130mm Cannondale Lefty Super Max 29er “Fork” Weighed, Now Shipping

2013 Cannondale Lefty Super Max 130mm 29er suspension fork photos and weight

Cannondale’s Lefty Super Max 29er “fork” debuted at Eurobike aboard the new Trigger 29er trail bike, and now it’s making its way to dealers.

Quick refresher: It’s the longest Lefty fork they’ve made, and it’s for 29ers. The inside tech is fully updated, same as all 2013 Lefty forks and should be far more reliable than some older models. Forces from the extra travel are handled by a straight 1.5″ headtube, and stanchions’ outside diameters are increased to 36mm (lower) and 42mm (upper). The positioning of the leg is also revised to allow for a shorter stem and tighter trail measurement for quicker handling.

Our friends at Fresh Bikes got this one in and snapped a few pics. On their scale, they’re saying it comes in at 4.03lbs (1830g) with the lower leg shield attached. That’s about 20g less than Cannondale speculated at the tradeshow, which makes us happy…

2013 Cannondale Lefty Super Max 130mm 29er suspension fork photos and weight

Rebound and compression damping controls are up top.

2013 Cannondale Lefty Super Max 130mm 29er suspension fork photos and weight

Air chamber’s filled from the bottom.

2013 Cannondale Lefty Super Max 130mm 29er suspension fork photos and weight

Brake hose/cable management attached to the leg shield. It’s built for 180mm brake rotors at a minimum.

2013 Cannondale Lefty Super Max 130mm 29er suspension fork photos and weight

MSRP is $1,399.

About that weight: Cannondale’s standard 29er Lefty is among the (if not the) lightest fork available and is pretty stiff laterally. The Super Max claims to have the same strength where it counts as a dual crown DH fork while also being on the low end of the spectrum. For example, the Rockshox Revelation XX  29er 140/130/120  comes in around 1,845g with 32mm stanchions and 20mm thru-axle. A Fox 34 Float 29 comes in at 2,040g with tapered alloy steerer and 15mm thru-axle. The limiting factor for aftermarket applications really looks to be the 1.5″-only steerer and the fact that you’ll need a specific front wheel.

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21 thoughts on “130mm Cannondale Lefty Super Max 29er “Fork” Weighed, Now Shipping

  1. Are you kiddin me ? About 10 years ago Maverick introduced the DUC 32 – 150mm at 1800g – laterally stiff as a DH fork. Any questions ?

  2. Longest. It’s 29er, remove travel spacers and you’ll get 150mm at 26″ wheel. It’s not 1,5″ but 1,56″ and it is not the limit, you can convert all Leftys to 1 1/8.

  3. Is there a new hub standard for this fork? The Trigger post says the flanges are spaced an additional 1cm apart, but I haven’t seen anything about a new hub.

  4. Yes, the New Super Max29er is the strongest and stiffest Lefty ever made. The steering tube is as mentioned by Demi 1.56 (HeadShok) and reduces to 1.5 in the stem clamping area. This allows for a larger aftermarket stem selection. The new Super Max also allows to run stems as short as 50mm.
    Yes, there is also a new, wider hub for more stiffness. Nevertheless, the current one will also fit, but requires a different brake adapter (available thru Cannondale).
    The carbon outer tube is no bling! It is mainly responsible for weight and stiffness. A carbon shield will look nice, but adds nothing in terms of performance. Weight saving would be around 5 grams. Pretty sure some aftermarket stuff will pop up soon.
    Don’t have any steerer weight at the moment.
    Happy Trails

  5. wow wow wow!!!! gonna need to build a whole new bike just to put this fork on. a real all trail 29er is in my future now.

  6. I have used a lefty supermax fork 130mm travel on a Trigger 29ers now for one year. It is by far the best fork i have ever used for enduro and some Down hill. Much stiffer and stronger than conventional forks. The lock out brings the travel down to about 80mm and it’s great for climbing. I have gone of big jumps and bent my front wheel but the hub and forks never get damaged.

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