I had an opportunity to take my friends new dream bike build for a spin through Whiting ranch. It was good. Really good Specs: 29er for non 29er people. It’s a 35lb monster truck ready to destroy Frame: Canefield Riot, Size Large Shock: DVO Topaz Fork: DVO Diamond set at 150mm Seat Post: DVO garnet Dropper Wheels: RF Arc 30 on Hope Pro 4’s 3 cross DT Swiss DB. built by owner Tires. Minnion DHF 2.5” DHR 2.4” Cranks. XT Chainring: Absolute Black oval 32T Cassette: Box 10-46 derailuer: Box Once Shifter: Box Chain: KMC DLC Seat: SQ labs 612 The parking lot test. The bike felt like a good fit. I could go for a couple less spacers under the stem. But generally it was fantastic. Pedaling around it is apparent that the design includes a high percentage of anti-squat. That’s a characteristic i look for and means it will climb well even with the shock in open mode. It checks the box for slack head tube and short chain stays, but no matter what the numbers are it’s still a monster truck of a bike with lots of wheel, tires and travel. That’s a good thing in my book, but looking side by side with some other 29er short travel bikes might leave you wondering where the Canfield falls into place. On chunky high speed runs that’s where. Up Borrego Canyon: First off, the sand traps are mitigated with 29” 2.4 and larger tires. It still takes some Watts to push through the long one but i made it no problem. Bike felt nimble and fun through all the up/down crossings. While there is nothing tech up the canyon, i aimed for every rock and the bike straight lined them all even with my Neanderthal piloting. Up mustard to marks bench: I did have reservations about pedaling a couple extra pounds of bike, but knowing it had an oval32t and 46t on the cassette gave me confidence. Once it got steep i just settled into a moderate cadence and kept momentum. It climbs like a diesel truck. I actually kept my heart rate from spiking and kept going. I set a PR for the “Borrego to marks bench” section by ove a minute. But plus 1min on my mustard PR. I found the rear suspension to be highly compliant over the cobbles and loose rock up mustard. More so then my Foes. So it seems the Canfield bros marketing claims are true. Both efficient climbing and compliant??? How? That meant i got great traction and some of that is due to oval chainring and minions. Decending: While there is nothing steep and chunky in the park, i lit the fuse and let it run over all the nasty braking bumps, over the roots, and charging every corner i could find. The frame/links are stiff and do not present any flexy wallowing drift when tucking into a bumpy corner entry. That’s a performance feature i seek out to verify in test rides. With the slack head angle and short stem it’s ready for battle on TNA. My take away, this bike could be ridden really ducking fast. Probably faster than i want to go. 29” wheels do that. The bad: The only negative is that you do, as with any 29’r with big tires and wide rims, feel the rotational weight. It takes more effort to accelerate it quickly. That may not matter to most. It also takes some upper body muscling to promote lateral direction changes. Tight S turns at speed? It’s no problem but you are working for it. 35lb is beefy. But it’s an all Metal spec in large. I was really surprised my legs were not toasted. For ref i was riding a 35lb 26” intense6.6 last year and it was a bear to climb. Super inefficient. So totally different experience at same weight. The good: Scary fast straight line speed. Great traction climbing and descending. Confidence inspiring chassis. All components in custom spec performed good. DVO again for the win. Hope brakes were solid. I like the levers and modulation profile. Frame is well made and over engineered for abuse. Good handling, well balanced. Great high frequency small bump compliance. I am 6’ and geo was good.