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    Best year model Lefty

    I have a 2007 cannondale F3 with a headshok, I am interested in getting a Lefty, how much better is it compared to the headshok, in performance & reliability? Is it just for the racer? How is maintenance? Is it really worth all that extra dough? If so what is the best year and model Lefty and is buying a use one the way to go?
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    2011+ is by far the best. The lockout mechanism was changed starting in 2011 so it's way easier to remove the top cap for resetting migrated bearings.
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    And interesting, the PBR is the lightest and cheapest option

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    You don't have to go new. If you find a used one, like a 2010, you can have it upgraded for a reasonable amount depending on what's needed at mendoncyclesmith.com.

    I did my 2006 Lefty Max TPC to the 2011 PBR set up for $320 or so. You can add a remote lockout too if you want.
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    You don't have to go new. If you find a used one, like a 2010, you can have it upgraded for a reasonable amount depending on what's needed at mendoncyclesmith.com.

    I did my 2006 Lefty Max TPC to the 2011 PBR set up for $320 or so. You can add a remote lockout too if you want.
    Lead by my Lefty............... right down the trail, no brakes.

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    On the same topic: I have a brand new 2010 Carbon Max PBR that I bought for a build that is slowly materializing. Is it worth upgrading to the 2011 internals without even using the current ones? What exactly will I gain from the upgrade? Will it be noticeable while on the trail?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crossmaxx View Post
    On the same topic: I have a brand new 2010 Carbon Max PBR that I bought for a build that is slowly materializing. Is it worth upgrading to the 2011 internals without even using the current ones? What exactly will I gain from the upgrade? Will it be noticeable while on the trail?
    I don't see why you would want to upgrade perfectly fine brand new 2010 Max PBR. I don't see how this new 2011 XLR Lefty has significantly better ride qualities. And I'm wondering, why would anyone need a remote lockout control on lefty - pop lock button sits right by the handlebar and is easy to reach.
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    PBR is the WW's secret, everybody should cough up the dough for the XLR or for the XLR-upgrade, we will end up with a huge stack of new or nearly new PBR cartridges for not much money when needed.

    If you ask me go for XLR ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by arcticrobot View Post
    I don't see why you would want to upgrade perfectly fine brand new 2010 Max PBR. I don't see how this new 2011 XLR Lefty has significantly better ride qualities. And I'm wondering, why would anyone need a remote lockout control on lefty - pop lock button sits right by the handlebar and is easy to reach.
    That's what I'm thinking. I definitively don't need or want the XLR remote, but I am interested in the differences between the 2010 and 2011 Max PBR models.

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    I've had both the regular PBR and now have the remote. I know the PBR button is just "right there" but the remote is far better IMO... especially if you race. I'll never go back - and the ride does seem better :-)
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