Cane Creek had their 2012 Double Barrel Air on a few select bikes at the outdoor demo. We got some good details on this new Air Shock from Cane Creek inside including a video and more.
Air damped shocks have seen lots of attention recently and Cane Creek has been hard at work developing this new option for their consumers.
Double Barrel Air
The Double Barrel Air includes twin-tube technology allowing users to adjust low speed and high speed compression and rebound.
On the Air side of things, Cane Creek worked hard to create an Air-Spring curve on the DB Air that would best mimic the ride of the coiled Double Barrel. The negative air spring is auto adjusting as well.
Double Barrel Air
Attaching a pump to the DB Air was quite easy with its angled schrader valve. The canister can be rotated without needing to disassemble the shock. It was also noticed that the DB Air also took less PSI to achieve proper sag.
The finish you see here isn’t 100% representative of the final product as the shock will have a more stanchion like finish to it as well as a variety of other tweaks.
Devon walks through some of the changes on the cutout version (be sure to listen to the audio to learn more about some of the production revisions).
Weight wise Devon said the 8.5×2.5″ shock weighed in at 530 grams which puts it a hair lighter than some shocks according to our weights like the Vivid Air but a bit heavier than some RockShox/FOX options.
We swung a leg over the DB Air for a ride at the Outdoor Demo and it certainly exhibits a similar feeling to the coil-ed double barrel. Although I won’t try to summarize its ride completely over a single ride it did a great job at maintaining grip and ride position when things turned downward in a way no air shock has done for me. This shock could be quite ideal for most trail to downhill bikes without a problem.
Availability on the DBAir is slated for January 2011. Pricing is still TBD so hold tight for final numbers. Stay tuned to www.canecreek.com
Be sure to visit our gallery for more pictures from Interbike 2011.