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don't believe all the hype about the Lefty...
While it is stiff, and you can change a tire easier....you have to remember the cons too.
Proprietary c-dale nonsense....you need a special Lefty Hub, you can't just use any hub out there...Bearing migration maintenance....you'll have to learn how to work on your fork (or have your LBS reset the bearings...chances are THEY don't even know what to do).
I sold mine and bought a used PIKE...WAY better!
Just my $.02...
I'm not a hater, I still have 2 C-dales. I just think the BIG "3" make better forks (RS, Marz, Fox).
 

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A bearing reset is a 10 min affair and the instructions are right in the owners manual.
There are non-c'dale hubs available for the lefty.

I sincerely hope nobody downgraded their bike from a Lefty to regular fork for these reasons! LOL
 

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It takes me less time to do a bearing reset than to check the air pressure in both my tires. The way I see it, we are buying performance machines, and as such they require maintenance and may make some compromises in terms of convenience. But I buy my bike for for how it rides when I'm on the trail, not for how easily it fits in a trunk. All high end forks require regular maintenance.
 

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don't believe all the hype about the Lefty...
While it is stiff, and you can change a tire easier....you have to remember the cons too.
Proprietary c-dale nonsense....you need a special Lefty Hub, you can't just use any hub out there...Bearing migration maintenance....you'll have to learn how to work on your fork (or have your LBS reset the bearings...chances are THEY don't even know what to do).
I sold mine and bought a used PIKE...WAY better!
Just my $.02...
I'm not a hater, I still have 2 C-dales. I just think the BIG "3" make better forks (RS, Marz, Fox).
sorry but your reasons are invalid (and dumb) to diss a Lefty

1) sure you need a special lefty hub, if it were universal it would'nt be a Lefty (duhhhhhhhhhhh)
2) maintenance sure you need a to find a specialist but its a special fork and needs special attention. You wouldnt bring a Ferrari to Walmart for an Oil change would you?

Now what makes the "BIG 3" a better fork than a lefty?
 

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sorry but your reasons are invalid (and dumb) to diss a Lefty

1) sure you need a special lefty hub, if it were universal it would'nt be a Lefty (duhhhhhhhhhhh)
2) maintenance sure you need a to find a specialist but its a special fork and needs special attention. You wouldnt bring a Ferrari to Walmart for an Oil change would you?

Now what makes the "BIG 3" a better fork than a lefty?
He makes a good point about the LBS and needed a specialist... Cannondales aren't sold everywhere and not many non-C'dale dealers are going to be familiar with the set up, although a good machanic with an internet connection should be able to figure it out.

anyways seprate question I know they are a XC designed fork but for people that ride trail with them how do they hold up? how is the flex? deflection? strength? I've always been skeptical of them because on the technical down hils by my parents in the Black hills of sd my Fox 32 flexes and deflects like crazy, I upgraded to a 36mm, granted its a trail bike on some pretty serious trails but I know a lot of people that have just one bike and have a left on it... just wondering. Probably wont get one, they just don't have the travel for my type of riding

and interesting video, but one that fork on the bottom must not have any air in it if it doesnt' return or it very poorly maintained and two of course a 1.5 heat tube is stiffer then a 1 and 1/8 but still very impressive about the lefty strenght
 

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It's funny how some people think that all the LBS are capable of opening the latest RS or Marzocchi. As if.

:nono:
 

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He makes a good point about the LBS and needed a specialist... Cannondales aren't sold everywhere and not many non-C'dale dealers are going to be familiar with the set up, although a good machanic with an internet connection should be able to figure it out.

anyways seprate question I know they are a XC designed fork but for people that ride trail with them how do they hold up? how is the flex? deflection? strength? I've always been skeptical of them because on the technical down hils by my parents in the Black hills of sd my Fox 32 flexes and deflects like crazy, I upgraded to a 36mm, granted its a trail bike on some pretty serious trails but I know a lot of people that have just one bike and have a left on it... just wondering. Probably wont get one, they just don't have the travel for my type of riding

and interesting video, but one that fork on the bottom must not have any air in it if it doesnt' return or it very poorly maintained and two of course a 1.5 heat tube is stiffer then a 1 and 1/8 but still very impressive about the lefty strenght
The vid should have answered any querstions re strength. The Lefty is the strongest, lightest and plushest fork on the market. Period. Has been that way for the last 10 years or so.

Re the vid, both forks had zero air/spring in them, so that they could be easily compressed by the presenter. What the vid depicts is not steerer tube deflection - its the fork legs and clamp flexing resulting in not only steering imprecision, but the binding of the fork stanchions in their bushings, ie massive performance loss.

If you are looking for more than 140mm of travel, look elsewhere. But I AM ride my 120 and I love it. The small stuff lierally disappears under the Lefty and the big hits are absorbed just as well. All with zero detectabkle flex and zero binding. For frequent jumping and big drops, etc., I'd go with something else. Its kinda like taking a Ferrari through downtown NY potholed and kobble stone streets on a daily basis - it can do it . . . but there are better tools for that job.
 

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The vid should have answered any querstions re strength. The Lefty is the strongest, lightest and plushest fork on the market. Period. Has been that way for the last 10 years or so.

Re the vid, both forks had zero air/spring in them, so that they could be easily compressed by the presenter. What the vid depicts is not steerer tube deflection - its the fork legs and clamp flexing resulting in not only steering imprecision, but the binding of the fork stanchions in their bushings, ie massive performance loss.

If you are looking for more than 140mm of travel, look elsewhere. But I AM ride my 120 and I love it. The small stuff lierally disappears under the Lefty and the big hits are absorbed just as well. All with zero detectabkle flex and zero binding. For frequent jumping and big drops, etc., I'd go with something else. Its kinda like taking a Ferrari through downtown NY potholed and kobble stone streets on a daily basis - it can do it . . . but there are better tools for that job.
Thanks for the clarification I must have missed the no air part but that makes the lefty pretty impressive. I think it probably is one of the best forks for XC but again it's not for me, might look silly on a claymore! haha, cool for fork tho.
 
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The vid should have answered any querstions re strength. The Lefty is the strongest, lightest and plushest fork on the market. Period. Has been that way for the last 10 years or so.
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No way. The strength to weight ratio of Lefty's is indeed impressive.

But, many traditional dual crown forks are both stiffer and more plush. Boxxer, Fox 40, 888, etc. No Debate. I think any 35 or 36 mm stanchioned fork with a 20mm axle is noticeably stiffer as well. Obviously, all of these forks are going to weigh more than a Lefty however.
 

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No way. The strength to weight ratio of Lefty's is indeed impressive.

But, many traditional dual crown forks are both stiffer and more plush. Boxxer, Fox 40, 888, etc. No Debate. I think any 35 or 36 mm stanchioned fork with a 20mm axle is noticeably stiffer as well. Obviously, all of these forks are going to weigh more than a Lefty however.
You're right. I mispoke (my statement was too absolute and unqualified).

Among sub 140mm forks (in other words - forks in the same class as the Lefty), I think my statement is generally true. Conventional forks w/ big axles are better than the small axle variety and perhaps similar to a Lefty in rigidity, but there is a weight penalty paid. You will not find a fork of comparable weight that is even in the same time zone as a Lefty in terms of stiffness.

Dual crown forks are generally DH long travel forks and weigh a ton and are not in the same class as Lefty.
 

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what's so special about the lefty forks? I mean besides turning heads. Why would one chose a lefty over a traditional fork, etc...
I have re worked your question:

What is so special about dual crown forks? I mean they are everywhere, they are heavier (for like travel 110 vs 110), have more flex and do not work as well.

Why would anyone choose a traditional fork over a lefty?

I do not know.
 

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Check Ebay. The prices vary alot depending on what model and how much travel. I just picked up a DLR2 100mm travel fork for $200, but it's for an XC bike. If you want 140mm travel, carbon,etc, you'll pay a bunch more. Dont forget about the price of a new front wheel as well.
 
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