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    Trying out a Lefty on my Ripley

    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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    Nice.

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    I got tired of waiting for the uploader on this forum to work... you can see my bike photos HERE.

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    Wow.

    Someone had to do it. It'll be very interesting to hear how it turns out.

    Do you have a weight on that Lefty?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gregg K View Post
    Wow.

    Someone had to do it. It'll be very interesting to hear how it turns out.

    Do you have a weight on that Lefty?
    2012 Lefty Carbon XLR = 1365 grams
    2013 Lefty Carbon XLR = 1380 grams

    Right at 3.05 lbs.... that is with the remote lockout, but without steertube.

    Add about 160 grams or so for the steertube adapter, depending on how short you cut it.
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    Would a 29er Lefty fix the Rake and A2C issue?
    I have a 2012 PBR on my 650 MojoSL ...
    I am looking at the Riply and would love to keep a Lefty .. even a 29er Lefty ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DH_WP View Post
    Would a 29er Lefty fix the Rake and A2C issue?
    I have a 2012 PBR on my 650 MojoSL ...
    I am looking at the Riply and would love to keep a Lefty .. even a 29er Lefty ?
    I doubt it, I think the A2C (Axle to Crown) and offset are the same on all the latest Lefties, but I've only used the longest Lefties available, a 140 XLR or MAX.... I'd think the A2C would be even less on a 100mm 29er specific Lefty.... but don't know that for sure.

    I'm using the 140 travel Lefties and converting them to 29er use by adding travel limit spacers and air chamber volume reducer - this does not change the A2C
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    I would be looking at a 130mm Lefty 29er ..the new max ones ..the green will match the frame

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