Interbike 2011: Cane Creek DBair
Devon Sullivan from Cane Creek officially introduced us to their new DBair shock while at Outdoor Demo. It features the most adjustments of any air shock, and at just 530 grams for an 8.5x2.5" shock, it's lighter than Cane Creek's Double Barrel coil version.
See the space between the main shaft and inner tube? This provides room for oil to circulate through the damper, helping to prevent fade during long rides. It's also where the "twin-tube" name comes from. Note that this cutaway is of a pre-production version (meaning some slight changes have been made).
In addition to air pressure and air can volume, adjustments include low and high speed rebound and compression.
Devon explains some of the finer differences between Cane Creek's coil and air versions.
Cane Creek positioned the air-valve to allow the easiest access possible, while maximizing air can volume.
Using a strap wrench, it is possible to rotate the air can so that the air valve is in the best position for any bike.
The wide range of adjustments allow this shock to be tuned exactly how you want.
Cane Creek, always thinking two steps ahead.
Goal: Make the shock easily serviceable. Check.
Gone are the days of filing down shock bushings or sanding frames...
Low friction seals ensure the shock is as sensitive as possible. How did it ride? (Next slide)
Our test ride aboard the new Cane Creek DBair shock verified everything we'd been told, and it's safe to say that Cane Creek has entered the air shock market with a winner. The air shock performs much like a coil shock - it is very sensitive during the initial stroke, has a lively feel, and doesn't fade during heavy use. Plus, there's a huge range of usable adjustability not found in other current market offerings. This shock performs best on bikes with flat or falling leverage ratios, or for those who prefer a progressive feel.