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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....
    This is a Pugs not some carbon wannabee pretzel wagon!!

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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......
    This is a Pugs not some carbon wannabee pretzel wagon!!

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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.

    -Nick

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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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