Cannondale Lefty Max Carbon 2012 Forks

5/5 (2 Reviews)


Product Description

  • Filament wound carbon outer leg, alloy clamps
  • OPI 3D-forged inner leg/spindle
  • 140mm travel, 1315 gr


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by pkadillak

Date Reviewed: March 19, 2013

Strengths:    2013 Model. Carbon XLR 140mm. Super Stiff, Plush, Unique, Light, Different.
Adaptable to most all bikes with Project 321


Weaknesses:    Understanding how to set the fork to gain the full benefits. A factory screw up with an oil seal needing lubrication.

Bottom Line:   
Jake at Project 321 has been the best resource for setting up my Ibis Mojo 650 Conversion. The communication has been stellar and with a conversion head set and steer tube was easy if not fun. Really. The only issue was a seal that was not oiled at the factory that led to a stiffer fork. It was not as much fun. Again step in Project 321 for a warranty fix, and now we're ready to ride. Totally an awesome fork, and Yes, it's a 650 conversion and wow is it great. First thing you will notice is just how well the fork tracks, and then you will notice you're saving over a pound of weight by using the Lefty. Huh, better stiffness, better tracking, plus, remote lockout, fits most all bikes, and it's a great way ride the trails. The 2013 Lefty has long service intervals and it's up to speed and bypassing the other brands. Give it a try. It's awesome.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by torque29er a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: October 11, 2012

Strengths:    Let me start of by stating this is the stock shock that came on the 2012 Scalpel 1 29er.
The shock is extremely smooth and linear throughout the stroke. It responds extremely well in heavily rooted or rocky sections. Under slow conditions, it absorbs the impact and rolls over the obstacles rather than to bind over the obstacles. It tracks extremely linear and I have never felt any flex during hard riding or braking. I'm NOT a smooth rider so I was astounded at the vertical strength of the shock. I weigh in at 225lb with gear.
The lock-out works extremely well and the activation button is extremely well designed for quick thumb activation.


Weaknesses:    No weeknesses so far. I have not encountered any of the baring migration issues mentioned in this forum but I'm a maintenance freak so I'm sure this has something to do with it..

Bottom Line:   
I take the bike into my LBS regularly for adjustments and lubrication if needed so that may be another reason I have not had any of the bearing migration issues. My LBS rocks.
I have had a few high end bikes with the best forks from either Rock Shock or Fox so I have had other high end shocks to compare it to. IMHO I feel this shock is better at doing what a shock is supposed to do which is absorb all ground irregularities without disrupting your forward momentum or balance. It's without a doubt the best shock I have ridden to date. I have to admit that I have become a bit partial to this shock as it has helped me to improve my skills greatly.

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Favorite Trail:   Virginia Key and Emilia Earhart

Duration Product Used:   7 months

Price Paid:    $7000.00

Purchased At:   Mack Cycle in Miami

Similar Products Used:   Fox Racing Shox 32 Float Ti 100 FIT Terralogic, Fox Racing Shox 32 Talas 140 FIT RL
RockShox Revelation World Cup, RockShox Revelation XX Worldcup


Bike Setup:   Stock with the following Changes: MRP 1 x 10 Drivetrain, MRP 1X Guide, Bionicon C.Guide V.02 Chain Guide, XX Rear Derailuer, XX Rear Cassette, SRAM PC-1091R Chain, XTR Brakes, Egg beater pedals, Tubeless

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