BIKE TEST / CANNONDALE SCALPEL-SI
WHICH COMPONENTS STAND OUT?
There was plenty to admire with the spec of our test bike. The
XTR drivetrain shifted flawlessly, and the ENVE M50 wheels were
stiff and fast. The Lefty was possibly the biggest standout with a
55-millimeter offset that made the Scalpel feel like a worthy trailbike on rowdy descents.
HOW DOES IT PERFORM?
A couple of our test riders have spent plenty of time on the
Scalpel over the years and are very familiar with the handling and
fit. The Scalpel-Si felt like a completely different bike from what
we were used to,
with the wide
bars and long, low
geometry. It felt as though
Cannondale wanted to beef up the trail worthiness of this bike with
Suspension setup: We tinkered with the suspension setup
often throughout our testing. We started with 20-percent sag in
the shock and 15-percent sag in the Lefty fork, both with the
rebound set in the middle. After a couple rides, we softened the
shock to 25 percent for general trail riding but kept the Lefty at 15
percent while speeding up the rebound a couple clicks. Basically,
this bike requires some fine-tuning that should not be done on the
trail. It should be done in the garage before or after some initial
shake-out rides. The shock uses a custom banjo to attach the