Cane Creek Double Barrel Air XV - first look

High volume air can option added for rear shock

Cane Creek has announced a new high volume air can option for its phenomenally adjustable Double Barrel Air rear shock. While the standard version was already tunable for most suspension designs, Cane Creek says the new can should now take care of the remainder, too.

According to Cane Creek, certain suspension designs – particularly VPP setups from Santa Cruz and Intense – have very progressive leverage ratios that make it difficult to achieve full travel on the stock can. 

The new XV can flattens out the shock's spring rate progression, however, to create a more linear feel. In addition to reclaiming the last few bits of travel, the optional can will also allow users to run more high-speed compression damping for better control on square-edged impacts.

Retail price for the Double Barrel Air XV is identical to the standard version, at US$620, and Cane Creek will offer it in 200x57mm (7.87x2.25in), 215x63mm (8.5x2.5in), and 240x76mm (9.5x3.0in) sizes. 

Current Double Barrel Air owners can also purchase the can on its own for US$40. Cane Creek expects to have XV air cans in stock next month. For more information see

Air pressure is adjusted by a standard Schrader valve

James Huang

Technical Editor, US
James started as a roadie in 1990 with his high school team but switched to dirt in 1994 and has enjoyed both ever since. Anything that comes through his hands is bound to be taken apart, and those hands still sometimes smell like fork oil even though he retired from shop life in 2007. He prefers manual over automatic, fizzy over still, and the right way over the easy way.
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