2007/08/13

Goodbye Lefty Max


The king of All-Mountain forks bows out for 2008

It's always the best that goes first and today, it's with great sadness that I found out that Cannondale has pulled the plug on the Lefty Max... I'm sure they have good reasons to, probably something along the lines of 'not enough bikes spec'ed with them to justify the high production cost and some still don't get it and prefer flexier, heavier, two-legged forks' or 'Dan wants a Scalpel with a Lefty Speed SL so we don't have to keep the Max' but still, it's a hard pill to swallow. With 140mm of smooth rolling coil sprung travel (steel or titanium), the Lefty Max was the only fork in it's travel range with such a high stiffness to weight ratio. It made competitors feel like they carve their forks out of Jell-O. It was also strong, durable, relatively maintenance free and trouble free, very easy to work on, almost too good to be true. Time to move on I guess. Fortunatly, the 110mm travel Lefty Speed range remains and even grows for 2008.

The super light Lefty Speed Carbon SL at 2.72 pounds and the Carbon and Bonded DLR2 are joined by a new coil-sprung Lefty Speed Fox RLC that weighs 3.2 pounds featuring the latest technology and almost infinite adjustability from Fox. Yet another reason for me to go back to a lighter, shorter travel bike (see previous post)... I'm a Leftaholic.

Edit: Apparently, the death of the Lefty Max was caused by the new owners of Manitou (who were making the Max internals). Hayes bought Manitou and are not interested in keeping the co-developpement relation they had so they pulled the plug. Fox is already collaborating with Cannondale in the Lefty Speed range so the Lefty Max might come back with different internals eventually... To be followed.

4 comments:

Bad Ronald said...

Maybe like a caterpillar it is in its chrysalis only to emerge as something better and even more beautiful?

Dan Gerous said...

Perhaps... mated to a new significant other, something great for Trail and Big Mountain...

Bad Ronald said...

...hmm a trail bike WOULD be a good place for a lefty...

Dan Gerous said...

You are right again Ronald! I was starting to think that since people at Cannondale saw I was interested in a Scalpel, they might have decided a Lefty Max was not worth it anymore.