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I’m thinking about upgrading my bike to a coil shock. What are the practical performance differences between the DBcoil, DBcoil CS, and DBcoil IL?

It’s important to note that DBcoil is no longer available directly from Cane Creek. However, you may still be able to find the DBcoil at some of our partner distributors. In addition, you can check out its upgrade, the DBcoil CS, which has the same fitment.

DBcoil CS is a great option for trail, enduro, and downhill riders who prefer the linear spring feel and exceptional low speed sensitivity of a coil shock, but desire access to a climbing platform. “CS” stands for “climb switch” and is a proprietary feature that adjusts low-speed damping characteristics on-the-fly keeping the suspension fully active while you climb. This results in better connection to the trail and increased efficiency without annoying pedal-bob. However, when you’re ready to descend, it’s all full open, full squish Double Barrel. The piggyback reservoir is ideal for heat dissipation and preventing shock fatigue on long descents.

DBcoil IL is a great option for trail riders looking for an inline shock that packs in all of the function of a piggyback coil shock, with the same features as the DBcoil CS, but in a lighter (~333g less weight, depending on size compared to DBcoil IL with VALT® spring vs. DBcoil CS with standard spring) and sleeker package. While the DBcoil CS and DBcoil IL are both available in some of the same size options, riders hoping to take their DBcoil IL down super long descents may sacrifice heat dissipation and experience some shock fatigue.  

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Reed Mann

Design Engineer
Name: Reed Mann
Position: Design Engineer
Year started: 2022
Best part of being a part of the Cane Creek family:  It’s very refreshing to work for a small, tight-knit company where we all share the same passions and to develop new products that make cycling better for everyone.
What you’ll find me doing on the weekends: Obviously riding bikes, but also wrenching on bikes or cars, exploring the mountains, and watching F1 races.
How I got here (at Cane Creek): Feeling pretty unfulfilled with a corporate engineering job, I happened to see that Cane Creek was hiring. I jumped at the opportunity to get my hands dirty working on the latest bike tech and was fortunate enough to be offered the position.