*Our 2016 Balance is expected to start shipping January 2016.
Our version of what a 160mm travel all mountain bike should be. Go anywhere, do anything!
The original Balance, released in 2006, was known as one of the first true mini DH bikes. While our 2nd generation Balance is aimed for all mountain use, it still retains our original Balance's aggressive heritage. The goal with the new version was to produce one of the most efficient pedaling bikes in it's class, while giving it the classic Canfield Brothers bump eating, DH performance. Designed around 27.5” wheels, however, the geo was configured to also allow the use of 26's.
● 6061 aluminum
● Patent pending Canfield Balance Formula suspension
● 27.5”/26” compatible
● 160mm travel
● 200mm x 57mm Cane Creek Double Barrel Air CS included
● 142 x 12mm Maxle rear axle
● Stealth seatpost compatible
● Tapered headtube
● 15mm pivot bearings
● Replaceable rear derailleur hanger
For more info and geo charts, please see our info site.
Add any combination of these products to your frame order and receive the combined discount from each option. Discounts will be reflected in your shopping cart.
Option #1 - Frame and Headset
Add a Cane Creek 40 Series Headset to your frame order and receive the headset for $45, (regularly $62).
Cane Creek 40 Series Headset
Option #2 - Frame and Seatpost Clamp
Add a Canfield Brothers Seatpost Clamp to your frame order and receive the seatpost clamp for $15, (regularly $20).
Option #3 - Frame and Pedals
Add any of our Canfield Brothers Crampon Series Pedals to your frame order and receive a $20 discount on the package.
Option #4 - Frame and Cranks
Add a Canfield Brothers AM/DH Crank to your frame order and receive a $50 discount on the package.
Option #5 - Frame and Wheelset
Add a Canfield Brothers 27.5" Wheelset to your frame order and receive a $75 discount on the package.
Option #6 - Frame and Chain Guide
Add an MRP AMG Chain Guide to your frame order and receive a $30 discount on the package.
MRP AMG Guides
Option #7 - Balance and Rock Shox Pike - $2875
Rock Shox Pike RCT3
Option #8 - Balance and MRP Stage - $2875
- Balance Review Review by Vital MTB
"In a world where many bikes claim to be jacks of all trades, the Canfield stands apart thanks to its superb technical climbing performance, especially among those that prefer to rally on the way down."
Check Vitalmtb for full review - vitalmtb.com/product/guide/Frames,7/Canfield-Brothers/Balance,13425#product-reviews/2009 (Posted on 2/6/2015)
- Balance Review by F.I.T.nj
- What I'm most impressed with is how incredibly well this Bike pedals. I've read about the "magical" Canfield suspension for quite a long time so I expected it to be good...But I'm pretty amazed. On fireroad and non-tech climbs it gives up little if anything to my Altitude which was a much lighter bike and no where near the descender the Balance is. The suspension has a great platform for my stand and hammer climbing style. (Posted on 10/24/2014)
- Balance! Review by Mad Elk Cycles
- Hi guys, I just came back from first riding session. The bike just blew me away. the suspension makes it ultimate mini dh platform. It is so snappy in corners even with 27.5. When Jumping, it feels like there is no end of travel in it. Here is few photos we put together with my friend. (Posted on 9/4/2014)
- Balance Review by Brain
I was fortunate to ride a production ready 2014 Canfield Balance on some of my favorite trails on Galbraith Mtn. in Bellingham, WA recentIy. I can say this bike has the PERFECT name! It is a truly 'Balanced' bike that both climbs like a crazed goat, but descends like a DH bike possessed!
First off, I've been riding MTB's for 25 years. I both ride all mountain and DH whenever I can. I love jumps, berms and any trails that has nice flow. My daily, all mountain-enduro ride is a 2011 Specialized Enduro EVO which I freaking love. But, it is not the best climbing tool in the quiver. I've been really interested in getting on a new, modern 650B to see what all the hype was about and jumped at the chance to shred their new steed.
The Canfield Balance for me felt a touch 'taller' in he saddle than my same sized 26" bike. The specs of both the Enduro and Balance are pretty evenly matched in geometry and size which to me speaks volumes. However, with the slightly extra height of the Balance over my EVO, I was able to climb over roots and attack steep sections just that much easier. It rolled over things with ease over my 26" wheeled machine. It wasn't as a profound difference as riding a DH bike for the first time, or say a 29" wheeled bike; rather, it just felt 'better' than the 26" bike I am used to.
Of course, I am always willing to sacrifice a bit of climbing ease for a bike that rails downhill. But with this bike I felt I was sacrificing nothing on both the uphill climb and the downhill decent. It plowed through corners and bumps easier than the 26" wheeled bike I am used to. The speed this bike generates was pretty sick. Every jump and drop I had ridden numerous times before was just that much faster and seemed to flow easier. My absolute only complaint on that ride, and I feel it was only because it was my first time on a 650B, was I felt the bike was just a tad bit slower to pick up off the line coming out of a corner than my 26" counterpart. Again, I felt this was attributed more from my history of riding 26" wheeled bikes rather than the 650B. I'm sure with a few more rides on the Balance I would feel as it was as good and likely better. The bike I rode was spec'd with a 1x10 with a 32t ring in the front. I would probably have opted for a 30t ring as I like to 'spin' a little easier up hill. However, that is more a personal preference of a rider and easily a switchable thing to do to the bike.
Overall, I loved the bike. The boys at Canfield know bikes, and what a ripping bike should feel like and it certainly showed that knowledge through their first 650B bike! This was as close as a bike can get between being a decent climbing bike, and an all out bomber DH bike. Thanks for letting me shred this super sick bike guys! I want one bad!
Bellingham, WA (Posted on 6/16/2014)
- Balance Review by LW
The idea behind the Balance was to create a lightweight, durable and more versatile bike that is appealing to riders as “the one bike that does it all.” The Balance is Canfield Brothers’ first foray into 27.5-inch wheels. The ability to effortlessly climb and pedal gives the bike a feeling of freedom; I immediately noticed this on the pedal to the top of Bootleg Canyon. Between the larger wheels and efficient CBF suspension, it was like having a bike that felt as if it was pedaling itself with the rolling characteristics of a 29er while still handling similar to a 26er.
Bootleg is known for its gnarly terrain and the Balance definitely held up. Charging into the more steep, technical sections on Boyscout with 27.5-inch wheels, progressively slack geometry and 160 millimeters of travel front and rear gave me near the confidence of being on a big bike. Getting up to speed I found that with CBF the bike tracks, corners and maintains speed similar to my Jedi. With the larger wheels of the Balance, I never got caught up in rocky sections; I found myself doubling sections and smoothly rolling over everything, carrying more momentum and gaining more speed.
- See more at: http://mtbparks.com/Mountain-Bike-Park-News-Events/News-Events/MTBparks.com-First-Ride-|-Canfield-Brothers-Balance-Review.html#sthash.XHJGrqvs.dpuf (Posted on 3/22/2014)
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