First Look: Canfield EPO Carbon

“Carbon,” “all mountain” and “hardtail” are words that can rarely apply to the same bike. But the Canfield EPO Carbon–a slack, aggressive, carbon hardtail from the small Bellingham-based company–looks like it’s going to cause some movement in the world of rigid rear ends. Read on for more info from Canfield.

Photos by Brian Chapel
Video by Devon Balet and Facing West Media

From Canfield Brothers:
Canfield Brothers is proud to officially release 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 with a 140-millimeter fork for stable descending and ultra-short 16.3-inch chainstays for playful handling.

Canfield EPO Carbon

The Brothers spent over 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.

Canfield EPO Carbon

"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 the one of–if not the only–carbon mountain hardtails 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.

Canfield EPO Carbon

Canfield EPO Details:

● Carbon frame tested for aggressive all-mountain use
● 66.8° HA with a 140mm fork / 67.9° with a 120mm fork
● Super short 414mm chainstays
● Front derailleur compatible
● 142×12 dropouts with Maxle included
● Threaded 73mm BB for creak free riding
● ISCG 05 tabs
● Matte black with white, blue or red graphics
● Available in medium and large
● 1,450 grams

Canfield EPO Carbon

Canfield EPO Geometry:

EPO-Geo

The EPO is available now for $1500 through the Canfield Brothers Official Webstore in matte black with white, blue or red graphics in both medium and large.

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