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Old 11-23-11, 02:09 PM   #1
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Hmm, new bike time I thinky.....

After a rough year of deaths and divorce, I think it's time to reward myself with a new mtn bike. C-Dale RZ 120 calling my name. LBS looking for last years bright green and white for me. Pics to come shortly
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Lefty = Ugh.
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Yeah, no better way to celebrate a divorce than buying a new bike. I gave myself a Bacchetta Giro 24 to celebrate paying off all my divorce debts.
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Why do people still hate so much on the Lefty? I've had two of them with no issues. Rebuild them every year or so since I ride in the mud up here in the PNW. Proven track record of performance on them.
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Why do people still hate so much on the Lefty? I've had two of them with no issues. Rebuild them every year or so since I ride in the mud up here in the PNW. Proven track record of performance on them.
As a race mechanic and former shop owner...too many stories of failures, not enough availability for parts, and since it requires a proprietary headset/fork/wheel, swapping out for industry standard stuff is problematic. I never saw that the benefits outweighed the drawbacks, but that's just my personal opinion based upon my experiences.

Just don't ride too far from your C'dale dealership or keep it for very long.
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As a race mechanic and former shop owner...too many stories of failures, not enough availability for parts, and since it requires a proprietary headset/fork/wheel, swapping out for industry standard stuff is problematic. I never saw that the benefits outweighed the drawbacks, but that's just my personal opinion based upon my experiences.

Just don't ride too far from your C'dale dealership or keep it for very long.
Too funny. Neither me nor my riding buddies have ever had a problem with ours. I agree with with swapping out for industry stuff but I'm not enough of a parts junky. A few years back, I did have a set of tubeless wheels built for my Prophet and the shop had no problem getting a front hub to build me up a set. I've seen no difference in seal rebuild compared to any other brand of forks.
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Too funny. Neither me nor my riding buddies have ever had a problem with ours. I agree with with swapping out for industry stuff but I'm not enough of a parts junky. A few years back, I did have a set of tubeless wheels built for my Prophet and the shop had no problem getting a front hub to build me up a set. I've seen no difference in seal rebuild compared to any other brand of forks.
I'm glad to hear your good experiences. Unfortunately, when someone has a problem they just can't fix...they come to me.

Last September a repeat customer came in with a Lefty. The ELO (A silly little gizmo that moves the lockout 4 inches over while adding electronics and a battery) didn't work so I swapped out the battery. No dice. I called Cannondale and the tech says, "Yeah, it's a little internal gear that wears out". When I asked him if I could buy one he informed me that only Authorized dealers can buy parts...and they're all out of the part anyway. He suggested I upgrade the fork (replace it entirely). Yep, only Authorized dealers can do that. I called the nearest Cannondale shop (1:45 away in another state) and was informed that with the trade-in discount, the least expensive compatible fork would be $600. I checked the model number and didn't see it on Cannondale's site. When I called him back, he said that he was looking at 2010 stuff that was no longer available. The 2011 compatible fork would be $900...and they wouldn't even be manufactured until Spring. It was all pretty frustrating to a guy that prides himself on being able to fix almost anything.
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