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    Scalpel w/ Carbon 140 Lefty Max

    So, I have a 2009 Team Scalpel and love the way it climbs...but every once in a while (which seems to becoming more often) I crave a more plush front end. The 110 SL SPEED just doesn't handel the bumps like a 140 RLC. Has anyone ever tried a 140/Max on a Scalpel? I am wondering how much it will effect the handling due to the headtube angle. Thoughts.

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    Interesting question... Was wondering what the Lefty 120mm would do to a 2011 Scalpel.

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    get a 110 RLC. plenty plush. 140 will slacken the front end too much.

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    If you love the handling as is, like Nathan said, it will affect the HTA in a way that you may not like. It'll slacken about a degree, and feel more wandery than before.

    You could also install a 2011 PBR damper in, much more tunable than your current cartridge, or, if you've never had the fork worked on, it may just be old tired, and dried out.
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    A 140 Lefty would also probably void the bike's warranty... Just get a cheap rigid bike and ride it a while, then a Scalpel feels like a couch!

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    What is the process for getting a PBR into a TCL body?

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    Quote Originally Posted by troutrover
    What is the process for getting a PBR into a TCL body?
    TCL?
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    Fat fingers...was supposed to be RCL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by troutrover
    Fat fingers...was supposed to be RCL.
    I've lost track this tidbit in my head, but I'm 98% that the Fox Leftys have a larger bore, (may just be the Terras, so don't quote me) necessitating leg replacement with cartridge upgrade.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by MendonCycleSmith
    If you love the handling as is, like Nathan said, it will affect the HTA in a way that you may not like. It'll slacken about a degree, and feel more wandery than before.

    of course he could switch the steerer to a lefty4all and use a canecreek angleset to adjust the headangle accordingly

    expensive workaround though

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    Quote Originally Posted by danridesbikes
    of course he could switch the steerer to a lefty4all and use a canecreek angleset to adjust the headangle accordingly

    expensive workaround though
    And still, the axle-to-crown distance would be too much for the frame...

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    What about the 2011 Lefty Ultra120 PBR? That should work on '09 Scalpel right??
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    Quote Originally Posted by YB1
    What about the 2011 Lefty Ultra120 PBR? That should work on '09 Scalpel right??
    I just looked through the Scalpel user manual today, and saw that 500mm was the maximum allowed fork length. (axle-bottom of head tube)

    The Lefty 120mm has 490mm fork length, so it shouldn't be a problem.

    Anyone try that yet? How much does it change the head angle?

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    I just put the RCL 140 on my Scalpel and took it for a ride. Axle to crown is 515mm. Handling is a little slower (not by much) than the 110SL but a 1/2 hr in I had a feel for it The bump response was much improved. Will report back after some more saddle time with some pictures.

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