Balance

Striking a balance between efficient pedaling and all-out descending—an elusive feat claimed by many, realized by few. The all-new Canfield Brothers Balance is slacker, lower, faster and stronger, yet thanks to the patented Canfield Balance Formula suspension, it is an incredibly efficient pedaler capable of earning its turns.

Based on the efficient all-rounder that the Bros. rolled out in 2014, but calling on the hucking heritage of the original pedalable freeride rig that debuted a decade ago, the 2017 Canfield Brothers Balance was re-engineered with longer travel (165 millimeters) and a lower leverage ratio for more consistent, smooth travel under hard riding, and a more progressive end stroke to swallow big hits. An all-new CNC’ded upper link increases stiffness, while a redesigned rear triangle improves tire clearance, and the entire frame is now crafted from bombproof 7005-series aluminum.

Combining the active CBF suspension with the rolling advantages of 27.5-inch wheels results in a fast, responsive ride, while handling is kept playful and confident with a slack 65-degree head-angle and even shorter 420-millimeter (16.5-inch) chainstays.

Long before the “E” word, The Bros. had their own idea of what an all-mountain bike should be—just as capable of flagrant disregard for line choice and taking big hits in stride as it is of getting you to the top under your own power. The 2017 Balance is perhaps the purest form of that yet—an aggressive all-mountain machine that’s just as at home in the bike park as it is earning it on a backcountry epic or blazing first descents.

Where will you find your Balance?

Reviews

“The Balance stands out because of its mix of responsiveness and stability. That was the balance I found in the Balance. Not a machine between XC and DH, but one between rally car and trophy truck. The geometry is fast enough to keep up with you, while the suspension tempts you to be fast enough to keep up with it.” – Bike mag | Read the full review

“Canfield doesn’t like to use the word Enduro, but this bike is aimed at that market. It’s designed to be an aggressive bike for ripping anything you throw at it, be that the bike park or grunting up to get to some big alpine descent.” – nsmb.com | Read the full review

“I was instructed to build a bitchin’ bike that was ready for anything. …we decided to build a shorter travel mini-DH bike that is pedal friendly, ready for shuttle days but also capable of riding the lifts at Whistler. I wanted something that was sturdy, slack, sexy and unique.” (‘Dream Build’) – decline

Features

  • 27.5” Aggressive All Mountain / 165mm travel
  • 7005 aluminum with an all new, stiff CNC’d upper link
  • Patented Canfield Balance Formula Suspension
  • Cane Creek Double Barrel Air CS or DVO Topaz included, DVO Jade and Push ElevenSix upgrade options available
  • 142 x 12mm rear dropouts, axle included
  • Tapered headtube
  • 15mm pivot bearings
  • Replaceable rear derailleur hanger, spare hanger included
  • Anodized and factory raw frame options
  • Available in Small, Medium, Large and X-Large

Geo & Sizing


Small Medium Large XLarge
Top Tube Length (Effective) 572mm 593mm 614mm 636mm
Reach 419mm 438mm 457mm 476mm
Stack 591mm 596mm 600mm 610mm
Standover Height 691mm 727mm 750mm 755mm
Seat Tube Length 394mm 432mm 470mm 508mm
Wheel Base 1155mm 1176mm 1191mm 1220mm
Head Tube Angle 65° 65° 65° 65°
Seat Tube Angle (Effective) 75.5° 75.5° 75.5° 75.5°
Seat Tube Angle (Actual) 70.2° 70.5° 70.2° 70.2°
Chainstay Length 420mm 420mm 420mm 420mm
Bottom Bracket Drop 12.4mm 12.4mm 12.4mm 12.4mm
Bottom Bracket Height (*Approximate) 343mm 343mm 343mm 343mm
Head Tube length 105mm 110mmm 120mm 125mm
*Geo based on 552mm axle to crown fork (Rock Shox Pike)

Build Specs

  • Shock Specs – 216mm x 63mm, (22mmX8mm/36mmX8mm hardware)
  • Recommend fork length – 160mm – 170mm
  • Headset – Tapered 44mm upper/49.6mm lower
  • Front derailleur – Not available
  • Bottom bracket – 73mm, threaded
  • Seatpost – 30.9mm, stealth dropper compatible
  • Seatpost clamp – 35mm
  • Rear dropouts – 142mm x 12mm, Canfield axle included
  • 650b+ compatibility – Up to 35i rim/2.8 tire
  • ISCG tabs – ISCG 05/MRP AMg V2 chain guide recommended
  • Brake mount – IS, (international standard)

Factory Builds

The legendary performance of Canfield Brothers frames are now available as complete Factory Builds. Our goal was to put together bikes that we would ride, bikes without any ‘take-off’ parts, at a realistic price. Hand-picked to offer an unbeatable confluence of performance and value, each Factory Build is no-nonsense package so you can spend less time shopping and more time riding.

Balance Factory Build Component Spec
Suspension Rear Shock Cane Creek DB Air CS or DVO Topaz/DVO Jade and Push ElevenSix options available
Fork RockShox Lyrik/DVO Diamond and MRP Stage options available
Cockpit Bars Race Face SixC/Silver/20mm rise/35mm clamp
Stem Race Face Atlas/50mm/35mm clamp
Grips Race Face Love Handle/Black
Post Race Face Turbine Dropper
Seat Clamp Canfield
Headset Cane Creek 40 Series
Headset Spacers 1-5mm/1-10mm
Drivetrain Cranks Canfield AM/DH
Chainring Canfield
Chain Guide MRP AMg
Shifter Shimano XT M8000 11 Speed
Derailluer Shimano XT M8000 11 Speed
Cassette Shimano XT M8000 11 Speed 11/40
Chain Shimano XT M8000 11 Speed
Pedals Not Included
Brakes Brakes Shimano XT M8000
Rotors Shimano XT 180/180mm
Adapters Included
Wheels/Tires Wheels Canfield 27.5 AM/28mm external rims
Front Tire Maxxis High Roller 2/2.4 3C
Rear Tire Maxxis High Roller 2/2.4 3C
Tubes Included

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