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    05 Carbon Lefty vs 08 Lefty

    Wondering what the main difference between the Carbon lefty that came on a 05 Scalpel 3000 vs a regular 08 Lefty shock

    Which is better?

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    Better is relative. If one is in great shape, and the other not, the good shape one is better.

    They are both post metric thread change over, so both can have new dampers installed if need be.

    Kinda like which is better, vanilla or chocolate, no right answer, they are both carbony, squishy, and have lock out and rebound damping, not like your choosing between airplane food or hospital food.....
    This is a Pugs not some carbon wannabee pretzel wagon!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MendonCycleSmith View Post
    Better is relative. If one is in great shape, and the other not, the good shape one is better.

    They are both post metric thread change over, so both can have new dampers installed if need be.

    Kinda like which is better, vanilla or chocolate, no right answer, they are both carbony, squishy, and have lock out and rebound damping, not like your choosing between airplane food or hospital food.....

    the 08 is not the carbon version, just the regular grey version

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    Quote Originally Posted by MendonCycleSmith View Post
    Better is relative. If one is in great shape, and the other not, the good shape one is better.

    They are both post metric thread change over, so both can have new dampers installed if need be.

    Kinda like which is better, vanilla or chocolate, no right answer, they are both carbony, squishy, and have lock out and rebound damping, not like your choosing between airplane food or hospital food.....
    Hi Craig,

    are there any weight/structural differences between the 2005 Max Carbon and the new models? I guess the OPI lower will be a bit stiffer and/or lighter, what about the upper?

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    Quote Originally Posted by joeekrub View Post
    the 08 is not the carbon version, just the regular grey version
    So it's a tad heavier. The guts and functionality are the same.
    This is a Pugs not some carbon wannabee pretzel wagon!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by figo View Post
    are there any weight/structural differences between the 2005 Max Carbon and the new models? I guess the OPI lower will be a bit stiffer and/or lighter, what about the upper?
    The weight differences come largely from the introduction of air springs to the 140 line. Drop a 2011 PBR into a 2005 Max 140, and lose ~1/2 a lb.

    Yes, the OPI lower leg is a tad lighter, but according to various sources,they are also a tad flexier, not that this is terribly shocking, less weight generally equals more flex.

    The carbon structures are also more flexy than the aluminum. Not really noticeably so, but the inner legs of carbon forks that are ridden hard over a few years (particularly by larger riders), will show some scrubbing on the ano coating, that the alloy ones typically don't.

    No change in the uppers really, they've been using the same formula more or less, all along.
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    Cool, no reason to look for an OPI lower upgrade then if it's less stiff. When I did the 2011 PBR conversion on my 2005 Max SPV I got about 160 grams weight savings, so 10% of the weight of the strut, not bad.

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