Canfield Brothers Unveils CBF™ Suspension Patent

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7/28/2016 1:21 PM
Edited Date/Time: 7/28/2016 1:25 PM

Canfield Brothers Unveils CBF™ Suspension Patent

Canfield Balance Formula™ delivers unrivaled efficiency and performance independent of sag.

BELLINGHAM, WA (July 28, 2016) – Canfield Brothers, high-end boutique mountain-bike manufacturer, officially released the details of its long awaited Canfield Balance Formula™ suspension patent today. More than seven years in development, CBF™ is designed to deliver unrivaled efficiency and performance via optimal anti-squat throughout the entire range of travel, completely independent of “sag.”

LEARN MORE: VISIT THE OFFICIAL CBF™ WEBSITE

Utilizing the parallel link design that Canfield Brothers has been refining since the late ‘90s, CBF™ “balances” driveline forces by pointing them through the Center of Curvature (which the formula focuses in a very finite space on top of the chainring, while on most suspensions it migrates over an extremely large area) and into the Instant Center throughout the entire range of travel. The result is the most efficient yet active pedaling platform possible, completely independent of sag, travel and both drivetrain and braking forces.


“Most suspension designs focus on the Instant Center,” said Chris Canfield, suspension expert and co-founder of Canfield Brothers. “And they are only efficient in a very finite part of travel when chainline forces are balanced with that point, hence the reason for recommended sag. The potential of designing around the Center of Curvature has been largely overlooked. We were so excited when locked onto its potential nearly a decade ago, that we referred to it as the ‘god spot.’”


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​CBF™ is already incorporated on the Balance and Riot in the Canfield Brothers line, all-mountain bikes that have been praised for their brisk acceleration and climbing ability despite being extremely capable descenders.

“It really is the Holy Grail of suspension design,” said Chris. “Finding the Balance between smooth, active suspension travel and a firm, efficient pedaling platform is no longer the compromise it used to be. Riding is believing.”

CBF™ BENEFITS

CBF™ Suspension – Patent Number US 9,061,729

CBF™ Suspension – Patent Number US 9,061,729

1: THE MOST EFFICIENT PEDALING AND POWER TRANSFER POSSIBLE

CBF™ points the chainline and drive forces directly into the IC throughout 100-percent of the travel by balancing the CC over the chainring, resulting in maximum pedaling efficiency, regardless of where you are in the travel, what terrain you are on or what kind of power you’re putting down. All the power you put into the pedals propels you one direction–forward—allowing the suspension to do its job completely independent of drivetrain and braking forces.

2: COMPLETE SEPARATION OF DRIVETRAIN AND SUSPENSION FORCES

By Balancing the CC on the chainline, CBF™ creates an IC that can travel from a high position to low, forward to back, mirroring the rear axle and keeping the distance between the two more consistent, lessening chain-growth/pedal-kick throughout the travel. As the wheel moves up, the IC moves down, avoiding unnecessary interruptions to the pedal stroke. The chainline pivots with the suspension, around the same point, providing complete isolation of drivetrain and suspension forces for an incredibly smooth ride.

3: SMOOTH, ACTIVE, CONTROLLED BRAKING

CBF™ decouples suspension and braking forces, allowing the rear wheel to smoothly and efficiently track terrain even under hard braking for maximum traction and control. “Brake jack” is virtually non-existent. CBF has optimal anti-rise (80%-100%) throughout travel, preventing braking forces from causing unwanted squat or rise, maintaining favorable geometry and allowing the suspension to do its job, keeping the rider in control when it often matters most.

4: NOT SAG DEPENDENT

CBF™ is not sag dependent. Our formula allows the rider to set up the sag position anywhere in the travel with maximum anti-squat and pedaling efficiency. Because the chainline always points at the IC, there is no way to miss the “sweet spot” in the travel. Of course, your sag and suspension setup will still affect bump compliance and how much travel you use, but if you like to run it soft or it has not been properly set up, you won’t be giving up any pedaling efficiency. You will also maintain efficiency when climbing (a situation in which weight is shifted rearward, causing the bike to sit deeper into travel beyond the normal ideal sag position), riding downhill, through obstacles and rough terrain, or any other variables that require efficient pedaling deeper in travel.

ABOUT CANFIELD BROTHERS

Canfield Brothers produces the most sought after high-performance—and fun—bikes and components available. Having continually refined the principles of suspension design and frame geometry ever since Lance and Chris' first handbuilt bikes went on to be Rampage and World Cup tested, the Brothers remain on the cutting edge of what is what is possible between two wheels. Produced in limited quantities to the Brothers’ exacting standards and backed by a commitment to personal customer service and a hands-on consumer direct approach, you won’t find anything quite like a Canfield Brothers bike. For more information, visit CanfieldBrothers.com.


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I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy.

7/28/2016 3:32 PM

I smell bullshit

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7/28/2016 4:11 PM

Elipirelli wrote:

I smell bullshit

That is a 'Tantrum Bicycles' thread you are smelling, friend. It happened on RideMonkey.

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7/28/2016 5:32 PM
Edited Date/Time: 7/28/2016 6:19 PM

Correct me if I'm wrong, but did CB just patent something that makes their dual link mimic a single pivot in terms of pedaling efficiency?

That relation between chainline and center of curvature looks exactly like having a single pivot located at the top of the chainring, with the difference being that CB's IC is forward and lower, creating *slightly* less rearward axle path/chain growth/kickback.

Yeti and SC make their IC drop deep in travel, to make the suspension more active and have less severe kickback. Theirs is an improvement over single pivot.

I think CB is just excited that they came upon a "balance point" that appeals to the human sense that finds clean patterns to be oddly satisfying. Search youtube for oddly satisfying. :D

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7/28/2016 5:54 PM
Edited Date/Time: 7/28/2016 6:15 PM

^ SC and Yeti maybe realizes that no one's trying to pedal *while* taking a huge hit that uses up 60+% of their travel.

Isn't recommended sag *also* dependent on shock rate curves?
- Santa Cruz's leverage is highest at their recommended sag, for max sensitivity.
- Yeti's leverage is flat throughout its travel, so their sag range is much wider, and more dependent on their spring rate curve, and how much force it takes to utilize full travel.

#3 is like what ABP and FSR claim is an improvement over single pivot. Who's can say what is best in this case?
- Yeti going with 100% brake anti-rise, with braking creating a squat/compression force in the rear to prevent fork dive and the feeling of pitching over the bars, keeping ride height level?
- Brake "independent" designs that allow the bike's rear suspension to extend under braking due to rider weight being pitched forward?

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7/28/2016 6:08 PM

It also goes without saying that you'll only get Canfield's ideal antisquat values by running Canfield's recommended chainring size, which* wild guess* is something tiny like a 30 or maybe 32.

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7/28/2016 6:43 PM

@varaxis, you're right, check it out here: http://linkagedesign.blogspot.com/2016/03/canfield-balance-2016.html?view=magazine

why they are claiming you need anti-squat deeper than 50% travel is beyond me.

anti-squat curves are completely reproducible in a single pivot design. Yes, it's slightly more active under braking than a single pivot with the same anti-squat curve, but only by like 10-15%, rather than an FSR which would have brake squat values like 40-50% lower.

at least they are upfront about the anti-rise values, although they kind of stretch the truth about how much the rear wheel is going to track terrain under hard braking.

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7/28/2016 7:24 PM

Controlled braking while the post are solid mounted on a directly connected seat-stay? BOOOOLSHEEET

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7/29/2016 12:04 AM

Honestly, are we really this dumb in 2016 so many claims and and no explanations of why.

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7/29/2016 3:59 AM

this thread is full of guys who never rode a Canfield Brothers bike for more then 5 mins

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7/29/2016 6:26 AM

TEAMROBOT wrote:

It also goes without saying that you'll only get Canfield's ideal antisquat values by running Canfield's recommended chainring size, which* wild guess* is something tiny like a 30 or maybe 32.

Yup

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7/29/2016 6:26 AM

TEAMROBOT wrote:

It also goes without saying that you'll only get Canfield's ideal antisquat values by running Canfield's recommended chainring size, which* wild guess* is something tiny like a 30 or maybe 32.

That was going to be my question. Seems as though this bike is designed for one specific chainring size.

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7/30/2016 5:49 AM

@sundaydoug All bikes are designed around one specific chainring size, and venturing out of their ideal size will negatively affect antisquat values. The difference is that most brands don't claim to have a revolutionary universal magical perfect antisquat value as point one in their press packet.

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8/3/2016 12:03 PM
Edited Date/Time: 8/3/2016 12:03 PM

Rtb wrote:

Honestly, are we really this dumb in 2016 so many claims and and no explanations of why.

Did you follow the link? There is an entire website dedicated to explaining it.

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9/12/2016 1:03 PM

Elipirelli wrote:

I smell bullshit

Sesame Seed wrote:

That is a 'Tantrum Bicycles' thread you are smelling, friend. It happened on RideMonkey.

http://www.tantrumcycles.com/technology.html

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8/21/2018 5:35 AM

dont know how i ended up here, but.. I have this 2016 Balance still and no one bike is so "balanced" in pedal efficiency, mid stroke support, progressive LR, , cornering, stability (braking, plowing, etc)...and... fun. This CBF has its own magic, believe the hype (although Marketing is annoying)... a 2 lb lighter frame for "race" version (has to carbon..) would kill me. cheers

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