Cane Creek Launches the DBcoil CS Rear Shock

by Brian Mullin on August 26, 2015


Cane Creek has announced their first enduro-specific coil shock with their Climb Switch technology, aptly named the DBcoil CS. The shock will utilize their Twin Tube damping with gas independent compression and rebound in two high-speed and four low-speed damping circuits. It has 4-way independent adjustments including high and low-speed compression, high and low-speed rebound along with their fantastic and highly functional Climb Switch technology.


Riders who prefer the linear spring feel and exceptional low-speed sensitivity of a coil shock will now have access to a climbing platform. DBcoil CS is the world’s first enduro-specific coil shock for 150-170mm travel bikes with a Climb Switch. (CS). The proprietary CS (patent-pending) feature for Double Barrel shocks adjusts low-speed damping characteristics on-the-fly. Keeping

The suspension fully active while you climb results in better connection to the trail and increased efficiency without annoying pedal-bob. When you’re ready to descend, it’s all Double Barrel.

Grams Thoughts => This was what I thought of the DBAir CS: “The DBAir CS is the best All-Mountain air sprung rear shock I have used, and it provides incredible plushness and ride composure on any terrain, especially in the gnar. The alterable air volume and four-way independent adjustability make for a massive amount of tuning capabilities, allowing great control over the characteristics of the shock’s interaction between the bike, rider, and terrain.The addition of the new CS feature offers greatly improved climbing characteristics up technical and rugged terrain, with increased traction and control.”

Now Cane Creek has upped the ante by adding a coil to the shock. For anyone that has ridden rugged terrain on a 150mm+ suspension bike with a coil shock, it adds some amazing characteristics, including linearity, plushness, support and control, and offers an almost buttery smooth feel to the rear end. I am looking forward to seeing how this already fantastic shock does with the edition of a coil.

DBCoil CS on bike

DBCoil Specs:

  • WEIGHT – 454 grams (weight varies by size, damper only)
  • DAMPING – Twin Tube independent compression and rebound in two high-speed and four low-speed damping circuits
  • ADJUSTMENTS 4-way independent adjustment:
    • High speed compression
    • Low speed compression
    • High speed rebound
    • Low speed rebound
    • Climb Switch On/Off
  • FINISH – Anodized and laser-etched
    • 200 x 50mm (7.87” x 2.0”) BAD0617
    • 200 x 57mm (7.87 x 2.25”) BADO616
    • 216 x 63mm (8.5” x 2.5”) BAD0620
  • MOUNTING INTERFACE – High performance low friction bushing 1/2” universal axle
  • MANUFACTURING – Handbuilt in North Carolina

DBCoil CS side

DBCoil CS Profile

Cane Creek Objective:

Apply Climb Switch (CS) technology to coil shocks, thereby expanding DBCOIL suspension so that coil riders can experience elite downhill performance without having to compromise when climbing.

CS Description:

Riders who prefer the linear spring feel of a coil shock will now have access to a climb feature (CS) as well. CS is a proprietary climbing feature (patent-pending) for Double Barrel shocks that adjusts lowspeed damping characteristics on-the-fly to provide greater climbing efficiency without sacrificing traction. Until now this has only been available in the DBAIR shock series.

Bike Targets for CS:

150 -170 mm of travel – All Mountain, Enduro and Downhill Bikes

Technical Points:

What is it?

DBCOIL CS is the first coil shock to incorporate a selectable climbing mode that allows the rider to retain the advantages of a fully-suspended bike while climbing, without unwanted suspension

motion. Riders on long descents can reap the performance benefits of a coil shock (small bump compliance, heat dissipation, linear spring action through shock stroke) and then access climbing

performance at the flip of a switch. CS is not your conventional pedal-platform as it adjusts both LSC and LSR. By selectively tuning both compression and extension phases when climbing, the shock maintains better traction and control while enhancing pedaling efficiency through the shock’s entire


How does it work?

The Climb Switch changes the low speed damping of Double Barrel shocks in one simple switch, to optimize suspension dynamics during climbing. It does this by turning on and off a set of internal ‘climbing circuits’ that are accessed when CS is engaged. 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. When the rider is ready to descend, with the flip of CS, the shock returns to the traditional low-speed circuits of the DBCOIL.

How is it different?

No other coil shock on the market offers 4-way adjustability, twin-tube design and a climbing platform that completely alters the low-speed damping character of the shock. That is, DBCOIL CS

changes compression and rebound damping simultaneously to mitigate unwanted chassis motion while climbing, without compromising the traction and control one expects from a modern suspension bike. The result is better rear-end traction and connection with the trail while minimizing annoying pedal-induced bob. Simply put – the rider is less fatigued and more comfortable.

Traditional climbing “platforms” only deal with one half of the climbing dynamics (compression), and thus require the rider’s body to respond to the minimally damped rebound forces that are common during technical climbing.

Why is it better?

The strength of DBCOIL CS lies in the award-winning performance the Double Barrel is known for with the added climbing-specific chassis damping in both compression and rebound. When the trail turns downward, the DBCOIL CS will inspire rider confidence with an unrivaled level of adjustability, control and quality.

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