Hardtail trailbikes are in a niche of their own, and the hardtail faithful swear by them. We have ridden our fair share of these unique sleds, but this is the first Canfield
Brothers steed that we have been able to get our hands on.
Canfield Brothers has created these bikes for a cult following
of riders who will tell you that they are simply the best bikes
on the planet. Canfield designs bikes to suit riders simply
looking to have fun and to ride hard.
The EPO is only available as a frame, so this gave us the
perfect opportunity to piece together a very unique project
bike with contributions from some of the best component-makers in the industry. After some brainstorming and
reaching out to a handful of companies, we had our components in hand and were ready to put together this much-an-ticipated rig.
WHO IS IT MADE FOR?
Canfield Brothers has one agenda, and that’s simply to
manufacture fun bikes. A bike like the EPO forgoes most
modern mountain bike technology to deliver a simple frame
that is built around the idea of riding hard and having a good
time. The carbon fiber frame and long, low, slack geometry
have a strong appeal for the aggressive trail rider who isn’t
interested in riding something from a more prominent company. In a sense, the EPO is suited for the mountain biking purist who wants to stand out and belong to a small, committed
WHAT IS IT MADE FROM?
The Nimble 9 was Canfield’s first foray into the hardtail trail
market. It boasted a chromoly steel frame and the ability to
run geared or single-speed. The EPO is the result of the evolution of this bike, with a full-carbon frame and the ability to
run plus-size tires along with standard wheels.
The EPO has full external cable routing, a 12x142 rear
thru-axle and a threaded bottom bracket. Canfield built the
EPO around the long, low, slack geometry found on modern enduro bikes. It has a 66.8-degree head angle when
A hardtail for every occasion