Scalpel 29 Carbon 2

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Be a trail surgeon.

“Rock Solid” is not a term usually used to describe a nimble, featherweight XC race bike, but it’s perfectly fitting for the Scalpel 29. With its ultra stiff-and-smooth Lefty fork, BallisTec carbon construction and ECS-TC pivots, the Scalpel is the most efficient pedaling and and precise handling XC weapon out there.

SCALPEL 29 is:

  • The most refined full suspension cross country bike in the world.
  • Engineered to slice tight switchbacks with its 29er Race Geometry.
  • So efficient it’s like buying fitness… legally.

Rider profile:

XC racers and all-day riders looking for an edge when things get rough.


    100mm front and rear.
    Available in BallisTec Carbon or SmartFormed Alloy versions. Add in System Integration of the Lefty fork, OPI stem/steerer and Hollowgram cranks and you get a complete bike weight our competitors can only dream of.
    A clamped, 15mm thru axle in the shock linkage eliminates flex and play, providing unmatched center-stiffness for optimum control and steering precision.
    The combination of a steeper-than-average head angle and super short chainstays gives the Scalpel 29’er a similar wheelbase and trail to our 26’er bikes for ultra sharp, responsive handling.
    Through precise carbon lay-up, the stays are designed to flex vertically while remaining extremely stiff laterally and torsionally. This enhances suspension performance without affecting power delivery. Like the Jekyll, the alloy versions get ECS-TC double bearings in the dropout pivots in place of Zero-Pivot stays for smooth performance.
    Oversized, press-fit BB30 and full carbon shell guarantees zero bottom bracket flex no matter what your power output is.

Scalpel 29, 100mm, BallisTec Hi-MOD Carbon, Zero Pivot seatstay, PF30, 1.5 Si head tube


Lefty XLR 100 29 w/ Hybrid Needle Bearing Technology


Shimano XT Hollowtech, 38/24

Crank Option 1


Bottom Bracket

FSA BB30 w/ Wheels Mfg Adapter


Shimano XT w/ i-spec

Cog Set

Shimano XT, 11-36, 10-speed


KMC X10SL, 10-speed

Front Derailleur

Shimano Xt, direct mount

Rear Derailleur

Shimano XT, Shadow Plus

Wheels Size



Mavic Crossroc 29 WTS, tubeless ready


Mavic Crossroc 29, Lefty front, 142x12mm rear


Mavic Crossroc 29 WTS




Shimano XT Race, 180/160mm


Cannondale C1 flat, carbon, 700mm


Cannondale OPI Adjustable Stem/Steerer V2, 31.8, -15 deg.(S-L), -5 deg.(X)


Cannondale HeadShok Si

Brake Levers

Shimano XT Race, i-spec


Mavic Crossroc 29


Cannondale Foam Locking Grips


Prologo Nago Evo X8 T1.4

Seat Post

Cannondale C2 Carbon, 31.6x350mm (S, M) 400mm (L, X)

Rear Shock

Fox Performance CTD, 100mm


Syntace X-12mm rear axle


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Scalpel 29 Carbon 2

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Frame great......fork still with issues

By Jason - Pennsylvania Racer

from Philadelphia Area

About Me Competitive Cyclist

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        Comments about Scalpel 29 Carbon 2:

        I purchased the bike in April 2014. I had some changes made to it - sisl2 crank, convert to 1x10, xtr rear derailler and shifter, replace stock wheels with stans crests.

        Everything was great until the day before the state championship on June 1st. I thought the pressure was low in my fork. I put the pump on it, and the pressure was fine. If i pushed down quickly on the fork it felt normal, but if pushed slowly, or just with body weight it would bottom out completely. Needless to say I had a DNF from the state championship.

        I dropped it off at my local shop to send back to Cannondale. Two weeks later it was back...supposedly fixed. The service techs wrote a list of things they did that essentially looked like it was rebuilt. And it said they tested it a number of times and that it was repaired. The shop tested it a few times before putting it back on my bike and it is still not working properly.

        It is now June 24th and the issue has still not been resolved. Thankfully the shop had an older model fork that was in working order so I am not without my bike for races.

        The bike design, frame geometry, etc is great. When the suspension works great and its a super fast bike that handles very well.

        I am very disapointed and quick frankly embarrassed that my brand new, expensive mountain bike broke less than two months after my purchase. Especially after many of my rider friends (non Cannondale riders) warned me against getting it.

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        By TIM -- probike

        from San Diego area

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              Comments about Scalpel 29 Carbon 2:

              Owned for about 6 months now, and the more I ride it, the better it gets..Handling is amazing and gets better as you go faster...this bike also climbs exceptionally, due to traction and ,again, handling. The fork has become more and more supple as I've put more miles on it ,handles quickly, and tracks extremely well. I am VERY happy with this does EVERYTHING well...XT groupo is well-designed and reliable...only improvement I plan to make to the bike is to put a lighter wheelset on it, which should make it even MORE fun......Thanks Cannondale, you deserve credit for designing an INCREDIBLE BIKE !!!

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