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    Cannondale Headshok

    I have a 2006 Cannondale F300. As I've put hours on my bike I've come to recognize the need to upgrade some parts.
    The next thing to change is going to be the original Manitou fork that came on it. There really is no way to do any kind of adjustments on it and when standing up and grinding up hills it really pumps up and down. Also, it weighs in at about 6 1/2 pounds.
    I had thought about getting a Headshok and I love the idea of a rigid fork with a shock on it but the web seems to have nothing but stories of expensive repairs. Anybody out there like their Headshok? Any good stories?
    I was also thinking of getting one of the new Manitou forks that have the Absolute+ system.
    Any thoughts?

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    Had one on my 2000 bike. Went to Mendon last year only. I changed the oil once a year or two.

    Had a little air problem with my 2006 DLR but once I installed the upgrade , no problem since.
    I pump it once a month , that's it.

    Very reliable , very rigid and very light.

    I don't agree with the un-reliability thing , it's not my experience anyway.....
    "There is a big difference between kneeling down and bending over" -FZ

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    Get the 2006 and up Headshok DLR80 only. You'll revel in the sub-3lb weight and smooth operation. The earlier models are nothing but money pits...trust me.
    "The mind will quit....well before the body does"

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    Quote Originally Posted by fokof
    Had one on my 2000 bike. Went to Mendon last year only. I changed the oil once a year or two.

    Had a little air problem with my 2006 DLR but once I installed the upgrade , no problem since.
    I pump it once a month , that's it.

    Very reliable , very rigid and very light.

    I don't agree with the un-reliability thing , it's not my experience anyway.....
    you have to pump it up once a month?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zachariah
    Get the 2006 and up Headshok DLR80 only. You'll revel in the sub-3lb weight and smooth operation. The earlier models are nothing but money pits...trust me.
    If you get one of those , make sure they have a blue schreader cap valve.
    If not , they don't have the "updated" removable air chamber.
    "There is a big difference between kneeling down and bending over" -FZ

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    Quote Originally Posted by roc865
    you have to pump it up once a month?
    Or two...
    "There is a big difference between kneeling down and bending over" -FZ

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    I had a great experience with my 1994 DD60 (air/oil with remote damping control) with maintenance checkups ever few years (read: twice in about 12 years). Nothing ever broke. When the shop and Cannondale felt it was too old to service a few years ago, I traded up to a Ultra Fatty DL80. It has been solid. No air leaks. No oil leaks. It will be going to Mendon soon for some preventive care. While the recommended maintenance is more frequent than I ever followed, the Headshok is tough and reliable--in my experience.

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    I'm going to give the headshok a try. Thanks for the posts.

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    Your first lead...

    Quote Originally Posted by Froglipp
    I'm going to give the headshok a try. Thanks for the posts.
    http://cgi.ebay.com/2008-Cannondale-...item35a79e5f79
    "The mind will quit....well before the body does"

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