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    Shameless plug I guess....

    I'm a one man shop. I spend a fair amount of time on here, but that's pretty much the extent of my forays into the big bad, larger world of cycling media etc. A blog or two, and that's about it.

    So when a buddy of mine, who writes for what I think is a fairly well read blog, gave me the chance to share my new toys with him in exchange for some air time, I jumped at the chance. He's also pretty new there as a contributor, but is quickly gaining a following as an articulate thoughtful writer, so give him a read, DB is good people, thanks for taking your time on this Chris.

    I'm just too tickled not to share, if I've crossed the line, nuke this where it stands.....

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    Very cool, you deserve it!
    And I love beer!!

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    I say innovation deserves credit. Cheers!

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    Too cool!! I'd say the clamps you made are one of the better things to happen for "fat friendy" suspension. Post away, brag a bit

    I must start my budget for one of these this year....trick is convincing my better half haha....it never ends.
    Riding.....

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    So what year/model of donor Lefty should I be watching for on the local CL?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GT_guy View Post
    So what year/model of donor Lefty should I be watching for on the local CL?
    2001-2004, non carbon, ti legged DLR or ELO.

    2005-7(?) Alloy (not carbon) Max 140 FFD/TPC/SPV.

    The DLR's can be used at around 70mm, they do need to be "29er reduced" to be safe.

    The 2005 era forks can be used with the existing dampers, but have the potential to have a 2012 PBR damper dropped into them, which makes them feel totally "modern".

    Same travel reduction has to happen with them as well.....
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    And thanks guys, appreciate it, I'm not much of a bragger, but this is just so cool!
    This is a Pugs not some carbon wannabee pretzel wagon!!

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    This is how I feel about it.

    Hehe, not really.

    Fat tires can benefit from suspension. You just went ahead and did it! Plug away.

    I think the next thing we need to tick off - now that we've reached an awesome choice - is a relatively affordable choice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Drew Diller View Post
    This is how I feel about it.
    Thanks Drew, nice to know how you really feel

    Well, price wise, I've had several folks score DLR ti's for $150 and under. Local CL or ride groups seem to turn them up more so than eBay.

    How much cheaper than say, a $400 suspension fork are you willing to bolt to your high end, funky unique bike?

    Just sayin'....

    Now my NOS forks? Yeah, you get closer to the cost of a decent Fox or RS, so not a low budget item at that point, sorry, nothing in life is free.
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    There isn't a $400(or $500) retail fork out there that I (most of us) would ride. Like you said, your Fat Lefty is right there in line with the decent stuff. A bargin if you count for innovation and quality of execution. I'm a dealer and I can tell you, I will be gladly ponying up for one this year.

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    This is a brilliant innovation.

    I've been harassing MCS with my inane questions about this stuff for weeks (I'm a suspension ignorant). Always got a very friendly and very helpful answer. I've now tweeked the geo of my custom frame order, built a wheel, and ordered a set. Very very excited.

    Keep up the good work I say!

    ....and thanks.

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    Nice work...
    Safe riding,

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    Quote Originally Posted by MendonCycleSmith View Post
    How much cheaper than say, a $400 suspension fork are you willing to bolt to your high end, funky unique bike?
    No, that about hits it. I didn't realize one could reach that price. I might have to be your customer again before too long =)
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    MCS Craig is good peoples. I'm currently working with him on a Lefty for my Vertigo build. Got the clamps already, which are beautiful, and just waiting on the leg.
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