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    Upset Sticky Lefty

    Guys, I have a brand spanking new Flash Carbon 29er 3. But I'm having trouble with the lock-out button on the Lefty. If I push down the red crown it goes down and the suspension works fine, but when I want to lock it, I press the blue button but the red crown doesn't come up . If I use a small Allen wrench and wiggle it around, almost "pulling the blue button up", it comes up and the suspension locks. I don't know if the red crown or the blue button is the problem, but one or both are sticking.

    Is there anything I can do about it ?
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    Luciano
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    Take it back to the store you bought it from and have them fix it. That's why the bike has warranty.

    You mess with it and break it and warranty is out of the window.

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    It's a serious issue, then?
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    Not necessarily but they have a responsibility to fix whatever is going on if its still under warranty. Just let them deal with the issue.

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    If you're handy with tools, it's not a complex mechanism to take apart and likely fix yourself. No oil will come blowing out or anything like that. Do note, it is lightly spring loaded so don't take it apart in your cluttered, dimly lit basement...

    Probably just a seal that got twisted or is dry and sticky. Or perhaps a burr on some bit of aluminum.

    If you're not handy with small screws and the like, don't get out the hammer to try and fix it, this is why you buy a bike from a shop,they are there to either take it apart and fix it for you, or get a new part from Cannondale.

    Crap happens, shouldn't be a big deal to get sorted out.
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    Bonking ... not feelin' well

    Is that something that happens often?

    I ask because I heard that Leftys were a bit of a hassle in terms of maintenance, one of the reasons I was a bit unsure about getting the Flash. I think that the riding experience is outstanding, the Lefty is MUCH better then a conventional fork suspension IMHO, but I really didn't want to have too much hassle with the whole bike. Don't get me wrong, I know that top of the line equipment usually demands some care, and I'm totally fine with that, but in less then 50 km I already have to get it fixed.

    That is frustrating .
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    Luciano
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    Its one of those things...

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    Quote Originally Posted by driver bob
    Its one of those things...
    Yeah, but why with my bike?
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    Quote Originally Posted by LUW
    Is that something that happens often?
    Nope, I hear of it every now and then, that's about it....
    This is a Pugs not some carbon wannabee pretzel wagon!!

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    Well, if it's a fluke that isn't fairly common, and I had the bad luck to get one, there's no problem. I only hope that it's a one time fix.

    This afternoon I'm taking her back to the shop. If it doesn't require specialized tools I could do it myself, but if there's something to be changed I wouldn't have the part, so even though it's a PITA to haul the bike to the shop, it will be easier do do it that way.
    Cheers!
    Luciano
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    Quote Originally Posted by LUW
    If it doesn't require specialized tools I could do it myself, but if there's something to be changed I wouldn't have the part, so even though it's a PITA to haul the bike to the shop, it will be easier do do it that way.
    It doesn't, but good call, besides, they should fix it gratis, so let them provide you the service, that's what we're here for, not to sell you a problem and tell you to shove off, that's what online retailers are for.
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    Just got back from the shop, and I feel like a fool .
    It was the internal spring around the blue button sticking to the O ring, just a mater of using some silicon grease and it was working fine again. That I could have easily done at home .

    Well, living and learning - next time I know what to do. Thanks for the advice!
    Cheers!
    Luciano
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    Quote Originally Posted by LUW
    Thanks for the advice!
    Glad it was easy.
    This is a Pugs not some carbon wannabee pretzel wagon!!

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    Piece of pie!
    Or at least now I know it was .
    Cheers!
    Luciano
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    Quote Originally Posted by LUW
    Just got back from the shop, and I feel like a fool
    but equally it could have been more complex, and there's nothing worse when you work in a shop than a customer who brings in a new bike and says "I tried to fix it at home first but...."

    Like MCS said, Glad it was an easy, quick fix (and I bet the LBS is too).

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    I'm bragging now, now that I know what it was about, but this morning as far as I knew it could have been something really hairy .
    Cheers!
    Luciano
    Brazil

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