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    how do i make my lefty lighter?

    just picked up a used lefty speed carbon. the seller thinks it's an '08.
    it weighs 3.22 lbs without steerer. anything i can do to it to get to the 2.7lb speed carbon sl weight or is cheaper just to buy an SL?
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    You can't get it to weigh as low as the SL without replacing... pretty much every single part. If you wanted a Speed Carbon SL, why didn't you bought a Speed Carbon SL?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Gerous
    You can't get it to weigh as low as the SL without replacing... pretty much every single part. If you wanted a Speed Carbon SL, why didn't you bought a Speed Carbon SL?
    really, i didn't do my homework. i thought all the speed carbons were the same weight (except for the dampening) so i snatched one up on ebay. i guess construction is different.

    might just hold onto it anyways. got it for a good price (i guess it was an OK price since it wasn't the SL version ). it weighs the same as my fox f80x but should be even stiffer and more plush. as long as it's not HEAVIER.
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    A really cheap way to make it lighter would be to let the air out.
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    replace the 2 bolts with TITANIUM ones
    here mine on purple

    cut in half the frame bumper and glue it to fork

    use zip ties instead plastic clamps
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    Fiorentina!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Epic-o
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    Have you considered an OPI lower & solo air? that should give you a quarter pound gain, I think.

    Quote Originally Posted by venga venga venga
    just picked up a used lefty speed carbon. the seller thinks it's an '08.
    it weighs 3.22 lbs without steerer. anything i can do to it to get to the 2.7lb speed carbon sl weight or is cheaper just to buy an SL?

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    Quote Originally Posted by almontebarnes
    Have you considered an OPI lower & solo air? that should give you a quarter pound gain, I think.
    i, too, thought that might work but i've been reading that the opi lowers can swap into the SL but, from dan's response, it wouldn't work swapping into my regular speed carbon.

    i ended up getting a 2010 speed sl and will be putting the other lefty on my other MTB.
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    drain the oil out like specialized does to achieve 'published' weights

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    i would suggest just sticking with the way the lefty is now. if you want to lighten \up the front end, get a nice edge wheel built.

    yes, expensive but a new lefty will also be just as much $. and, the weight, stiffness and durability of the edge front wheel combined with the stiffness of the lefty....it is a match made in heaven!

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    What dimensions are the clamp bolts on the 2010 Lefties? If I wanted to change them to titanium bolts, what would I be looking for?

    Can they be found here?
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    That's the thing about Lefty's that sucks , you cant cut off the other leg cause it's already gone. Bummer.
    Who cares how much gas you save, ride your bike to work because it's fun!!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steel Freak
    That's the thing about Lefty's that sucks , you cant cut off the other leg cause it's already gone. Bummer.
    sure you can, its called a 'CANNONDALE WHEELIE"
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    Good job!

    That's pretty smart that way you get rid of a heavy wheel altogether.
    Who cares how much gas you save, ride your bike to work because it's fun!!!!!!!

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    Take the boot off and put a tube over it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joel.
    Take the boot off and put a tube over it.
    Yea, if you want to service it after every ride.

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    I'm starting a new trend: I changed mine to gain weight!

    Actually, I had forgot to have my Lefty SL serviced during winter (it really had a nasty, muddy, wet season last year, bearings/races need some MendonCycleSmith love) so I put a Lefty Fox Terralogic for now... I think it's my favorite Lefty as far as feel and performance goes. No bob but smooth plush action... It's a fair bit heavier than the SL though.

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    i absolutely love terralogic. too bad fox is not "allowed" to make it.

    i'm lovin the lefty

    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Gerous
    I'm starting a new trend: I changed mine to gain weight!

    Actually, I had forgot to have my Lefty SL serviced during winter (it really had a nasty, muddy, wet season last year, bearings/races need some MendonCycleSmith love) so I put a Lefty Fox Terralogic for now... I think it's my favorite Lefty as far as feel and performance goes. No bob but smooth plush action... It's a fair bit heavier than the SL though.
    Santa Cruz Blur XC carbon - lefty carbon SL | GT zaskar pro carbon HT - lefty carbon | Scott CR1 | Look 595

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