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Posted this in the 29er forum... but thought it had a place here as well... a bit of info if anyone is considering same.

I just "Leftified" my Tallboy with a carbon 140 Max converted down to 120mm for the 29er with the new Project 321 tapered conversion steer tube and front hub, 29er Lefty converter and it works perfectly.

I had been running a Fox F29 120mm (15QR)... both Terralogic and RLC

The Lefty was a great fit, the axle to crown was even reduced slightly which I prefer since I feel the head tube angle is slightly slack on the TB for my preferences.

What a difference, as I knew it would be since I converted my Ibis Mojo a year ago. I'm glad I finally decided to steal that Lefty and put it on my Tallboy.

Point and shoot is what I would say. It's a notable improvement. There is basically no "flex feedback" that I can feel. Like I said, point and shoot.

Much more plush as well, also it does not "pack up" in the continuous stutter bumps.... and I dropped another 3/4 lb off the bike.

A little more maintainance I know, but if you want pure performance, a definite option in my opinion.

23.4 lbs in this configuration with the basic XTR build (Avid brakes) and Stans wheel set
 

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Looks great. Can you provide a measurement from the center of the front hub to the top of the headtube where headset is pressed in?
 

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1-bar said:
Looks great. Can you provide a measurement from the center of the front hub to the top of the headtube where headset is pressed in?
Looks like 620mm... just FYI the axle to crown is 505mm on the Lefty and 515mm on the Fox F29 120mm... so I dropped the front end 10mm with the same amount of travel :thumbsup:
 

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CactusJackSlade said:
Looks like 620mm... just FYI the axle to crown is 505mm on the Lefty and 515mm on the Fox F29 120mm... so I dropped the front end 10mm with the same amount of travel :thumbsup:
That sounds like a righteous setup and I love the idea of having 120mm of travel with the A to C close to a 100mm fork. Can the lefty to be dropped down to 100 and how is the lockout on it? I'll have to go measure my setup to see how much it would raise it over my 100mm fox fork. I've got my TB at 23.15lbs and I'd love to improve the shock performance and drop 3/4lbs doing it.
 

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1-bar said:
That sounds like a righteous setup and I love the idea of having 120mm of travel with the A to C close to a 100mm fork. Can the lefty to be dropped down to 100 and how is the lockout on it? I'll have to go measure my setup to see how much it would raise it over my 100mm fox fork. I've got my TB at 23.15lbs and I'd love to improve the shock performance and drop 3/4lbs doing it.
Keep in mind when you reduce the travel the A2C stays the same. Let me repeat that, stays the same. All you are doing is reducing the travel, not lowering it's overall length. This is unlike what you would do on like a Fox fork.

It seems that the Lefties have a lower A2C than comperable two leggers... maybe that is because it does not have an arch support in the way?.... or maybe just designed into it? For whatever reason... I'll take it :)

The lock out is very good, not a total solid lockout, but a solid pedal platform that you can blow through if you hit a bump... when I get my remote lockout on here I will be very happy....
 

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Please help me chose color: Tallboy with black lefty....

Help me choose...I'm about to order a Tallboy frame...

Key question: Pro's and con's of Orange vs Matt Black.

I've seen both colours in the shop; and like to hear other people's opinions of why they choose the colour and are they happy with it. Oh, I should mention that I have the option of building this bike up with a black Carbon lefty with white bonded crown/bridges

Pro's for Black: More subtle, can be matched with other bling components; may fit the glossy black carbon Lefty fork better.
Con's for Black: Matte colour is to dull, hard to keep clean...never liked / or had a black bike....

Pro's for (bright) Orange: It's bright! It stands out (too much?), Unmistakably Santa Cruz.
Con's for Orange: hard to match components colours, bit 'showy', Glossy colour doesn't really show the bling carbon frame underneath....looks a bit like a kid's bike....? (I'm 48 years old)
Does it match the Black Glossy carbon lefty?

Your view? (no flames please)...Thx in advance! :)

P.S. Could the above poster please add a side view of the leftified Tallboy? Thx!
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Hey CJS,
well thanx to your post and a disappointing Reba RL that needs new lowers and Sram knew it and sends them out anyway :[
I bit the bullet and got a pkg from Project 321, Lefty, adaptor, and wheel...hope wife doesent notice :) they told me the stem would sit up about 10mm higher with the regular size adaptor and I have my stem going neg already so I guess I'll go from low riser to flatbar to get the setup as-close-as possible to the current...right...
but I am excited and hope they can get it to me the week of the 14th just in time for the next race...I'll post pics when she is done
 

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For the original poster: how much do you weigh? I was thinking I might try those Crest rims. I'm 200 lbs. Do you think I'm too heavy for them (on my Flash carbon HT 29er).
 

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Variateur said:
Before I pull the trigger on a Lefty fork, could someone please post some pics of a Tallboy with a lefty fork? Side view, too, pleeeease.

Thx in advance!:)
I wonder if a guy put put a gloss clearcoat on the matte carbon for a shinier look w/o warranty worries?:confused: Would look very cool.

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CJS,
hey came back from a race and she was waiting for me at the front door :)
anything I need to watch read over in order to not mess up anything during the install?
B/C I'm just your avg guy in the mechanical department...but will have my buddy with me to help on the install, gotta bled the brakes too...
 
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