Tell us about your new bike:
Canfield Brothers Jedi, Small
Cane Creek Double Barrel w/ 450lb Ti spring
I-9 hubs/ spokes mated to Derby DH rims (27.5 wheels)
Enve Composites DH handlebar
Race Face SixC cranks
Shimano Saint brakes
Shimano Saint rear derailleur
Schwalbe Magic Mary tires
What made you choose this bike and build?
Formerly riding a Turner DHR, I have always been attracted to the kinematics and efficiency of co-rotating, mini-link bikes. I experienced two drawbacks to the DHR...
1) Mini-Link bikes rely a good bit on chain growth to function. Therefore, "pedal kickback" was a real issue with that bike, as it went through its travel.
The Jedi solves this with the implementation of an idler pulley above the lower link. This allows the chain to be routed above the lower pivot, and excludes the drivetrain from the suspension's travel.
2) The front end (reach) of the DHR was incredibly short.
The Jedi has a longer front end and a shorter rear end. Additionally, the Jedi feature 3" of rearward travel that occurs early in the suspension arc. The result is a bike that has a longer wheelbase at sag, and a more consistent wheelbase through travel. That is, as the fork travels, and comes up/ back, the rear axle is traveling back/ up.
What add-ons or changes is you already thinking about?
An air shock... probably a Cane Creek DBair. The suspension rate on the Jedi is very linear. The progressive nature of an air shock would benefit this bike.
Thinner grips as well.
Who would you recommend a bike like this bike to?
I'd recommend this bike to the serious downhill rider looking for something that can handle big drops and rocks.