Cane Creek Double Barrel Service Manual

Posted: Oct 29, 2015 at 11:42 Quote's time for the 100 hour service on the DBInline. I did some searching on the interwebs and have been unable to find any documentation on how to service this shock. I contacted Cane Creek and they want me to send it back to them for this service. The cost before shipping is $150. Without going into how terrible of a model this is, has anyone done this service? Can anyone speak to the difficulty? Is there any documentation available for this process?
Also, does anyone who has a Specialized want to buy my shock? Come on, with an endorsement like that I give you good deal!!!
Posted: Oct 29, 2015 at 12:34 Quote
Shut I just bought one which needs to be serviced. Never expected it to cost $150. Should have done my research.
Any DIY instructions out there would be hugely appreciated.
Posted: Oct 29, 2015 at 14:26 Quote
I just talked to my bike shop, Mojo Wheels in Denver, who are legit. They are not a certified service center but do service a lot of suspension. They can't even get the rebuild kits. They can get them for the other CC shocks. Major bummer and definitely would have have reconsidered the purchase had I known. Combine this with the fact that I've already had to warranty this unit and Cane Creek just went down a few points. Though I will say their customer service is pretty awesome and they are very responsive. The performance is great but I would trade a little performance for user serviceability. I guess I'll just wait till it rides like crap then send it back.
Posted: Jan 1, 2016 at 13:55 Quote
Just waiting For a full service , ride use and abuse a full year off it . than send back for a full service The same after coming for the service another year riding again ...
Posted: Jan 1, 2016 at 14:07 Quote
i've done air sleeves on DB shocks, but here in NZ the local importers aren't allowed to onsell damper service kits and specific tools to end dealers (which is a shame, because i do all my own suspension work in-house)
dunno how it goes in the rest of the world though
Posted: Jan 1, 2016 at 18:12 Quote
This will help with an aircan service. Follow links for o-rings and quad rings and directions. Serviced mine and good so far.
Post #81 and on for inline
not sure why link didn't work. Oh well, its there. Good luck, not that difficult
Posted: Jan 2, 2016 at 5:26 Quote
My second inline but the dust so CC offered and upgrade to the dbaircs. I have a couple rides on it and hoping it lasts longer. The dbaircs is serviceable by normal shops so that's a plus as well.

We’ve consulted TF Tuned for this guide. It looks after all the warranty and servicing for Cane Creek shocks, and knows more than anyone about setting up the complex Double Barrel.

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  • TIME TAKEN: 10min
  • TOOLS REQUIRED: A selection of Allen keys and a small socket set with 6mm and 10mm sockets. The key tool, however, is an accurate shock pump (preferably digital), so you can make repeatable changes to the air pressure.

Video: How to set your sag

Cane Creek’s Double Barrel was one of the first shocks to have independently adjustable high and low-speed compression and rebound damping, via four dials on the shock body.

This offered a level of tuning previously unseen on trail bike shocks and meant riders could really dial in their suspension. But it also introduced further complexity and the possibility of totally getting it wrong.


There are smartphone apps that can help you out with setting up your suspension. Including Cane Creek’s own Dialed app.

To simplify set-up, Cane Creek configures every aftermarket shock with a base tune from the factory and, if the shock comes fitted as standard to a bike, it will be prepared for that bike and a Base Tune Card will be supplied with the owner’s manual. The base tune guide can also be found online at

This takes some of the guesswork out of set-up, but Cane Creek admits the guides are only a starting point, because they don’t take into account different rider weights.

So to really perfect your set-up you have to configure the shock yourself, taking into account your weight, conditions and the terrain you’re riding on.

Check your tyre pressures (no really)

Before you even bother adjusting anything, check your tyre pressures. Make a note of them and run these pressures when making any adjustments to your suspension in the future.

Let it all out

You need to start fresh, so remove the air cap and release all the air from the air shock (or preload from the coil) and wind all the adjusters to the fully open position.

Setting sag

Now you need to set sag. TF Tuned recommends 25 per cent if you like a firm XC-type feel to the suspension, and between 30-35 per cent if you prefer it to be more active and compliant.

Set sag on the DB Air by adding more air using the O-ring as a guide. On the DB coil shock you can to use the bottom-out bumper on the shock shaft to measure the sag by temporarily pushing it to other end, but ensure you wind off any preload first. Make these sag adjustments in your riding kit, including a pack if you use one.

Top tip: If you’re using a coil shock ensure you have the correct spring rate. Use the online spring calculator at if you’re unsure.

Low speed rebound

The first setting to adjust is the low-speed rebound. Wind the dial all the way to maximum. This will undoubtedly be too much, but if you then conduct a kerb test, by riding off one, it allows you to feel how the suspension performs when set up poorly. Chances are, the wheel will just drop off the kerb and stop dead.

Reduce the low-speed rebound until the suspension cycles only a couple of times, and then settles, when you ride off the kerb. Make a note of how many clicks you dialled out.

Low speed compression

Next, adjust the low-speed compression. This controls rider input, like weight shifts, and braking stability. You want the bike to sit higher in its travel over small bumps and undulations, so start adding clicks of low-speed compression until the bike doesn’t wallow or feel mushy when you’re pedalling. Dave recommends a maximum of around five clicks of LSC. Again, make a note of how many clicks you added.

High speed compression

High-speed compression deals with impacts that generate higher shaft speeds, such as sudden jolts from roots and rocks. Dave generally recommends starting with only 1-2 clicks of HSC. The suspension needs to absorb the square-edged impacts, but still remain lively and extend fully, ready to absorb repeated hits.

High speed rebound

High-speed rebound damping is a tricky adjustment, because the only way to really feel what’s going on is actually on the trail. If you don’t have enough HSR rebound, the rear suspension can kick you forward onto the front wheel, especially over a jump. It also creates a sort of pogo effect — it feels like the bike is constantly unsettled.

Climb Switch

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If your Cane Creek shock has the new Climb Switch, then it makes sense to set your bike up for descending, which might mean a little bit more sag and a softer feel (less LSC), and then use the lever exclusively for the climbs.