Question for the forum - I started riding mtb in 1990 and have never had a full suspension bike. My lat mtb was trek 9.8 hardtail. I have been riding only road since. Thinking of getting a mtb and was thinking the 2007 scalpel. I know the rear suspension is different than the current models.
Do you think the 2007 suspension is fine or should I go a later year?
I would go with a later model. While the old scalpels were good, the newer ones are even better. More travel, stiffer, lighter, more responsive. You should be able to find a used 08 for a pretty decent price out there on the intarwebz somewhere...
i have an 07 scalpel 2 and i have been very happy with it and have taken it on many adventures though it doesn't have as much travel as the newer versions i find it more than adequate for everything that i ride (XC) it climbs very well descends well and soaks up most bumps very well.
I looked at 08 scalpels and rushes before i bought the 07 and personally liked the way the 07 felt and the component level it had (all xt, mavic 817ust rims, fizzik saddle, fox rp23 carbon lefty, etc...). The 08's felt more plush and perhaps if my riding style was more aggressive on the downhills i would have gotten those.
With that said try out a couple of 07's and 08's and see which one you like the most.
One thing to know the 07's have a the frog link and if you ride in a lot of muddy conditions its very feasible to wear out the bushings in the linkage and you'll have to rebuild it - its not difficult nor expensive (about 45 for the entire kit) - but figured you should be aware of that.
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