All the benefits of a world-class XC bike for your backyard. And not just any test. This is the leverage ratio rise, which is engineer speak for “it’s more progressive.”. Our passion is the products, technology and people that make them. You need Scalpel SE. However, I probably won’t add this bike to the list for my next XC racer. Both versions use the same frame, but only the 100mm Scalpel Carbon gets a premium Hi-Mod carbon fiber version that comes in at a claimed 1910g in size medium. Again and again. Sensible design and with perfect machining tolerances. They’ve been using their SAVE stays on road, gravel and mountain bikes for two decades…it started on that first Scalpel back in 2001. @ alloycowboy. Sorry/not sorry. The patented FlexPivot design delivers more grip and more speed - and weighs next to nothing. Early on, the Cannondale Scalpel was one of the first legitimate full suspension XC race bikes, getting things like disc brakes, a stout fork with their Lefty, and a 2x drivetrain. First launched in 2001, the Scalpel emerged as a very lightweight, very efficient, and very short-travel full suspension XC race bike designed to woo elite riders away from their hardtails. Now, it gets more progressive geometry, and more travel, making it more capable than ever. And we all know how much Cannondale hates adding weight.eval(ez_write_tag([[300,250],'bikerumor_com-large-leaderboard-2','ezslot_5',108,'0','0'])); If anyone’s become an expert in making flexible stays work for full suspension bikes, it’s Cannondale. Agreed, I almost don’t see the point of the Ocho fork as its flexibility is on par with that of a SID. • Contact Us It is a Cannondale after all. Annoying? Ai I’m actually fine with as it does build a better wheel but they failed to go the extra step and pair front/rear hubs that would use identical spoke lengths for all spokes. Then this offset rear wheel trend that they insist on continuing with. Because the lines on the shock don’t take into account the leverage ratio of the suspension. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. the echo fork is the bomb. The shackles are off, go ride the unrideable. They recommend measuring the actual movement on the shock for the most accurate results. They say the perceived ideal of 100% anti-squat is based on the false premise of a fixed body position. you have to ride one to understand. A 4-bar design allows them to tailor all aspects of the kinematics, from anti-squat to anti-rise. The last straw was the insane steering lock on the System Six and Super Six frames. Measure 10.4-12.4mm stroke to get 25-30% rear wheel travel sag. Or for the truly weight obsessed, STASH can be removed and replaced with a lightweight cover. For rapid trail-side repairs, the STASH system holds a quick-draw Fabric 8-in-1 mini tool, C02 inflator and tire plug kit beneath the water bottle. Or 8.85% progression within the most-used 30-90% travel range. Or 8.85% progression within the most-used 30-90% travel range. By Cannondale not having provision for a front der they have lost 0.0000001% of the market. The Standard Mod frame is 150g heavier. We love learning the technology and celebrating innovation at every level -from crowdfunded start ups to major global brands- and sharing it all here with you! Slacker, longer and lower than your usual cross-country mountain bikes, the new Scalpel brings hard-charging stability and confidence to the game, without abandoning its sharp-handling XC roots. It self-centers in a Park stand and you can fine-tune the dish with a gauge. Ground-breaking suspension, aggressive geometry and feathery weight let you go full gas from the gun. This helps overcome the natural ramp from an air shock to help you use more of the available travel. Much of it is done with carbon optimization of tube shapes and materials. And Di2 battery mounts, which is interesting considering none of the bikes are coming with it, and there are no mounts for the Fox Live Valve system on the chainstays.