Hot on the heels of the release of the DBcoil CS, Cane Creek is teasing a yet-to-be released coil shock that packs all of the company’s technologies into a slimmed down inline shock that looks ready to hit the market in the near future.
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No piggyback reservoir on this coil means it can work with many more frames
There’s no confirmed delivery date, pricing, or even a definitive weight, for this shock that would likely be named the DBcoil IL, but given that this early sample on display at Eurobike 2015 appears so polished — as well as the fact that Cane Creek is able to repurpose a number of its existing suspension components in its production — bodes well for production-ready versions coming to market in the near future.
The DBcoil IL is substantially more compact than the DBcoil CS and, consequently, it would be compatible with much wider range of mountain bikes. If it makes it to production, it could bring many of the benefits of coil shocks, such as excellent small-bump sensitivity and improved reliability, to the trail bike market.
All the adjustments of Cane Creek’s other shocks are present and accounted for on this prototype
Like the existing air-sprung DB Inline, this coil shock has dual independent high- and low-speed rebound and compression circuits. The DBcoil IL is also equipped with Cane Creek’s Climb Switch, which, rather than fully locking out the shock, increases low-speed compression damping to firm up the suspension and increases low-speed rebound damping to slow the shock’s return after compressions. These two adjustments made with the simple flip of a switch optimize the rear suspension for the slower speeds encountered when riding uphill.
Cane Creek claims early versions of the DBcoil IL are approximately 149g lighter than the recently-introduced DB Coil CS, which would put its weight at just 305g. A Cane Creek spokesperson noted that production versions could be even lighter by optimizing some of the hardware and switching to a slimmed-down steel spring.
Pricing has not been set, but it is very likely that Cane Creek would position the pricing for the DBcoil IL in the same range as the air-sprung DBinline.
Stay tuned for more details as they become available.
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