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    Lefty on my Ripley

    OK, Ibis has made a big deal about the 51mm offset for the Ripley and the Lefty has 45ish mm....but I wanted to try it anyway.

    The AtoC on the Lefty was also 10mm shorter than the Fox 120mm fork spec'd on the Ripley.... so I'm 10mm short on height and 5mm short on offset.

    All this being said I popped my 2012 Lefty on it (even though I have a 2013 Lefty - more on that later) and rode it today.

    As I expected it turned quicker in the tight turns (a plus in my book) and still remained pretty stable at high speed. I would say that the spec'd fork height/offset makes for a more stable bike at high speeds, but I'm talking like spun out fire road speeds, which I was able to test today... and it was still plenty stable I thought.

    I feel the 10mm height difference is probably more of an influence and I'm going to see if a custom steertube adapter might remedy that...

    I'm going to play around with the air pressure on the Lefty a bit and the settings.... so far pretty good. I will need a couple more rides on my local trails to compare a bit more.

    Yes, I've eyeballed the new 130 29er Lefty.... but then I lose my 1/2lb weight advantage and don't need the 130 travel.... yet

    More to come as I get more rides on this setup.... not bad 23.4 lbs with a dropper seatpost Running the XX and XO 1x11 setup...

    I will add a photo when the uploader works... Until then you can see my new ride HERE.
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    Woot! Even if you lose some of the weight advantage by going to the Lefty SuperMax, you still gain a lot in stiffness over the 32mm stanchions of the 120mm Fox fork, wouldn't you? You would more properly be comparing it to the 34mm stanchion 140mm travel Fox fork instead then.
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    I bet it's sweet with the 120mm Lefty. I'd be tempted to keep it that way.

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    Good for you for actually trying it...as opposed to playing a numbers game.
    What is the travel of your current Lefty you put on?

    And the SuperMax 29 is all that and a bag of chips. I never thought I would want or need a stiffer fork...but when I ride my other bikes....the flex of a Fox 32 or a DT Swiss XMC are noticeable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CactusJackSlade View Post
    OK, Ibis has made a big deal about the 51mm offset for the Ripley and the Lefty has 45ish mm....but I wanted to try it anyway.

    The AtoC on the Lefty was also 10mm shorter than the Fox 120mm fork spec'd on the Ripley.... so I'm 10mm short on height and 5mm short on offset.

    All this being said I popped my 2012 Lefty on it (even though I have a 2013 Lefty - more on that later) and rode it today.

    As I expected it turned quicker in the tight turns (a plus in my book) and still remained pretty stable at high speed. I would say that the spec'd fork height/offset makes for a more stable bike at high speeds, but I'm talking like spun out fire road speeds, which I was able to test today... and it was still plenty stable I thought.

    I feel the 10mm height difference is probably more of an influence and I'm going to see if a custom steertube adapter might remedy that...

    I'm going to play around with the air pressure on the Lefty a bit and the settings.... so far pretty good. I will need a couple more rides on my local trails to compare a bit more.

    Yes, I've eyeballed the new 130 29er Lefty.... but then I lose my 1/2lb weight advantage and don't need the 130 travel.... yet

    More to come as I get more rides on this setup.... not bad 23.4 lbs with a dropper seatpost Running the XX and XO 1x11 setup...

    I will add a photo when the uploader works...
    What about increasing the travel by 10mm to get the A2C of the fox? Would you run into bottom out issues? On my 26" bike with a lefty I increased the travel to 130mm and put a 650b up front and had no clearance problems. Perhaps this could work for you.
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    Would love to see some pics!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toby1 View Post
    Would love to see some pics!
    When the photo uploader works.... how long has it been broken??!
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    Buzzaro:

    I wish :-)

    Unlike a Fox fork the A2C is fixed on the Lefty.... you are actually reducing the travel from a 140mm Lefty MAX 26er to whatever travel for a 29er. You add spacers and an air volume reducer... but this does not effect the A2C unfortunately.

    The recommended travel for this Lefty for a 29er is actually 110mm with 30mm of spacers.... I do two 10mm spacers for 120mm travel and I make sure to let all the air out and collapse the fork all the way to be sure there is good clearance on the crown - in my case I still have 8mm.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CactusJackSlade View Post
    Buzzaro:

    I wish :-)

    Unlike a Fox fork the A2C is fixed on the Lefty.... you are actually reducing the travel from a 140mm Lefty MAX 26er to whatever travel for a 29er. You add spacers and an air volume reducer... but this does not effect the A2C unfortunately.

    The recommended travel for this Lefty for a 29er is actually 110mm with 30mm of spacers.... I do two 10mm spacers for 120mm travel and I make sure to let all the air out and collapse the fork all the way to be sure there is good clearance on the crown - in my case I still have 8mm.
    Could you do 3 spacers and cut the upper air seal by 10mm? That should give you the same travel but increase the A2C.....I think. That's how I increased the travel on mine, by cutting the air seal. It lets the damper shaft extend further rather than compress further as removing spacers does.
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    Lefty on my Ripley

    Here we go:

    2011 leftys: How to lengthen a 120 to 140?

    Post #45. Your air piston should already be shorter but I think you've got 10mm on there to remove. You do need the castle tool though to do it. They also recommend the damper shaft clamp tool but I've found leather work gloves work really well to grip and protect.
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    I got tired of waiting for the uploader to work HERE are photos :-)
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    You can'y go 140mm travel on a 29er, not enough clearance.... this is for 26er. The 140 Max currently the longest Lefty out there.... but soon the 130 travel 29er will arrive :-)

    Quote Originally Posted by Buzzaro View Post
    Here we go:

    2011 leftys: How to lengthen a 120 to 140?

    Post #45. Your air piston should already be shorter but I think you've got 10mm on there to remove. You do need the castle tool though to do it. They also recommend the damper shaft clamp tool but I've found leather work gloves work really well to grip and protect.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CactusJackSlade View Post
    I got tired of waiting for the uploader to work HERE are photos :-)
    Jeez...is that all you could afford? ( jealous sarcastic tone)
    Nice bike. I had the hots for the Ripley....just couldn't justify the cost right now. And ran into a killer deal on a Trigger 29 1.
    But I guess I could always sell the trigger frame and mount up everything to a Ripley.

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    Lefty on my Ripley

    Quote Originally Posted by CactusJackSlade View Post
    You can'y go 140mm travel on a 29er, not enough clearance.... this is for 26er. The 140 Max currently the longest Lefty out there.... but soon the 130 travel 29er will arrive :-)
    I was using that post to show the upper seal that needs to be cut. I was thinking leave the 3 spacers in there and cut the air seal by 10mm. It should retain the same clearance you currently have with 2 spacers. I could just be confusing myself though. You've got a 2010 PBR right? I ran mine at 130mm travel (no spacers) and a 650b with a big tire and didn't have clearance issues.
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    Ok. I see the problem with my suggestion. I'm trying to make it a 150mm fork. That's probably what you were trying to tell me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Buzzaro View Post
    Ok. I see the problem with my suggestion. I'm trying to make it a 150mm fork. That's probably what you were trying to tell me.
    Yes :-) And the one pictured is a 2012.... I have a 2013 and adding spacers is the same.... but do not know about the internals...
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