I thought you folks make like to see this Review of the Outerwears ShockWears shock cover custom made for the Cannondale Lefty 2009 Carbon DLR SL 29er fork.
This is a custom order shock cover as the company has not built a cover for this application in the past, to my knowledge. Hopefully, with this review some people will be interested in purchasing the ShockWears and you won't be accessed a $10 "Custom" design fee or have a longer wait time. The part number for this item in Standard material is 100-3494. I was working with Nick and Craig on this order. Price is $16.95. 1-800-697-3450 Outerwears, Inc. - Original manufacturer of Pre-Filters & Shockwears
This is a very cheap way to shed about 58grams. My stock boot with clamps weighs 53g + air filter boot with clamps = 15g. The ShockWears cover weighs 9.3g + 2 zip ties= 11g
The material is lightweight but non-porous. It is the typical material they use for off-road shock applications. It protects against water dirt, rocks and mud. It is a durable material and features elastic bands on top and bottom and a small 3/8 inch Velcro strip that runs the length of the cover.
Having the Velcro strip will allow for easy removal for washing without having to stretch a boot over the axel, which can be very challenging. I had previously been using a 29er inner tube as the boot cover with the stock air filter boot. This is a pretty common modification for weight weenies out there that use this fork. The ShockWears cover is designed to replace both the stock boot and the stock air filter boot. Since this cover has a Velcro strip, it is not air tight and should allow for enough air to enter the Lefty vent hole, without debris or water.
When ordering, I asked for a cover that is 8.5" long and 1.5" diameter, no taper. The diameter fit is perfect!!! The elastic works very well to secure the bottom end nicely, but then you can stretch the material almost taught to wrap around the larger diameter carbon fiber fork barrel. I secure the top and bottom with a zip tie. There is plenty of clearance between the shock cover and the rotor.
If I were to order this again, I would ask for the length to be 7" long. You will see from the photos that the vent hole sits 2 3/8" below the top of the cover. So, an overall length of 7" would be perfect and it would be a gram or 2 lighter.
Photos below should tell the rest of the story and how it fits. I will go on a test ride tomorrow to check for slippage or any other problems.
It looks great. They also make the covers in other colors.
In this photo I just turned the cover so that you can see the Velcro strip.
Here you can see the fit is great. Even when compressing the fork the material stays very close to the shock and does not get close to the rotor or the wheel spokes. Great clearance.
My thumb is marking the bottom of the carbon fiber barrel. This is the point where the diameter increases.
Here I am marking the vent hole. If I were to order another cover, I would ask for an overall length on 7" not the 8.5 inches that I requested. I ordered it a little long because I was unsure how large the elastic bands would be.
Here you can see the vent hole is 2 5/8" below the top of the cover. A shorter cover would look better and expose more of that beautiful carbon fiber barrel.
The following pictures show the packaging, weight, and measurements when flat.
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