Cross-country racers are always looking for an edge on the competition, and over the last decade the Scalpel has been one of them. The Scalpel has always had a radical and somewhat
polarizing design that has enticed many riders and made them lifetime
Scalpel fans. With the changing landscape of modern cross-country racing, the Scalpel got a complete overhaul to keep up with the
advancements in cross-country racing and stay at the forefront of
design. With riders like Manuel Fumic and Marco Fontana giving
input along the way, Cannondale has developed a machine that is
more than ready to tackle the daunting features of the modern XC
racecourse, yet is also able to handle the rigors of the more aggressive trails that riders want to ride when they’re not racing against the
WHO IS IT MADE FOR?
The aggressive frame geometry and minimal suspension travel have
always put the Scalpel into the cross-country race category. The bike
is designed for riders who want the most efficient machine possible.
The Scalpel-Si takes cues from years past and puts them into a modern design that still leans heavily towards XC racing, but with handling
and descending capabilities that rival most trailbikes.
The Scalpel still uses Cannondale’s own Lefty suspension up front, which will either draw riders in out of curiosity or push them away. Either way, the Scalpel has always been a mountain
bike for the ultra bike nerd who revels in proprietary technology.
WHAT IS IT MADE FROM?
Cannondale is known for doing its own thing when it comes to
research and design, and the Scalpel-Si has plenty of proprietary
technology. The frame and rear triangle are a full carbon fiber construction with internal cable routing and a Press-Fit 30 bottom bracket shell. A major change for the Si was adding a second water bottle
cage and the new Lockr carbon link that was used on the recently
released Habit. Cannondale uses Zero Pivot seatstays and designed
an integrated battery holder into the top tube so riders can run Di2
and a stealth-routed dropper post.
The head tube is an oversized 1.5-inch diameter with a
69.5-degree angle. The Lefty uses a 55-millimeter offset along with
the Asymmetric Integration (Ai) offset in the rear. Ai is Cannondale’s
answer to Boost spacing. It moves the hub over 6 millimeters to
the right to allow for more tire clearance and to shorten up the
chainstays. Our test bike retails for $9060, but riders can get into the
aluminum version for $3000 and the carbon for $4200.
Surgically Precise XC Weapon