|I'm a big fan of Cannondale's Lefty. I'll admit that part of the draw for me is that it stands out in a crowd, but there's also a case to be made for its chassis being the best on the market. That said, the truth is that RockShox's Charger damper (and Fox's FIT damper) are far superior to what's employed in the Lefty, and it'd be hard to convince me that a Pike, Lyrik, 34, or 36 doesn't make more sense on the front of a 160mm travel bike that's going to be ridden hard and fast. Considering the issues that you've had with your Lefty in the past, I'd probably recommend moving on to something else if you have the money to spend on a new fork. If you end up sticking with the Lefty and find that its air-holding issues are solved, you might want to look at the Andreani fork piston upgrade. I haven't tried it yet, but I wouldn't be surprised if the kit, which was conceived with the help of Ohlins, offers a step up in performance.|
So, 160mm Pike or 170mm Lyrik? If it were me, I'd go with a 160mm Pike to keep the Jekyll's handling stock (the Lefty and Pike are within 2mm of being the same length). The Pike and Lyrik share the same Charger damper, but the Lyrik sports a beefier chassis that is said to be torsionally stiffer. I've never found the Pike to come up short when talking about stiffness, however, and I'd bet that's the case for most riders who are under the 200lb mark or who don't hold a pro class racing license. - Mike Levy
|The only real con of riding clipless in the bike park is the potential for remaining attached to your bike longer than you want to in the event of a crash. That, and the fact that throwing a no foot can-can is much, much harder. Bike parks tend to be where riders push their limits a little further, whether it's by learning a new trick, or venturing into more difficult terrain. Not everyone is comfortable being clipped in when there's an increase chance of bailing, which is why you'll usually see more riders running flat pedals in the bike park than you would on your local trails. It really comes down to what feels most comfortable to you - there's no reason you can't ride clipped in without any issues if that's what you're used to. - Mike Kazimer|
|I'm not sure why offset figures are so difficult to find on most suspension companies' websites, but they are. So I spoke to SRAM today, and the official numbers for a Pike and Revelation are 26": 40mm / 27.5": 42mm / 29": 46mm.|
But it's not a simple as that. The Pike is available as OE (original equipment found on complete bikes) and the CSU (crown steerer upper) is available to buy as a spare part with 46mm offset for 27.5" wheels and 51mm for 29" wheels. For the Revelation there is also a 51mm offset version which is available for OE or as a spare part.
The easiest way to check which offset a fork has is to locate the sticker on the right-hand leg where the offset, wheel size and travel are displayed. But again, not so simple; the sticker may have gone walkies or the CSU may have been replaced. The difference in offset is in the CSU, not the lowers, and you should be able to find the correct value stamped on the underside of the crown. Finally, if you are considering swapping to a different offset CSU, it must be from the same fork model. For example, the Pike, Lyrik and Boxxer all use 35mm stanchions but the widths between the legs differ slightly. - Paul Aston
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