Canfield Brothers Balance - In Stock!

Canfield Brothers Balance

The original Balance, released in 2006, was known as one of the first true mini DH bikes. While our 2nd generation Balance is aimed more for all-mountain use, it still retains our original Balance's aggressive heritage. The goal with the new version was to produce one of the most efficient pedaling bikes in its class while giving it the classic Canfield Brothers bump-eating, DH performance. Designed around 27.5” wheels, however, the geo was configured to also run 26's.

After 10 years of development, we are proud to announce the 2015 Canfield Brothers Balance is in stock and shipping now.

Canfield Brothers Balance 27.5

Canfield Brothers Balance 26


● Patent-pending Canfield Balance Formula Suspension
● 160mm travel
● 27.5” and 26” compatible
● 66° head angle, (27.5” with a 160mm Pike)
● 16.75” chainstay
● Front derailleur compatible
● 142x12mm rear spacing
● Rock Shox Maxle included
● Colors: anodized black or brushed with six different link color options
● Frame weight: 7.5lbs without shock
● Sizes: S, M, L, XL
● Price: $2100 US, (frame and Cane Creek DB Air CS)
● Frame and fork/wheel/crank and pedal packages available

Frame Details

Constructed from 6061 aluminum, the Balance features a tapered head tube, 73mm bottom bracket shell, ISCG tabs, 142 x 12mm rear dropouts and stealth dropper routing. Oversized, 15mm pivots and Enduro Max bearings are incorporated for low maintenance, even in the wettest of environments. Stout tubing was used to ensure the frame is strong, stiff and ready for hard-charging.

Available in anodized black or brushed finishes, with six different link colors.

Canfield Brothers Balance 27.5 Side

Canfield Brothers Balance 27.5 Headtube

Canfield Brothers Balance 26 Detail

Suspension Design

Over the last 15 years, we have been refining parallel link suspension designs. In 2006 we had an incredible feeling 6” bike, the original Balance, but the subtleties of perfect pedaling were not quite dialed. In 2008 we introduced the next evolution, The One, with a “magical” pedaling feel. Combined with 8" of travel, it was a bump-eating machine that pedaled as well as bikes with half it's travel.

7 years later, with a patent-pending, our goal with the Balance was to create a super-efficient pedaling, 160mm platform, with massive bump-eating performance. Utilizing a vertical wheel path, the Balance has a consistent feel, no matter where you are in the travel. A smooth, even, progression rate provides a supple feel off the top, mid-stroke support and ramp-up at the end to prevent harsh bottom outs. To aid in it's pedaling characteristics, we tightened the moving virtual pivots around the chainring to neutralize the forces from the suspension, allowing for maximum power transfer to the drivetrain. Lastly, the instant center moves down through travel eliminating pedal kick, a trait that is prevalent in many bikes in this genre.

Trevor Parsons Canfield Brothers Balance 7

Trevor Parsons Canfield Brothers Balance 5


Canfield Brothers Balance 27.5 Geo

Canfield Brothers Balance 26 Geo

Special thanks to ReilShift Media for the helping us on this project - Reilly Kintzele, Dakota Huntley and most of all, Trevor Parson for throwing down on our Balance!

Trevor Parsons Canfield Brothers Balance 2

Trevor Parsons Canfield Brothers Balance 3

Please see our website for more details.

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