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    I want a cannondale lefty on my 27.5 giant anthem. Help

    Okay I know this sounds crazy but I really want a cannondale lefty on my 2013 giant anthem. It the non advanced model with the aluminum frame. I currently have stans flow rims with sram x9 hubs. What would I need specifically to convert this a lefty? will I need a new front wheel? or can I just use a different hub and if so which one. Thanks in advance for any advice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by khomes7 View Post
    Okay I know this sounds crazy but I really want a cannondale lefty on my 2013 giant anthem. It the non advanced model with the aluminum frame. I currently have stans flow rims with sram x9 hubs. What would I need specifically to convert this a lefty? will I need a new front wheel? or can I just use a different hub and if so which one. Thanks in advance for any advice.

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    Check the cannondale forum. Loads of info there.

    In short:
    The lefty itself. You don't want anything older than 2005 or so because you'll have a hard time getting it serviced. I would also suggest getting one of the Max series, not the Speed. The difference is that the Max is longer, up to 140mm of travel in 26er form. Now your wheel is basically going to shave off 10-20mm of that travel so the tire doesn't buzz the crown. The Speed is limited to 110mm travel in 26er form.
    Lefty hub if you're going to build yourself, or complete lefty wheel.
    When you get the hub, make sure you get the lefty bolt and extractor cap.
    If you're building the wheel yourself, you'll need a wheel truing adapter. It basically looks like an axle. You stick this axle through the hub so you can stick the wheel in a truing stand.
    A steerer tube that adapts the lefty to whatever head tube standard your bike uses. Also, your head tube has to be short enough to leave enough room to assemble it with a headset.
    Travel spacers to limit the travel. Some folks use rockshox Reba spacers but I had a set of those break apart on me.
    You'll probably wish you had a super castle tool, in case you need to remove the damper for service.
    A Shimano hollowtech2 bottom bracket tool to remove the top cap for bearing resets.

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    awesome! As long as I get a lefty fork with the appropriate travel I should be ok then with this hub correct?

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    Thank you pimpbot as well. Im gonna head over to cannondale forum and do some more research on the different lefty forks.

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    I built a 650 wheelset for a customer how owns a Rush. I got a C-dale hub and their tool for putting it in a wheelstand so I could get the dish right (Park's tool doesn't do that, and I did talk to them about it). I laced them to Pacenti TL28, and where he's a bigger guy straight gauge 2.0/14g spokes. He loves them.

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    What about ride height? Lefty fork taller ?

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    You may run into a problem with handlebarheight. Looking at the geometry chart for the 2014 anthem the headtube lenght fot M & L are 9,9 cm, the XL is 10,9 cm. Looking at the lefty it has a fixed distance between the clamps that is 13,8 cm. That will put your stem on a M or L at least 13,8-9,9=3,9 cm +height of upper clamp (1,3cm)= 5,2 cm above the top of your headtube, or 4,2 cm on a XL.

    Dont know if there is any differnce between 2013-2014 headtube length. But if you like your handlebar low, the lefty are not an option, the handlebar position just are going to be to high?

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    Mine is actually a 14. Sorry I said the wrong year its because I bought it this year I assumed it was a 13 but its actually a 14 because I think this is the first year for them.

    After reviewing the cannondale forum I am unsure if this is a wise decision if I have to rebuild the lefty as often as they say on the 'dale forums. I was mainly looking at weight savings aspect and it appears that people are getting them down in the 23# range with the aluminum frame with the stock fork.

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