Cannondale's Scalpel 29er Carbon Black Inc. was created for complete XC domination! Cannondale poured over every detail to make it one of the lightest full-suspension 29ers in existence, with this thing weighing around 22 pounds! For a 100mm-travel 29er? Sick. Beyond light, it's one of the stiffest and most efficient frames, with BallisTec high-modulus carbon, a 1.5-inch head tube, oversize BB30 bottom bracket and a rear through-axle. That stiffness, combined with super-short chainstays and dialed geometry, give it lightning fast reflexes for dissecting the line and simply making you faster. And of course, nothing but the absolute best graces this frame: a 100mm carbon Lefty fork, ENVE's amazing carbon wheels and bars, X0/XTR shifting, XTR brakes and a Reverb Stealth dropper post. XC domination indeed.
When constructing their carbon fiber frames, Cannondale uses high strength, high impact resins similar to those used in carbon baseball bats. The fibers and resins are put in a lay-up designed to maximize the anisotropic (direction specific) qualities, making for a bike that is light and stiff, and capable of absorbing impact without damaging the structural integrity. Once the frame has passed quality testing, Cannondale adds stiffer, higher-modulus fibers in safe areas to increase stiffness and tune the ride.
Cannondale's carbon Zero Pivot chainstays flex in the middle for optimum suspension thanks to their unique shape and fiber orientation.
Cannondale's ECS-TC (Enhanced Center Stiffness–Torsion Control) technology eliminates flex or play in the links and bearings of your frame. Cannondale uses widely spaced, 15mm through-axles for the key pivots. The axle then becomes a structural part of the link or swingarm and radically increases your frame's ability to resist twisting loads and side-to-side movement.
Pedals sold separately
|Frame||Cannondale Scalpel BallisTec HI-MOD carbon w/Zero Pivot stays|
|Fork||Lefty 29er Carbon XLR, 100mm-travel|
|Rear Shock||Fox Factory CTD, 100mm-travel|
|Hubs||Front: Lefty; rear: Chris King|
|Spokes||DT Swiss Aerolite|
|Tires||Schwalbe Thunder Burt Evo, 29 x 2.1|
|Crankset||Cannondale Hollowgram SL|
|Front Derailleur||SRAM X0|
|Rear Derailleur||Shimano XTR Shadow Plus|
|Rear Cogs||Shimano XTR, 10-speed: 11-36|
|Stem||Cannondale OPI adjustable, stem/steerer|
|Brake Levers||Shimano XTR|
|Brakes||Shimano XTR Race disc, 6-inch rotors|
|Saddle||Prologo Nago Evo X8 w/carbon rails|
|Seatpost||RockShox Reverb Stealth dropper|
|Accessories & Extras||Single ring conversion kit, MRP chain guide|
* Subject to change without notice.