Canfield Brothers 2016 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 2016 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 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 2016 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?

2017 Balance frames, frame packages and factory builds are available in our webstore.


  • Ÿ27.5” Aggressive All Mountain / 165mm travel
  • Ÿ7005 aluminum with an all new, stiff CNC’d upper link
  • ŸPatented CBF suspension*, (Canfield Balance Formula)
  • Ÿ216mm x 63mm Cane Creek Double Barrel Air CS or DVO Topaz included
  • ŸDVO Jade and Push ElevenSix upgrade options available
  • Ÿ142 x 12mm rear dropouts
  • ŸTapered headtube
  • Ÿ15mm pivot bearings
  • ŸReplaceable rear derailleur hanger, spare hanger included
  • ŸAnodized and factory raw frame options
  • ŸAvailable in Small, Medium, Large and X-Large

*Learn more about our Canfield Balance Formula suspension

Balance 27.5″ – Aggressive All Mountain

Metric Small Medium Large X-Large
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)

Standard Small Medium Large X-Large
Top Tube Length (Effective) 22.5 23.5 24.25 25.0
Reach 16.5 17.25 18 18.75
Stack 23.25 23.5 23.75 24
Standover Height 27.25 28.5 29.5 29.75
Seat Tube Length 15.5 17 18.5 20
Wheel Base 45.5 46.25 47 48
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 16.5 16.5 16.5 16.5
Bottom Bracket Drop .5 .5 .5 .5
Bottom Bracket Height (*Approximate) 13.5 13.5 13.5 13.5
Head Tube length 4 4.25 4.75 5
Geo based on 552mm axle to crown fork (Rock Shox Pike)


Build Specs:

  • ŸCane Creek Double Barrel DB Air CS or DVO Topaz included
  • ŸShock Specs – 216mm x 63mm, (22mmX8mm / 36mmX8mm hardware)
  • ŸRecommend fork length – 160mm – 170mm
  • ŸHeadset – Tapered 44mm upper/49.6mm lower
  • ŸFront derailleur – Not available
  • ŸBottom bracket – 73mm, threaded
  • ŸSeatpost – 30.9mm, stealth dropper compatible
  • ŸSeatpost clamp – 35mm
  • ŸRear dropouts – 142mm x 12mm, Canfield axle included
  • ŸISCG tabs – ISCG 05/MRP AMg V2 chain guide recommended
  • ŸBrake mount – IS, (international standard)


Cane Creek DB Air CS – Air Pressure Chart

Rider Weight (lbs.) Air Pressure (psi)
110-120 70
120-130 75
130-140 80
140-150 90
150-160 100
160-170 110
170-180 120
180-190 130
190-200 140
200-210 150
210-220 160
220-230 170
230-240 180
Recommended Sag – 33% / 21mm

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