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    Cannondale front shock

    Hi, I have a Cannondale F5000 with some kind of HeadshoK front shock. It could be a Fatty, Super Fatty D, Fatty D or P-Bone D. Anyone know how I can tell which I have? I think the bike is a 2000 model.
    Thanks in advance for any help.

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    should be a Fatty Ultra DL.It usually says the type, on the fork itself. You can use any one you want really.

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    Thanks. I mainly wanted to find the correct instructions for it. I have done that now.

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    The Super Fatty Headshocks were 80mm travel, and the Fatty's were 70mm IIRC. I think the Ultra models were also 70mm travel, and the "DL" means the knob on the top can be turned to a 'lockout' model. Likely an air spring, and the valve is on the underside of the crown (you have to take the wheel off to put air in the air spring).

    Cool things about the Headshocks:

    1) They are generally fairly lightweight.
    2) They are SUPER precise in the steering department.

    Cons:

    1) They are not plush by any stretch of the imagination.
    2) They need to be watched to see things stay as they should be.

    They are better for racing than general trail riding IMHO, but a pretty good fork overall. the F5000 was a pretty nice race rig, and hopefully the nice stock parts are still there and in good shape.

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    The whole bike is in pretty nice condition. The gears work very smoothly and the disk brakes are amazing. It's a bit flashier than I really wanted what with the advertising decals and Volvo name all over it, but it gets me around.

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    Gets you around indeed. Nice bike!

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