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    El Mariachi LE + Lefty = asking for trouble?

    Would you, the fellow owners of the LE, run a Lefty Speed DLR2 on this frame? I am interested in running front suspension and have a DLR2 in the basement of parts. However, in reading some of the earliest posts about mounting a Lefty on non 1 1/2" bikes, some people voiced concerns about the unusual stress that a Lefty would place on non-lefty designed bikes.

    These concerns are no longer mentioned, as many people are running lefties on 29ers. Is it truly a risk to this beautiful frame? Would I be better running the Lefty on a Surly KM that is practically disposable? With that, I fear never riding the El M. They just made this frame too nice for me to destroy.

    Thanks for your help.

    Jeffrey

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    After being on the stock rigid fork of my LE for a while now, I wouldn't run anything that was more than 80mm. I have been thinking hard about a reba myself, painted to match the fame...

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    The DLR2 is from a Caffeine 29'er, so it is limited to 80 or 85mm (from the stock 110mm).

    J

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    I think calling Salsa and asking them would be the best bet. The lefty on that bike is no different than a 80-85mm dual crown fork. Was the Salsa designed for use with dual crown? Probably not.... Will it be ok as long as you are not Hucker... Probably. Best answer - call Salsa.

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    Lefty with Salsa - not possible

    Hey Amigos,

    The lefty requires a specific size steerer tube which is unique to Cannondale - and therefore a specific size headtube which the Salsa frame does not have.

    The only single leg fork you could run on a Salsa is the USE Sub which is available 80 or 100mm and also I think there is a 29er version.

    Hope this helps,

    Ride and Smile.

    Chaser.

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    I was planning to use the Project 321 1 1/8" steerer for Carbon Lefties, since the Speed DLR2 uses bonded clamps.

    I will call Salsa tomorrow and report back with what they tell me.

    JAH

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    xJAHx,
    This is Jake with PROJECT321. I would love to see our adaptor help you
    get a lefty on that frame. I have to agree with Fast Freddy when he says
    "check with Salsa". Running a lefty is the same (as far as the head tube)
    as running any double crown fork of the same length. So just ask them if
    the frame was designed to handle a double crown fork. Also, remember that
    there is a limitation on the stack height with the bonded clamp lefty's. That
    limitation is 5.417" total stack. If you get the o.k. from salsa and you have a
    short enough head tube you will be styling (as they say). Good luck, let me
    know if you have any questions regarding our product.

    Jake

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    Need to ask some questions

    Folks, this is an interesting thread. Unfortunately, I can't easily and quickly answer this question. I'd like to talk with our engineer before responding.

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    A word from our engineer

    Quote Originally Posted by Salsa Cycles
    Folks, this is an interesting thread. Unfortunately, I can't easily and quickly answer this question. I'd like to talk with our engineer before responding.

    Jason
    I spoke to Josh (one of our engineers) and he thought it would be OK.

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    Sounds great; I will post pictures within the LE thread in a week or two, once I complete the build.

    JAH

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    yo xJAHx!

    did you get the LEFTY mounted up???
    future nature

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