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.
a Weekend Warrior
from Redmond, WA
Date Reviewed: February 19, 2012
Strengths: Super stiff aluminum front frame, Lefty looks unique and dampens everything, The full package is light and strong.
Weaknesses: If I had to gripe about one thing...it would be the slight side to side lateral flex of the carbon rear triangle. Only really feel it riding on road.
This is a review for the 2006/7 Team Replica. I came across this bike on a local Craigslist listing with the description of a blown front Lefty fork. The price was tempting and after 30mins looking over to ensure nothing else was wrong I pulled the trigger. The set up was full SRAM X-0 except an XTR front derailleur. Turned out the fork was beyond repair and after waiting four weeks for Cannondale to replace the Lefty, I had the pleasure to pounce on local trails today. First impression was this thing climbed like a goat on red bull. I felt I could tackle the steepest hills. Although I haven't spent the time to dial in the Lefty, it felt nice and smooth on the hardest hits and biggest ruts. It is a strong feeling to on the Lefty as it just doesn't look right. But boy does it feel great. The full package of the bike worked really well. I wanted an exceptional climber with some comfort from a full suspension frame. Could not ask for more! Only issue as mentioned above is the flex of the rear triangle...not major, but most noticeable on concrete.
Does anyone know if I can fit 650b wheels on a 2010 carbon Scalpel Team (size medium)? The 2010 Scalpel has100mm of travel. I know I can fit it on the front lefty - but not sure about the rear. Thanks.Read More »
Had my 2011 Team Scalpel size small stolen a couple weeks ago in San Francisco along with all my gear. Once my battle with insurance is over I need a new rig. Anyone know if the 2012 Team has the same Lefty lockout as the 2011? I keep thinking about the 29er, but I am 5' 5.75" and have not connec ... Read More »
Picked up a new project today. One of the snowiest day in Seattle this year...but worth the trip to pick it up. Now a couple of issues to fix, so let me know your thoughts.
[b]Carbon SL Lefty[/b]: completely blown. Previous owner said he compressed down on a paved road, the seal blew and it ne ... Read More »