Cannondale Lefty LFA PBR140 suspension fork review£999.00

LFA: Lefty For All

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Cannondale’s single-legged Lefty fork has only been available for non-Cannondales for a year, since the introduction of the LFA (Lefty For All) range. The telescopic single leg uses a keyed design and fixed tapered axle for good on-trail steering and braking stiffness at a very low weight.

The offset fork is compatible with 1.125 and 1.5in head tubes, but does require a dedicated wheel (Lefty hubs are £75). Loosening the brake to remove the wheel is a faff, and left knee clearance out of the saddle could be an issue, but you can fix punctures with the wheel in-situ.

The 88 needle bearings give a supple, ground-tracking start to the 140mm RockShox-derived air spring stroke. PBR damping is consistent and controlled with a presson, snap-off lockout/rebound adjuster below bar level. It’s pretty linear in standard form so braking dive is an occasional issue, but it can be tuned internally. Cost is high though.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster than the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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