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    Constant migration of bearings

    Hi!

    I own a Lefty Max 140 TPC from 2006 I guess (the one with the easy to reset bearings .... lose topcap and so on...)

    Okay the point is that I need a reset of bearings every 50km/ 3 hours of riding.

    It migrates for about 30mm in this time.

    If it would be every 30 hours it would be ok, but this way, it suck$$


    The spring is right for me, 25% sag.

    The fork was away at a shop who calls himself a specialist in Headshock technology.

    It is super smooth without any freeplay.

    Can you help me out? How can I fix it?

    Thanks a lot!

    reno

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    sounds like its time to send it to mendoncyclesmith.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duncan1104
    sounds like its time to send it to mendoncyclesmith.

    Yes, sounds like.

    But DAMN - I'm from Germany...

    Now you ^^


    Thanks
    reno

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    try to PM him see if you can arrange something with him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duncan1104
    try to PM him see if you can arrange something with him.
    Jup - I had contact with him - in another case. My TPC is from the United States

    I was at the postoffice, I thought about before sending the fork to him. It "just" around 45$ - that really sucks!

    Hope he will answer here!

    Thanks!
    reno

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    Basically, the fork needs to have it's races bumped up in thickness a hair. It may be out of square, or need a wholesale bump up all around. It can be made to go away to a more manageable extent, but it will also stiffen the feel, not badly, but worth noting. Particularly since a soft preload fork, such as yours, feels so, ummm, yummy.....
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    Mendon is 100% as usual. You need to get the races replaced with thicker races.

    88aid has a branch in germany. Theycan 88Aid it for you and fix the problem.

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    Hey Craig!

    Mhhh I really love the feel of my Lefty. But if you say it is possible to get it right - without migration - then this would be it.

    Whats you experience with migration? How much how often if the fork is set correct?

    Damn this looser working on my Lefty.

    He calls himself a specialist, watch out:

    http://www.fahrrad-kohl.de/

    I had to send the fork back to him because two of the bearings were to long, so there was space between the fork an the race.

    I can't understand how he didn't see this after assembling.

    And now the migration. Seems he is some kind of not good enought for a fork like the Lefty.

    In the german commnity, www.mtb-news.de everyone likes him.

    I hate to have trouble all the times. I want so ride!

    Thanks
    reno

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brad
    Mendon is 100% as usual. You need to get the races replaced with thicker races.

    88aid has a branch in germany. Theycan 88Aid it for you and fix the problem.
    Yes, I know. But I allready paid for this @ another shop.
    (One post over this one).

    I hate to waste money... but one thing is clear: Next time, only 88...

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    Its me again!

    I got my fork back.

    The guy said he changed 2 races made them 0.02mm thicker.

    Got the fork back - kicked preload only to 2 turns.

    I'm 75kg and use red spring.

    I can't help myself out but the fork feels some kind of harsh over small bumps.
    How do I set rebound 100% correctly?
    I can hear the bearings work, is that all right?

    If I open the top cap, my Lefty doesnt move any more. I need to push it down. Before, it "compressed" ony from it own weight.

    Any idea to get this working better?

    Oh yes - we wrote about that - it has TPC+ from my Jake that got TPC now ^^

    thanks
    reno

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    I'd say ride it for a while to break it in.
    When the races and needle bearings are dis-assembled and re-greased it takes a while for the fork to feel plush again. (Depending on the grease that was used).
    The grease probably just needs to get worked a bit.
    If, after a couple weeks it still feels the same bring it back to the guy to fix it.
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