Cane Creek Announces the DBair XV

by Brian Mullin on February 8, 2013

Cane Creek
released the DBair rear shock last year, and I have been testing it for
around eight months now (review coming), and I am very impressed with its
functionality, features and performance. The DBair is a highly tunable
shock, that allows adjustments for air, high and low speed compression,
and high and low speed rebound. It uses their Twin Tube independent
compression and rebound damping, which offers excellent small bump
sensitivity and adjustability.

They
just announced the XV, which is an extra volume air canister for the DBair.
The XV is meant specifically for bikes that require a more progressive
leverage ratio. More air will provide a more linear air spring thus
allowing DBair users to ride with more High Speed Compression while
still allowing full travel of the bike.

The DBair XV will be available in three sizes, and also can be purchased as separate air can for $40.

XV Lengths:

  • 200 x 57mm (7.87 x 2.25”)
  • 215 x 63mm (8.5 x 2.5”)
  • 240 x 76mm (9.5 x 3.0”)

Air Volume Options
As an additional tuning tool, the spring rate of the DBAIR can be
adjusted through the use of air volume reduction spacers (included with
the DBAIR).   For bikes that have a more progressive leverage ratio,
Cane Creek offers new XV (Extra Volume) air cans.

Air volume is not the same as air pressure adjustment. Air pressure should be used to achieve the correct sag value (see Tuning Field Guide).
If the bike bottoms out harshly, or too frequently,  reducing the air
volume (using spacers) can provide a more progressive air spring. A more
progressive spring will prevent harsh bottom-outs, since the spring
will be “stiffer” as the bike gets closer to full travel.

Having
more air volume (using an XV air can), is recommended for a sub-class
of bikes that have a significantly progressive leverage ratio.  More air
volume will provide a more linear (less progressive) air spring. A less
progressive air spring will allow a rider to ride with more High Speed
Compression while still allowing full travel of the bike.

Here is Malcolm from Cane Creek removing the air can and then installing air volume reduction spacers:

Source – Holly Colson

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