Scalpel 29 Carbon Black Inc.

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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 Carbon XLR 100 29 w/ Hybrid Needle Bearing Technology


Cannondale HollowGram SiSL2, BB30, XO 2x10 rings, 38/24

Bottom Bracket

Cannondale PressFit30, FSA Bearings


Shimano XTR w/ i-spec

Cog Set

Shimano XTR, 11-36, 10-speed


KMC X10SL, 10-speed

Front Derailleur

SRAM X0, direct mount

Rear Derailleur

Shimano XTR, Shadow Plus


ENVE Carbon Twenty9 XC, tubeless ready


Lefty SL front, Chris King 142x12 rear, 32 hole


Schwalbe Thunder Burt EVO, 29x2.1", folding, tubeless ready




Shimano XTR Race, 160/160mm (Europe: Shimano XT Race, 160/160mm)


ENVE Carbon Sweep, flat, 740mm


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


Cannondale HeadShok Si

Brake Levers

Shimano XTR Race, carbon lever, i-spec (Europe: Shimano XT Race, 160/160mm)


DT Swiss AeroLite


Cannondale Foam Locking Grips


Prologo Nago Evo X8, Carbon rails

Seat Post

RockShox Reverb Stealth dropper w/ remote, 31.6x385mm

Rear Shock

Fox Float CTD, 100mm, Boost Valve, Kashima


Single ring conversion kit (MRP 36T ring & MRP single Guide) included


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Worth every penny

By Fishead

from Houston, Texas

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        Comments about Scalpel 29 Carbon Black Inc.:

        The INK is a racer/every day riders dream. It handles everything I throw at it. It keeps me at the edge with confidence and allows me to push "my" limits. The lefty is the best I have ridden by far. The rear suspension is a little stiff and took some time to dial in but once set, this bike builds confidence. I did shed the seat post, tubes to cut down the weight to 23.2lbs for the large with eggbeaters. Next I may go to a single speed in the front as the granny gear is not needed in south Texas, thus getting the setup to 22lbs! The momentum and agility of the INK has put the "FUN" back in my riding without going to hard tail for racing, and a full for fun. It does it all. If you want the look with a few more options, get the INK. If you want the light weight without the options, get the Team.

        The XTR setup and the blacked out frame is why I went to the INK, but I have ridden the Team with the SRAM setup, and both are top notch. I also test drove all of the S-Works bikes and although I loved the Brain technology concept, the Cannondale won hands down!

        Go Cannondale!

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