Hot on the heels of the new CCDB ClimbSwitch comes a similar shock but without the reservoir. Why? Lighter, cheaper, will fit more frames and the CS lever is bigger and in a better position for those bikes that are more trail than all-duro and require a whole lot more of on-the-fly switching.
Losing the reservoir means less oil pumping through the damping circuits, so under hard riding the oil will warm up a little quicker, but for most of us trail riders this isn’t such an issue. What is an issue is the svelte 295 grams (165x50mm) which brings it in-line with most standard single-body shocks, and the price is less than its big brother. It still has the four separate damping circuits and the radical ClimbSwitch damping which not only increases LSC (low speed compression) but LSR (you got it… low speed rebound). This levels the bike out under pedalling efforts and gives your ride unparalleled traction when the going gets steep.
While Cane Creek have produced what may seem to be an XC alternative to their hard-hitting Double Barrel fleet, they really intend this shock to appeal to riders who want a bit more performance out of their regular trail bike without going to a full-blown DH style unit.
I have just put this little beauty on my Norco Sight 7.2 Custom sled (140 rear/160 Pikes up front) and it feels great on the workshop floor. There is something quite unique about the compression and rebound stroke when you bounce on a CCDB air and I can’t wait to smash some laps out on my favourite trails. I will be reporting on that ride soon.