forward. I love it. I know that it seems too good to be true, but it is. Lance and I have spent our adult lives building and studying this suspension and we’ve finally nailed it. We made our whole line of bikes around it so get ready to have your life changed.”
And if you’re not terribly interested in pedalling up hill, there’s also the Formula 1 Jedi. It’s one of the few frames we’ve encountered with two quoted travel figures at the same time, with “7.75in plus 2.5in rearward” travel from a Fox DHX 5.0 shock, pivoting on 20mm bearings. At rest the Jedi has short 16.25in chainstays. Frame and shock weight is under 10lbs. Two sizes, small and medium are available at £1,699.99.
Riding High UK is distributing these frames throughout Europe and are expecting the frames to arrive very soon. Reservations are being taken now. Head over to www.canfieldbrothers.com and Riding High UK for further details.