Cannondale Lefty LFA PBR120 suspension fork£950.00

Classic design but costly

BikeRadar score3.5/5

Cannondale’s unique single-legged Lefty fork is surprisingly stiff, light and reasonably controlled, but we can’t ignore the high price. The single legged design has been evolving since 1999 but has only recently been reformatted and made available to fit to other bikes. 

The upside-down fork uses a keyed bushing and fixed tapered axle for precise steering and braking stiffness at a very low weight. Eighty-eight needle bearings give an ultra-supple, ground-tracking start to the 140mm RockShox derived air spring stroke. 

The PBR damping is impressively consistent and controlled, with a press on, slap off lockout/rebound adjuster just below bar level. The Lefty is pretty linear in standard form so braking dive is an occasional issue, but it can be tuned internally. 

The offset fork is compatible with 1.125 and 1.5in head tubes, although it does require a dedicated wheel (Lefty hubs are £80). Loosening the brake to remove the wheel is a faff. You can fix punctures with the wheel in situ though, and it’ll never get blocked however heavy going the mud is. Cost is more likely to be a sticking point.

This article was originally published in What Mountain Bike magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

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: 44
  • 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 tfhan 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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