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I've been considering ditching my beloved Fuel for a 2003 Scapel 3000. My hesitations are frame size (the Scalpel is a M and I'm 6.0 with 32" inseam, but I've been told it should be OK as I do like a smaller bike) and the Lefty. To me, looking at the Lefty makes me think the handle bar will turn easier to the left than it will to the right, based on the fact that all the weight is on the left. Is this correct ?

I'd really appreciate any comments (pos or neg) in regards to this bike.

Thanks in advance,

R
 

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re the lefty, you don't even know it is there one fork or two, the system is just effortless and soaks up everything I have thrown at it.

I haven't noticed any appreciable difference in steering or handling with old one leg.

The only downside I have been told is that you can't ride you bike without hands --> so if you like posing down the street doing the tour finish it may backfire --> :O)

Not sure about the rear sus though, but I am sure it is good
 

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Mtbrat said:
The only downside I have been told is that you can't ride you bike without hands --> so if you like posing down the street doing the tour finish it may backfire --> :O)
Well I don't think it's a problem, never heard a Lefty user complain about the fork going somewhere else than where they want it to go. And by looking at Christoph Sauser when he wins, you can ride without hands no problems...
 

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For years, no one seemed to care much about the added weight on the right of the chainrings, chain, derailleurs, cassette... Why worry so much about the lefty? I don't ride often without hands but everytime I tried a Lefty-equipped bike, it never felt unbalanced.
 

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I had my first ride on a 2004 Scalpel earlier in the week and I did actually notice a slight pulling to the left when cornering. It wasn't a big deal but I had to adjust my cornering angle for a given speed for some corners cause I found the bike turned in easier, faster and earlier than I expected. Which is not a bad thing!

I like riding no hands every now and again and I've also found that the Lefty takes some compensating to ensure you don't vere across the road. Given the amount of podium time Christopher Sauser has had, he's probably had lots of practce getting used to it.. ;)

The bike is fantastic though - I'm really happy with it.
 
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