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Cane Creek follows in line w/ new DBcoil IL shock and VALT light weight springs

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Cane Creek DBCoil IL inline rear shocks

Leave bike geeks alone long enough with the right tools and raw materials, and they’re bound to come up with something awesome. That seems to be the genesis of Cane Creek’s latest shock. As the story goes, the DBcoil IL is the result of their Design Engineer’s tinkering after wanting a shock that rode like something for DH but without the weight penalty. Initially the project was a non-starter – that was until Brandon Blakely took it upon himself to pursue it in his spare time. Part of their ‘design what they want to ride’ philosophy, Brandon hand made some parts for a standard Inline damper along with a new outer damper tube and shaft to use a coil spring.

After a series of refinements and testing, the shock is ready for prime time. Who is it for? Cane creek says the shock is perfect for those looking for a DH ride who don’t need the heat dissipation of a piggy back reservoir. Or, anyone who shreds trail somewhere like Asheville…

Cane Creek DBCoil IL inline rear shocks-2

Cane Creek Expands Shock Line

Essentially a slimmed down DH shock, the DBcoil IL builds on an Inline twin tube damper and offers the same 4 way  high/low speed rebound/compression adjustment found on their other Double Barrel shocks. The shock also includes Cane Creek’s effective Climb Switch for when you have to pedal up to get down. Removing the piggy back not only makes the shock lighter, but also makes it slimmer and able to fit in more frames.

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Cane Creek DBCoil IL inline rear shocks-3

When combined with their new VALT light weight springs, the DBcoil IL is roughly 333g lighter than a comparable DH shock. The damper alone comes in at 285g (216 x 63mm), while much of the weight savings will come from the VALT spring. Still a steel spring, the VALT just uses a high performance steel alloy which puts it somewhere between a standard steel and titanium spring in terms of weight. Offered in a number of sizes, VALT springs will fit many other shocks as well, though some may require nylon adapter  clips due to the larger diameter. Weights for the VALT springs are claimed to be 50-211g depending on the stroke/rate.

DBcoil IL shocks will be available both standard and Metric sizes and are available now from local shops, direct from Cane Creek, or stock on certain Ghost 2017 bikes.


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7 years ago

I’m interested but too bad just about every mid travel frame is linear or regressive. Every time I’ve tried a coil on trail bikes I bottom constantly unless I run excessive high speed compression and a a less than ideal heavy spring. Considering how light an inline coil can be hopefully we’ll see a few trail frames designed around coil.

Mr. P
7 years ago
Reply to  bearCol

One of the hidden bits is that a coil gets very progressive at the end of the stroke due to the bottom out bumper. Depending on the shock the bottom out bumper can be 10mm to 20mm of stroke = 25mm to 60mm of frame travel. Which can be good for a linear linkage, but there is no hope for regressive linkage (like you state).

I liked a coil on a linear linkage, but that coil had some end stroke controls.

7 years ago

Before anyone gets all excited about a 50g steel spring, note that’s a typo. The weight *savings* are 50-211g.

7 years ago

got one the other day and quite impressed – 2.5 400lb spring about 123g lighter than standard steel spring @ 382g


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