Bike: 2015 Canfield Brothers 27.5 Jedi
Size Tested: Medium
Fork: BOS Idylle Rare Air FCV
Shock: Cane Creek Double Barrel
Drivetrain: Sram XO1 DH 7-speed
Brakes: Sram Guide RSC
Travel: 228 mm (9”)
Weight: 11.5 lbs (frame w/ CCDB Shock); 39.6 lbs as built
MSRP: $3,150.00 (Frameset including MRP Chainguide and Cane Creek Double Barrel)
Reviewer: 5’9”, 155 lbs.
Test Location: Whitefish, MT; Fernie, BC; Silver Mtn., Idaho; Whistler, BC
The guys over at Canfield have been making something roughly akin to the Jedi for over 15 years. What started as the “Big Fat Fatty Fat” way back in the 90’s has evolved into the 2015 Jedi. Early versions were tall, had a lot of travel, and saw plenty of monstrous hucks.
Fast forward to the 2015 Jedi, and you’ve got a refined machine that’s been dialed in to haul ass down the roughest, steepest trails you can find.
Canfield doesn’t offer the Jedi as a complete bike, although they do offer kits with an assortment of Canfield branded parts, and they have a few different forks that you can buy directly from them. The stock rear shock is a Cane Creek Double Barrel, but for an upcharge, you can get a frame fitted with BOS or DVO options.
The build as tested:
2015 Medium Jedi w/ CCDB
BOS Idylle Rare Air FCV
SRAM XO1 DH 7-Speed Drivetrain
DT Swiss FR570 rims
DT Swiss Champion 2.0 Spokes
Hope Pro 2 Evo Hubs
Maxxis Minion DHF 2.5” Tires
SDG Fly Saddle
Thomson Elite Seatpost
RaceFace Atlas DM Stem
Raceface SixC Bar
Time Z Pedals
The 2015 27.5 Jedi by the Numbers
For 2015, the Jedi sees a few changes from the 2014 model, the most significant being the bump up to 27.5” wheels.
It also gets some tweaks to the geometry, including slightly longer chainstays to fit the larger wheels; the stays bump up to 422mm (16.6”) from 406mm on the 2014 model. They also incorporated a slightly slacker headtube angle, which is down to 62.5°. Those changes also result in a longer wheelbase, which on my Medium is about 1196mm (47.1”), roughly 30mm longer than the 2014 model.
The Jedi is a decidedly low and slack bike; even though the Jedi has 230mm (9”) of travel, it still has a relatively low 350mm (13.75”) bottom bracket height. And while most bikes have continued their trend toward slacker angles, the Jedi’s 62.5° head tube is still very much at the slack end of the spectrum. And depending on where I set the fork in the crowns, my bike actually measures a bit slacker – around 62.3°.
The fit of the Jedi is fairly standard for a modern downhill bike. The front end on my Medium is roomy for my 5’9” frame without feeling overly stretched out. The sizing is longer than a Trek Session, a little shorter than a Giant Glory, and comparable to a Specialized Demo. I’m pretty comfortable on my Medium. This isn’t one of those bikes where I’m second guessing my sizing decision.
I’ve played around with the suspension settings on my Jedi a fair amount. It came stock with a 400lb spring, but for my 155lb weight, I found I was bottoming it out pretty hard and more frequently than I liked, even when I was running a lot of high speed compression.
So I bumped up to a 450lb spring, which for my weight yields a bit less than 30% sag. With that spring, I’m running very little high and low speed compression, and I’ve got the rebound set up to be fairly quick.
NEXT: Frame Details, Idler Pulley, Etc.