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    1 1/8 conversion for Lefty

    Does anyone know if Cannondale has any plans to create a conversion so Leftys can be used with 1.125 headtubes? A friend of mine said that he heard that they were working on it, but it was just rumour.

    I have seen it done by individuals, but am curious if there is anything coming directly from Cannondale.
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    I wouldn't count on it. Cannondale barely wants Cannondale bike owners to buy Leftys separatly to upgrade (read very expensive) so I don't think they will make things any easier for regular frame owners. Money-wise, you're better off getting the whole bike.

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    I'm not sure how that's physically possible. You can't fit Texas into Delaware, I don't think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpinWheelz
    I'm not sure how that's physically possible. You can't fit Texas into Delaware, I don't think.
    It is totally possible. A friend of mine ride a santcruz superlite with a lefty for four years. The modification is not covered by warranty but very simple. You have to get the steerer un-riveted first. The next thing is to find a 1"1/8 steerer, not very difficult. Last stage: to find a CNC man to make two pieces of aluminum to fil the gap between the smaller diameter steerer and the two "T" of the lefty. The tolerances have to be very close so the assembly do not need unnecessary bolts. You can replace the rivet on the low "t" by a bolt. you can contact this shop who has supervize the modif: loisirs-vtt.fr

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    It's possible. You just don't use the 1.5 steerer tube, and make new clamps to clamp onto a 1-1/8th steerer. Couple hundred bucks in machine work, unless you have a friend that's a machinist.

    I got an interesting email from Cannondale this morning, after I asked about being able to upgrade the Max FFD to SPV:

    "The 2005 140mm travel Lefty forks can be upgraded. BUT Cannondale will not
    have Lefty forks available until after the first production run is complete.
    Aftermarket cartridges will not be available until after New Years. "

    Whoa. Aftermarket cartridges? Is he talking about the existing Manitou and Fox Terralogic liscensed cartridges, or what? If he's talking about something other, then I'd put credence to the 1-1/8th theory, because they'd have to have more market to make that worthwhile.

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    That could be just for Lefty upgrades like the Cannondale exchange program, we'll see...

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    Quote Originally Posted by direktor
    It's possible. You just don't use the 1.5 steerer tube, and make new clamps to clamp onto a 1-1/8th steerer. Couple hundred bucks in machine work, unless you have a friend that's a machinist.

    I got an interesting email from Cannondale this morning, after I asked about being able to upgrade the Max FFD to SPV:

    "The 2005 140mm travel Lefty forks can be upgraded. BUT Cannondale will not
    have Lefty forks available until after the first production run is complete.
    Aftermarket cartridges will not be available until after New Years. "

    Whoa. Aftermarket cartridges? Is he talking about the existing Manitou and Fox Terralogic liscensed cartridges, or what? If he's talking about something other, then I'd put credence to the 1-1/8th theory, because they'd have to have more market to make that worthwhile.
    I do not believe in the the release of a 1-1/8th version of the lefty; Do you check the retail prices for lefty forks? very expensive, and I'd say too expensive. Cannondale has not the capacity to produce forks for aftermarket I guess

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    Cannondale is not interested.

    At least that is what they are saying. The Lefty can be converted, but not with factory parts.
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    Check on the 29er board. Someone posted some pictures of a Karate Monkey (and some others) with a Lefty fork. Do a search for 'Lefty' on that forum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fett
    Does anyone know if Cannondale has any plans to create a conversion so Leftys can be used with 1.125 headtubes? A friend of mine said that he heard that they were working on it, but it was just rumour.

    I have seen it done by individuals, but am curious if there is anything coming directly from Cannondale.
    Our C-dale rep told me, in response to that exact question a few months ago, that C-dale had absolutely no plans to market a 1 1/8 version of the lefty. He said it was due to the likelyhood of frame breakage on bikes that were not designed for a double crown type fork. Sounds like if you want to do it, you're on your own.
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    Here is a photo of a 1 1/8 Lefty

    A buddy of mine is a very good machinist and made this very clean conversion to a 1 1/8 Lefty. I wish Cannondale would do the same.
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