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    Any Snapped Lefty Forks???

    Hey, I just recently switched from my 2002 Specialized Enduro Comp. to a 2005 Cannondale Prophet and I was wondering since im no wuess for mountianbiking and i have been urban riding for 4 years now if the lefty fork that comes on it is actrually a good fork and wont snap on me. If anyone has snapped a Lefty fork or has had any prblems with it please let me know

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    seems like the logical thing to do would have been to ask the question first, then make the switch.

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    They look a little wonky, but I've only ever heard good things about them. Certainly never heard of one breaking in half.

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    I've heard nothing but great praise for the lefty fork. It's been around for several years, not to mention Cannondale has a good reputation for customer service. I'm not sure it's the right fork for urban riding, if by that you mean lots of wheel stands and big drops. Just have to wait and see, and when you crunch it don't admit you were doing something stupid.
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    I have heard of them breaking. But no more or less than other forks.

    Gracia has raced one for years in bikecross. Tough to top the abuse a bunch of jumps and whoops can do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maelstrom
    I have heard of them breaking. But no more or less than other forks.

    Gracia has raced one for years in bikecross. Tough to top the abuse a bunch of jumps and whoops can do.
    Correction used to race one. He used a Z1 last year.
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    I'm pretty sure he's on a Lefty again with the Prophet 4x

    Anyways, its a strong fork, no need to worry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by seely
    I'm pretty sure he's on a Lefty again with the Prophet 4x

    Anyways, its a strong fork, no need to worry.
    Nope, Z1. He can't use the lefty because of the manitou internals.
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    I don't think a Lefty would hold up to normal urban riding. Cedric can ride bikecross on one because he's smooth and there aren't any drops or hard hits. It's all fast flowing through the course. Lefty's are for xc riding which really isn't that abusive, relatively speaking. I'd get a new fork befo' you need new teeth. hehe

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    Quote Originally Posted by KonaRider24
    Nope, Z1. He can't use the lefty because of the manitou internals.
    are you saying the lefty uses manitou internals? or he can't use them because he has to use manitou internals because of sponsorship issues...either way, know for a fact that you don't have to use manitou cartridges in lefties, a customer at my shop just got his fork back with the new fox SPV setup in there. it is...in a word, DOPE!

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    Quote Originally Posted by KonaRider24
    Correction used to race one. He used a Z1 last year.
    Due to a sponsorship change, not due to breaking

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    Quote Originally Posted by OneTinSloth
    are you saying the lefty uses manitou internals? or he can't use them because he has to use manitou internals because of sponsorship issues...either way, know for a fact that you don't have to use manitou cartridges in lefties, a customer at my shop just got his fork back with the new fox SPV setup in there. it is...in a word, DOPE!
    He is sponsored by marzocchi. He can't ride a manitou. He likely can't ride fox either

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtyamerican
    I don't think a Lefty would hold up to normal urban riding. Cedric can ride bikecross on one because he's smooth and there aren't any drops or hard hits. It's all fast flowing through the course. Lefty's are for xc riding which really isn't that abusive, relatively speaking. I'd get a new fork befo' you need new teeth. hehe
    Someone has no idea what they are talking about...
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    Aaron chase used to ride a lefty fork. He did a lot of street riding and dirt jumping and it seemed to hold up well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maelstrom
    He is sponsored by marzocchi. He can't ride a manitou. He likely can't ride fox either
    aaaah....well, that makes sense. i bet marz. could whip something up to put in a lefty, but what would be the point?

    leftys are pretty stiff, and have pretty much zero play in them...and they're super smooth, due to the bearings in them, but the same could also be said about marzocchis.

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    I've got a Cannondale with a lefty and they are the nuts. No probs with snapping and are super stiff

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    it just seems structually odd to me...

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    I honestly don't see the point of the lefty fork. What benefit does it have over a normal fork?

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    Airplanes landing gear use the same design principle as a Lefty fork, so its a proven design.

    Having one large stanchion instead of two small ones makes it substantially stiffer than most offerings, and having one fork leg means you can change a tube without taking the wheel out of the dropouts. It is also very smooth and simple to service, with a lockout that actually completely locks out the fork.
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    Lighter weight, but still very stiff. And you can fix a flat in no time at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bruiser2
    I honestly don't see the point of the lefty fork. What benefit does it have over a normal fork?
    increased revenue to cannondale.

    or did you mean benefit to the user?
    That's a lie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Funkychicken
    increased revenue to cannondale.

    or did you mean benefit to the user?
    You've got to love proprietary parts.

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