Cannondale Lefty DLR Front Shock

4.41/5 (108 Reviews)
MSRP : $1949.99


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Cannondale Lefty DLR


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by eduardo a Weekend Warrior from Santa Cruz, Bolivia

Date Reviewed: August 3, 2010

Strengths:    rigidez absoluta

Weaknesses:    el ajuste del rebote no es muy sensible, a pesar que lo trato de regular, no se siente un cambio importante en el desempeño del amortiguador. Le he puesto 150 lb de presion de aire, que es lo que corresponde a mi peso.

Bottom Line:   
Por las caracteristicas del terreno, casi todas las sendas son de arena o arenosas, el amortiguador lefty de Cannondale es de lo mejor que existe, lo curioso de mi caso es que lo uso trabado casi la mayor parte del tiempo, por que lo trabo para las subidas (y subo como nunca antes lo habia hecho) y para pasar los arenales y pequeños rios, que es la mayor parte del recorrido.
Este amortiguador tiene tal rigidez cuando esta trabado que es fantastico, se lo recomiendo a cualquiera, es muy estable y hace que la bici sea totalmente obediente, la llevas por donde quieres.

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Favorite Trail:   Urubo

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $825.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   cannondale headshock

Bike Setup:   xc in sand trails, cannondale f3000 con lefty

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by James Newman a Cross Country Rider from Sydney

Date Reviewed: September 17, 2007

Strengths:    Smooth, supple, lock-out

Weaknesses:    Water ingress under rubber boot area can cause rapid bearing wear. . .keep you balls dry people!

Bottom Line:   
The greatest 'fork' so far for XC and the occasional drop off. I've hit mine very hard (I weigh 90kgs) and they keep coming back. There is a slight tendency for them to shed air, but that's easily fixed with a shock pump

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   Cranks

Similar Products Used:   Fox's, Manitous

Bike Setup:   Std Rush 1000

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Joe programmer a Weekend Warrior from Houston

Date Reviewed: December 30, 2006

Strengths:    Light Weight, strong, stiff, plush action, low maintenance

Weaknesses:    Needs a little help out of the box

Bottom Line:   
Review for Lefty DLR2 carbon. It's been a few months and the fork is now right. The negative air pressure buildup was solved through the use of x-rings on the piston. The shop changed the air valve and it now works perfectly. The unit no longer needs frequent servicing and it does it job perfectly. It's very responsive to small bumps and doesn't bottom out on large ones. Overall, it's a great fork, very plush, the damping adjustment works great as does the lockout. It's lighter than the fox and just as stiff. What are you doing here, go out and ride!

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Favorite Trail:   Ant Hills

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $2400.00

Purchased At:   Lone Star Bikes

Similar Products Used:   Manitou r7, Fox rlt100, Marzocchi bomber

Bike Setup:   Scalpel 2000

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Joe programmer a Cross Country Rider from Houston

Date Reviewed: August 10, 2006

Strengths:    Light weight, stiffness, smooth operation

Weaknesses:    oil in air chamber, loss of travel

Bottom Line:   
This review is for a lefty carbon dlr2. Nice fork, when it works properly. Mine came from the dealer showing about 3" of travel. After a couple of rides, it is now down to about 2". I checked and adjusted the pressure, but to no effect. Also, when I put the shock pump on the shrader valve, oil leaks out. I wrote Cannondale, but they haven't responded. Next, I'm taking it back to the dealer (they are pretty far from me) to see if they can fix it. Even with the loss of travel, it's still a great fork. Light, stiff, doesn't bottom out. The lefty has spoiled me for any other fork. Hope it doesn't take long to fix it.

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Favorite Trail:   the urban ride on Ilhabela

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $2400.00

Purchased At:   Lone Star Bikes

Similar Products Used:   lefty dlr, headshok, bombers, manitous, rock shox

Bike Setup:   stock cannondale scalpel 2000

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Andro Galero a Weekend Warrior from Butuan City, Philippines

Date Reviewed: January 30, 2006

Strengths:    -lightweight! only 1.60 kilos
-5.1 inches of travel
-very stiff
-very unique one leg design
-a head turner


Weaknesses:    -dont know if my bike mechanic can true a lefty wheel

Bottom Line:   
this review is for my HEADSHOK LEFTY DLR TITANIUM fork that came with my cannondale jekyll 800 mountain bike. my only gripe is my mechanic might not be able to true my front wheelset if i wanted to change into lighter rims and spokes, and i live very far from a cannondale dealer.

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Favorite Trail:   Malalag Trail

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   rockshox psylo sl, headshok fatty,

Bike Setup:   cannondale jekyll, hayes HFX ydraulic disc brakes, easton monkeylite DH bars, thomson elite seatpost, crankbrothers eggbeaters, truvativ stylo team crankset and sram X.O drivetrain.

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Jimmy Chan a Cross Country Rider from South Coogee, New South Wales, Australia

Date Reviewed: January 18, 2006

Strengths:    Unique design that always attracts questions. Very rigid and solid in use. Easy to repair or replace tube on the front wheel.

Weaknesses:    My review is based on the DLR2 (2005 model)which is an absolute disappointment when compared to the original DLR fork. The design of the O-rings and piston on the DLR2 is a disgrace. I have had multiple incidences of air spring leakage that has resulted in major frustration. The fork has been replaced three times at Cannondale's expense.

Bottom Line:   
I have ridden Cannondale bikes since 1997 and never have I experienced the kinds of problems that now exists with the Lefty DLR2. When Cannondale's quality and reputation is analysed closely this fork is an absolute stuff-up. The overall concept and design is brilliant and I love it but there has to be some checks in place to ensure that this type of dilemma never happens again. As mentioned above I have now had a third DLR2 fork fitted to the F1000 and it seems to be working like it should but I await the next dramatic exit from the trail.

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Favorite Trail:   Oaks Fire Trail

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $3000.00

Purchased At:   Inner City Cycles

Similar Products Used:   F900SX (2000 model) with original Lefty DLR, B900 (1996 model)

Bike Setup:   F1000 Hardtail (2005 model)

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Krayzie Boy a Cross Country Rider from Scarborough

Date Reviewed: October 24, 2005

Strengths:    Accurate point and shoot tracking, very light steering, stiff with no play, rebound damping and infinite travel adjustment controls on the fly, runs on silky smoove needle bearings.

Weaknesses:    Hard to access air valve stem (requires a shock pump with a valve that has a small diameter or else it wouldn't fit), rebound knob seems fragile, drifts to the left if ridden without hands, no quick release front wheel.

Bottom Line:   
This is a review for the Lefty DLR Ti, the fork's steering feels really light dispite being a 3.5lbs fork, it feels very stiff with a dual crown setup, the fork tracks so accurately it's out of this world - an entire class of its own. The air cartridge is very tough as it is rated at max 225psi (as opposed to the RS Duke SL @ max 180psi) - I set it up at 165psi and I'm 220 pounds and the fork feels very plush yet stable (unlike the constant bobbing Manitou Six Elite). Excellent travel and rebound controls close to hand on the fly, although the rebound knob doesn't feel very solid unlike the travel lever. The fork allows 20mm of travel when it is locked out which is perfect for road commuting. A very capable cross country racing fork with 100mm of high quality travel.

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Favorite Trail:   Don River

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   Used Classfied @ Pinkbike

Similar Products Used:   Manitou Six Elite, Rockshox Duke SL

Bike Setup:   Cannondale F800 with Lefty

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Rob a Cross Country Rider from Tucson, AZ

Date Reviewed: November 17, 2004

Strengths:    Very responsive in corners. Easy access to lock-out. Unique design.

Weaknesses:    Seal design sucks. LBS will not service. Sent back to Cannondale, and still leaked. Speciality tools required to service shock. Replacement parts unique to Lefty, i.e. headset, hub and stem.

Bottom Line:   
This is a gimmicky shock. I was happy with the performance, when it was NOT leaking. If I had a second chance, I would pass on the Lefty.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   Various Marzocchi shocks.

Bike Setup:   F800 with stock components

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Steven a Cross Country Rider from Denton, Texas USA

Date Reviewed: April 2, 2004

Strengths:    Light, super responsive, elo nice on climbs

Weaknesses:    Does not lend itself to no hands riding. Must have wheels trued by cannondale dealer. Truing or wheel building cannot be done unless special tools are used. Make sure you live close to a Cannondale dealership.

Bottom Line:   
I like the fork and have had no problems with it in the 2500 miles + I have used it. I do wish that Cannondale could make their products a bit more mantainence friendly and provide a way to true wheels at home without the use of special tools that can only be purchased at a dealer. I do not have access to a Cannondale dealership close by, so it is very difficult to have any service performed. Also, normal blke shops will probably not be able to service this fork because it is so unusual.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $2300.00

Purchased At:   Bushey's Cycle

Similar Products Used:   Roc Shox Psyclo, Marchozzi

Bike Setup:   Jekyl stock with hayes disc

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Nick a Cross Country Rider from East Montpelier VT USA

Date Reviewed: February 28, 2004

Strengths:    Large travel, smooth rebound, indestructable completes balance of bike with drivetrain on right and shock on left

Weaknesses:    $$$$$$$ wow my damper broke and had to be rebuilt at $400 that stinking hub icant find a wheelset if you find one e mail me at fastguyrules@juno.com oh yeah can not change the preasure at home unless you have the pump

Bottom Line:   
Once you go Lefty you will not go back. When i ride my friend's bikes they feel odd meanig Trek 6000 and 4500 and Specialized Stumpjumper it feels ostrange and unatural after being aquainted with the Lefty. it is the shock that will end all others so go get it though i am a little suspicious of the ELO because i like simplicity so if your looken for a shock get the lefty pluss its on a Cannondale and look at the welds "quality" So if your looking for a cheap bike go to Walls*Mart But if you want the top of the line this is it.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $2200.00

Bike Setup:   F900SX frame with upgraded Sram X and XT font

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Kyle a Racer from Arizona

Date Reviewed: February 16, 2004

Strengths:    Travel, Smooth, Lock-out

Weaknesses:    Lock-out failed to 'unlock' on one ride. Currently no rebound, need to have rebuilt right away. Clunk at top, again, need to rebuild asap.

Bottom Line:   
Great Shock, turns heads, gets many questions from people who are normally not interested in bikes (conversation piece). Long travel, very strong, ease of adjustment. Half the amount of parts to break or fail than a traditional fork. Came on a used bike I bought, so price was not an issue for me. I'm sold on the lefty. 4 chilis on value due to the replacement cost.

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Favorite Trail:   50 year trail

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   eBay on Jekyll

Similar Products Used:   rock shox junk

Bike Setup:   Jekyll, Magura Julie, XT groupo

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by alexander a Cross Country Rider from hull,quebec ,canada

Date Reviewed: August 10, 2003

Strengths:    Light weight, good lock out, rebond adjustments, nice look

Weaknesses:    just fit on cannondale frame,need a special adapter to put the bike on the roof, hard to put a bike computer,wery expensive

Bottom Line:   
This is the best fork i never used, it have some smalle weaknesse bot nothing make mee hunhappy of my purtchasse
i dooind some crosse contry and its great but my frinds does dh and freeride and ihe love it so its for every body
i givs 5 flames chilis beacous i thinks is the perfect rating

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Favorite Trail:   camps fortune

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   mec gear swaps

Similar Products Used:   sid 100,xc, manitou mars

Bike Setup:   cannondale f800(magura julie disc brakes (ther crap)xt,lx,deore lefty dlr titanuim,caad 5 integrated disigne full cannondale(coda)expert)

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by James a Weekend Warrior from Cornwall

Date Reviewed: February 17, 2003

Strengths:    Mud Clearance, Small/Medium bump response

Weaknesses:    Not usable on anything other than a Cannondale, Still they make some of the best frames money can buy so what the hell.

Bottom Line:   
This fork kicks ass on my CAAD 5, now iv put it on my Gemini and the back is set on 170, the front does not feel out of place at all, i have converted the lower to run oil bath, which really makes it much plusher and more responsive than any thing iv tried before, but the travel blows quickly. Still cant ask for everything, im also using some of Foxes ultra expensive in my cart, same weight as before but the rebound adjuster seams to be much more precise now. If anyone needs tips on tuning the Lefty please contact me turfey21@aol.com i am the manager at a large UK based mail order/retail bike shop, im happy to help without trying to sell anything.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   Judy, Bomber, Headshock,

Bike Setup:   Gemini, Full 03 XTR, Lefty

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Florian a Cross Country Rider from Austria

Date Reviewed: November 30, 2002

Strengths:    Stiff, plush, very direct steering, the fork seems to handle some crashes, the hub you have to use with the lefty runs well. also, this fork gives every disc brake system a boost, because the torsion stiffness is higher than many regular forks and so there is no flex at breaking and steering at the same time.


Weaknesses:    the damping controll seems only to switch on or off- can anybody help me with this? also, i think the fork needs more progression- i ride this fork very soft and often i don't know how far i can go with this thing, because you really don't know when it will bottom out!
expensive! i used a fatty ultra dl at first, but was not satisfied with it (65mm of travel suck!) paid about 500$ for fork and 100$ for the hub.


Bottom Line:   
very fine fork, works as good as regular forks.
but if you want to have one, you should buy a c'dale with a lefty, because buying a lefty aftermarket can be very expensive - up to 1300$ - !!
hadn't had any problems with it yet, but let's see next summer- because i think the hub needs a better sealing, don't know if it's possible that dust will come into the hub. until know it worked very well, i ride in snow, too, you know. no water in it afterwards.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   Hardcore

Similar Products Used:   fatty ultra dl

Bike Setup:   cannondale f800sl (2003), all stock, except specialized low rizer handlebar, lefty dlr, specialized enduro pro tires.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Iain Rathie a Weekend Warrior from Brisbane

Date Reviewed: November 4, 2002

Strengths:    adjustable rebound. accessible lockout. plush/hard (easily adjustable via air pressure in main spring). no lateral flex - precise steering and handling (in comparison to forks listed below)

Weaknesses:    no performance weaknesses. little things like mounting for fork carrier (rigged up a system with a few bits of timber in the back of the ute that carries her fine. 'ute' is the aussie version of the pickup by the way) Mounting of 'putor - put it on the back if you really want one

Bottom Line:   
A forks performance is a sum of how well you set it up, the bike you are riding and most importantly - the skill of the rider. I'm not a pro level rider by any stretch - but i like to ride hard and fast and try most things. This fork is just so far ahead of the abovementioned its not funny. Obviously you can only obtain this fork as part of a cannondale package - rest assured it will not let you down as part of the overall package. cannot give it 5 as nothing is perfect. 4.5 would be my rating.

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Favorite Trail:   chocalate buddah

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   lbs

Similar Products Used:   99 Judy C (two years on hardtail) 2000 SID SL (2 years on a dakar) lots of brands and models on mates bikes

Bike Setup:   2002 Jekyll 800 (i'm in love with this bike)

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Oil leaking out from my rebound knob(Lefty DLR Speed)

I have a 09' Caffeine 29 with a 80mm Lefty speed and I've noticed oil is leaking out from my rebound knob. I've took the knob, lockout lever and top cap off and the top of the damper is dry, no oil nowhere. It feels like the few drops of Phil's tenacious oil that I put in the air chamber when I chan ... Read More »

Rigid vs Maverick vs Lefty DLR vs Lefty MAX

Seems like there's lots of fresh faces around the fatty forum, and that usually means the question comes up "Why do you need suspension with the fat tires? What are my options?" When I built up my 9zero7 (2011?) I started with the pugs steel offset fork. I had planned this bike as a winter bike s ... Read More »

Lefty speed dlr sl, Air leak and no lock out,

Hi A friend of mine has 2009 lefty speed dlr sl lying for couple years, He has just decided to comeback cycling again so i help him sorout all the frame and parts, but when it come to setting up sag the air started to leak, initially it was ok without load but as soon as my friend sit on the bi ... Read More »

2002 Cannondale Lefty DLR Removal

Hi Guys I have a 2002 Cannondale F800 with a DLR Lefty shock. I want to remove this and put it on an F1000 SL. I've looked online but having difficulty finding complete instructions to remove it. The fork itself is riveted at the bottom of the head tube and so I'm confused as to how it can be re ... Read More »

Lefty DLR travel

Hi everyone, first post on here so hi (strava Mark Littler - Leyburn, North Yorkshire) I have just got back in to biking again after quite a break (ex DH'er who found cars, beer etc) and have just got myself a Cannondale F800 second hand (more of an xc fan now I have grown up!). Its a great bike a ... Read More »

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