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Offline TN1978

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is there a benefit to a head shock
« on: May 30, 2009, 06:23:55 PM »
is there a benefit to a head shock over a suspension fork. i looked at a cannondale f4 today and noticed it had the head shock also could i put a suspension fork on that frame later on down the road.
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Re: is there a benefit to a head shock
« Reply #1 on: May 30, 2009, 09:15:08 PM »
You should be able to put a regular fork on there but it most likely will require adaptors as I believe Cannondales use a thicker steer tube (1 1/4) and therefore the head tube will also be fatter. Pretty sure the adaptors are readly available. Note: This info is based on what I think I know not what I know from experience.
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Re: is there a benefit to a head shock
« Reply #2 on: May 30, 2009, 09:22:22 PM »
Note: This info is based on what I think I know not what I know from experience.

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Re: is there a benefit to a head shock
« Reply #3 on: May 30, 2009, 09:25:22 PM »
I think I know a lot though  ;)
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Re: is there a benefit to a head shock
« Reply #4 on: May 30, 2009, 09:41:39 PM »
Thanks i have a chance to pick a 08 f4 at the lbs for 800 tax inc. i was looking at a rock hopper comp disc. i like the f4 also i just thought the head shock looked a little cheesy
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Re: is there a benefit to a head shock
« Reply #5 on: May 30, 2009, 09:49:11 PM »
I had an old Cannondale Jeykel and the headshock was cheesy unless you just like to ride Flatwoods and the easier stuff at Boyette.
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Re: is there a benefit to a head shock
« Reply #6 on: May 30, 2009, 10:14:24 PM »
i will be riding flatwoods at first but as my skills progress i'll venture onto more technical trails. i was actually more comfortable on the rockhopper
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Re: is there a benefit to a head shock
« Reply #7 on: May 30, 2009, 11:54:08 PM »
I almost picked up a used bike with a headshok that needed to be rebuilt before I got my hardrock. Did a little research and was shocked at prices to rebuild. Decided I'd rather have a bike with a fork that didn't require special tools and training to rebuild. Pretty much all the aftermarket fork manufacturers have readily available rebuild kits and though it's not a job to be attempted lightly, breaking down and rebuilding a fork is hardly rocket science. At least lefties look interesting and have some positive qualities. Headshoks just look goofy (IMO).

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Re: is there a benefit to a head shock
« Reply #8 on: May 31, 2009, 12:45:24 AM »
the head shock was the biggest turn off for me too. the bike is super lite though. i'm going to test ride the c-dale f5 before i make my final decision.the rock hopper was more comfortable to me than the f4
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Re: is there a benefit to a head shock
« Reply #9 on: May 31, 2009, 03:13:47 PM »
If you plan on riding some of the more technical local trails, I would steer (pun intended :D)clear of that head shock and go lefty or conventional suspension fork.

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Re: is there a benefit to a head shock
« Reply #10 on: May 31, 2009, 08:34:35 PM »
the head shock was the biggest turn off for me too. the bike is super lite though. i'm going to test ride the c-dale f5 before i make my final decision.the rock hopper was more comfortable to me than the f4

as far as the F4/Rockhopper matchup, you just answered your own question. dont make a $800 mistake and have a bike that you're not comfy in.

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Re: is there a benefit to a head shock
« Reply #11 on: May 31, 2009, 08:49:35 PM »
i'm going rockhopper for sure. i'll probally buy a fsr xc frame at tax time and swap everything over.
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