Canfield Bikes Unveils All-New 29er Jedi
Return of the legend. Introducing the Canfield Jedi 29. One of the most revered downhill bikes is back and faster than ever before. But big wheels are just the beginning. With a redesigned frame, linkage layout and suspension kinematics, the all-new Jedi does what many thought impossible and improves one of the most iconic gravity machines in nearly every aspect.
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 to the most recent 27.5 Jedi—there’s a lot to live up to. But also a lot to build on. Having refined rearward axle-path multi-link designs for over two decades, Lance Canfield knew exactly what he wanted—and what he didn’t want—from the latest downhill bike to wear the Jedi name.
The result not only surpasses expectations, it leaves them in the dust.
“This Jedi is a direct evolution of the first bikes I designed. This is a new bike, but it’s a bike more than 20 years in the making. The Jedi is a very special bike for me and the new one embodies everything I’ve always wanted it to be.
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.
Updated sizing and rider-centric 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—if not the only one—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.
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.
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.
With a lineage this legendary, we didn’t take redesigning the Jedi lightly. The Canfield Jedi 29 is a bike more than two decades in the making, and it’s the fastest, most refined version yet.
The force is strong with this one. Use it. We dare you.