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Cracknfail does it again...

(updated: Jun 13, 2007)

This company has a long history of recalls. I guess that's the price you pay for being innovative. Apparently half-forked bikes have their drawbacks.

Cannondale Announces Recall of Mountain Bicycles; Lefty Forks Can Break Unexpectedly

It effects mountain bikes with Lefty Speed SL and Lefty Speed DLR Forks. The forks can break during use causing the rider to lose control of the bicycle, fall and suffer serious injuries.

Personally, I have a very low opinion of Cannondale, having owned one before and the worst bike I've ever owned. The Lefty was actually probably the best thing about the bike. Read more here.

I don't mean to knock what other people ride, it's just my conclusion based on my experience, their initial denial of problems, and the resulting high number of recalls or changes they make.

Freeride anyone?


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1. Sir Lamm-Hammer said...

thanx for the heads up. i think those forks are the short travel XC forks. i wish i mine was bing recalled cuz it has been run into the ground. and i mean for real. i do not have alot of history with cannondale, but mine has treated me right. dispite the cable rub issue on the frame i love my bike. i understand everyone has a diff ride taste but love love my XC/All Mountian bike.

Jun 13, 2007 @ 4:32 PM

2. Pearce said...

come on now, lets not start name calling...LOL

I got an email about this a few days ago from Cannondale even though it doesn't pertain to my Prophet. SBA, I'm not sure of the issues you had with them, but I was actually at the Cannondale factory today, and these people really seem to stand behind their products. So far I have been very happy with their products and their service, but I realize that every situation is different.

Die-hard Cracknfail rider...LOL

Jun 13, 2007 @ 5:13 PM

3. blueheel said...

Just so you know, the recall was the result of a mistake made by an assembler at the factory.The parts and design of the fork are fine, there was just an error in the way something was screwed, and they have instructed dealers on how to fix. Everyone who has a job has made a mistake, this one just happened 6700 times. But the design and parts are solid. And no, I don't like cannondales. I just think this post was unfair and uninformed.

Jun 13, 2007 @ 7:21 PM

4. johnthewrench said...

Blueheel is right. The problem is minor and only takes about 10 minutes to fix. Don't let it persuade you from trying a pretty decent fork

Jun 14, 2007 @ 5:03 AM

5. brado1 said...

don't be such a h8ter !!! i loved my Jekyll

Jun 19, 2007 @ 10:17 AM

6. Sir Bikes said...

Sorry. I really like innovative companies. I am one of those people that likes to try the latest and greatest, which is why I had a Cannondale. I even know a guy that freerides with the Lefty fork - he's got it mounted on a Turner RFX if you can believe that.

But when your Coda brakes fail going downhill and you wreck into a bunch of blackberry bushes and get all cut up and nearly kill yourself, then the Cannondale rep tells you there's nothing wrong with them, ditto for the cranks, frame, wheels... Then the next year those brakes, cranks and frame are gone and replaced with something else, and they have a new wacky suspension design they say is the best, even though last year's design they said was the ultimate, and you break everything else, you start to wonder why you drank the Kool-aid.

If you want an innovative company, then look at Turner. They're geometry was very innovative, and now most companies have now copied them.

Jun 19, 2007 @ 10:46 AM

7. Pearce said...

Now that you were a bit more specific, I have to admit that I have had issues with the coda products in the past, especially their brakes. I was very happy to see this line of products go away. As far as my Prophet goes however, I think Cannondale did a good job picking the components that they come with..... just my .02 as usual...

Cracknfail rider

Jun 20, 2007 @ 6:33 AM

8. brado1 said...

Sir Bikes said:
If you want an innovative company, then look at Turner. They're geometry was very innovative, and now most companies have now copied them.

i thought he was paying Tony E for patent usage(he he, he, snicker, sniker) i fuggin' witcha

Jun 22, 2007 @ 8:13 AM

9. Crack'nfail rider said...

any chance of seeing the Turner with the Lefty? Come on SBA, I know you have a picture squirreled away some place...

Jun 22, 2007 @ 11:40 AM

10. Sir Bikes said...

Here you's a real sweet setup actually.

In action:

Jun 22, 2007 @ 1:35 PM

11. Sir Bikes said...

The owner's name is Tam. I've ridden with him. Awesome rider. Really great guy. Owns like 50 bikes.

Jun 22, 2007 @ 1:37 PM

12. Pearce said...

Damn! that's a helluva set up... I knew you would have pics somewhere.

Jun 22, 2007 @ 1:41 PM


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