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    Dead Lefty ELO

    I have a Lefty ELO on a pristine scalpel 3000 that does not choose to compress.

    The battery compartment is good (no corrosion), and the circuit board works..

    when you press the button to release the lockout the fork will not compress unless I bear all my weight on the bike and it will then slowly compress.

    Cannondale does not sell parts for this fork anymore .. is there a way to bypass the lockout circuit?

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    I have qualified service techs here in the DFW area.. but thanks

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    I had the exact same thing happen to mine. First it was not able to lock out, not such a terrible thing, it went in to my friend that worked at C'dale at the time and he said the gearbox in the little motor had "separated". I could still hear the motor turn, light go on and off etc, but no lock out. He was able to fix it and it lasted about 6 months then it did the same thing but happened in the locked position, this was not ideal.. So it was in again to get fixed and this time we did a conversion to manual lockout and got rid of the ELO . Although it was sad to see the ELO go, it is much better now, not only do I now have rebound control and lock out, it is a little lighter. Unfortunately as these age it does seem that you could throw good money at it and you may get a few more months out of it, but in the end like me you will be better off to go the conversion.

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    I've successfully unlocked these on several occasions, it's permanent, but will have normal fork function at that point.....
    This is a Pugs not some carbon wannabee pretzel wagon!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MendonCycleSmith View Post
    it's permanent,
    By this you mean there is no longer a lock out function?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sp3000 View Post
    I had the exact same thing happen to mine. First it was not able to lock out, not such a terrible thing, it went in to my friend that worked at C'dale at the time and he said the gearbox in the little motor had "separated". I could still hear the motor turn, light go on and off etc, but no lock out. He was able to fix it and it lasted about 6 months then it did the same thing but happened in the locked position, this was not ideal.. So it was in again to get fixed and this time we did a conversion to manual lockout and got rid of the ELO . Although it was sad to see the ELO go, it is much better now, not only do I now have rebound control and lock out, it is a little lighter. Unfortunately as these age it does seem that you could throw good money at it and you may get a few more months out of it, but in the end like me you will be better off to go the conversion.
    How much did it cost you for the conversion?

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    Including;
    new seal kit
    DLR dial holder plug
    DLR conversion kit
    all labour for re-bleed, damper re-build, bearings cleaned reset etc.
    total: $240 (including shipping)

    As I mentioned before this added rebound which is a very noticeable upgrade to the lefty.

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    This is what it looks like after the conversion.
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    And while I'm taking pictures, she's still a sweet ride and the Lefty is running like new!
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    Quote Originally Posted by sp3000 View Post
    By this you mean there is no longer a lock out function?
    Correct, it'll be just a boingy fork, with the same level of rebound damping as before (or retuned if desired).

    Just FYI, the revamp you had done isn't possible anymore, no more dampers/guts exist at Cannondale....
    This is a Pugs not some carbon wannabee pretzel wagon!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MendonCycleSmith View Post
    Just FYI, the revamp you had done isn't possible anymore, no more dampers/guts exist at Cannondale....
    An independent guy here in Australia still has parts for the conversion. If anyone needs I can put you in touch.

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    cannondale lefty elo

    Hello,could you put me in touch with the guy who can get conversion parts for my dead lefty elo?Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by marcusmtb View Post
    Hello,could you put me in touch with the guy who can get conversion parts for my dead lefty elo?Thanks
    PM has been sent.

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    Was wondering if conversion parts are still available can I get contact info for the Guy that had some left hopefully I can still get one

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    He is in Australia, his name is Aiden. Good luck!

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