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    Riding no hands with a Cannondale Lefty Fork

    Is it true that it is alot more difficult to ride no hands on a bike with a Cannondale Lefty fork? I've heard this rumor before that the bike pulls to one side, but wanted to see from people who have ridden these bikes. For those that don't know. The Lefty Fork is Cannondale's one-legged fork.


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    I never noticed a difference.
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    I would assume it has more to do with your balance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bee View Post
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    only if you're 1x9 or 1x10, then you'd be riding in clockwise circles.

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    it is absolutely true. the design engineers never even considered the possibility of that. even with your hands on the bars, the bike veers to one side. dirtbikes do this as well because of their one-sided rear end.
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    What way does a unicycle pull?

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    Quote Originally Posted by saturnine View Post
    it is absolutely true. the design engineers never even considered the possibility of that. even with your hands on the bars, the bike veers to one side. dirtbikes do this as well because of their one-sided rear end.

    hmm. I knew there was something to this. It's strange though. I have heard of this strange phenomenon on these Lefty forks. Though, some people don't seem to be affected by this. I wonder if it is due to the different bike front end stiffness of different Cannondale bikes, or simply due to rider expertise that makes it harder for some people to not notice a difference.

    PS- I am all for moving this thread to the Cannondale forum. If a forum moderator sees this and is able to move it that would be great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 006_007 View Post
    What way does a unicycle pull?
    the force that acts upon a unicycle is more push than pull.
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    These comments are rubbish. The bike does not veer to one side. I can take my hands off at different speeds and the bike tracks straight ahead. I ride a Carbon Flash 29er.

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    The Lefty does not pull to one side while riding with no hands on the bars. There should be a sticky about this since it comes up too often. Some of these other responses are ridiculous.

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    If you're riding no hands on a lefty then you're riding the wrong trail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bee View Post
    hmm. I knew there was something to this. It's strange though. I have heard of this strange phenomenon on these Lefty forks. Though, some people don't seem to be affected by this. I wonder if it is due to the different bike front end stiffness of different Cannondale bikes, or simply due to rider expertise that makes it harder for some people to not notice a difference.

    PS- I am all for moving this thread to the Cannondale forum. If a forum moderator sees this and is able to move it that would be great.
    Wow, either I'm missing the sarcasm or you're more than gullible.

    The Lefty tracks straight and true just like any other fork. Riding no hands is a non-issue, though as mentioned, if you're doing very much no hands riding, you've really no need for a Lefty.
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    RIP Adam Yauch

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    Riding no handed with a Lefty? Sorry, it can only be done if you dance: Marco Fontana dance training...

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    Quote Originally Posted by kuan View Post
    If you're riding no hands on a lefty then you're riding the wrong trail.


    Well, when I win the race I am going to put my arms up and hand high in the air. Nothing wrong about that trail I would be on on that day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kuan View Post
    If you're riding no hands on a lefty then you're riding the wrong trail.

    Good point!

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    A lefty doesn't pull one way or another, if it is "pulling" it's likely to be a rider error or cable routing.
    and no, I am not missing the other half of my fork....

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    Just go test one and you'll soon discover the truth, which is that it does not pull but rides straight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoostN7 View Post
    A lefty doesn't pull one way or another, if it is "pulling" it's likely to be a rider error or cable routing.
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    Before I put a Lefty on my bike, it always pulled to the right because the drivetrain is on the right. But with the new Lefty pulling left, the forces counteract each other and the bike pulls mostly forward, especially when riding down hills or with the wind. But on climbs, it pulls back, so I'm trying to figure out what to do. Maybe one of those rear shocks might "kick" the bike forward a bit? Or maybe if I put a bigger tire on the rear wheel? But that might make the descents too slow, so maybe I should get some lighter aero spokes for the Front wheel--but I'm worried that the wind resistance might not be equal, and then it would pull to the right again. I wonder if I angle the spokes a little, if maybe they would push the wind to the side, and the bike would self-right if it tipped over with the wheel spinning. But what if I tipped over the to right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TobyGadd View Post
    Before I put a Lefty on my bike, it always pulled to the right because the drivetrain is on the right. But with the new Lefty pulling left, the forces counteract each other and the bike pulls mostly forward, especially when riding down hills or with the wind. But on climbs, it pulls back, so I'm trying to figure out what to do. Maybe one of those rear shocks might "kick" the bike forward a bit? Or maybe if I put a bigger tire on the rear wheel? But that might make the descents too slow, so maybe I should get some lighter aero spokes for the Front wheel--but I'm worried that the wind resistance might not be equal, and then it would pull to the right again. I wonder if I angle the spokes a little, if maybe they would push the wind to the side, and the bike would self-right if it tipped over with the wheel spinning. But what if I tipped over the to right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by TobyGadd View Post
    Before I put a Lefty on my bike, it always pulled to the right because the drivetrain is on the right. But with the new Lefty pulling left, the forces counteract each other and the bike pulls mostly forward, especially when riding down hills or with the wind. But on climbs, it pulls back, so I'm trying to figure out what to do. Maybe one of those rear shocks might "kick" the bike forward a bit? Or maybe if I put a bigger tire on the rear wheel? But that might make the descents too slow, so maybe I should get some lighter aero spokes for the Front wheel--but I'm worried that the wind resistance might not be equal, and then it would pull to the right again. I wonder if I angle the spokes a little, if maybe they would push the wind to the side, and the bike would self-right if it tipped over with the wheel spinning. But what if I tipped over the to right?
    My head hurts...

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    good thing i looked at all the responces, "balencing off the drivetrain forces on the right" was what i was gonna write about. ha ha

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