I posted similar post in the Ibis forum too... need to get those boys LEFTIFIED!
This is a mini review and first impressions on the 2010 carbon 140pbr:
First photo is the 130 pbr, the other two are just back from my second ride on the new 2010 Lefty 140 pbr.
The 10mm in travel not the only difference. On the old pbr, it was a SOLID lock out, no blow off. One advantage was you could lean forward, compress the front end and lock it in the lowered position for climbing. Nice on the really steep stuff.
On the 2010 pbr the lock out has a (non adjustable) blow off and you cannot compress the front end and have it stay there. I think the lock out threshold must self adjust with the air spring pressure, but not sure. I cannot think of another way it would accomodate riders of various weights.
It is a very solid pedaling platform and now you do not need to freak out if you forget to unlock it and go banging into stuff. Oh, one other thing, activating the lock out does not quite "pop" like the '09 model, making you wonder if it locked until you stand up on it. It has not failed to lock, just not as solid a pop when pushed.
The new Lefty is still a bit tight and needs break in. I will reserve my small bump report until a bit later, but otherwise awesome. (the 130 is great on small bumps).
According to the spec's and my measurements going from the 130 to 140 only changed the axle to crown 2mm (if that)... so they managed 10mm more travel with really not much a handleing/head angle change - nice :-)
This is a great all mountain or even race arrangement This front end is point and shoot, extremely stiff, plush and FUN! I'd highly recommend either "fork" (really a strut) depending on your planned use.
Oh, they managed to drop .2 lbs off the 140 as well so in the new photos with "heavy" tires, wheels and rotors it is 22.95 lbs - not bad for a 5.5" travel all mountain FUN bike!
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