SCALPEL 29ER CARBON 2

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Frame

Scalpel 29'er, 100mm, Ballistec Hi-Mod carbon, zero pivot seatstay, BB30, 1.5 SI head tube,

Fork

NEW LEFTY XLR 100 29, HYBRID NEEDLE BEARING TECHNOLOGY

Crank

Sram S2210, BB30, 38/24

Bottom Bracket

SRAM Press Fit BB30

Shifters

Shimano XT

Cog Set

Sram PG-1070, 11-36, 10-SPEED

Chain

KMC X10

Front Derailleur

Sram, X9, S3

Rear Derailleur

Shimano XTR

Rims

Stan's ZTR Arch 29'er, 32 hole

Hubs

Lefty SI front, Sunringle Dirty Flea Rear 142x12mm rear

Tires

Schwalbe RACING RALPH, 29x2.1 EVO, FOLDING

Pedals

na

Brake

Avid Elixir 9 carbon , 180/160mm

Handlebar

Tru Vativ Noir Flat , 700x10mm

Stem

Cannondale OPI adjustable -15 Degree, 31.8

Headset

Cannondale Headshok SI

Spokes

DT Swiss Super Comp

Grips

CANNONDALE DUAL-DENSITY GRIP

Saddle

ProLogo X8

Seat Post

Fi 'zi :k Cyrano , 31.6x400mm

Rear Shock

Rockshocks Monarch RT3

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cannondaleSCALPEL 29ER CARBON 2
 
4.4

(based on 9 reviews)

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88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (8)
  • Handles well (7)
  • Attractive (5)
  • Comfortable (5)
  • Great components (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Mountain biking (6)
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      • Was this a gift?:
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    4.0

    Faster than I am

    By Tdub

    from Nashville, TN

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      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about cannondale SCALPEL 29ER CARBON 2:

          This is one fast bike. When it's dialed in and trouble free, I can't imagine a better buy. Trouble is, the set up seems to be finicky and what I would call high maintenance. I will log about 600 miles this year on the bike and another 600 on two others, only because this bike will be out of commission regularly. My trails are typically XC with very few advanced technical sections. I like a sustained climb with a downhill and this bike delivers in both. It is stiff and lightweight with tremendous visual appeal. The stock components are excellent and while pricey, still a good deal for the package. In my first six months, I had to re-tighten the crank set and bottom bracket, brake rotors, adjust and lube the integrated headset stem and continue to have issues with rear linkage loosening up every ride. I reviewed and rode a lot of other XC 29rs before I bought this one, and own a 3" travel FS 29r circa 2006 that doesn't perform as well, but holds up better in tougher conditions. My biggest issue is not having the bike available 100% of the time due to going into the shop every other month or every 10 rides for some issue that takes me out of the saddle.

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          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Race City Madmen

          By Tree Dugger ex-bender

          from Vernal,UT

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          Pros

          • Attractive Design
          • Comfortable
          • Great Components
          • Handles Well
          • Lightweight
          • Redefines 29r Performance

          Cons

          • Grips Too Skinny

          Best Uses

          • Make An Old Man Go Fast
          • Mountain Biking

          Comments about cannondale SCALPEL 29ER CARBON 2:

          It does not take a 5' 11" frame and put you up on a tightrope up out and above the trail. It still digs and gets down and dirty right on in to the trail- but not for long! It never stays in any one place; it is ever cutting,moving and grooving! You don't have to steer it; just raise the pedal on the side your headed and lean a little. It is not big slow travel your knees and elbows are all the big hit you get. It is a little hardtailish when you are climbing or putzing; but it gets plush when speeding along -which is most of the time! This implement shoots out of features like it has a motor and rockets through turns like a master of gravity.
          Open and flowing with 1-2 ft features are it's cornerstone. Don't take on Big Rock Candy Mountain but you will win races in Woods&Desert !!!

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          WOW !!!

          By TR

          from La Mesa CA

          About Me Competitive Cyclist

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Attractive Design
          • Comfortable
          • Great Climb And Descend
          • Handles Well
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Mountain Biking

            Comments about cannondale SCALPEL 29ER CARBON 2:

            Feels a little firm at casual pace, but when you bring it up to speed,....and you will....., it is amazing....acceleration, climbing,cornering traction on twisty singletrack....WOW!!!!!.....NOTE :Give yourself time to get the suspension and tire pressures dialed in and then you'll see what this bike is able to do. It IS amazing....I'm 175lbs Lefty at 110 psi, rear shock at 140 psi. tires frt @ 20 psi rear @ 25 psi. I usually get a different bike every year or so, but this one is going to be a keeper. Thanks, Cannondale !!

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Amazing bike

            By DG

            from CT

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            Pros

            • Attractive Design
            • Extremely Stiff
            • Good Acceleration
            • Great Climbing
            • Great Components
            • Handles Well
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Every Day Trail Bike
              • Xc racing

              Comments about cannondale SCALPEL 29ER CARBON 2:

              Great deal on a 2012 caused me to buy up into this category. Blew every bike away that I demo'd. Specialized, niner, Santa Cruz. First rotation of the cranks sold me. I've been a specialized rider since 1994 (S works FSR, stumpy FSR XC) , but not a second thought about the jump to cannondale. I'll be the guy in spec. red & black gear passing you on the green & white cannondale. Lefty is amazing.

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              5.0

              Sick!

              By Wetfish

              from Fort Lauderdale, FL

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              Pros

              • Awesomeness
              • Comfortable
              • Killer Handling
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Mountain Biking

                Comments about cannondale SCALPEL 29ER CARBON 2:

                Rides like a dream! Roll on over.

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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Amazing!

                By Mikieb

                from La Verne Ca

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                Pros

                • Comfortable
                • Handles Well
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Rear End Pivot Creeks

                Best Uses

                • Mountain Biking

                Comments about cannondale SCALPEL 29ER CARBON 2:

                I ride about 60-100 miles a week and have several bikes, the Carbon Scalpel is an amazing bike to climb with and handles extremely well down hill given the 29er wheel set!

                The only negatives I have are the horrible Avid Elixirs, after coming off of a full XTR Jekyll 3000 that has run flawlessly for 7 years it makes me wonder what Cannondale was thinking by putting those crapy brakes on such a beautiful bike. They squeak, they moan, the stopping power is inconstant, 600.00 later ill be riding XTR brakes again!!!! anyone want a GREAT DEAL on some Avid's .???

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                5.0

                Fastest Bike on the Market

                By Guy

                from Jackson Hole, WY

                About Me Competitive Cyclist

                Pros

                • Attractive Design
                • Fast
                • Great Components
                • Handles Well
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Mountain Biking

                  Comments about cannondale SCALPEL 29ER CARBON 2:

                  The fastest bike I've ever ridden. This bike actually made me like 29ers... super quick and fun handeling. Low and short unlike 29ers usually are.

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                  (0 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  Wrong bike..

                  By Michael

                  from North Salem, NY

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                  Pros

                  • Handles Well
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                  • Not Good For East Coast
                  • Uncomfortable

                  Best Uses

                  • Fast Non Technical

                  Comments about cannondale SCALPEL 29ER CARBON 2:

                  I'm very disapointed I purchased this bike as I live on the east coast (very close to the Cannondale hdqtrs) and find its just not the right bike for this area..There is a lot of technical, big hit roots and rocks on the trails around here and the Scalpel is just not built for them..Granted, it's fast, turns well, and is light but it lacks the ability to handle the terrain and can be very unforgiving if you push the pace especially since Cannondale spec's the Scalpel with Racing Ralphs, a useless tire on anything but the driest of conditions..The Monarch rear shock is awful on this bike..I've tried several settings and it just feels lifeless and still.It's a race bike that belongs more on western style courses and trails..where I'm sure it would shine..If you want something in between and more suited towards east coast riding, get a Trigger or a Jekkyl..I wish I had.

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                  (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  THIS BIKE AWESOME!!!!!LIFE CHANGING!!!!!

                  By wcl the biker

                  from los angeles,ca

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                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Attractive Design
                  • Comfortable
                  • Durable
                  • Great Components
                  • Handles Well
                  • Lightweight
                  • Worth The Money In Spades

                  Cons

                  • Zipzeronada

                  Best Uses

                  • Mountain Biking

                  Comments about cannondale SCALPEL 29ER CARBON 2:

                  ONE RIDE ON THIS BIKE CHANGED MY LIFE!!!!!TRIED A GARY FISHER HIFI 29ER...NO CONTEST!!!THIS BIKE IS WORTH THE MONEY IN SPADES!!!!!

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