The weights are basically the same or more. My Manitou R7 Elite which is typically around 400 dollars is a pound lighter than a comparably priced lefty fork. Just doing some simple research you find that the lefty forks are very comparable to a normal style fork in price and weight.SlimTwisted said:What you are probably referring to is Cannondale's Lefty fork. It's designed to operate exactly like a traditional dual-legged model but at a weight shavings (since everything is fit onto one side).
Just checked the Cannodale site, and yes the newer forks no longer require the castle type tools to remove the damper. I haven't tinkered with one since 2001, but it's good to see they're making them more user serviceable.chewymilk99 said:Um the speciality tools they require are a shimano bottom bracket tool and a bike stand.
Cannondale is famous for makeing things the average person can't service. But the Lefty isn't one of them.
But that being said Cannondale does things to be different. It dosen't need to be better, just different. So that's why they as a company kinda suck. But that foork is smooth and stiff.