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    Is it worth putting a lefty on an 08 F5?

    I have a rockshox tora coil on there right now which has been reliable and problem free but I've always been curious about the lefty. Do you think it's worth putting a high end fork on an entry level bike?

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    Quote Originally Posted by roc865
    Do you think it's worth putting a high end fork on an entry level bike?
    Yes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MendonCycleSmith
    Yes.
    so the 08 F5(taiwan made) is a decent enough frame to go for the lefty?

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    Quote Originally Posted by roc865
    so the 08 F5(taiwan made) is a decent enough frame to go for the lefty?
    I'd throw a Lefty on just about anything it'd fit.

    And bear in mind, the fork can move forward with you, you aren't married to that F5....
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    Lefty = State of the Art

    Twin tube forks = The answer for yesterday.
    Forks are for eating, Lefty's are for racing,

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    Quote Originally Posted by roc865
    so the 08 F5(taiwan made) is a decent enough frame to go for the lefty?


    I thought the 2008's were still made in the USA.

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    Do it! Do it now!
    and no, I am not missing the other half of my fork....

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    Quote Originally Posted by brows141
    I thought the 2008's were still made in the USA.
    08's are made in taiwan. 07 was the last year for the f5 to be made in the US.

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    Unless it's got "Handmade in the USA" plastered all over it, it's a Taiwan jobby. Which is exactly why I bought a late F800.
    and no, I am not missing the other half of my fork....

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    We put a lefty on my son's F6 a few years ago - totally worth it.
    It was a completely different bike afterward, and I mean that in a good way. Do it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoostN7
    Unless it's got "Handmade in the USA" plastered all over it, it's a Taiwan jobby. Which is exactly why I bought a late F800.
    where did you buy the bike or frame?

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    what do you guys think about this 2004 f800 compared to the 2008 f5? would you buy this bike and switch out all the parts?
    http://cgi.ebay.com/Cannondale-F800-...#ht_500wt_1156

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    I don't think its that big of a deal. The F5 is still a good frame. If you want to put a lefty on it go for it, if I had the $$ I would put one on mine too.

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    Hi fellas, since I'm new here with no posts( I joined here for info and knowledge) I am looking at a 2007 F5 on CL for 350. It's well maintained, has upgrades like a Rock Shox Duke Race XC 100mm fork, Avid juicy 3.5 brakes, WTB VelociRaptor's and Woodman stem. The seller has the original parts and other extras included in the deal. I need a new commuter/trail bike to ride to work, and with my friends and family. I'm 230 lbs, but I don't do huge jumps or drop offs. I just want a nice bike that I can upgrade. This falls within my budget. I currently ride a vintage Univega Alpina that is falling apart on me. I started to commute to save on gas. It's only 2 miles to work. I also have two kids that like to ride also. Is this a good deal? This would be my first C-Dale. Should I try and knock it down a bit. Thanks folks.

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    I'm still new to bikes, but have been eyeing the Leftys since I found this site. I haven't seen a detailed price list of what the conversion cost is though. Do I need a special wheel, brake, etc.?

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    whats the benifits of a left fork?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nic_cannondaleSL2 View Post
    whats the benifits of a left fork?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_WlRqcAQr2w

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    Quote Originally Posted by enfield View Post
    I'm still new to bikes, but have been eyeing the Leftys since I found this site. I haven't seen a detailed price list of what the conversion cost is though. Do I need a special wheel, brake, etc.?
    I just did the lefty conversion on my RZ 140. Here's a cost breakdown:

    2007 Carbon Lefty Max 140mm travel used $350 (Included steering tube, Si Lefty Hub & stem)
    Disk brake adapter $8
    Lefty Headset $30
    Mavic 3.1 Lefty wheel $75 used off ebay (Was cheaper than having my existing wheel rebuilt for Si Lefty Hub)
    Replacement Lefty boot $15 (boot on Lefty had small hole in it)
    LBS installation charge $30

    Total $508

    I went tubeless at the same time for an extra $80

    I have to sell the parts removed to recover some if not all of the cost. But, even now, I think it was totally worth it.

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    Awesome, thanks for the breakdown of parts and prices.
    What do I need to look out for when buying used? Will a 100mm be a noticeable upgrade from my headshok?

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