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    Maintenence on Headshock?

    Are there any guides for giving these limited maintenence yourself?. As they are unique to cannondale the cost of servicing is 25% higher than any other regular susp fork here .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Easojo
    cost of servicing is 25% higher than any other regular susp fork here .
    I hate dealers who gouge. Vote with your $ and your feet. Find yourself someplace else to get the work done. They aren't any more difficult, in fact, in many ways, they are cheaper to keep up than other forks, so costing more per year, just because a dealer thinks it ought to, is counter-intuitive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MendonCycleSmith
    I hate dealers who gouge. Vote with your $ and your feet. Find yourself someplace else to get the work done. They aren't any more difficult, in fact, in many ways, they are cheaper to keep up than other forks, so costing more per year, just because a dealer thinks it ought to, is counter-intuitive.
    Unfortunately thats not possible. Im in the UK and only highly specific outlets will service Cannondale forks, all my local LBS wont. Also the ones who do dont actually do it themselves.
    From what im told all forks are sent to 'headquarters' which I imagine is a main depot somewhere else in the country.

    So not only do you have to pay more you have to get it sent away for a few weeks :/.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Easojo
    Unfortunately thats not possible. Im in the UK
    Tried 88+ (eighty eight aid)? To do it yourself, will require several tools, as well as alot of trial and error. If time is money, you're far better shipping to someone who can do it for you once a year. I'm not aware of any quick reference, but it has been discussed many times here. Check the FAQ's at the top of the page, I'm sure you'll find info useful to you.
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    Easojo I sympathise with your frustrations but have you tried these guys http://www.headshockdoc.com/ Havent used them myself but found good testimonials on them. I suspect they are where the LBS send your shock.
    There is an issue for Cannondale to adress here and I dont mean by withdrawing their own fork & Lefty from the European market.
    I think we have to accept that we have chosen to ride a somewhat eccentric product in this country and there is a price we have to pay for this in terms of convenience. What I dont think is acceptable is for Cannondale to simply adopt the US model and refer customers to their LBS. Supporting independant dealers and selling bikes only through them is all very well but I have now tried 5 different "Cannondale Dealers" The reality is that they sell road bikes (Synapse etc) and some Badboys. I have once seen a bottom end Rush on the shop floor. I am sure they can get you the full range of bikes if you check the catalogue and tell the shop what model size and colour you want.
    What I would like to see for the UK and maybe Europe is a comprehensive online mail order catalogue of parts and specialist tools to enable enthusiasts to take care of their bikes themselves. I really dont think this would take much money out of the pockets of the LBS as I am sure my special order for a boot or filtre is more trouble than its worth to them.
    Any other UK Euro riders agree. Maybe we could start a campaign?

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    I have also fallen victim to the lefty servicing scams, after trying trying several cannondale dealers and hours of searching for spares on google I found a company called thumbprint tuning (www.thumbprinttuning.co.uk) this is the main cannondale service centre for the U.K. and probably where your LBS will send your lefty so you may as well go direct.
    Depending on what you are doing to your lefty, or any cannondale product they are worth talking to, although they will still only perform servicing and not provide you with spares, unless cannondale deem them to be "user replaceable" they do give good advice on any problems you might be having.

    If anyone has found a source for lefty spares i wold be interested to know.

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    A service manual for the Headshok/Lefty would be welcome in the states too!

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    In Holland there are several dealers who can service and tune Headshoks for a decent price. 88+ should also be awesome but rather pricy 160€ and up as fas as I know.
    I recon there must also be some real Cannondale specialist in the UK (Chainreactioncycles??)

    By the way, Cannondale Europe resides in Oldenzaal, Holland. Many dealers send forks and stuff there for service.
    Dutch dealers (with unfortunately Dutch sites):
    www.rijwielpaleis.nl
    www.bikeboutique.nl

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    For DIY tips, check this site:
    http://www.fastglass.net/bike/headshok/index.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by sjef
    That website is hilarious!!
    Last time I checked it was like 2 years ago and they had the dis-assembly of a fatty illustrated and when you had everything apart it reads something like: "Pictures of how to put it back together coming soon!"
    Like I said....that was 2 years ago....takes 'em quite a bit of time to figure out how to assemble the fork I guess....
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    All, do not make headshock maintenance so big deal. There is quite a bit of info on cannondale site. If youcan get castle wrench and parts (mostly just air seal) ordered by LBS the maintenance is simple. Take out air pressure! Leave fork in the frame, pull the boot, clean, grease races. Take out the stem, unscrew the top flange, using casle tool unscrew inner flange, pull out the cartrige, if it makes sound while piston moves unscrew nylon seal and fill with oil (2.5 wt new ones, 5 wt old ones), if air pump seal is good, grease, put back, add couple drops of fork oil on top of it, if not replace and do the same, grease races inside the fork, reassamble. If you have problem with any step ask on this forum a specific question.

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    Leaving the fork in the frame is a real good tip. I might even look for a castle wrench and have a go myself. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baker921
    Leaving the fork in the frame is a real good tip.
    Actually not. It makes all steps, a bit more cumbersome. I can do it either way, and vastly prefer to have the fork out of the bike. Time it takes to remove, and re-install? About a minute and a half, total.
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    Thanks. I'll consider myself warned.

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