Cane Creek released their Double Barrel Air shock last year and have had good success with it so far. They’ve now added a High Volume air canister option that many bikes can benefit from. Details inside.
Cane Creek has seen success with their DBAir shock. We talked with Josh about it awhile back and you can learn more in the video below on the DBAir.
The new XV can is available as a retrofitable option or it can be purchased installed on a new DBAir.
It will be available for purchase in March through Independent Bike Shops – or will come spec’ed with the 2013 Banshee Rune, Nicolai Ion 16, Ion 18, Ion 20, Helius AM and the Helius AC 650. Additional OE models will be added in the future as well.
AIR VOLUME OPTIONS
As an additional tuning tool, the spring rate of the DBAIR can be adjusted through the use of air volume reduction spacers (included with the DBAir). For bikes that have a more progressive leverage ratio, Cane Creek now offers new XV (Extra Volume) air cans.
Air volume is not the same as air pressure adjustment. Air pressure should be used to achieve the correct sag value (see Tuning Field Guide). If the bike bottoms out harshly, or too frequently, reducing the air volume (using spacers) can provide a more progressive air spring. A more progressive spring will prevent harsh bottom-outs, since the spring will be “stiffer” as the bike gets closer to full travel.
Having more air volume (using an XV air can), is recommended for a sub-class of bikes that have a significantly progressive leverage ratio. More air volume will provide a more linear (less progressive) air spring. A less progressive air spring will allow a rider to ride with more High Speed Compression while still allowing full travel of the bike.
If you’re looking to purchase a high volume air canister yourself, the MSRP is $40.00. If you’re a mechanic, you also have the option of performing the change yourself. Cane Creek’s video below illustrates.