The only tool you really need is the castle tool, which is £28
(used for removing the damper) The axle clamp and pin spanner are nice to have but you can make do if you have a vice or are careful with molegrips. Oh and you need an old spoke to pull the port plug thing* out.
Plus the external bearing cup tool I needed to buy, which i've only ever used twice; to install and then remove the fork. And that castle tool is a lot cheaper than the other one, at £79, which I beleived was the correct one for my fork. Are they the same?
All the tools and parts are available from Qwerty (and probably other Cannondale dealers) If they don't list it, just ask and Lloyd will usually get it in for you.
So, I've got to order special proprietary tools then. Rather than simply use standard tools or be able to nip to Halfords.
Bearing migration? I can do a bearing reset (every 15 hours) in less than 1 minute and you don't need to do that at all on the new forks.
I don't have to do that on any other fork. It's a design flaw.
There are adapters if you really want to use a "cycle computer" but I would think most would be using a smartphone / garmin / gps watch these days if they're bothered about ride stats.
The adapter is £15. My cheapo LiDLs computers are £4 each. I doubt 'most' poeple are using smartphones/gps etc.
How anyone can suggest a Lefty isn't as good as a Reba in operation is absolutely beyond me!
I found a Reba easier to service, set up and fine tune to my own preference, than the Lefty. That's my own personal experience. The Lefty is stiffer, but the Reba worked better for me.
Regular maintenance is no more than any other fork and super easy to do. A full damper and telescope service is ~£150 but you'd have to have really mistreated the fork to need more than a damper service ~£90, same as any other fork.
My Rebas are free to service, as I don't need to send them away. I can easily service them at home, with existing tols.
Bearing migration and suchlike the "haters" band around is nonsense. I do this maybe once every few weeks (20 hours) and even then the bearings have barely moved. Earlier forks needed a top out every few rides
Why should I have to do something I don't have to with any other fork? Again; it's a design flaw.
No idea who runs a front wheel mounted "cycle computer" nowadays. Even the most basic things are best run on the rear wheel for turbo use and usually combined with cadence measuring. If you are thinking of a Lefty then having a £10 "computer" would be quite odd Garmin or smartphone all the way nowadays.
Again again; most people don't use smartphones/gps etc. Many folk use front wheel mounted computers. I don't see any problem putting a £4 computer onmy Intense full susser, so why noton a Lefty?
Is a Lefty worth the money?
That's a totally subjective thing. I bought mine (Speed DLR 110) second hand for £250, wheras my (almost new) s/h Rebas cost me £100, and in my experience have been the better performing fork overall. If I could easily get into the Lefty with available tools, to fine tune the damping etc, then maybe I'd think differently. I imagine they'd perform a lot better if I could fettle them myself easily. But the thought of havng to pay omoene else to do it (which is never quite satisfactory in my experience), or buy a set of specialist proprietary tools, makes me think the Reba is a better fork if I actually want to jut ride my bke.
I love Cannondale stuff, and have always been a 'fan'. But I think the LEfty is fraught with design flaws and a lack of user servicability, which diminishes it's value in comparison to other products. The OP sked for opinons and advice about buying a fork, so that's why I'm offering mine.