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    Mendon Cyclesmith is the bomb !!!!

    I just got back my lefty converted to TCP and it rocks. i had spent 2 months trying to deal with the local lbs out here in calf. after 2 months the part was still on back order. i called craig and he totaly took care of my problem and he charged me half of what the lbs shop was going to. craig had my shock in on a monday (i think) and had it back out to me on wed. i think every one should use him to service their lefty's



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    I bought the parts from him. He shipped right away.

    I'm taking the plunge to do it myself. Shipping it to the east coast was around $18 and 7 days each way. I couldn't live without my lefty that long. So, I'm going to do it. My LBS wanted $60 to do it, but that included a full overhaul.
    Lead by my Lefty............... right down the trail, no brakes.

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    +1. Definitely a friendly, helpful guy. I had him ship something international.
    Since when did the phrase "invest in" come to mean the same as "buy"?

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    Bought 08 Rush SL4. Blew cartridge on 2nd ride. LBS totally USELESS. Craig shipped me the part without even getting the payment from me. I paid after he shipped it. He will have all my business in the future!

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    Craig told me, TPC is an upgrade over the SPV damping. He was right. Glad your enjoying yours.
    MCS has the best customer service in the business.

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    Gosh, thanks guys

    I hope everyone who has to wait a few extra days this time of year, still feels that way....
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    I agree with you guys. Craig shipped me out a new spring for me without even accepting payment first. I got it fast and it was cheap. I also like the fact that he is always willing to spend time to explain how things work or how to do something. He really helped me change out my fork oil and quad seal. Thanks Craig!

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    I agree with everyone in here!!!
    Been trying to get a seal kit for my Manitou Swinger 3X from my lbs, but after months of waiting they said it was not available anymore.....
    PM Mendon, had 2 sets (ordered a spare one just in case ) in less than 2 weeks!
    BTW, I need a new wheelset, or is there a way you can get 2 Mavic 819 rims (24H) for me Mendon??
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    Quote Originally Posted by cdalemaniac
    is there a way you can get 2 Mavic 819 rims (24H) for me Mendon??
    Cannondale has them in stock. Your LBS should be as easily able to get them, as I. FYI though, they charge pretty close to full retail for them, no idea why, so you may find the price a tad shocking, depending on how cool you are with your shop......
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    I guess I don't have to ask my lbs ship again, since all they could offer me was 28H which they said was the minimum amount of holes for a mtb rim.
    Since they couldn't even get the simple seal kit for me I might as well stick with you for any future business
    How much is one? Like $80.-?
    I really like my current hubs, especially the dirty flea rear hub, so I was thinking about swapping only the rims...
    Let me know.
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    Craig serviced my Lefty, added a TCP, and built a set of 32H 819s that are flawless. His attention to detail is awesome. Any Lefty service work from now on is going to Craig.

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    Yeah!!! Craig at MCS just rebuild the old '93 headshock from my Delta V700 with a DD60 Cartridge.
    Works great!!

    Cannondale said it couldn't be done, LBS refused to do it, Craig made it happen for shockingly little $$!!!

    (I'm gonna elaborate in a new thread tomorrow - a few others with here with old Delta V Suspension forks were sharing my pain and might want the info!)
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    I will say it for another time.

    Here in Greece he became our overseas Cannondale (and not only) LBS- Dealer.

    Thanks man

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    I concur... I ordered a bunch of parts from Craig and received the stuff fast for a great price. His expertise makes it all worth while. Heck of a nice guy!

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    Just wanted to chime in with my experience. I sent Craig a Super fatty Ultra DL for a rebuild after reading the recommendations here. It was super easy! He was really fast, and I had it back way sooner than the LBS quoted me for sending it to Cannondale. Much more affordable too! Needless to say the fork works great. I can't stop riding it now.

    Two thumbs up; I'd recommend him to anyone.

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    I'll chime in also. He has been beyond helpful to me. I bought a few small parts from him(less than $100) and he gave me an incredible amount of time talking me through the process and answering all my foolish questions. Shipped the parts to me before we even discussed payment menthod. We had a miscommunication and i got the wrong parts and he shipped me the correct ones again without any payment or return information. Service like this is very rare. I would recommend him to anyone.

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    Sorry guys, I must be having a brain fart, can some one explain to me what a TPC conversion is.

    Thanks

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    Nice job Craig!
    What's better than reaping the benefits of great customer service?

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    Quote Originally Posted by prasinopodilato
    I will say it for another time.

    Here in Greece he became our overseas Cannondale (and not only) LBS- Dealer.

    Thanks man
    Yes, he is our saviour!

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    My turn
    I sent Craig my lefty and i had it back in a week
    also had him build me a Woodman lefty w/823 and just put that on yesterday. very sweet wheel. i will have Craig do service for me anytime. His prices are very good and he is fast

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    Keep it up, Craig! You are now our official Cannondale resident master tech!!!

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    Thanks guys, you're all very kind
    This is a Pugs not some carbon wannabee pretzel wagon!!

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    Craig,

    Thanks again for the Jekyll SA. I ordered the SA from craing on thursday and I had it here on the following tuesday. I know he's busy but he took time to talk to me, something my LBS (a CD dealer) would not do. When I Uber my Super V, I will be doing a full rebuild/upgrade. The only part I plan on keeping from the old setup is the front frame. I will be purchasing all of my components from Craig.

    To state what has already been stated in this thread, if you have any questions, or if you need to purchase anything for your ride, e-mail or call Craig. His customer service is top notch. I will be calling after the season is over when I am ready to start the build.

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    Yeah, no kidding about the service. I've sent him PM's for help and he's answered every single one. I wish I lived around that part of the continent. The guys up here are ok but still not what I would call spectacular knowledge wise even for a C'dale dealer. Keep up the excellent customer service!!
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    +1 in the super pleased club.

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    Mendon is good people

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    Without craig, I wouldnt be riding my UBER right now... makes me wish I lived in Mendon.

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    I'll add to the praise, after finding out about him here he saved my fatty that cannondale wouldn't overhaul after having it for a month, Craig saved me money, my fork, my bike, I just wish he was local...

    He's getting any business I can ship(wheel build and another fatty) to him when funds free up for discretionary spending.

    Thanks for being a great LBS...

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    An opportune time to pile on. My "unserviceable" (according to the LBS C-Dale rep) '95 DD50 was resurrected via Mendon recently; functions like new!

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    Craig is the Re-animator of old dead Headshoks. Except without all the gooey icky side affects shown in the movies.
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    Craig got me a sweet new arm for my uber v
    he rocks

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    Quote Originally Posted by joecannondale
    Craig saved me money, my fork, my bike, I just wish he was local...Thanks for being a great LBS...

    After my C-dale dealer charged me $75 and couldn't figure out what was wrong with my Lefy, I shipped my entire bike off to Craig.
    Problem solved ! He is my Lefty LBS.

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    Yup he is the man. Told him how I wanted my lefty to feel and let him do his thing, rides better than the day I got it.

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    Yet another +1 for Craig and The Mendon Cyclesmith. If you're not sending him your Cannondale equipment for servicing, you're missing out on great customer service and equipment that operates better-than-new when you get it back.

    You can't beat his prices, attention to detail and his passion. My Lefty Max 140 is ready to rock for this next season.

    Job well done!!

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    He is the man, cheaper and usually

    faster than the clowns here in san diego. I just got two lefties back, Im sending my dlr 110 carbon next for a full service, is the fourth lefty I send him in the past year.

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    Question for mendoncyclesmith

    When i purchased my 2008 f3 with the dlr headshok the rebound adjustment knob was anodized pinkish color. Later on i went back to the shop and he had a few more headshoks on bikes and the knobs were anodized red (like i thought they should be). Was there a reason why mine was pink colored? Also, do you have any red ones in stock for purchase? I have a bunch of anodized red parts but this stinking knob is pink. Feel free to pm me. Thanks - Chris

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    Quote Originally Posted by csm929 View Post
    Question for mendoncyclesmith

    When i purchased my 2008 f3 with the dlr headshok the rebound adjustment knob was anodized pinkish color. Later on i went back to the shop and he had a few more headshoks on bikes and the knobs were anodized red (like i thought they should be). Was there a reason why mine was pink colored? Also, do you have any red ones in stock for purchase? I have a bunch of anodized red parts but this stinking knob is pink. Feel free to pm me. Thanks - Chris
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    The pink is Chineese red. I see it a lot. Mendon can get these for you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by csm929 View Post
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    It probably sat near a sunny window till you bought it. They start out nice and red, but fade pretty fast, perhaps not enough UV inhibitor in the ano.

    The thing Jake is showing isn't likely what you need, but sure is sexy

    You said rebound knob, correct? I, as well as pretty much any Cannondale dealer worth walking into, can get you one of those, I'm at home currently, so I can't check stock at the moment, sorry....
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    Quote Originally Posted by MendonCycleSmith View Post
    It probably sat near a sunny window till you bought it. They start out nice and red, but fade pretty fast, perhaps not enough UV inhibitor in the ano.

    The thing Jake is showing isn't likely what you need, but sure is sexy

    You said rebound knob, correct? I, as well as pretty much any Cannondale dealer worth walking into, can get you one of those, I'm at home currently, so I can't check stock at the moment, sorry....
    Oh, He did say rebound knob. I thought I saw lockout lever somewhere in there.
    Really should learn to read before joining a forum.
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    That explains alot, I thought they were all pink until I went back and saw another one. If you have one just let me know, if not no big deal I will find one eventually.

    Still havent figured out the stock stem size for the 08 dlr headshok stem, if anyone knows it.

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    Ah hell, just hit that pink rebound knob with a red sharpy and call it a day.
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    That might be how im leaning haha. I acutally have a can of red anodized metal paint i might shoot on it.

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    - I am waiting until I graduate from college with my Master's degree in April; at that time, I am going to buy a 29er frame and have Craig service / modify my Carbon Lefty Max to fit the frame (hopefully, I can find a Cannondale frame to avoid a kit purchase).........might need a set of wheels to go with this......
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    I found out about Craig through Jake at Project 321, I bought a front lefty hub at Project 321 for my Cannondale flash 29er. I hold Jake I was having a problem with the lock out, he said check Mendon Cyclesmith out on the EastCoast, NY.
    I called Craig and new right away he was the man for lefty front end, than I found out he is the man for Wheel building and all my needs. He is building a rear wheel as I write this, Stans Arch EX rim, Hadley hub, DT Swiss comp spokes , DT nipples. Just a great feeling knowing it's going to be done right the first time. I'll let you know how it turns out!!!

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    Seriously - Craig represents everything that is great about MTBR. He willing offers free advice that takes years of experience to acquire, and when you deal with him you know he is an honest broker. I had called Craig to see about getting a new dampener in my Max PBR fork to try to eliminate the brake dive that I was experiencing. Instead of selling me a $150 part, he swapped some washers in the lockout mechanism and did a modification on the races. I can't wait to get the fork back out on the trails - thanks Craig!

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    I haven't had any business dealings with Craig yet, but I did exchange some emails with him today. Very nice guy, no pressure and very helpful. Also, from browsing this forum he seems very knowledgeable. I look forward to business dealings with him in the future, now only if I could find a 2001 era Lefty DLR for my Super V...

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    I haven't purchased anything from him, but the advice given was helpful. When my new Lefty eventually craps out, he will get my business.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrDon View Post
    I haven't purchased anything from him, but the advice given was helpful. When my new Lefty eventually craps out, he will get my business.
    This. I've bugged him more than anyone has the right to and he's been super quick and super helpful with his responses. And this is from someone who has yet to spend a dime with him. If I ever have a need for anything that he provides he will get my business. Heck - I may have to just find something to buy from him even if I don't need it!
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    Another happy customer here.
    +1 for Craig!!!
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    I must have changed my mind 4 or 5 times on the wheel build, now the build is Pacenti tl28 rim, Hadley hub "still", Dt Swiss New Aero Comp spokes with alloy nips. His response.... "you change your mind like I change my socks" I was cracking up!!! I really respect and trust this guy. Craig will get all my lefty repairs when needed, even a local shop in my area is sending a few of their lefty customers to Mendon.

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    Picts Mendon Wheel build

    Here's some picts of Craig's handy work. The rear wheel 29er Pacenti TL28 rim, DT Swiss Aero Comp black blade spokes, 4 white comp spokes for bling, blue alloy nips and the Hadley blue 10x135 thur axle hub. Great hub!! Hadley are great people to deal with.

    Craig did a great job on this wheel build, he's workmanship and customer service and willingness to give me just what I wanted is second to done!! This wheel now after 3 long hard rides is still perfectly true and rock solid, I love it. The front wheel is next, wide light rims with huge 2.4 tires best thing I've done so far!! Now FORM Ti 29er frame maybe next.

    Also Craig can pack a wheel up for safe shipping to your house with no worries at all. So no need to stress about it. Great job though the whole process from start to finish.

    Thanks again Craig.
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    I've been wanting to do a somewhat vintage Killer V build, but here on the Left Coast I was getting a lot of push back.

    "Just get a new bike."

    "Why do you want to do that?"

    Etc., etc., ad nauseam.

    So, I bought a Flash 29er. And guess what, I still wanted to do the 26" vintage build.

    Since I am from Webster originally, I decided to give Craig in Mendon a call even though I live in LA. Amazingly (well, not really), Craig said he could help me with my build. So guess who is getting a Killer V frame shipped to him for a build up? Craig. Guess who is not? All the shops in LA who questioned why I wanted to do that.

    If people are interested, I will post pics when she's done

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    Ahh....The Killer V. Way cool bike.

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    Craig is the man!

    I was very concerned when my lefty became ill 2 weeks before an upcoming race. My LBS could only ship to Cannondale and hope for the best. I wasn't very hopeful about how that would turn out. Called Craig and long story short the lefty was healed and back to me in less than a week. Fast, knowledgeable, personable and very high quality service at a very fair price! I recommend him to everyone I meet.

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    My experience mirrors the above statements.

    Thank you Mendon CycleSmith

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    I can say it's been about 2 months now , Craig serviced my lefty and it feels better than when I first got it!! The bearings also need reset less than befor, it comes down to 100% trust when dealing with Craig. He's a through-back!!

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    I've said it before, but thanks so much, I appreciate all the positive comments very much.
    This is a Pugs not some carbon wannabee pretzel wagon!!

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    If you ride a Cannondale

    Agree , his knowledge on the Lefty and Headshok is unmatched anywhere , and a great guy to deal with too

    Got mine back and it feels better then NEW !

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    Just wanted to pop in this thread to also say thanks to Craig. He did a fantastic job healing my used and abused Lefty! I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for help with the Lefty!
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    Contest !!

    " .... healing my used and abused Lefty...."

    Hey Craig - How about a contest .
    Whose Lefty was in the worst shape when you got it ??
    Bet mine is right up near the top .

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    Quote Originally Posted by ccaddy View Post
    Hey Craig - How about a contest .
    Ha! Not a bad plan, I may get to work on that...

    And yes, yours is still near the top of my list
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    uuuhh , actually , I dont know whether to cheer or sulk

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    So what advice can I get on my first Lefty..........and forgive me........its not going on a Cannondale. I need 120 mm of travel. Are the forks found on Ebay salvagable? Can the travel be changed? Where else can I get a used Lefty? Thanks for the help, and sorry for all the questions.

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    We need him Down Under - my Lefty has failed twice, been rebuilt twice by whoever CDale uses here and it still isn't right. Clunks so loud when locked out it feels like the head set is loose.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sideknob View Post
    We need him Down Under - my Lefty has failed twice, been rebuilt twice by whoever CDale uses here and it still isn't right. Clunks so loud when locked out it feels like the head set is loose.
    Several of your mates have found me to work well for them.

    Best thing about the internet and shipping, no such thing as no one who can do the work.....
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    I guess. I just can't be bothered with it any more, enough is enough - I'm getting ride of my Cannondale.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sideknob View Post
    I'm getting ride of my Cannondale.
    Get to it then, you've been saying that for a year or two at least now...
    This is a Pugs not some carbon wannabee pretzel wagon!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by iamspartacus View Post
    So what advice can I get on my first Lefty..........and forgive me........its not going on a Cannondale. I need 120 mm of travel. Are the forks found on Ebay salvagable? Can the travel be changed? Where else can I get a used Lefty? Thanks for the help, and sorry for all the questions.
    What size wheel is this going to be used with? I'm pretty sure 120mm with a 29er wheel is impossible to do right now. 120mm with a 26er or 650b is definitely doable.

    The Axle-to-Crown can't be changed, but travel can be limited so the Lefty compresses less. For example, a 120mm Lefty Ultra can be limited to only move 90mm for 29er applications. Unlike Fox and RockShox, the Lefty does not get shorter when limited for less travel. The axle-to-crown measurement of a Lefty never changes (except in cases where people start messing with the length of the upper air seal but I bet those words don't make any sense and really isn't something you should be thinking about at this point in your Lefty relationship)

    Short of a crack in the structure of the clamps or a mangled telescope tube, almost all modern Leftys can be rebuilt. The issue is going to be the cost to rebuild might exceed the price of a new Lefty. If you buy an old, broken Lefty Teralogic with worn out bearings and races, you might speed $600 getting it fixed and updated to the latest supported guts.

    Lastly, the clamps on a Lefty can't move, so make sure the headtube length of your bike frame is short enough to fit between the clamps and accommodate all the adapter hardware.

    Mods, maybe we need to have a "Lefty for newbies" sticky thread?
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    Oh yes, a "Lefty for Newbies" sticky would be awesome. There is so much to learn. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MendonCycleSmith View Post
    Get to it then, you've been saying that for a year or two at least now...
    Having a fork that clunks like a clapped out headset doesn't make it easy to sell, you know.
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    Before you sell it, send it to Craig at Mendon. Have him do the simple service needed, that he could do in his sleep. This way you get top dollar, because the new owner will know it's in perfect working order since Mendon serviced it. Than we will all be happy!!!

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    Thanks tor the suggestion, I'll say no more in this thread - don't wanna be a thread 'jacker.
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    Dear Craig,

    You are Cannondale god, how do you know so much about the bike? please enlighten us mortals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pulsarxxx View Post
    Dear Craig,

    You are Cannondale god, how do you know so much about the bike? please enlighten us mortals.
    While I'm uncomfortable with deification, I'll try to answer your question.

    30 years in thebusiness, most of them spent working in one Cannondale shop or another, a lot of it back inthe era when they sent reps out to teach shops how to work on their stuff.

    Just got lucky I guess...
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    Craig Smith has re-built a half dozen forks and cartridges for me, and while his service has *always* been fast compared to the alternatives, his latest effort shatters all previous records:

    Per FedEx, Mendon received a fork for rebuild at 11:34 today, per UPS it was on the truck and on the way back at 14:27... the SAME day!

    I assume everything has to go *just right* for this to happen.... but STILL!

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    Everybody knows Craig a Throwback!! The only place to get the best Lefty service, he also builds a great wheel!!

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    Craig rebuilt my lefty max a few weeks back, went out of his way to get my fork repaired(he dug through his parts bin to locate some used parts to save me some cash), had it back in the mail the same day i believe. Unbelievable service and super nice guy to deal with.

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    Great service from Mendon Cyclesmith.
    My Lefty shock was repaired within one week (including shipping)
    I'm really impressed with the service, I'll use them again for sure.
    Will proudly leave their decal on my shock.

    Thanks Craig!

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    While I always considered Craig to be the source of all information for Leftys and Lenz bikes on MTBR, it wasn't until I moved to upstate NY near his shop that I was fortunate enough to meet him in person and have him take care of all my bikes. He is extremely knowledgeable, honest and genuine good guy. And he does great work. Can't recommend him more highly to everyone on MTBR.

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    Well, if I have to move from Texas to NY for a new job (may happen), then at least I'll have this going for me. A good mechanic is worth their weight in gold.

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    one more compliment and sincere recommendation to Mendon Cyclesmith.

    has come through with parts, info and all around great fast service for me. counts as twice from me cause i am a snob....lol

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    I sent a fork to Craig that was seized due to neglect, it had rusted itself stiff.. it was basically rigid & wouldn't move even a fraction of an inch..

    I have the correct tools and some experience so purely out of curiosity I decided to give it a lash myself and take it apart to have a look..

    After I removed the damper and the race clips I was expecting it to slowly pull apart.. well it didn't.. I ended up using a piece of a broom handle, a rubber mallet and a second pair of hands to help hold it while I beat the lower leg out of the upper leg.. it took a good minute or two before it eventually came apart.. Low and behold all the races and bearings were coated in a thick crunchy layer of rust..!

    I quickly realised that this 'repair' was way beyond my experience.. so off to MendonCycleSmith if goes.. now I could have used some of the more well known suspension service centre's here in Europe (88 Aid, TF Tuned etc) but having availed of Craig's service's before I knew there was only one place this fork was going..

    8 days and a couple of thousand miles later the fork has arrived back and is in 100% perfect working order.. buttery smooth as the day it was born..!

    Honestly, I couldn't be happier with service provided by Craig / MendonCycleSmith.. Not only is he a gentleman to deal with but he's also a master mechanic and is passionate about the Lefty / Headshoks systems... This is a huge plus and gives me 100% confidence that the fork was sent to the right place and the right man is working on it..

    The service, turnaround time, attention to detail and last but not least the price is simply unmatched anywhere..

    If you've got a fork that needs some work - send it to Craig at MendonCycleSmith
    The names have been changed to protect the innocent...

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    Craig is the man! The Lefty DLR shock blew on my Cannondale 700 SX Super V. Even though the LBS is a "authorized Cannondale Dealer", all I got from them was a lecture about how new bikes are so much better and and I needed to buy a new one. They said they would not touch anything with a Lefty on it.

    After a little research I contacted Craig and off the shock went to be rebuilt.

    What can I say. Great communication, expert service, more than reasonable cost. Without hesitation you can use this guy to fix your problem.

    I wish everyone did business like Craig.

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    Cannondale dealers will not touch early Lefty and Headshoks, simply because Cannondorel offers ZERO "factory" support, if they duff up your vintage unit.

    Craig is truly a dying breed of highly-skilled techs, who knows the Lefty and Headshok inside-out.
    "Life is way too short to own anything crappy"

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