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    Default Lefty’s and their idiosyncrasies

    Simple q.

    Can a 26’ elo lefty be modded to run 29’ wheels?

    The more I look into it, the more complicated it seems..

    Anyone have experience with lefty’s, care to share their wisdom?

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    You need to add 30mm worth of spacers to a 26" lefty to suit a 29er so you would need a 130 or 140 lefty to get your 100-110mm of travel.

    I've done this and couldn't recommend going down the lefty path. Service heavy with migrating bearings and the like, also 26" lefty are long in the tooth now. I would consider a very late model 29er lefty if I had the application.

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    Thanks for the reply. Those roller bearings seem great for certain aspects and not so good for others.. the lefty was basically given to me and seemed like a option taking everything into account, costs and performance etc.. it is beginning to seem like a bad idea to even consider using this fork for this application.


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    Don't think it's that hard to install the spacers, but if it's a 100mm 26" fork you'll end up with a 70mm travel 29er.

    Lot of mucking around if you are trying to put in on a non-cannondale bike. Then there is the front hub you need......Lefty's are amazing though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by c3024446 View Post
    ...Lefty's are amazing though.
    +1. Do an old cdale frame up with the lefty you shouldn't regret it. Unless you got one of the rare dud ones. Or give it to me

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    Default Lefty’s and their idiosyncrasies

    Quote Originally Posted by c3024446 View Post
    Don't think it's that hard to install the spacers, but if it's a 100mm 26" fork you'll end up with a 70mm travel 29er.

    Lot of mucking around if you are trying to put in on a non-cannondale bike. Then there is the front hub you need......Lefty's are amazing though.
    This.....
    I think it is a 100mm elo lefty.

    I have a bnib project 321 hub acquired cheaply, but a rebuild and only around 70- 80mm of travel is not really viable cost wise..

    Anyone looking for a lefty elo with nice new ano black hub? Lol.


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    Maybe see if you can sell it to cyclinic?


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    Quote Originally Posted by c3024446 View Post
    Maybe see if you can sell it to cyclinic?


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    Yeah. Already touched base with them. They did not fill me with enthusiasm when asking some q’s.. straight up did not want to even give me a estimate as to what it would be worth, not very helpful when asking about servicing it either.. seemed strange to me.. Maybe just a bad day at the office ?


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