SCALPEL 29ER 4

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Frame

Scalpel 29'er, 100mm, Smartformed alloy, BB30, 1.5 SI Head tube

Fork

RockShox Recon Gold TK 29, 80mm , Solo Air , lockout, rebound, 1.5"

Crank

FSA Comet , BB30, 42/32/24

Bottom Bracket

FSA BB30

Shifters

Shimano SLX, E-type

Cog Set

Shimano HG-62, 11-36, 10-speed

Chain

KMC X10

Front Derailleur

Shimano SLX, E-type

Rear Derailleur

Shimano XT

Rims

Sun Ringle INFERNO25, WELDED, W/EYELET, 32 hole

Hubs

Formula 15mm front , 142x12mm rear

Tires

Kenda Small Bloc k 8, 2.1" folding

Pedals

na

Brake

Avid Elixir 3, 180/160mm

Handlebar

Cannondale C3 riser , 680x15mm , 6061

Stem

Cannondale C3, 1.5", 31.8

Headset

Tange 1.5 Si

Spokes

DT Swiss

Grips

CANNONDALE DUAL-DENSITY GRIP

Saddle

Cannondale Stage 3 CROMO

Seat Post

Cannondale C3, 31.6x400mm

Rear Shock

X Fusion E1 RL

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cannondaleSCALPEL 29ER 4
 
4.8

(based on 12 reviews)

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Pros

  • Comfortable (4)
  • Handles well (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Mountain biking (4)
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    5.0

    Adding a workhorse to the stable.

    By Multi-Sport in Training

    from San Diego, CA

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          Comments about cannondale SCALPEL 29ER 4:

          I bought this bike mainly for the occasional off road duathlon since my other two bikes are not really suited for those type of events. After a dozen training rides I can say I love this bike. It climbs way better than I expected and the tires work pretty well for the dry SoCal terrain. I am surprised by the middle of the road suspension, it works well if your using the bike as it's intended. Although it's not a super light bike it is actually very quick. I think the brakes will be the first upgrade but they are hanging in there and as long as I only want to slow down they do the trick. I am very happy with this purchase and feeling this bike is my favorite (geared) mountain bike I've owned. I'm looking forward to putting a lot of miles on it.

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          5.0

          The Last Bike I will ever need

          By Old Man Benno

          from Okinawa Japan

          About Me Competitive Cyclist

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                Comments about cannondale SCALPEL 29ER 4:

                Jungle riding in Okinawa. This bike is only limited to my skill level. It takes the deep mud, long climbs, extreme down hills with no problem. The ground clearance over roots, trees, and coral heads is amazing especially with the great suspension travel. I ride every weekend and the only issue was getting the auto adjusting breaks properly bled. No issue after that.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Best bike I have ever owned.

                By Rick The Cyclist

                from Denver Colorado

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                      Comments about cannondale SCALPEL 29ER 4:

                      As someone who has owned 5-6 mountain bikes in the past ten years (some over $8000) I can firmly say this is the best one I have owned thus far. Handles like a full suspension 26 inch but accelerates and rolls over obstacles like a 29er. Best of both worlds. I wouldnt trade this bike for anything.

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                      • No

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Great bike

                      By Bob A.

                      from Glastonbury, CT

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                            Comments about cannondale SCALPEL 29ER 4:

                            I really like this bike. The great thing about it is the frame design, I'm 5'8 with a 30" Insteam, the top tube design fits me perfectly with a safe stand over hight

                            I was a bit concerned with climbing abilities of a 29er, none of that with this bike
                            The handling is precise & crisp, & it climbs very well. I like the tires, fast on hard pack with nice traction on New England single tracks.
                            If You are thinking about buying this bike, buy it! It's excellent
                            I

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                            • No

                            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Just hold on tight and go!

                            By Migz

                            from Miami, FL

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                                  Comments about cannondale SCALPEL 29ER 4:

                                  I went from a 29er hard tail to this full suspension monster and I instantly fell in love. It shreds the trails without breaking a sweat and I am out on the trails every weekend. Climbs and descents where effortless. I immediately felt comfortable and confident on my first ride. This bike was surprisingly light and perfectly balanced. I have been riding Giant and Specialized bikes, this is my 1st Cannondale and it looks like I am sticking with them for the long haul. The only negative comment I have about this bike is that the factory pedals and tires are not up to par with the rest of the bike. So if you're thinking about this bike go for it! Just remember you're going to need to swap pedals and tires immediately.

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                                  • No
                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Greased lightning

                                  By Rockstar

                                  from Carbondale,Pa.

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                                        Comments about cannondale SCALPEL 29ER 4:

                                        I was a die hard hardtail Specialized fan since 1992.I never thought full suspension was efficient enough for me and could not come to grips with the weight penalty.I was in the market for a 29er but after trying another brand I started running away from that idea until one day while out shopping the owner of a shop highly recommended the Scalpel hands down.While on a business trip with my Wife I went to a shop that had one,I didn't even test ride it.When I went out for my first ride I was just blown away by how fast and efficient this bike is.I rode 3 times the miles as my old bike in 1/3 the time and felt so fresh.this is the best bike I have ever ridden and now I am a HUGE fan of Cannondale,this bike is nothing short of amazing.

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                                        5.0

                                        Best full suspension ever!!!!

                                        By Jim

                                        from Atsugi, Japan

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                                              Comments about cannondale SCALPEL 29ER 4:

                                              I have had several (12+) hard-tails and full suspensions over the years and nothing compares to this beast it is the bomb from any standpoint and I would advise anyone who can afford it to get it... I did a 123 mile road bike ride from my home in Hon-Atsugi (Japan) to mount Fuji and made it in 7.43 hours; once there I rode/walked it up to station 8 and then rode it down hill. I got up to a speed of 51.8 MPH, yes I rode the breaks, I love this Bike

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                                              • No
                                               
                                              5.0

                                              Amazing bike?

                                              By Rob da Dj

                                              from Cordova,tn

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                                              Pros

                                              • Attractive Design
                                              • Comfortable
                                              • Durable
                                              • Great Components
                                              • Handles Well
                                              • Lightweight

                                              Cons

                                              • Price

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Mountain Biking

                                              Comments about cannondale SCALPEL 29ER 4:

                                              It's a very nice bike it was comfortable to me I weigh 238 handled great on the trails.

                                              • Was this a gift?:
                                              • Yes
                                               
                                              4.0

                                              sweet ride!

                                              By Vegas

                                              from Huntsville, AL

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                                              • Comfortable
                                              • Handles Well

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                                                • Mountain Biking

                                                Comments about cannondale SCALPEL 29ER 4:

                                                rides like a 26er but with the benfits of a 29er.

                                                • Was this a gift?:
                                                • No

                                                (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                                 
                                                4.0

                                                handles great, good performance

                                                By Tranbu

                                                from Hallandale Beach,FL.

                                                About Me Competitive Cyclist

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                                                Pros

                                                • Attractive Design
                                                • Comfortable
                                                • Durable
                                                • Handles Well

                                                Cons

                                                • Front Axle Keeps Loosenin

                                                Best Uses

                                                • Mountain Biking

                                                Comments about cannondale SCALPEL 29ER 4:

                                                coming from a 26" hardtail this bike feels like Iam cheating. Very good handling on technical stuff.

                                                • Was this a gift?:
                                                • No

                                                (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                                 
                                                4.0

                                                Good and bad

                                                By Ollie

                                                from Denver, CO

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                                                Pros

                                                • Comfortable
                                                • Handles Well
                                                • Lightweight

                                                Cons

                                                • Poor Components

                                                Best Uses

                                                • Mountain Biking

                                                Comments about cannondale SCALPEL 29ER 4:

                                                It is a great ride.
                                                I like the fit and I am really enjoying the wheel size (my first 29er)
                                                However, the stock tires and tubes are not really great.
                                                I got two flats on my first ride.
                                                They have been fine ever since I traded the tubes out.
                                                The tires leave something to be desired if want to do more than ride a dirt road.

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                                                • No

                                                (3 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                                                 
                                                5.0

                                                No lefty fork

                                                By grahamcracker78

                                                from Richmond VA represent

                                                Comments about cannondale SCALPEL 29ER 4:

                                                Don't be misled by the comment on the side this specific bike dose not have a lefty fork, at least this is what i get from the picture and from what i saw in the store, you might be able to order it differently.

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