Cane Creek has done a lot for the advancement of suspension technology, but even they’ll admit they haven’t been perfect. The Double Barrel system offered better performance and more adjustment that really opened up a frame’s potential, and that was put to the test with the introduction of the DBInline. The shock may have been a huge leap forward in shock design, but the design left many riders wanting a more durable option.
With the introduction of the new DBair [IL], Cane Creek claims that option is here. Along with a new air spring, key components have been modified and upgraded to ensure long term durability, and those same changes are finding their way back to the current shock options as well…
If you ask most riders, the performance of the DBInline was never in question, but it was the durability that was in question. Regardless, for the DBair [IL], Cane Creek has improved both. The shock redesign starts with a new oil seal head and air piston that have been re-engineered to allow for more robust quad ring seals. The seals are 26% larger and are made from a new material that is more resistant to heat, as well as more wear and cut resistant with lubricants embedded in the material. On the oil seal head, the shaft bearing has been relocated and redesigned to ensure better shaft seal alignment, all of which should work together to keep the air and oil where it needs to be.
These features will all be found on the DBair [IL], but they’ll also be implemented on the existing DBInline. The DBair [IL] isn’t replacing the DBInline, but the price does drop substantially from $550 to $350. Cane Creek also mentioned that there will be an upgrade option which will allow DBInline users to upgrade to the DBair [IL] if they have a warranty issue for $65, or to upgrade without a warranty issue for $225.
On the performance side, the DBair [IL] is the first shock to use their new LinEair spring which claims to engage with a lower initial force. This should make it feel more coil spring like, while providing solid mid stroke support and a ramp up at the end.
Otherwise, the DBair [IL] offers similar features including the Twin-Tube design with Four-Way independent adjustment and the Climb Switch which adjusts both low speed compression and rebound for better climbing. Available now, the DBair [IL] is offered in sizes to fit most Trail and All Mountain bikes for $475.
First shown at Eurobike, Cane Creek is also releasing their new remote systems called the OPT and DROPT. Designed to be used individually or together, the OPT is for the Climb Switch function for Cane Creek shocks while the DROPT is for droppers. Compatible with the DB AIR [IL], DB COIL [IL], and DBInline shocks, the OPT uses a mechanical cable and two mounting options to fit most bikes. Instead of an on/off switch, the OPT uses a slider which allows you to take advantage of the progressive adjustment found on the shock.
The DROPT is for any mechanical dropper post since it can clamp onto the cable or use the cable head insert. It can be mounted with the OPT, mounted on a standard bar, or is Matchmaker compatible and offers adjustable lever positioning and cable pull options to make it truly versatile.
Both the OPT and DROPT will be available for purchase on February 1.