B$Z: Canfield Brothers Unleashes Carbon EPO
Canfield Brothers, high-end boutique mountain bike manufacturer, unleashes the EPO, a carbon-fiber hardtail 29er engineered for aggressive all-mountain riding. The first carbon-fiber bike from Canfield Brothers, the category-defying EPO is tested to all-mountain standards and built to take abuse.
Crafted around the aggressive all-mountain 29er geometry that Canfield Brothers pioneered with the Yelli Screamy, the EPO features a 66.8-degree headtube angle when paired with a 140-millimeter fork for stable descending and ultra-short 16.3-inch chainstays for playful handling.
The Brothers spent more than two years testing and developing a variety of carbon-fiber molds, weaves and layups to ensure the EPO was tough enough to wear a skull as a head badge.
“As a high-end brand focused on technology and performance, carbon fiber is a natural evolution for our product line. But with our background in downhill and freeride, strength and durability will always come out ahead of weight savings for us,” said Lance Canfield, co-owner and designer.
“That said, you'll find this bike climbs surprisingly well, but we don't believe that just because you've got miles to burn, you should feel like you're on a road bike. The geometry was designed to be fun and playful—especially when pointed down—just like all of our bikes. The EPO is all about ‘injecting’ carbon hardtails with some fun.”
The 3-pound (1,450-gram) frame is one of—if not the only—carbon mountain hardtail on the market that has been tested to the stringent new ISO all-mountain standards and features weaves of varying thickness, adding strength and lateral stiffness where it counts, while allowing a vertically compliant ride.
Other details include 142x12 rear through-axle as well as ISCG mounts and 1x or front derailleur compatibility and a threaded bottom bracket for creak-free riding.
The EPO is available in matte
black with white, blue or red graphics in both medium and large and retails for
$1,500. Available now at Canfieldbrothers.com.
If it wasn’t so much fun, it would feel like cheating.
· Carbon frame tested for all-mountain use
· 66.8° HA a 140mm fork / 67.9° with a 120mm fork
· Super short 16.3” (414mm) chainstays
· Front derailleur compatible
· Threaded 73mm BB for creak free riding
· 142×12 dropouts with Maxle included
· ISCG 05 tabs
· Integrated headset cups
· Matte black frames with white, blue or red graphics
· Available in medium and large
· 1,450 grams