ShockWiz Tuning - Review

ShockWiz Tuning - Review

Recently we had an opportunity to put in some Trailside Tuning time with one of our customers in the Asheville, NC area. Alex is an experienced rider, confident on very technical trails, he's a former shop mechanic, and quite competent with suspension setup.  Afterwards we asked for his opinion and captured some feedback.

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Quarq ShockWiz - Tuning the Pike and Double Barrel Air

Quarq ShockWiz - Tuning the Pike and Double Barrel Air

We're always looking for the latest tools and techniques to improve our service, and when the Quarq ShockWiz hit the market in early 2017 we knew we'd have to add this piece of kit to our toolbox.  We are growing our On Trail Tuning service this year and the ShockWiz will help us support our customers in search of the optimal air shock and fork tune.

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2016 Canfield Jedi 27.5: First Year in Review

2016 Canfield Jedi 27.5:  First Year in Review

My first season on the Canfield Brothers Jedi 27.5 is a wrap!  Given all the fun I've had on this bike, it seems like a good time to share some background on my choice to ride one and my perspective after seven months. I've had a chance to ride in a wide range of conditions - from the muddiest, steepest race course at Snowshoe Pro GRT...to Whistler in August...to moon dust at Windrock Bike Park in November, I believe I've covered most of the bases with this bike and want to share some thoughts...

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Installing a Cane Creek 110 Headset

Installing a Cane Creek 110 Headset

We love the details - and here at DoubleBlackBikes we are constantly in search of choices we can offer our riders to make their bike unique. Color is a great way to customize your ride. You all have seen that bike that has a bit of color in all the right places - and my guess is that the Cane Creek 110 Headset is part of that.  Check out this short blog for some insight and suggestions on important tools

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2016 Canfield Jedi Review: First Ride

2016 Canfield Jedi Review:  First Ride

After 3 years of downhill riding and racing experience on a 2012 Specialized Demo 8 (Large) across the US and Canada – I’ve made the leap to a 2016 Canfield Jedi (Large) for this year.  So far - so good! Read the rest of this article to get my first impressions on the Jedi at Bailey Mountain Bike Park near Asheville, NC.

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Kids DH Bike Part 5: Choosing the right brakes

Kids DH Bike Part 5:  Choosing the right brakes

When it comes to choosing the right brakes for a little downhill rider, I recommend that you evaluate both Trail and Downhill (DH) brake caliper options.  A rider that is lighter and often times slower just doesn't require the same braking capacity that full sized professional riders do.  There is weight and money to be saved here, and both of those are important considerations when building a bike for a Little DH'er. 

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Kids DH Bike Part 4: Canfield Brothers finishing touches

Kids DH Bike Part 4: Canfield Brothers finishing touches

There are a couple things that can really make it difficult to ride when you're little. Riding downhill doesn't make it any easier.

  1. The crank arm length is too long (for their little legs) and the rider has to po-go up and down to pedal
  2. The handlebar is too high (above their center of mass) and they can't get weight on the bars when they need to

There are solutions, but in all likelihood your answers are going to be found via research like reading this Blog not at your local bike shop! So, unless you live in Bellingham, WA or you're already a Canfield Brothers fan, this post is for you.  

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Changing of the Guard

Changing of the Guard

2015 was a big year for Ben's riding.  There's no keeping up now.  I just wanted to throw up a quick post so I never forget this was the year Ben dropped me at the bike park.  Out at Bailey Mountain Bike Park one fine summer day for some fun - Ben's turns were 'on' and mine were 'off'.  The result:  official changing of the guard. The upside:  now he'll be so far ahead I won't have to eat his dust anymore.

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Kids DH Bike Part 3: XS Specialized Demo 8

Kids DH Bike Part 3: XS Specialized Demo 8

This XS 2013 Demo 8 is the ultimate downhill machine for the little shredders that need more than a trail bike for the terrain they ride.  We started with an XS Specialized frame and carefully picked each component to make this bike optimal for a small rider.  Our goal was to get this bike to work for three years, from age 9 (4'5", 85lbs.) to age 12 (5'6" 125lbs.). This took creativity, attention to detail, and a solid understanding of the options available for each component.

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Kids DH Bike Part 2: Specialized SX Trail

Kids DH Bike Part 2:  Specialized SX Trail

What are you going to do when your little shredder is picking up the speed, needs a bit more bike, but still needs 24" wheels?  While there are some complete build options out there these days - you may want to consider a more personalized approach instead.  You may also be able to find a great deal on a 26" wheel trail bike or frame and build out the right spec from there.  Part 2 details our 2011 Specialized SX Trail build.

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Kids DH Bike Part 1: Kona Stinky 24

Kids DH Bike Part 1:  Kona Stinky 24

Based on my experience - it's never too early to start enjoying the sport of downhill mountain biking. So how do you find the right bike for someone new to the sport? At this point in a rider's experience - it is important to be conservative and look for what you can get starting with a complete bike (24" wheel) versus building something custom.  This post details the 2011 Kona Stinky 24 and our experience making minor modifications to get the suspension dialed in for a beginner 4'5" tall weighing in just over 70 lbs. 

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