Hans is going to cringe reading this.... my apologies in advance
I know the Ripley is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED to have a 51mm offset fork and the Lefty has 45ish mm....but I wanted to try it anyway.
The AtoC on the Lefty was also 10mm shorter than the Fox 120mm fork spec'd on the Ripley.... so I'm 10mm short on height and 5mm short on offset. Hummmm How will this thing handle???
All this being said I popped my 2012 Lefty on it (even though I have a 2013 Lefty - more on that later) and rode it today.
As I anticipated it turned quicker in the tight stuff (a plus in my book) and still remained pretty stable at high speed. I would agree that the spec'd fork height/offset does make for a more stable feel at high speeds (I'm talking like spun out fire road speeds) which I was able to test today... but the Lefty was still plenty stable I thought.
I feel the 10mm A to C height difference is probably more of an influence and I'm going to see if a custom Lefty steertube adapter (from Project 321) might remedy that...
I'm going to play around with the air pressure and other settings on the Lefty a bit but so far pretty good. I will need a couple more rides on my local trails to compare a bit more.
I've eyeballed the new 130 29er Lefty.... but then I lose my 1/2lb weight advantage (over the Fox 120mm 32/29er) and don't need the 130 travel.... yet
More to come as I get more rides on this setup.... not bad 23.4 lbs with a dropper seatpost Running a mix of XX and XO 1x11
You see some photos here also.... but uploader is now working....
What does the race directer ride?? HERE.
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