Canfield Brothers EPO Review: Dirt Rag
"This was hands down the most fun I have had on a hardtail to date. Truly a bike that wants to be ridden hard.
The Canfield Brothers EPO is a sexy hardtail born from the gravity-loving minds at Canfield Brothers. Its very mane is meant to take a jab at the carbon hardtail 29er racing crowd. This is by no means a bike meant for your next cross country race, but could be ridden in one if you really wanted to. The EPO is Canfield Brothers' first carbon bike, it;s lightest bike to date and follows in the footsteps of the venerable low and slack Yelli Screamy. Designed for the rider who wants an aggressive 29in trail bike, without the weight penalty or loss of pedalling efficiency.
The EPO has a 66.8 degree head angle with a 140mm fork, 67.9 degrees with a 120 mm and 16.3 inch chainstays. The EPO also features a rear 142 mm x 12 mm Maxle, ISCG 05 tabs, brake mounts on the inside of the rear triangle, threaded bottom bracket and the ability to install a direct mount front derailleur if you wanted to run more than a single chainring.
Canfield Brothers doesn't sell the EPO as a complete bike, so you get to pick and choose the components you most want. We built the 3.2 pound frame with a full XTR kit, a sick Atomik wheelset, Fox dropper and a Grid handlebar and stem from Gravity Components. Canfield does offer some components like wheels and forks at a package discount when purchasing directly from it's online store.
So. I'll cut right to the chase. This is an incredibly fun, capable hardtail that I would have no problem making part of my collection. Not only is it nice to look at, it just feels like it wants to be ridden hard."
Jon Pratt - Dirtrag
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