Bicycle Mechanics - Cannondale Head Shock Advice Needed
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12-31-04, 04:20 PM
I just bought my first mountain bike after years of road biking. It's a Cannondale F-400, with a Super Fatty Head Shock. After two days of riding, the Head Shock leaked down. I pumped it back up to 150psig and the same thing happened after only an hour of riding. I took it back today, they checked it out and pumped it up again. Two miles later it's spongey again. Obviously, I have a leak.
I've had this bike for three days. Is the Head Shock by Cannondale reliable? I am not really sure they checked it thoroughly at the shop and I have to take it back again.
Also, I weigh 250 pounds. Am I too heavy for it?
Does anyone have any opinion/advice/commentary they can offer?
12-31-04, 04:24 PM
Generally speaking Headshocks have proven decently reliable in races. You don't wiegh too much. That is unless you are trying to do big jumps with it :rolleyes: in which case a lefty would be a better choice.
12-31-04, 06:20 PM
Makin' me feel old. Mine are just spring/elastomer combo-no air involved. I did have a stiffer spring and elastomer put in my F700 years ago(I weighed about 200 lbs). Sounds to me like you've blown a seal/gasket, tho. I'd take it back to the dealer-should still be under warranty....
As far as reliability goes, I haven't ridden many new forks, but I found my Headshoks to be the most durable and stiff of any when I bought my bikes. My favorite part is the 'no maintenance' aspect--too bad this doesn't seem to apply anymore. 'Course, 50 and 60 mm of travel is pretty low for current day bikes.
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