Cane Creek DB Air CS Rear Shock

3.83/5 (6 Reviews)
MSRP : $741.49

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Product Description

Cane Creek designed a new selectable climbing mode feature for their excellent All Mountain Double Barrel rear shock. The lever actuated Climb Switch, dubbed the CS, offers low speed damping for both compression and rebound when engaged, and reacts like the existing DB when it’s turned off. They accomplished this trickery by having six damping circuits, which is two more than the normal DB.

Double Barrel shocks with the CS feature have four low-speed damping circuits: LSC1, LSC2, LSR1, LSR2 in addition to the 2 high-speed damping circuits: HSC and HSR. In the “off” position of the Climb Switch, the low speed damping is controlled by LSC1 and LSR1; this is analogous to traditional Double Barrel shocks without the CS feature. In the “on” position of the Climb Switch, the low-speed damping is controlled by LSC2 and LSR2, the ‘climbing circuits’. These circuits are heavily damped and tuned specifically to limit low frequency motion of the bike’s suspension, but not to the extent that traction during climbing is sacrificed.

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User Reviews

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Joules a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: May 12, 2016

Strengths:    Very adjustable. CS is a useful feature

Weaknesses:    Reliability.

Bottom Line:   
You already know it has 40way adjustment, that you don't have to select a factory tune for your frame because this shock is so adjustable.
The climb switch is kind of brilliant; it lets you have 2 distinct settings that are both useful (as opposed to a lockout).

Now the bad: you will use the warranty. I have multiple times, everyone I know has as well. The internals are kind of Rube Goldberg; my problems have been stuck down springs, which one could fix without sending it back on a simpler shock.

Now that the Float X2 is available with propedal, and better damping at about the same price, I see no reason to get one of these.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Luke a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: May 20, 2015

Strengths:    Near limitless adjustments

Weaknesses:    Requires a moderate understanding of how to set up suspension.

Bottom Line:   
My Knolly Chilcotin came with a fox Float, which worked well, but the double barrel blows that out of the water. The shock can be as plush or firm as the rider wants for any riding situation. Drops that used to cause my fox to bottom out hardly the double barrel can take with ease. The only downside it the rider needs to have a clear understanding of what every adjustment affects, otherwise they will struggle to get the shock setup. It takes some time to get dialed in, but once you do riding the Double Barrel is better than sex.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Spokes572

Date Reviewed: February 19, 2015

Strengths:    5 star rating is when it works -
Tracks to ground surface much much better than a fox float shock.
Base line settings are close but not close enough, you will have to adjust for your body type and riding style.

Weaknesses:    Reliability
In 9 months i had to have it serviced 3 times and had to pay rush fees to quickly get unit back so its not free, i always end up paying.
There seemed to be a O-ring issue but i think the latest orings seem ok. I had black melted rubber appearance on the shaft in past and when that happens the unit stops holding air or starts to mix nitrogen and oil and makes a swishing noise. Bad think about losing air and not knowing it, is when you do notice it - its because your pedals are hitting the ground and you probably crashed.

Bottom Line:   
When shocks is working it is great, a standard fox shock can not compare or come close at all. The CS switch is only used when i have long out of the seat climbs. Else the open mode is good enough for flat and gradual inclines. I rarely ever use the CS switch. The shock is that good. I am able to climb rough stuff much easier and better with this shock. Not as plush as a fox shock but much more controlled through its range.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by tautologistics a Racer

Date Reviewed: June 22, 2014

Strengths:    Infinite tunability, excellent pedal and terrain response, progressive damping.

Weaknesses:    None so far.

Bottom Line:   
I've run a ton of different rear shocks over the years and this one is at the top. I am very particular about my tuning and setup so the DBair is right up my alley but may not be for the casual rider (however the documentation and support are very helpful for someone new to suspension tuning). The climb switch feature is one of the few found on suspension components that actually makes a noticeable difference and is not just some gimmick.

I am now considering a CC DBCoil for my DH rig to replace an Avalanche unit and now I am wishing that CC would get into the fork market.

As to anyone complaining that they suck because theirs failed on the 2nd ride. Well, sh!t happens and what's important is how the company stands behind their product. So far CC has been very responsive to questions and ready to make things right for any of the problems I have seen on their message board. If the rear shock seizes in full compression, don't ride the damn bike down rough trails and then b!tch about chipped paint. That's ultimately the result of poor decisions on the part of the customer rather than the company. If I had a tire blow out on the trail and I decide to ride it back to the trailhead on the rim, is it the tire or tube manufacturer's fault that my rim is now thrashed?

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Paul a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: April 5, 2014

Strengths:    I have a santacruze tallboy lt 2014 the fox shock that it came with worked great until it gave out and I had to send shock back so I thought I should try something new why I waited for fox and the bike shop that I purchased the bike from had the canecreek on sale for $530 so I purchased it and so far I love it climbing it what I love to do and it feels better than the fox by far and when I come down and turn the cs off wow it feels perfect the shop I am using is bike bling

Weaknesses:    maybe the price but $530 is not that faraway from all the rest

Bottom Line:   
It feels really good on the climbs and it works well on the down hill I like the shock so far and when I get the fox back I will sell t . the canecreek cs rules

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Favorite Trail:   Anderson Truck Trail

Duration Product Used:   1 month

Price Paid:    $530.00

Purchased At:   Bike Ling

Similar Products Used:   I have been a specialized guy for years but I love the Tallboy with the canecreek cs double barrel

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by yeti4ever

Date Reviewed: January 19, 2014

Strengths:    Flawless when it worked, for 1 day. 2nd day of testing, total failure. The CCDB CS was the plushest that I've ever ridden. CS worked awesome, climbed like a mountain goat, halfway stiff throughout, but still active. All this just brought me back to earth when it failed on me, totally, on my second day of riding.

Weaknesses:    Shock failed on the second day of riding the CCDB CS. Shock compressed and stayed compressed. Did rebound at first, about halfway only. Towards 1/3 left on the ride, shock did not rebound at all. Shock at this point is fully compressed and no rebound whatsover. I was riding hardtail; I was just trying to make it through at this point in my ride, this trail is chunky by the way. To add insult to injury, because of its failure, it chipped the paint off my brand new team green Knolly Chilcotin. Ouch! Minor chips, but it really let me down that it chipped off the paint of a brand new frame. It's like owning a brand new car and scratching it in the first few days that is not even your fault. With cars, it is insured, with bikes, you are on your own.

Bottom Line:   
Totally disappointed with the product. I never had a shock, or front or rear suspension for that matter, that failed on me (on the second day or ever!) Worst thing is, because of its failure, it scratched the seat tube of my brand spanking new knolly limited edition team green chilcotin. Kudos to Knolly's paintjob, it held up; but there were several hard thuds and although I tried to pick the smoothest lines, the rear link still hit the seat tube. Paint chip is minor, but this could be avoided if CCDB CS worked. Totally bummed. I hope Cane Creek is able to fix this defect. Don't wanna cry sour grapes, but wouldn't you? Have Fox shocks on my other bikes, and they never failed on me, what's wrong with CCDB CS, when it's supposed to be the creme de la creme?

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