Cannondale Scalpel 29er Alloy 4 29er Full Suspension

4.88/5 (8 Reviews)
MSRP : $2550.00

Product Description

  • Crank: FSA Comet, 42/32/24
  • Bottom Bracket: FSA MegaExo
  • Chain: KMC X10, 10-speed
  • Hubs: Formula 20mm front, 142x12mm rear
  • Brake: Avid Elixir 3, 180/160mm

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Reviews 1 - 8 (8 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Steve a Weekend Warrior

Date Reviewed: April 8, 2016

Strengths:    Great value
Looks sweet

Weaknesses:    Factory brakes

Bottom Line:   
This week marks my two-year anniversary riding this bike. I average about 30 miles a week and the Scalpel has no problem keeping me on the trail. With a max budget of $2K, I picked it up on closeout in April 2014 and could not be happier with my decision. I ride a variety of trails in central and western NC and this is a great all around bike. I hate having to wrench on my bikes and really appreciate that I can ride this bike 2-3 times a week and not have to worry about constant adjustments. I ride with some guys that have much flashier and expensive bikes and I spend far less time with my tools out than they do. I did have to replace the brakes. Since SRAM had so many problems with the Elixir brakes, I was able to file a warranty claim with SRAM and I was able to get new SRAM brakes for free. I also found the grips to be really small (in diameter) so I replaced those with thicker grips. Other than that, I have been running the stock components. The boys at the shop tell me that it will need a new drivetrain soon, but she is still shifting smoothly, so I'm going to wait and see what happens. Overall, I would recommend this for any weekend warrior looking to keep the budget in check and have some fun.

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Favorite Trail:   Warrior Creek

Price Paid:    $1800.00

Purchased At:   The Spirited Cyclist

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jamie Bryan a Weekend Warrior

Date Reviewed: February 27, 2015

Strengths:    The bike is Solid and Tough, components are upper end. The value is unmatched.

Weaknesses:    Break fade under extreme conditions. Tires are weak for all-terrain use.

Bottom Line:   
I travel nationally, for work. I have taken this rig on downhill (Angel Fire), Cross Country trails, pump tracks, MTB Park and any trail I could find, across this great country. Other than chewing through brake pads on the downhill stuff, this baby has been flawless. I have shorten the head set, to accommodate for my aggressive riding style. I also slapped some Raceface cranks and went with a 1/10 set up in the chain ring department. The tires were the first to go for me. I have zero complaints. I beat this thing like it owes me money and it has never let me down. I keep it well serviced and try not to ask it to do things that are too far out of its wheel house, that last part is a lie. I am not afraid to jump on this thing and take it anywhere. This is the first time since I was a wee-lad riding my kuwahara with skyways,that a bike has felt like an extension of my own body. For the cash-- It can not be beat. Other bikes in the garage, this is the one I ride..

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Favorite Trail:   Lower Boogie Angel Fire NM

Duration Product Used:   a Hard 6 months

Price Paid:    $1400.00

Purchased At:   Pedals Corpus Christ

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Shuey

Date Reviewed: August 1, 2014

Strengths:    Best bang for the money. All the complaints I read about the brake fade I cannot relate to unless completely wet, but can still stop as needed, just creates some shutter noises. Stock tires are awesome until you encounter wet muddy conditions on stock provided tires. So, not to complain, I secured a set of set on Continental Mountain King II, 2.4 in the front and 2.2 in the rear, mud no longer a problem. So, at 50 years old and riding with some friends on a downhill trail, I had the best ride ever. That was a sick awesome ride, faster than I experienced in the prior weeks. It was so pleasuring to experience waiting about a minute for the riders behind me to get to the next point. My point is, the bike is so solid. With the new tires, my confidence level took me back to when I was a kid, banging through the trails. The components are superb for the cost of the bike. Big Thanks to my local Dealer, Pro Bikes, Monroeville, Pa. I am just addicted to riding now and is the top of my list for cardio.

Weaknesses:    Keeping it clean enough to put back into mu dining room after riding.

Bottom Line:   
Love this bike and I will upgrade in the next year or to to a carbon type.

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Bike Setup:   Stock, changed tires to Continental Mountain King II, front and rear.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by JC

Date Reviewed: June 15, 2014

Strengths:    Fast, Smooth suspension, Great ride for the price!

Weaknesses:    None so far.

Bottom Line:   
I am very pleased with this bike. My other 2 bikes did cost me much more and have some "higher end" components. I bought this bike to be my XC tool and I was a little concerned that it might not live up to what I wanted out of the box. I fully expected to start with upgrades almost right away. I was happy to find that I couldn't have been more wrong. The suspension may be middle of the road but it has performed flawless and I'm a pretty hefty guy. The brakes, which receive a lot of negative marks actually worked very well and as mentioned with my extra weight I was pleasantly surprised. The tires work very well for my riding terrain in SoCal but I could see they might not be great for wet conditions. But for me that's not gonna happen unless I ride through a creek. This bike is fast and smooth and I would recommend if your looking for a good FS-XC bike. My other bikes are at serious risk of collecting dust over the summer.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Michael

Date Reviewed: April 21, 2014

Strengths:    The overall ride is perfect for my body type. This is a FAST bike and does surprisingly well with cornering. The tires are not THAT bad. For me, I i found replacing the front tire with a stickier tire was the trick. Kenda put their XC tires on the bike...which are still fast. Most people just run them at the wrong pressure. Ive been running mine between 20-25psi (in accordance with my weight).

Either way....Its a fun and durable bike!

Weaknesses:    The brakes are the worst thing about this bike! I know cannondale has a good relationship with SRAM... but my god.....theyre terrible! Shimano XT are long due for this guy! its nice however, that this is a quick fix.

Bottom Line:   
Just get out and ride!

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by zenkem a Weekend Warrior

Date Reviewed: February 26, 2013

Strengths:    Strong performer and super responsive with 20mm thru axle fork and 12x142 rear hub setup....this bike does not flex. Acceleration is pretty good for 29er and it climbs really well then floats on the downs.

Weaknesses:    Brakes were weak, swapped 'em out the next day after purchase. The rest of my upgrades were personal preference not really necessary. Also, the BB is not a true BB30 but can be coverted if you wanna spend the money. Rapid Rob tires are fast tires but not good for railing it.

Bottom Line:   
Experienced brake fade on my first ride...made a deal with the LBS and put XT's on, problem solved. Heard bad things 'bout going Tubeless with the Inferno rims so I swapped 'em for a set of Flows with Hope Pro hubs. Then I wanted 2x10 after I found out the 3x FSA Comet Crank weighed in at over 1100 grams, now I'm thinking 26/38 is a little too much gear for my area...24/38 coming soon. Installed a carbon bar for comfort and now the bike is almost 2 pounds lighter. This bike has been a pure joy to ride from the day I got it. A little on the heavy side (coming from a Hardtail) which tends to wear on me during the longer rides but I think it's more of a conditioning thing.

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Favorite Trail:   Any I'm riding

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1760.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Huffy Rigid, Avalanche 3.0, Jamis Parker I, Cannondale F4, Access 29er, Niner EMD

Bike Setup:   Stans Flow wheels with Hope hubs w/Tioga Psycho Genius 2.25, 2013 SLX 2x10 crank w/XT 11-36 cassette-XT shifter and RD-M786D rear derailleur, Ritchey Cabon bar the rest is stock.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by glebas a Weekend Warrior

Date Reviewed: September 21, 2012

Strengths:    An all around great handling bike, jock of all trades and master of some! Feels like you are floating over the rocks and roots of the northeast trails! Looks and rides great.

Weaknesses:    Next to the tires, which are great when you are pounding the pavement to get to the trail, the only weakness would be me! I landed a jump, locked the wheels in mud and the bike slid out from under me as I slid into a tree branch. Seven stitches, doh! Not the bikes fault!

Bottom Line:   
I compared it to a few Giants and this one just felt better. For some reason I like Cannondale better than Giant. Can't explain why.

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Favorite Trail:   Gregs pond, Hilltop, Mills reservation

Duration Product Used:   1 month

Price Paid:    $1950.00

Purchased At:   Diamond Cycle

Bike Setup:   Stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Ivan a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: May 20, 2012

Strengths:    1. Cornering
2. Weight
3. Gear mix
4. Geometry
5. looks !

Weaknesses:    Tires... BUT do yourself a favor and exchange them at the dealer for some Schwalbes and your set. - My set up is Hans Dampf on the front and Racing Ralph on the back.

Bottom Line:   
The bikes rides amazingly smooth and very quick. The rockshox are great and best of all, after all my research (over 3 months comparing, Scott, Specialized and Trek) came up winning solely in the fact that are dependable, less maintenance and no complaints online as to breaking parts, rear shock behaves very well and has nothing to shy on in front of any Fox.

Like I mentioned above, the tires were replace to my riding preference and to respond better to Florida's sometimes WET and MUDDY trails, the Schwalbe Hans Dampf sticks to mud like glue !

Over all, Cannondale has done a great job putting a bike together, finally, the only reason I didn't give 5 stars on value rating was based on tires but that has been taken care of…

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Price Paid:    $2300.00

Purchased At:   Bike America

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