Lefty Forks

Lighter. Stronger. Stiffer. Smoother.

Lefty is LIGHTER. Our lightest Lefty, the SPEED Carbon XLR, weighs an unbelievable 1250g. Even our heaviest Lefty, at 1445 grams, is lighter than most of our competitors lightest race offerings.


The heart of the Lefty Cannondale’s patented hybrid needle-bearing technology keeps the suspension moving freely, regardless of load. Even under the hardest braking, impact, and steering forces, the wheel is able to track the ground fluidly for maximum control


The new hybrid design allows the entire fork structure to be completely sealed against the elements for long service life and features auto-resetting needle bearings to eliminate the need for regular manual resets.

Lefty is STRONGER.

XC weight meets dirt jumper tough. Lefty’s unconventional inverted design, with its oversized steerer, massive outer tube and beefy dual crowns, gives even the lightest carbon Lefty the strength to go head-to-head in destructive testing with forks designed for much more abusive riding. Bike Magazin (GER) testing proves Lefty beats out traditional all-mountain and freeride forks.

Lefty is STIFFER.

Despite weighing less than the lightest XC race forks, Lefty’s stout structure combined with its “square-in-a-square” stanchion design allow it to post deflection numbers comparable with the burliest thru-axle forks.


Our patented 3D forging process, used for parts like the OPI outer leg/clamp structure, the OPI inner leg/axle structure, and our OPI stem/steerer, integrates multiple parts into single forged pieces, reducing overall weight and increasing strength.

Superior Design

Lefty’s inverted double-clamp design is stiffer, stronger and lighter than the normal single crown designs. When System Integrated with the OPI stem/steerer, it forms the lightest, most precise suspension system available.


Lefty goes BIG.

The all-new SuperMax takes everything that makes Lefty great and supersizes it. The result: a fork as stiff and strong as most dual-crown DH forks, yet lighter than most all-mountain forks. Just the thing for longer-travel 29’ers.


The SuperMax’s lower leg is 36mm in diameter, while the upper leg measures a whopping 46mm for maximum stiffness and steering precision.


To accommodate current trail riding set-ups, an offset axle allows the fork leg to sit further back, creating enough clearance to run stems as short as 50mm.


To ensure that riders can achieve the best fit on long travel 29’ers, the SuperMax is offered with multiple crown spacings to fit different headtube lengths.


The new SuperMax Lefty hub features wider flange spacing which allows increased spoke angle for a stronger, stiffer wheel