Canfield Jedi 29 Review - Vital MTB
After several days smashing rocks and sending jumps, all three testers came away impressed with the latest version of our flagship high-pivot DH bike.
"The standout characteristic of the Formula 1 design is the rearward axle path that grows by 19mm as the suspension moves through its travel, allowing the rear wheel to move back, up, and out of the way of compressions," said Vital.
"This motion helps the Jedi 29 maintain speed through square-edge impacts where other designs can feel like the rear wheel is hanging up."
Testers praised the Jedi's ability maintain speed and smooth out the roughest sections of trail while remaining agile.
"Overall, I was thoroughly impressed with the Jedi 29. The bike rode with the no-gimmick, hard-charging mentality I expected but surprised me with its eagerness to change direction and respond to rider input," remarked Jason Schroeder.
"On top of that, I loved the balanced frame compliance that never felt harsh or rigid, matched with linkage pivots that remained tight and rattle-free."
"No matter how deep the compression or sharp the square edge hit, the Jedi was unaffected and held a line better than the other bikes in gnarly sections."
"While the lively demeanor of the Jedi was surprising, its true strength was smashing and plowing through rocks," added Alfonso Garcia.
"No matter how deep the compression or sharp the square edge hit, the Jedi was unaffected and held a line better than the other bikes in gnarly sections. The rear suspension was super sensitive off the top, allowing the Jedi to track the ground and remain planted and stable with little feedback felt over trail chatter. On big hits, the suspension did a fantastic job absorbing impacts without causing the bike to squirm or react unpredictably."
"Overall, the Jedi 29 is an excellent option for racers or day-day riders alike who want a bike with a lot of heritage, built around a highly capable suspension design that will allow them to drop their heels and let the bike go to work," said Willem Cooper.
"...the Jedi also fared our abuse with the least amount of wear and tear to show."
29" // 203mm // DH Race