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    Cannondale Trail SL 3 SS Fork Question

    I posted this in the Cannondale forum but I have a feeling it's better off here:

    I bought one of the these earlier this year:

    TRAIL SL 29ER 3 SS - Trail SL 29er - Hardtail 29er - Mountain - Bikes - 2013


    The forks are aluminum and under heavy braking they flex back A LOT, at least 40mm. I'm assuming the flex outward under heavy impact as well but not that I can notice. I've never seen anything flex so much and its a bit discomforting.
    The back end has these fancy 'save' stays on the rear triangle to accommodated bumps. Could the same idea be applied to the forks?
    Anyone else riding this bike?
    My worst fear is snapping a set of forks.

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    I have the same bike but upgraded the fork. A buddy has the 2012 & he is a super big dude & former wrench. He has never stated any worries. Ask your LBS. That is a pretty sturdy/heavy fork, I think other parts would malfunction/break before it were to give way.

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    Given mine plenty of hammer, and no problems, it's a comfortable fork for a rigid.

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    I put 500 or so miles on mine before going to a suspension fork for personal reasons. Rode mostly XC single track, but also some small drops and jumps and TTFs. Never once felt uncomfortable with it.

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    I can't imagine that much flex. Is your headset loose?
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    The headset is good, no play whatsoever. I talk to my LBS and apparently its intention...just aluminum being aluminum.
    I guess thats what you get with a comfortable rigid fork, I'll just try not to think about it too much. Lets hope my next post doesn't have the word 'snap' in the title!

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    I had a 2010 model of this bike, back when it was called the SL5, and it had a very crude tube-type aluminum fork. If I looked down under braking I could see the fork flexing back more than any other fork I've ever seen. It never showed any signs of fatigue though in the 2 years I owned the bike.
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    If you're interested in selling the fork, I am actually looking for one for a build I'm doing!

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