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New: Canfield Brothers Crampon Mountain Pedals


Canfield Brothers released a new pedal in their thinner-than-thin Crampon line, the Mountain.


The Mountain pedals are a melding of the Classic, which appeared in 2011, and the newer Ultimate pedals. The Mountains have the same 6 mm leading edge as seen on the Ultimates, but feature a full-length axle that is 4 mm wider than the Ultimates’ shorter-length 10 mm axle.

The increase in width is due to the use of DU bushings on the inner side as well as three sealed bearings on the outer, which is how the Classics were designed. According to Don Stefanovich from Canfield, this allows the pedal to withstand more load on the inner side, wear longer and is easier to seal.

Canfield Crampon Pedals Action

The Crampon Mountain pedals measure 112 mm x 106 mm, weigh 400 grams and come with 10 pins installed on each platform surface. There are two additional drilled holes in the center of the pedal which will allow you to add one more pin to each side if you need some additional grip.

While we are talking pins, all the pins are removable from either side of the pedal. If you shear off the top of the pin, or just plain mangle it so that your Allen wrench is rendered useless, you can still remove the pin by accessing the protected socket through the other side of the pedal. It’s an incredibly useful design found on all the Crampon models.

Canfield Pedals

I’ve had the pedals out for a few rides and have no complaints. Stiff, grippy, comfortable and super thin. I like the larger platform and more user friendly axle design of the Mountain Crampons, so I’m interested to see how they hold up over time. Judging by their apparent craftsmanship, I doubt I’ll have any issues. They run a cool $149 and you can check ’em out at canfieldbrothers.com



Inside Line: Canfield Brothers Launches Redesigned Balance

Bellingham, Washington-based Canfield Brothers has launched its redesigned 2016 Balance, a 165-millimeter all-mountain bike drawing heavily from the company’s downhill heritage. Now in its third generation, the Balance combines gravity oriented geometry with the patented Canfield Balance Formula™ suspension.

Canfield Brothers 2016 Balance-WEB

“Long before the enduro craze, we had our 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,” said Lance Canfield, co-owner and designer.

The Balance is built around the Canfield Balance Formula™ suspension, a design intended to balance the suspension’s center of curvature and chainline forces within a precise radius, reportedly resulting in virtually 100-percent anti-squat that is not sag dependent.

Canfield Brothers 2016 Balance 3-WEB

“What that means for the rider is you’ll have the most efficient pedaling possible, regardless of where your sag is set,” explained Chris Canfield, co-owner and designer. “So if you like to run more sag for better downhill performance, you’re not going to be sacrificing anything on the ups. If anything, you’ll have even better traction and bump compliance without unwanted pedal bob.”

When it debuted a decade ago, the original Balance was one of the first freeride rigs capable of earning its turns. The Balance was resurrected in 2014 as an efficient all-rounder but, for 2016, the all-new Balance is re-engineered with longer travel 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 CNCed upper link increases stiffness, while a redesigned rear triangle improves tire clearance.

Canfield Brothers 2016 Balance 4-WEB

The frame is built around 27.5-inch (650b) wheels with a 65-degree head angle and 16.5-inch (419-millimeter) chainstays.

The 2016 Balance is available in S, M, L and XL now at CanfieldBrothers.com in polished raw and black anodizing. It ships with a Cane Creek Double Barrel Air CS for $2,099 USD. Frame, fork and component packages also available.



Canfield Brothers redesign the Yelli Screamy 29er

Canfield Brothers 2015 Yelli Screamy Studio 2

The original Yelli Screamy helped to redefine what a production hardtail 29er could be, with short chainstays, a slack head angle and a playful nature. “The original Yelli was the 29er that we wanted to ride,” said Lance Canfield, owner and designer. “It didn’t exist, so we built it. It’s fun up, down, in the air, pretty much anywhere you want to take it. Just because it’s a hardtail 29er doesn’t mean you should ride it like one.” But even good products have room to get better, and the second generation Yelli Screamy adds modern features and all new tubing shapes. Stealth dropper routing, 142×12 thru-axle and a new chainstay yoke the leaves plenty of room for high volume tires, modern 1x drivetrains and chainguides.

Canfield Brothers 2015 Yelli Screamy

Clocking in at $650, this is an excellent way to experience modern aggressive geometry without breaking the bank.

Aluminum not your bag? Check out the EPO carbon hardtail, or the steel Nimble 9, both with similar geometry. And if hardtails don’t do it for you, the full suspension Riot might be your huckleberry.

Canfield Brothers 2015 Yelli Screamy 2 2-8

Canfield Brothers 2015 Yelli Screamy 2 2-6

Canfield Brothers 2015 Yelli Screamy 2 2-5

Available in five anodized colors and two limited edition colors in S, M, L and XL, check it out at at the Canfield Brothers website.


6061 aluminum
142×12 rear through-axle
1x or front derailleur compatibility
ISCG standard
Stealth dropper routing
67º HA w/ 140mm fork, 68º HA w/ 120mm fork
16.7-inch chainstays
Low top-tube for maximum standover
Multiple anodized colors available
Two limited edition colors available: LE Fire and Sparkle Blue
Available in S, M, L, XL


Founded in 1999 by Lance and Chris Canfield, Canfield Brothers is comprised of a small group of riders that dedicate their lives to producing performance-enhancing mountain bikes and components. We design all of our products to give our customers a better riding experience and to make their riding, simply put, MORE FUN! For more information, visit CanfieldBrothers.com.

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