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Added a product review for Canfield Brothers 2014 Jedi Frame 1/12/2014 6:40 PM
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Canfield Jedi

Rating:

The Good: Best frame I've ridden, hands down.

The Bad: I really can't think of one, other than no carbon option yet.

Overall:

I can’t say enough about this bike… The rumors and claims are true, this thing eats the gnarliest lines and feels like it’s accelerating through them! The rearward axel path really does work as intended, allowing the forward momentum to pull the rear wheel up and over square rocks and deep roots without losing any speed. Going off of drops or jumps, any time you get deep in the suspension the bike just rockets forward. This might seem dangerous or frightening if it weren’t for how amazingly stable the bike is at speeds. There were many times this last season that I had a solitary moment of “oh no this won’t end well…” and the bike just walked right out of it. “Confidence inspiring” is a term I have heard used for this bike but that’s just the tip of the iceberg for me, riding this bike is like cheating. I always rode to have fun and never tried to push myself over the limit, but with this bike I keep pushing and pushing and it just keeps going and going. By the end of my first season on the Jedi I felt I had progressed more than in the last 10 years of riding. I’ve demo’ed almost all of the major bikes available from shops in my area over the last few years, and while a lot of them were amazing rides (like the V10c and the Glory), none of them felt as good as this bike, straight out of the gate. A lot of the bikes took a while to get comfortable on or used to, but the moment I threw a leg over the Jedi I felt right at home. I had read about issues with jumping the Jedi but I never had that big of an issue. One thing I did notice that might give this impression is the bike’s responsiveness to the suspension settings, if you have the wrong settings you can get a harsh reaction. This is natural to any bike, obviously, but seemed to be very dramatic on the Jedi. I tried 4 different shocks on it; Elka Stage 5, Marz Roco WC, CCDB coil, and Xfusion Vector coil, and spent some time riding with adjustments all over the place. The CCDB was my least favorite as it was the hardest to tune correctly, but once I it got into the sweet spot it was very lively and plush. The Elka I had them valve specifically for the Jedi and was very fast rebound, only had 3 clicks on the slow end before it became way too fast for comfort, then another 8 or 10 clicks of buck-you-over type rebound. The Roco and Vector both were my favs, very easy to tune and had a wide range of adjustments on both ends. I was able to find the sweet spots on these the easiest and had amazing feel, just a few turns and I was rockin’! To anyone having problems with jumping the Jedi, the issue is most likely with the suspension settings. After finding the right spots for each shock I was going faster off the jumps, with way more air time and distance than I had previously on any bike I had ridden. If you’re the type that likes to change up settings for different tracks this bike is the golden ticket. Minor changes to suspension give this bike a wide range of characteristics from plush and fast for rough tracks to stiff and slow for high speed jump tracks.

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Added a product review for Canfield Brothers Crampon Magnesium Pedal 1/12/2014 5:11 PM
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Canfield Crampon Magnesium

Rating:

The Good: Great pedal.. Thin, light, strong grrrrippy!

The Bad: DU bushings develop loud clank once they wear down, easily rebuilt though and back to normal. Pins need to be snugged down as they can fall out if not tight. On the mags, the paint chips fairly easily.

Overall: Just like their predecessor, the Crampon Ultimate, they have a nice big platform, nice and tight to the crank arm. Convex design is very comfortable to ride on, they seem like they cradle my foot better than others. Grip on these is unreal!  When I first got them they were TOO sticky so I had to remove some pins but with some wear they became just right.  Lightest flat pedal out there, and just as strong as any other.

Best flat pedal I've owned!  Light, strong, slim and stylish, another winner from the C2 team!

This product has 3 reviews.

Added a product review for Canfield Brothers Crampon Ultimate Pedal 1/12/2014 5:05 PM
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Crampon Ultimates

Rating:

The Good: Great pedal.. Thin, light, strong grrrrippy!

The Bad: DU bushings develop loud clank once they wear down, easily rebuilt though and back to normal. Pins need to be snugged down as they can fall out if not tight.

Overall:
Really nice big platform, nice and tight to the crank arm. Convex design is very comfortable to ride on, they seem like they cradle my foot better than others.  Grip on these is unreal!  When I first got them they were TOO sticky so I had to remove some pins but with some wear they became just right.  Also very light, they work well on everything from the DH rig to the DJ.

Best flat pedal I've owned!  Light, strong, slim and stylish, another winner from the C2 team!

This product has 3 reviews.

Added a product review for Canfield Brothers 9t Microdrive Hub 1/12/2014 8:35 AM
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Canfield 9t Micro Drive hub and conversion cogs

Rating:

The Good: Very simple and effective idea. Gives another option for wide-range gearing on a 1X setup

The Bad: I got nuttin...

Overall:

Enter the Canfield Bro’s 9t Micro Drive Hub. Using this hub with a 10 speed setup, I have a low end of 28x36 and a top end of 28x9, which, if you crunch the numbers, is just shy of the full range of my previous 24/36t x 11-34t.  The range on this hub is absolutely amazing for being a 1x system, and I was able to eliminate the weight and clutter of the second ring, FD, shifter and cable.  SRAM’s XX1 series is the only thing close to the range currently and is drastically more expensive for the full set.  The setup on this hub and cassette conversion was a breeze as well.  I used the PG 1070 and the 4 lower rings just get swapped out for the stack from Canfield, which just stacks one on top of the other and the final lock ring threads on and locks it all securely.  It’s a very simple and effective design, another winner from Canfield!!

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Added a product review for Canfield Brothers The One Frame 1/12/2014 8:30 AM
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Canfield The ONE

Rating:

The Good: Great pedaling power, DH capabilities. Amazing all around bike. If you can afford just ONE bike, this should be at the top of the list.

The Bad: The only thing I can say negative about this bike was the Geo on the '11 version was not my favorite. On the '12 and '13 they corrected this though, bringing the geo in line with more AM/trail rather than full on DH. All of this can be changed with different parts though, and is more of a personal preference than anything.

Overall:
The pedaling power is what really struck me about this bike. While there was natural pedal bob from the forces of my leg pushing down, there is NONE generated from the actual motion of the crank spinning.  I really noticed this when I would change gears from the 36 outer ring to the 24 inner.  Different gearing, same ratios, but the smaller ring always has a burst of acceleration as soon as you hit it.  I found myself staying in the lower front ring as long as I could most of the time for this benefit.  I looked into it and the reason for this is the up and forward curve in the lower suspension link.  The design is such to prevent the rear triangle from being pulled in or traveling upwards under pressure from the cranks, mainly with a smaller ring.  If you can imagine an increasing chainring size in the front, the larger it gets the more it pulls the rear triangle up, and the smaller it gets, the more it pulls the rear triangle in towards the bb.  The curve in the link gives a natural lockout when using the smaller rings, forcing the curve of the rear triangle to go up for bumps and obstacles but locking it out whilst the crank and small ring are pulling it in towards the bb.  I’m not sure where the breaking point is, but I know that there is a noticeable difference between a 24 and a 36 ring and how much of your pedal power is transferred to the wheel.  It’s also really noticeable when you stand up to mash the pedals.  If you have a very clean pedal stroke you can crank this thing uphill with ease, but as soon as you stand up on the pedals and mash away, you are reminded that you are, in fact, riding an 8” travel bike.  This is where the geo comes in again with shining colors, as the seat tube angle makes this bike do the crossover with grace.  With the seat low you have a very capable FR/DH bike that rips corners and berms, jumps with pop and handles DH with all the other 8” bikes.  Put that seat up high and pedal smoothly, you don’t even notice the suspension anymore.  The main benefit to this is having little to no pedal induced bob while retaining your full suspension travel over bumps.  Even going uphill it lets your bike roll over stuff instead of locking or stiffening the suspension like most of the competition.  .  As the pedaling power is such a strong suit with this bike, I found I enjoyed it most where the terrain was not overly steep up or down.  Perfect example is Porcupine Rim in Moab.  The first climb has always been tough for me but this bike just ate it up, it keeps traction to the dirt so well and your pedal stroke just moves the bike so fast, I was blown away first time I took this bike up that.  Once you start descending a little there are some long flat-ish spots with lots of rocks.  As this is an old jeep trail there are a few lines to choose from, all of which very rough.  On a big travel bike it gets exhausting pedaling through those, and on a smaller bike they can really beat you up.  The ONE ate it for breakfast and kept going.  I really noticed the suspension doing its job over the rocks, and I was surprised to see how fast I could pedal through it at the same time.  Both the suspension and transmission work together so flawlessly that neither interferes with one another, both work great and don’t hamper the others performance.  A truly unique design...  Fun, fast, graceful.

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