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Old 06-04-04, 07:11 AM   #1
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HeadShock Lefty

I am really intrested in buying a Lefty shock, but I can't find them anywhere.

Were would you buy one?

I'm riding a Cannondale F300, is there any compatability issues

I need to be aware of?

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Old 06-04-04, 10:55 AM   #2
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run a search on ebay : http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...680891758&rd=1

these forks are kinda pricey
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Old 06-04-04, 10:57 AM   #3
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heres another one http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...680440877&rd=1

This ones a bit cheaper. It looks like if you cdale already had the fatty on it then a lefty should fit with no probs, im not quite sure though.
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Old 06-04-04, 11:22 AM   #4
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From what I have seen the bikes hold up pretty well. The lefty is on all of cdales newer freeride and xc bikes ( even the hard tails ). but I havent ever seen one in action so this is all speculation
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Old 06-04-04, 04:51 PM   #5
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the fork alone will cost more than your F300, just to let you know. There are a lot of good forks for much less money. you can get a set of reducer cups for pretty cheap and run any fork on the market. Also the lefty will require a special hub which isnt cheap and of course you will have to have your wheel rebuilt for the new hub. Also Im pretty sure the lefty is disk specific, i dont think the F300 is equiped with disks so you'll need at least the front one. I'd guess the upgrade to a lefty from your set up will cost well over $1000. Big waste of money. for that much you could get a race ready hardtail with an equivalent fork and probably be happier about it. Just my 2 cents.
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By the way both of those leftys that anydayrock.com posted are pretty old, at least 2-3 years, and not the best years for the lefty either. a good reliable lefty will probaly be closer to $700. For $700 you could pretty much have any single crown fork on the market.
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Every one I've spoken to in person who has ridden a Lefty thinks they're great. I've seen some stories online of them being no good but never from anyone I've met who has actually ridden one. But the general consensus is that they're a great shock.

Regardless they are immensely expensive and it may be hard to justify when you compare value to value. But hey if you like the technology and have the $ go for it.
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Old 06-04-04, 05:14 PM   #8
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wats the point of a lefty anyways, weight?
how much travel on a decent one? same as normal ones? arent they very easily breakable since your puttin the the same amount of stress on one stanchtion instead of one, meaning it bottoms out easily? MY two cents is dont get one, you put twice as much stress on the stanchion as in a normal fork, their expensive, and non compatiable with most bikes.
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Weight...I don't like them. I don't even like how they feel. I don't like the price. haha...I know a couple of people that swear by them though
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anyone here actually ridden on one? just wondering how they feel. i know the cdale downhill rigs use the lefty so they must be pretty solid and durable.
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I test rode a scalpel with a lefty. It felt pretty smooth and had good handling. This is just from riding it up and down the street though.
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anyone here actually ridden on one? just wondering how they feel. i know the cdale downhill rigs use the lefty so they must be pretty solid and durable.
I guess I wasn't clear. I did...maybe they aren't built for bigger riders but it didn't feel solid enough for my liking...
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anyone here actually ridden on one? just wondering how they feel. i know the cdale downhill rigs use the lefty so they must be pretty solid and durable.
The people I have spoken to that have ridden them said if you didn't look down at it you'd never know it was any different than any other fork. You shouldn't be looking down at the fork anyway right?
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The people I have spoken to that have ridden them said if you didn't look down at it you'd never know it was any different than any other fork. You shouldn't be looking down at the fork anyway right?
Correct. I have a friend that has one and it's very stable. Take a look at a Ducati or a Honda V-Twin and notice the rear swingarm... Same concept.
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i have a Carbon lefty on my scalpel. It' a very very good fork!
It's stiff, light (3.0lbs) and the damping is excellent. Rebound adjuster actually works better than any Manitou, RS or Marzocchi I've owned.

Now some here are debunkinghte Lefty and saying it's not good at all.
Which Lefty were you riding? I've ridden a Jekyll 1000 which has a Lefty Jake with TPC+ damping and it performs very well, actually better than M Black.

Why a single sided, double crwon, upside down fork?

I think many here will testify that double crown forks are stiff and rigid and don't bend or flex as much as other forks
Upside down forks we know reduce unsprun mass making a suspension more sensitive to small bumps without sacrificing big hit ability.

For Xc we wantlight weight forks. So how do you make a fork with all the properties of a DH fork, but light nough for XC?? EASY

Cut it half!!

How does Lefty perform:

smooth, excellent damping, still, light, Unusual, no need to remove your front wheel to fix a puncture.

I could go into a host of other engineering reasons why the Lefty concept i not a gimmick, but the fact that USE has copied the concept and included their Stabilty Under Braking (S.U.B) technology to their fork and Maverick has built a light weight upside down dual crown fork in 100mm travel sta testimony to Lefty's excellent concept.
Oh and Lefty is available from 80mm travel through to 135mm.

Yes it's expensive, but so are all other low production volume, high tech forks. Anyone priced a Maverick or USE S.U.B lately?
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http://www.cannondale.com/bikes/tech/recalls.html

You might want to check out what year your CF lefty is. Cannondale had a recall on them awhile back.
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the recalls were on 2002 models mate. I've checked that out before I bought the bike which is a 2004 Scalpel.

I don't know of many other company's who docontinous product testing and offer recalls to repair any thing that may develop into a problem.
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the recalls were on 2002 models mate. I've checked that out before I bought the bike which is a 2004 Scalpel.

I don't know of many other company's who docontinous product testing and offer recalls to repair any thing that may develop into a problem.
ok, just making sure.
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From what I have seen the bikes hold up pretty well. The lefty is on all of cdales newer freeride and xc bikes ( even the hard tails ). but I havent ever seen one in action so this is all speculation
Actually, the Chase, C-dales new FR/DJ rig has a DJIII up front. Their Furio "all mountain" "trailbikes" whatever... get the Lefty for the most part.
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