Cannondale Scalpel Carbon 1 XC Full Suspension

5/5 (1 Reviews)


Product Description

  • Fork: Lefty Speed Carbon SL, 110mm
  • Rims: Shimano XTR, tubeless
  • Pedals: Crank Brothers Egg Beater
  • Chain: KMC X9 CP 9-speed
  • Handlebars: FSA SL-K, Flat 620mm, 31.8mm


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by soflarider a Cross Country Rider from South Florida

Date Reviewed: February 18, 2010

Strengths:    Very light, precise handling, easy setup.

Weaknesses:    Infrequent odd noises, Cannondale SI stem (combo stem and steerer) limits sizing options or at the least, makes it expensive to swap. Quirky Schrader valve in front fork.

Bottom Line:   
I wanted something lighter and more maneuverable than my 2006 Rush 2000. This fit the bill and was sitting at a local shop. All in all this is a perfect bike for the moderately technical XC riding we see in south Florida.
I'm too old/lazy for a hardtail so this is the next best thing.
Makes a few noises. A "screech" that sounds like it's coming from the front end is actually from a shock pivot. The rear brake line and/or shift cable clunks upon rear rebound making it sound like something's falling off. These are minor problems easily addressed.
The fork Schrader valve won't bleed with a shock pump so to adjust lower, one has to let air out then pump back up to the desired pressure. I'm not sure this is the most precise way to set the pressure.
I had to swap out the seatpost to get the proper leg extension and even with a riser bar it has a rather radical riding position. It's not so easy to change when one has to buy a combination stem/steerer but since I have long legs and a short body I'm used to fitting myself to a bike once it's been adjusted to it's design limits.
Even at a discount to the list price this bike was expensive but is just a hair over 22 pounds with pedals. It'd be hard to imagine anything that would eclipse this design any time soon so I hope to amortize my purchase over several more years.

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Favorite Trail:   Miami - Oleta River

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $4800.00

Purchased At:   Bicyclery in WPB

Similar Products Used:   Super V Raven II, Rush 2000

Bike Setup:   Stock except for switch to FSA carbon riser bar, XO twist shifters, XO rear and XTR front derailleur, eggbeater 3ti pedals, HMC X9SL gold chain, Stan's in stock tires, Easton Zero seatpost.

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