The Lefty, Larry & Cannondale  

September 01, 2014

Ah the Lefty! What do they say – once you’ve ridden a lefty you’re not going back? We catch up at Eurobike with Lefty expert Larry from Cannondale, and get the low-down on this as well as the iconic Jekyll and the super-hot F-SI.

Cannondale is known for always pushing different riding solutions - and the Lefty has certainly been one of those. Launched in 1999 (model year 2000) the Lefty is a single sided fork running on needle bearings versus bushings. The suspension delivers unique, strong, stiff and beautiful riding. As he steps us through the Lefty, Larry also gives us his hot tips around some of the greatest MTB destinations around the world.

Then we check out the F-SI (F meaning front suspension and SI referring to system integration), which uses an asymmetric rear triangle that has seen the whole drivetrain move some 6mm out resulting in a wheel with evenly laced spokes that is up to 40% stiffer. The innovation also means the bike can run bigger tyres - up to 2.4 inches.

F-SHI's short chainstays make for an agile, great maneuvering bike that is made to go flat out. The F-SI's head tube length has been reduced by almost 4cm, bringing the front end right down and helping deliver ideal power transfer.

And last but not least we take a look at the latest model 27.5 Jekyll with its 'attitude adjust' feature, which enables riders to shift the travel and the geometry via a lever.

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