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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.

TECHNOLOGIES

  • TRAVEL
    100mm front and rear.
  • SUPERLIGHTWEIGHT DESIGN
    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.
  • ECS-TC SYSTEM
    A clamped, 15mm thru axle in the shock linkage eliminates flex and play, providing unmatched center-stiffness for optimum control and steering precision.
  • 29’er RACE GEOMETRY
    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.
  • ZERO-PIVOT SEATSTAYS
    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.
  • PRESSFIT, FULL CARBON BB30
    Oversized, press-fit BB30 and full carbon shell guarantees zero bottom bracket flex no matter what your power output is.
Frame

Scalpel 29, 100mm, SmartFormed Alloy, BB30, 1.5 Si head tube

Fork

Lefty PBR 100 29 w/ Hybrid Needle Bearing Technology

Crank

SRAM S1400, BB30, 38/24T

Bottom Bracket

SRAM BB30

Shifters

SRAM X7

Cog Set

SRAM PG-1030, 11-36, 10-speed

Chain

KMC X10, 10-speed

Front Derailleur

SRAM X7, direct mount

Rear Derailleur

SRAM X9 Type 2 RBC

Rims

Stan's ZTR Rapid 29'er, 32 hole, tubeless ready

Hubs

Lefty SL front, SRAM X9 142x12 rear, 32 hole

Tires

Schwalbe Racing Ralph Performance, 29x2.1", folding, tubeless ready

Pedals

N/A

Brake

Magura MT2 w/BAT, 180/160mm

Handlebar

Cannondale C2 flat, 2014 double-butted alloy, 700mm

Stem

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

Headset

Cannondale HeadShok Si

Brake Levers

Magura MT2 w/BAT, Shiftmix

Spokes

DT Swiss Competition

Grips

Cannondale Locking Grips

Saddle

Prologo Nago Evo X8 STN

Seat Post

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

Rear Shock

Fox Performance CTD, 100mm

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Scalpel 29 3
 
4.5

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        5.0

        Scalpel 29er 3

        By Xenothius

        from Hamilton / Rotorua New Zealand

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

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              Comments about Scalpel 29 3:

              A lot of bike for the money, absolute handling precision with less movement in the mono front shock than I have had on triple crowns!
              The traction from the 29" tyre is tractor like and the stopping power is even better.
              The rear suspension bob is all most nonexistent on the softest setting with only a couple of clicks of rebound adjustment still leaving huge room for adjustment.

              Only thing lacking would be bound adjustment on the front shock

              Absolute awesomeness and precision!

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              4.0

              Fun bike to ride

              By pouliot123

              from Sherbrooke, Québec

              About Me Casual/ Recreational

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                    Comments about Scalpel 29 3:

                    Use it around, love the suspension, feels like it could roll over anything. The only downside if a craking noise in the cank even after sending back to the shop. Seems like the bearing are the weak part of the bike.

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                    5.0

                    Perfect bike.

                    By Pug Rock300

                    from Poulsbo, Washington

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                          Comments about Scalpel 29 3:

                          This bike is just perfect for my riding. I went from the Jekyll to the Scalpel since I think mid 40's is time to go for lighter versus big stuff riding. I'm going to start duathlons next year and a Jekyll doesn't quite fit the bill for this type of racing. I've been riding Cannondale back to the super-V/headshock days and this is another awesome example of a great bike.
                          This bike absolutely rails the corners and climbs like a mountain goat. The 2 x 10 drivetrain is a nice change from a triple. I was a little worried going to a 29er since I'm a short dude (5'4" with 29ish inseam) but had absolutely no problems at all in any terrain. Cockpit length is spot on. I still need to play with suspension set up and tire pressure to perfect it but this bike will in the stable for a long time. Lefty is perfect as always.
                          Great going Cannondale!

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                          4.0

                          A Rider's Bike

                          By PRCJACK

                          from Prescott, AZ

                          About Me Competitive Cyclist

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                                Comments about Scalpel 29 3:

                                I bought this bike for both pleasure riding and competition. I came off of a Carbon Rush, so you know where my comments are coming from.

                                In my opinion this bike is too heavy for serious competitors (29.5lbs w/pedals). The components are great for the money, but are not of the quality of my previous XTR setup. This is my first 29er, and frankly, this is not a bike for someone who is new to the sport. Without previous experience on a 26er, there is no way I would be able to appreciate and take advantage of the benefits of a 29er. Finally, to really take advantage of the benefits of the Scalpel, you have to be in outstanding shape physically - not good shape - outstanding shape.

                                On the positive side, when this bike gets going it wants to keep going! Downhill it picks up speed quickly and momentum is easy to maintain when heading back up hill. I don't know how Cannondale did it, but the bike doesn't feel "big" at all. Cornering is fantastic both up and down hill and I have yet to find an obstacle the Scalpel won't clean (as long as you have enough speed!) and I ride in the mountains of Arizona. The Float CTD shock is outstanding. This is the first rear shock I have had where I can actually feel the difference when switching from climbing to descent modes.

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