Cannondale Scalpel 2 XC Full Suspension

5/5 (8 Reviews)
MSRP : $5000.00


Product Description

The lightest, stiffest, most responsive dual suspension XC race bike in the world. With race proven Zero Pivot technology, BallisTec Carbon construction and full System Integrated componentry, the Scalpel is the ultimate cross-country race weapon.


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Reviews 1 - 8 (8 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dustin

Date Reviewed: December 15, 2012

Strengths:    Lefty, stiff, lightweight, FAST

Weaknesses:    No rear shock lock-out

Bottom Line:   
I bought a 2013 from my local bike shop and got a great deal on the price. I was a little concerned about the Lefty, but after riding it a bunch, it's fantastic. So, smooth and stiff. I owned a Giant Anthem before and it was more plush than the Scalpel. However, I was looking for something that was faster and climbed better. Going from alux to carbon made a huge difference. However, the Scalpel is stiff, fast and less plush than I was used to. However, I'm getting more into racing (Xterrra, local 1 hr races, etc) and it's a much better bike for me. This is a race bike. It could be lighter, but that's a function of spending more $$$ and simply getting the Scalpel 1 with carbon hoops. Very specific bike, but for what it does, it does well.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Chad

Date Reviewed: October 7, 2012

Strengths:    Light, responsive, smooth, looks great.

Weaknesses:    Hmm.... Maybe more travel.

Bottom Line:   
I bought the 2013. Paid $4600. I had the 2012 flash carbon before this and I did not like it. This bike is amazing. It does what I want it to do. My confidence has increased. My body is not tired like it was on the HT. took me three bikes to get here but now I am completely satisfied. Aluminum wheels very light weight.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mark a Racer

Date Reviewed: July 23, 2012

Strengths:    Speed, Fast, Quick, Winning
Light, Fun, Strong!


Weaknesses:    None for me

Bottom Line:   
I love this bike, it is as light as a hardtail 26" 21lbs, and it as fast as a 29er. The zero pivot suspension translates to zero lost energy, is springs you up obstacles and propels you beyond the competition. No question this is the fastest bike I have EVER ridden, I have ridden a lot of bikes 26" and 29er. It is so fun lively that it is my go-to bike for any occasion, never will go back to anything else.

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Favorite Trail:   Lambert Park

Duration Product Used:   1 year

Purchased At:   Infinite Cycles

Similar Products Used:   Rocky Mountain Element Team RSL 29er
Santa Cruz Tall Boy
Specialized Stumpjumper 29er
Litespeed Niota 26"
Titius Racer X 26"
Intense Uzzi
Intense Spider


Bike Setup:   Stan's Wheels
XLR 100mm Lefty
Rock Shox Monarch
XO Drivetrain
Elixir 9 Brakes

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Baryte a Cross Country Rider from Luxembourg

Date Reviewed: March 7, 2011

Strengths:    The lightest full suspension XC bike you can get!

Weaknesses:    It’s the best for XC racing or trail, but don’t try to go hard core downhill with it!
The white grips are good looking but get easily dirty (well, they are white!).


Bottom Line:   
The 2011 Scalpel is just the greatest bike I have ever ridden!
I have the Scalpel 2 which offers a great gear upgrade in comparison with the Scalpel 3 and I thought the Scalpel 1 price was just not justifiable (though the Carbon Lefty would have looked great).
I bought the European model because the frame is the same colour than the Scalpel Ultimate (and not black like in the US), full Sram X-0 and with great DT Swiss Rims and Spokes.
The remote lock on the handlebar for the Lefty is nice to show-off with friends but actually I don’t really need to save 0.3 second to lock/de-lock my fork!
During the week days, I even put 1.5’ tires to train on the road/ easy dirt-road and gain a lot of speed (you could even put 1.3’).

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $5500.00

Bike Setup:   Full Sram X-0
DT Swiss XCR 1.5 Wheels
Lefty Speed XLR, 100mm
Rock Shox Monarch RT3
Shimano XTR SPD pedals
Fizik saddle

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Norman a Weekend Warrior from Morrison, Colorado

Date Reviewed: May 13, 2009

Strengths:    I have just ridden it a couple of times on short rides, however, the performance is amazing. I am able to climb like never before and it offers very responsive handling. I just went from a Jekyll to this, I find this bike to be much more responsive and a much better climber.

Weaknesses:    None so far

Bottom Line:   
Very responsive and willing

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Favorite Trail:   Slick Rock

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $4000.00

Purchased At:   Treads

Similar Products Used:   Jekyll

Bike Setup:   SRAM x-9

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by mosuca a Cross Country Rider from Auckland, New Zealand

Date Reviewed: February 15, 2009

Strengths:    Fast, Very Precise, Comfortable, Beautiful, Light, High Tech

Weaknesses:    none for me (o.0)

Bottom Line:   
Amazing Bike!
Not the cheapest but so so worth it!
Everybody who likes to go fast out in the forest this is the bike for you...


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Favorite Trail:   Hanua Ranges

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $4000.00

Purchased At:   Cycle Express

Similar Products Used:   Cannondale Jekyll

Bike Setup:   Mavic Crossmax SLR wheels, Avid Juicy Ultimate Brakes

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Hacksaw a Cross Country Rider from Yucaipa, CA

Date Reviewed: January 27, 2008

Strengths:    light, stiff, loves to climb, fast around corners, balanced on descents

Bottom Line:   
I have done two long rides on this bike. It feels like a very solid unit that fits my riding style of fast uphills and controlled downhills quite well. Look for it in the middle of the pack at the Xterra race in Temecula due to my lackluster swimming and running ability.

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Favorite Trail:   Santa Ana River Trail

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   Incycle

Similar Products Used:   Santa Cruz Heckler, Trek hardtail

Bike Setup:   Added some air to rear shock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Martin Garza a Cross Country Rider from Monyerrey Mexico

Date Reviewed: October 25, 2007

Strengths:    Frame, full suspension ,brakes, wheels. I think the combination of the engeniering in every component is the adecuate to be one of the top tens.

Weaknesses:    none for the moment.

Bottom Line:   
It makes you climb like a goat in every terrain mud, rock and dry, in singles traks you got total control of the bike with great brake and handling.

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Favorite Trail:   deslavada

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $3500.00

Purchased At:   bicycle world

Similar Products Used:   some cannondales, marins and specialized.

Bike Setup:   custom

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Scalpel Carbon 2 - Tire suggestion

Just picked up a new 2013 Scalpel Carbon 2. On the maiden voyage the rear tire caught a sharp rock that put a 1" slice in the side walls. I was running tubless, so went completly flat. Good think I had a spare tube. Tire is booted for now and working ok, but wont last long. Will need a new tire ... Read More »

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