Canfield Brothers 2016 Balance
Striking a balance between efficient pedaling and all-out descending—an elusive feat claimed by many, realized by few. The all-new Canfield Brothers Balance is slacker, lower, faster and stronger, yet thanks to the patented Canfield Balance Formula suspension, it is an incredibly efficient pedaler capable of earning its turns.
Based on the efficient all-rounder that the ‘Bros rolled out in 2014, but calling on the hucking heritage of the original pedalable freeride rig that debuted a decade ago, the 2016 Canfield Brothers Balance was re-engineered with longer travel (165 millimeters/6.5 inches) and a lower leverage ratio for more consistent, smooth travel under hard riding, and a more progressive end stroke to swallow big hits. An all-new CNCed upper link increases stiffness, while a redesigned rear triangle improves tire clearance, and the frame is now crafted from bombproof 7005-series aluminum.
• 27.5” Aggressive All Mountain
• 7005 aluminum with an all new, stiff CNC’d upper link
• Patented Canfield Balance Formula Suspension
• 165mm travel
• 216mm x 63mm Cane Creek Double Barrel Air CS included
• 142 x 12mm rear dropouts, axle included
• Tapered headtube
• 15mm and 20mm pivot bearings
• Replaceable rear derailleur hanger, spare hanger included
• Anodized and factory raw frame options
• Available in Small, Medium, Large and X-Large
• $2099 USD, Frame and Cane Creek DB Air CS. Component packages available.
Combining the active CBF suspension with the rolling advantages of 27.5-inch (650b) wheels results in a fast, responsive ride, while handling is kept playful and confident with a slack 65-degree head-angle and even shorter 16.5-inch (420-millimeter) chainstays.
Long before the “E” word, The Bros. had their own idea of what an all-mountain bike should be—just as capable of flagrant disregard for line choice and taking big hits in stride as it is of getting you to the top under your own power. The 2016 Balance is perhaps the purest form of that yet—an unflinching aggressive all-mountain machine that’s just as at home in the bike park as it is earning it on a backcountry epic or blazing first descents.
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Images by Ian Cook/Elements Of Exposure.