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    Lefty Question

    I've never seen one of these forks in person. I first heard of it on these forums and was like "cool. Just one fork leg." But then the other day I was like "WHOA!!! ONLY ! FORK LEG!!?!?!!??"
    Anyway, all kidding aside, how does the wheel stay on? All the pictures on Cannondale's site are directly on the side of the bike, so I can't see how the wheel is held in. This has really been bugging me. Thanks for any help.
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    It uses a special hub and bolts into the spindle.
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    The Lefty is a great Fork, it saves weight plus you don't have to take the wheel off when you get a Flat...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaguar27 View Post
    The Lefty is a great Fork, it saves weight plus you don't have to take the wheel off when you get a Flat...
    Does it save weight? I've heard different arguments on this topic, but I have no experience with them myself. It seems to me that if there is no weight savings, what would be the point of it then? But I guess it would depend on what fork you would be comparing the lefty to, right?

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    I saw one before, i don't like them nor trust them.

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    Try it first.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheeto View Post
    I saw one before, i don't like them nor trust them.
    Why don't you trust it? Because it only holds the wheel from one side? Think of the hubs on your car. They only hold the wheel on from one side, right? Do you not trust this?
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    The caveat with a strap-on, of course, is you will have to get creative with a couple of lock cables and an anchor point

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    I used to be a fan of the lefty, but now I see everything about it to be a pain in the butt ( a s s ).
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    Leftys ROCK! No regrets here.

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    A car is a lot more heavy duty Lol,
    i also think it looks funky.
    I like having a fork, not a knife...

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    Quote Originally Posted by rankin116 View Post
    Does it save weight? I've heard different arguments on this topic, but I have no experience with them myself. It seems to me that if there is no weight savings, what would be the point of it then? But I guess it would depend on what fork you would be comparing the lefty to, right?
    The Lefty that comes on my Taurine weighs 2.7 lbs and has 110mm of travel. 2.7 is LIGHT, but then factor in the travel and it becomes INCREDIBLY LIGHT.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cypress View Post
    The Lefty that comes on my Taurine weighs 2.7 lbs and has 110mm of travel. 2.7 is LIGHT, but then factor in the travel and it becomes INCREDIBLY LIGHT.
    How does the weight of the specialized hub compare?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheeto View Post
    A car is a lot more heavy duty
    It's a similar concept. I don't understand why you would trust one but not the other. Have you ridden a Lefty on a trail? Did it fail? What is your experience with it?
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    The caveat with a strap-on, of course, is you will have to get creative with a couple of lock cables and an anchor point

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    Quote Originally Posted by rankin116 View Post
    How does the weight of the specialized hub compare?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cypress View Post
    Link?
    I was just speaking in general. I don't have a particular one in mind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by junkyard View Post
    It's a similar concept. I don't understand why you would trust one but not the other. Have you ridden a Lefty on a trail? Did it fail? What is your experience with it?
    to be honest i havnt ridden one because i dont trust em lol.

    and i just hate how it looks, kinda of wierd.

    i like the normal suspension forks lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheeto View Post
    to be honest i havnt ridden one because i dont trust em lol.

    and i just hate how it looks, kinda of wierd.

    i like the normal suspension forks lol.
    Based on what you've said, you have no reason not to trust them. If you've ridden one and not liked it, I would be fine with your opinion. But, with no experience, your opinion is meaningless.

    Define "normal suspension fork".
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    The caveat with a strap-on, of course, is you will have to get creative with a couple of lock cables and an anchor point

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheeto View Post
    A car is a lot more heavy duty Lol,
    A car also weighs 100 times what a bike weighs.

    Like many other newbs around here, you are starting to post advice and opinions that don't make sense, because you have no experience. Learn a little before you post.

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    The Lefty is slightly lighter than most other top end forks. We're not talking a huge weight savings. The fork actually uses a series of needle bearings which result in increased durability (over ball bearings) and a stiffer ride. This stiffness and the overall design of the fork result in a lot of customers reporting that the fork feels "twitchy." On the downside, you pay a premium and get stuck with proprietary parts.

    I've had a Scalpel and a Jekyll with Leftys (air-sprung and coil-sprung, respectively). They each lasted about 3 years before having to rebuild them. The ride felt cushy, travel was smooth, and the weight of the fork resulted in a very balanced bike. The overall bike feel can also be attributed to C'dale's "System Integration."

    Great stuff to ride, but sucks to work on. Proprietary tools are required and deep, deep knowledge of suspension designs are needed to work on them. C'dale generally won't help if you call them as they would rather you ship the fork back to them for ANY service. If you don't wrench on your own stuff, I'd seriously consider a Lefty.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bmalmquist View Post
    The fork actually uses a series of needle bearings which result in increased durability (over ball bearings)
    Are you saying "regular" forks use ball bearings?


    Quote Originally Posted by bmalmquist View Post
    and deep, deep knowledge of suspension designs are needed to work on them.
    Why.. I'm not sure I understand?

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    Quote Originally Posted by junkyard View Post
    Based on what you've said, you have no reason not to trust them. If you've ridden one and not liked it, I would be fine with your opinion. But, with no experience, your opinion is meaningless.

    Define "normal suspension fork".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cypress View Post
    The Lefty that comes on my Taurine weighs 2.7 lbs and has 110mm of travel. 2.7 is LIGHT, but then factor in the travel and it becomes INCREDIBLY LIGHT.
    Then add the fact that you can't get light stems, headsets, or hubs for them, and they are not so light

    But stiff and smooth for the system weight, yes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZeCanon View Post
    Then add the fact that you can't get light stems, headsets, or hubs for them, and they are not so light

    But stiff and smooth for the system weight, yes.
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    Second bike with a Lefty and I dig it. The propriatary maintenance issues others have talked about are correct but I wouldn't work on any brand of fork. My LBS has all the tools and expertise to work on them no sweat. I'm on my 3rd seal for it but for the NW and all my muddy riding, that is the norm anyway around here.
    Some people just can't get past the looks but I have converted a few after they have rode my bike. I would like to upgrade to the upper end of the Lefty scale but the $$ are nuts to retro your existing fork. Would actually be better to buy a whole new bike (wife says no!!!) Hee hee.
    So, if you're worried about single side, no strength etc, look it up on the Popular Mechanics website. They did a comparison a couple of years ago and passed with flying colors. Also, BMW uses single side rear swingarms on a lot of their bikes, most planes use single side front landing gear, blah blah blah blah blah...
    So, ride one and see if you like it. If you can't get past the looks, you can buy C-Dales with other forks or just buy a different brand.
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    My live at home daughter has a lefty, toured the Great Divide Route with the bike it worked fine, it did make changing flats easier. The only negitive thing we have found is that to mount on a fork type rack you need an adaptor but that is no concern once you have one.

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