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    Fat Bike Inverted Forks Are Here!

    They-re Here!

    I've been waiting on these for months after hearing that a Taiwan manufacturer was planning to build them. They hooked up with Bikeman here in the USA as a distributor and now have them up on their web site.

    I've considered a Lefty conversion but decided to hold out for the real-deal.

    I've got a straight ordered for a Mukluk 2 and a tapered for a Beargrease.

    More details coming as soon as I get-em mounted...

    Bikeman Carver Bikes Trans-Fat Suspension Fat Bike Fork

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    Hate when that happens...

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    Day late and dollar short.

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    Cheaper, lighter, better... Lefty IS the real deal! IMHO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtuck1 View Post
    Cheaper, lighter, better... Lefty IS the real deal! IMHO.
    Lefty is Ugly, not lighter, cost can be about the same, offset wheel required. less travel, performance is great though! IMHO

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    I dunno why offset wheel is such a bad thing since I've been beating the everliving crap out of offset Pugsleys for years now.

    Ugly? I don't get it, the inverted Fork-Of-Many-Names isn't exactly a pinnacle of industrial design.

    Anyways, I do dig the new fork, but I think in the end I'd still have gone with the Lefty, if only because I know I'll be able to get parts and service for years from Craig.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtuck1 View Post
    Cheaper, lighter, better... Lefty IS the real deal! IMHO.
    I seriously considered the Lefty... The set up requires use of the older movable clamp style Lefty (pre-2008), so a modern OPI upper, bonded clamp, or carbon, won't work. Craig Smith at Mendon certainly has it all worked out and there are a lot of conversions on the trail. Overall weight is about dead-nuts equal.

    I looked at the german:A Flame USD ($$$ and heavy) and was concerned about support and decided to wait for what I knew was already being developed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by XJaredX View Post
    I dunno why offset wheel is such a bad thing since I've been beating the everliving crap out of offset Pugsleys for years now.

    Ugly? I don't get it, the inverted Fork-Of-Many-Names isn't exactly a pinnacle of industrial design.
    There is nothing wrong with an offset but it has limitations. I am building a fatty around a set of trailtech 47mm rims which can't be done with a lefty and offset. I am not saying I'm a huge fan of this inverted fork either so I am going to hold off a while to see what other options come out....I know I ask for a lot

    oh and trust me I thought hard about a lefty but just couldn't do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtuck1 View Post
    Cheaper, lighter, better... Lefty IS the real deal! IMHO.
    negative on all counts.
    plus+, plus+ = win:

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    Quote Originally Posted by XJaredX View Post
    I dunno why offset wheel is such a bad thing since I've been beating the everliving crap out of offset Pugsleys for years now.

    Ugly? I don't get it, the inverted Fork-Of-Many-Names isn't exactly a pinnacle of industrial design.

    Anyways, I do dig the new fork, but I think in the end I'd still have gone with the Lefty, if only because I know I'll be able to get parts and service for years from Craig.
    yes fugly and yes the inverted fork is a highly successful design on many fronts.
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    I am very happy with the Lefty!
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    ouch it's hurting my eyes now lets focus on the REAL suss fork this thread was made for.
    plus+, plus+ = win:

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    The new fork is nice but you ain't gonna stuff a Bud on a Clownshoe in there. For that Lefty is the only answer for now.

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    I'm sticking with a Lefty.
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    Lets have a Lefty vs. Carver comparo before anyone even gets their hands on one.



    ......and go!!

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    I'm sure the new fork is great. For me and any one else running a tire over 4" and a rim over 80 mm it wont work so it's not a choice to be had.

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    Facts are facts. No battle there. If they made it to fit 5" tires on Clownshoes I would be looking too.

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    Just don't see the point in spending 900.00 on an unproven fork,
    when I can spend 500.00 on something that most seem to be happy with.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gcappy View Post
    Facts are facts. No battle there. If they made it to fit 5" tires on Clownshoes I would be looking too.
    the fact is not everybody wants or needs it to fit a 5" on CS so yea no battle for those who want that option...otherwise it's a great addition to the fat bike scene.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Loudviking View Post
    Just don't see the point in spending 900.00 on an unproven fork,
    when I can spend 500.00 on something that most seem to be happy with.
    if the design didn't prove itself over the last yr of testing from various people, venues it's been raced and thrashed at it never will.
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    So maybe someone can explain to me what is so bad about
    a Lefty?
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    Quote Originally Posted by nvphatty View Post
    the fact is not everybody wants or needs it to fit a 5" on CS so yea no battle for those who want that option...otherwise it's a great addition to the fat bike scene.
    Wait a minute, you just quoted me in reverse.

    A few posts ago.
    I'm sure the new fork is great. For me and any one else running a tire over 4" and a rim over 80 mm it wont work so it's not a choice to be had.

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    Ok, let me rephrase my question, who has a Lefty and likes it?
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    I has one on my 907, and I really likes it...it was on my Prophet a few years ago, got the all new solo air internals nearly two years ago now (big improvement over the original oil/coil), as well as a little love from Craig @ MCS along with the clamps, and it's been problem free--just the occasional bearing reset that takes about 3 minutes or so. Super plush, but push button lockout for climbs, and a downhill segment KOM or two--good times. Offset Marge Lite wheel build I did myself and so far not a hitch...

    Look for a circa 2005 cannondale prophet with lefty max (for example), you might find a local deal, and Craig can resurrect the Lefty and make it new...sell the frame and recoup enough to pay for the clamps. Then ride the crapski out of it... It's a very viable option, but there is more legwork involved in making it happen.

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