Zero Pivots, Zero Competition. The lightest, stiffest, most efficient dual suspension XC race bike on the planet. The Scalpel isn’t just in a class by itself - it’s attending an entirely different school.
Frame: Scalpel, 80mm, BallisTec Hi-MOD full carbon, Zero Pivot, BB30, 1.5 Si headtube
Fork: Lefty Speed Carbon PBR, 100 mm, OPI, Solo Air
a Cross Country Rider
from SW, UK
Date Reviewed: November 14, 2011
Strengths: Super Light - 20.0 lbs (9.18kg) with pedals. Rides pretty well on most XC terrain.
Weaknesses: Unreliable. Way too Fragile. Awful post-sales service from CSG. No use for long-endurance or multi-day events - it will let you down...
If you are not a sponsored rider and don't have a mechanic in support with a spare bike and a van full of components then this bike is probably not for you. If you live in Northern Europe and regularly ride in wet conditions, it's definitely not a good choice. I've not ridden it enough to make any great claims about how it handles - seems OK so far, but that's based on 3 rides. It has been sat in the retailers shop since it's first ride in the wet when it demonstrated how fragile it is. continuous chain suck damaged the chain stays; after the protective plate came off. Further damage was evident under the neoprene cover - I can't imagine this was from debris, so it must be a result of how the pivotless rear triangle flexes. The BB bearing seized and the rear brake cable carved out a massive gouge in the lefty fork where it was routed past and 'missed' the little protective patches that are supplied... CSG claim this is not a warranty issue but just a result of 'British Weather'; it wasn't even in the winter!
Similar Products Used: Marin Bear Valley SE. 4 years in and it's still going strong, with minimal maintenance.
Bike Setup: As Stock, Candy Bros eggbeater 11, Tubeless.
a Cross Country Rider
from East TN
Date Reviewed: April 22, 2009
Strengths: This bike is everything the xc rider wants. It climbs like a banshee (whatever that means), provides maximum control on the descent, and climbs up, over, around, etc. with precision.
Weaknesses: At 21ish lbs, it is a little light weight for my 160lb body. I have found myself having to be very careful, and taking falls on slick rock. I definitely wouldn't do anything to lighten it up. All that said, I love the light weight and the capabilities that it enables.
Some would say it is overpriced, but if you can find a great deal then the value will be second to none. Try to find this kind of performance and componentry level in a bike that costs less than $6000 or so.
For the ultimate in xc performance, but a bit of price savings over the Team, go for this bike. I didn't need to added benefits of the Team edition, so I went with this bike because and found a great deal. It is all the hype and then some. This thing is light, but not too light, climbs faster and descends better than any xc bike I've ever ridden. I will admit that its abilities are far enough from an AM bike that I'll be buying a heavier duty machine, but it does what it was built to do better than anything else I've ridden. Don't know about this bike in Moab, but for the East side of country, go for it!
Strengths: Super light, great climber, no bobbing yet active suspension. Great workmanship on a high-quality, fast bike
Weaknesses: Fork boot needs a few holes in it so H2O can drain out. Sizes run a little on the large side.
This is a fantastic bike for racing and everyday XC riding. Great on the uphills, active and fast on the downhills. Cannondale has put together a really nice bike/gruppo on this one. Can't wait to see the '09
Bike Setup: Set up with Lefty Speed Carbon DLR2, SRAM XO triggers + XO RD , SRAM X-Gen FD , Avid BB7s , Truvativ crank with XT cassette , Maxxis Larsen TTs on Mavic XM819s , Fizi:k saddle on Thompson Elite and Ti Eggbeaters .
a Cross Country Rider
from Los Altos, CA, 94022
Date Reviewed: May 28, 2007
Strengths: Full suspension sub 24 lbs. This bike is the best climber ever. The ELO Lefty is super plush and the lockout is a dream! Ultimate bike for XC racing and marathons.
Weaknesses: Short (2.3") rear travel makes bike less suitable for down hill and really rough terain. Cannondales SI cranks require frequent changes of bearings.
This got to be the best fast mtb ever. Lighter then my new Rush Carbon Team. Not ultimate for the freerider, but a XC racer's dream!
Similar Products Used: Cannondale Rush, Cannondale V900
Bike Setup: Lefty ELO, full XTR, SI integrated cranks, Easton post and handlebar.
from dolyestown, Pa
Date Reviewed: January 21, 2007
Strengths: This Bike is awesome!!!!!! every thing is great!!! I bought this bike for my kid. He's 5'1' and the small fits him great. It's a great bike. Great components.
Weaknesses: None, yet.I hope there never will be any.
As I said earlier, I bought this bike for my 5'1' son. it's a small and it fits him perfect. He's a serious racer, so I got him the best. It worth every cent. HE'S SO FAST ON IT!! I have a rush 2000, and he blew by me on our first ride with that bike. I was so embarrassed that I got beat by my 12 year old son because I'm in the sport class,and he just won his first beginner class. I wish I had one now. This bike is perfect. If you want your kid to be super competitive and fast get he/she this bike. Or if you want get it for your self. I'm a bike geek, and truly obsessed over bike weights. This bike scores a 5 out of 5 with me. If you or your kid needs a good, light, fast, reliable race bike buy this bike!!!!!