BRAIN Dealer Tour: Is Palisade the next big MTB destination?

PALISADE, Colo. (BRAIN) — BRAIN’s Dealer Tour braved rain and even a bit of snow pedaling about 20 miles from Grand Junction to the small town of Palisade on Thursday, visiting the town’s Rapid Creek Cycles & Sports. While Palisade is best known now for its wineries and its peaches, the town could become one of the major mountain biking destinations in a few years, if the owners of Rapid Creek have any say in it.  The store is owned by  Scott Winans and  Rondo  Buecheler. Buecheler was the founder of Over The Edge Sports in Fruita, Colorado, (where the Dealer Tour visited Wednesday) where he helped build the trails and biking community that made Fruita one of the most popular mountain bike destinations in the country. In Palisade, he has similar plans.

Cane Creek selling Sea Otter demo forks to benefit IMBA

FLETCHER, N.C. (BRAIN) — Cane Creek Cycling Components will sell five specially painted HELM suspension forks that were made for demo use at last month’s Sea Otter Classic.

Cane Creek DBair rear shock review

Cane Creek’s four-way adjustable shocks have long been the benchmark for ultimate tune-ability, coming with low and high speed adjustment for both compression and rebound cycles. But what about the Cane Creek DBair?

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Cane Creek’s website offers some useful advice to help with set up and if done properly, the damper is superb.

A small negative spring means the Cane Creek is harder to get going off the top than its rivals

Whether soaking up stutter bumps or swallowing bigger hits, the twin tube damper offers excellent consistency and sensitivity, and the sag and rebound speed remained remarkably unaffected after long, rough descents.


Flicking on the climb switch firms up the compression slightly, while (uniquely) also slowing the rebound. This allows the shock to deaden bumps like a stress ball rather than a tennis ball, preventing bouncing during rough climbs for maximum control and traction. 

A small negative spring means the Cane Creek is harder to get going off the top than its rivals and it’s prone to wallowing through the mid-stroke.

Lots of low-speed compression and rebound fix this problem to some extent, but when compared directly to Fox’s Float X2, the Cane Creek feels both less planted and less sensitive.

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Holly Colson leaves Cane Creek, launches marketing company

FLETCHER, N.C. (BRAIN) — Holly Colson has left Cane Creek Cycling Components, where she had been vice president of marketing. Colson has started her own marketing consulting firm, called Facets Marketing

Cane Creek DBcoil IL shock first ride review

Last summer at the Eurobike tradeshow, Cane Creek teased a prototype of a new coil shock the company was working on. It was a slimmed down version of the DBcoil CS, minus the piggyback reservoir. This new shock, officially known as the DBcoil IL, is now ready for prime time.

We visited Cane Creek’s headquarters in Fletcher, North Carolina to learn more about the company’s latest suspension offering and spend some quality time getting acquainted with the shock on Cane Creek’s proving grounds.

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DBcoil IL highlights

  • High- and low-speed compression adjustments
  • High- and low-speed rebound adjustments
  • Cane Creek’s Climb Switch
  • Intended for short to mid-travel trail bikes
  • Comes with new, lightweight Valt coil spring
  • DBcoil IL pricing is set at £TBC / US$550 / AU$TBC
  • Valt spring pricing is £TBC / US$130 / AU$TBC
  • Available now

This new inline coil shock has the same adjustments as Cane Creek’s air-sprung DBinline, DBair CS and DBcoil CS.


There are dual independent high- and low-speed rebound and compression damping circuits along with Cane Creek’s Climb Switch.

Instead of fully locking out the shock, the Climb Switch increases low-speed compression damping to firm up the suspension and increases low-speed rebound damping to slow the shock’s return after compressions. These two adjustments, made with the simple flip of a switch, optimize the rear suspension for the slower speeds encountered when riding uphill.

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First ride impressions

The DBcoil IL does not disappoint, it allows the rider to push just a bit further through the corners before worrying about breaking traction

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Cane Creek 40 headset review

Finding the right headset can be tedious, and that alone is reason enough to buy a good one. Cane Creek’s 40 series sits between the economy-focused 10 range and the money-no-object 110 series, but the internals are cross-compatible. Buy a 40 and you can upgrade (or downgrade) bearings and seals as you see fit.

The range covers straight or tapered head tubes, and all cup types: integrated, zero stack and external. It also includes converters, such as if you have a 44mm head tube and want to fit a tapered-steerer fork, and finally – if there’s no complete headset that’s suitable – you can mix and match top and bottom assemblies.

Cups and covers are aluminium, while the crown race and bearings are steel. The latter are protected by an O-ring around the steerer in the top cover, plus face seals against the gap underneath and around the rim of the crown race. Despite these, the headset swings smoothly, and our bearings are still running perfectly months on.

Cane Creek’s put a lot of effort into simplifying naming and it’s paid off. Armed with just a couple of measurements and the bits of your old headset, it’s easy to identify the right model via Cane Creek’s site. This, plus standard internals/stack heights for easy upgrading and repair, only make these well-built headsets better value.

This article was originally published in What Mountain Bike magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

Trail Tech: Forks need ‘climb switches’ not lockouts

Most Trail Tech columns dish out practical advice that will hopefully improve your next mountain bike ride. We’re going to veer off the course this week for a long overdue rant about the lack of attention paid by suspension fork manufacturers to how trail forks handle the less-enjoyable part of the ride: the climb to the top of the trail.

Last week, Cane Creek unveiled a new member of the Double-Barrel Air family, the DBinline. It got me thinking about the first time I rode Cane Creek’s DBair CS shock.

Cane Creek’s Climb Switch is a little lever that can make a big difference in the quality of your ride. When toggled on, it restricts the flow of oil through the a pair of rebound and compression circuits to slow the shock’s compression and return speed to better match the slower speeds encountered while riding uphill. There’s no getting bucked off the saddle while cranking onto obstacles and no wallowing into the travel as the rear wheel rolls off them.

A lightbulb went off in my head during my first ride. “Why hasn’t anyone done this before?” I thought. “Why don’t suspension forks have this as well?” was my next thought.

In my opinion, the Climb Switch is such an unheralded technological innovation that most riders don’t grasp its import. After all, the suspension innovations that garner the most attention are focused on improving downhill performance, where forks and shocks are pushed to their absolute limits and where races are won and lost, at least when it comes to enduro and downhill.

For cross-country racing, a rock-solid lockout that allows the rider to stand up and sprint themselves into anaerobic oblivion makes sense. But for suspension forks with more than 120mm — and for the those of us out here who aren’t racing every weekend — it’s a feature in search of a benefit.

RockShox, Fox Racing Shox and everyone else: you’re doing it wrong. Take a page from Cane Creek’s playbook and develop your own Climb Switch technology for your trail forks.

This might not apply to you if you pedal up smooth fire roads to earn your turns. If, however, the trails you ride are steep and ledgy, or if you have to ascend through a twisting latticework of roots, you would probably appreciate the benefits of a suspension fork that can, with the flip of a lever, simultaneously firm up and slow down.

Setting up mid-travel (120-160mm) suspension forks is a game of compromise. You try to hone in on a middle ground that will give the best overall performance for climbing and descending, albeit at the expense of ideal performance at both ends of the spectrum. If the fork rebounds too fast while climbing, the fork will ricochet off obstacles and you’ll be left to hike your bike. If the fork rebounds too slow when descending, you will start to “stack up.” The fork will get lower and lower, as it does not have time to return to extension between successive impacts. No bue?o.

If most riders had their way, they would set up suspension forks with a bit less rebound damping (faster rebound) for descending and add a couple clicks of rebound damping (more turtle in RockShox parlance) for the climbs. Unless you’re willing to tinker around with the rebound knob on the bottom of your fork leg each time the trail changes orientation, you’ll likely find a setting that you can live with. It’s good, but it could be great.

That’s where a true climb switch on suspension forks would come in handy. It would allow the rider to tune their suspension for optimal downhill performance, while providing a mode to switch to when the trail trends upward.

A “climb mode” is not just about locking out the fork; it’s about adjusting the suspension performance to match the requirements of climbing. Climbing speeds are lower than descending, so impacts from riding over rocks and roots come much slower, so the fork needs to respond in kind with a slower rebound stroke. The fork doesn’t need to be locked out, but it does need to firm up to allow the rider to crank up the hills.

We’re just a little lever away from a true “all-mountain” suspension fork. So, fork makers, bring a suspension fork with a real climbing mode to market and take my money.

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USA Cycling Cross-Country Mountain Bike National Championships

Start: July 17, 2014 End: July 20, 2014 Location: Bear Creek Resort, PA

Suspension Experts launches Cane Creek shock demo program

ASHEVILLE, NC (BRAIN) — Mountain bikers interested in trying before buying can now demo two of Cane Creek’s rear shocks via a new program launched by suspension system service and tuning company Suspension Experts. Riders can contact Suspension Experts directly to try the Cane Creek’s double barrel shocks, the DBcoil and DBair. “Customers have wanted a way to try our DB shocks before they buy for years. It was a logical evolution for us to develop this program through our service centers,” said Malcolm Hadley, director of suspension service at Cane Creek.  Suspension Experts has the coil and air shocks in stock for demo in a full range of sizes, making it easy for riders to test the shocks on their own bikes.

ExpoCycle • Cane Creek • Planet Bike

ExpoCycle 2012 plans networking events • Cane Creek offers Field Guide • Planet Bike makes larger CO2 • Philly Show returns for third edition TORONTO, Ontario (BRAIN) Tuesday August 7 2012 11:23 AM MT— Organizers of the ExpoCycle 2012 show are planning two industry networking events for the first evening of September 9, the show’s first trade-only day. Bicycle retailers, suppliers, distributors, reps and industry leaders attending the Toronto show will be welcome at the events. The first event will feature a live feed of the Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal pro race, being held that day in Montreal.