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Looking to upgrade the '96 M500 to a full suspension bike. Most of my riding is XC type and I thought the Scalpel would fit the bill nicely. Has anyone heard of any changes for the 05 Scalpel?

Any thoughts on the Scalpel in general?
 

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mbakercad said:
Looking to upgrade the '96 M500 to a full suspension bike. Most of my riding is XC type and I thought the Scalpel would fit the bill nicely. Has anyone heard of any changes for the 05 Scalpel?

Any thoughts on the Scalpel in general?
I haven't heard of any changes for '05. My '03 frame is extremely fast and light I would be hard pressed to ride any other bike for XC racing.
 

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The Scalpel is by far the best XC racing bike! If you want something that feels like a hardtail but with all the smooth ride of the dual suspension, go for it!

If you want to go on Enduro rides and ride only technical stuff and don't like climbing then go with longer travel.

If however you prefer climbing and ride a lot on flat surface and speed is all that matters or if you're a racer, then go for the scalpel a 100%, it's a bike for you!
 

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mbakercad said:
Looking to upgrade the '96 M500 to a full suspension bike. Most of my riding is XC type and I thought the Scalpel would fit the bill nicely. Has anyone heard of any changes for the 05 Scalpel?

Any thoughts on the Scalpel in general?
SRAM and Fox rear shocks i've heard about. From a decent, trustable guy who works at a Cannondale dealerships.

-TS
 

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BigJay is right on the money. Dan Gerous posted the Euro specs for 05 Cannondales in reply to donkeykongchamp's post on the 11th. You should check them out. I see that their Scalpels will be sporting Carbon Lefty's exclusively.. I just got a cramp in my wallet..
 

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mbakercad said:
Looking to upgrade the '96 M500 to a full suspension bike. Most of my riding is XC type and I thought the Scalpel would fit the bill nicely. Has anyone heard of any changes for the 05 Scalpel?

Any thoughts on the Scalpel in general?
There is a picture of the team Scalpel ? in the thread about the new '05 Prophet.
Looks to be following the six13 with the carbon fiber sections in the frame.

Decisions.....decisions
 

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I have no aspirations of racing. I do enjoy moderately technical single tracks, fire roads, rail trails, and a nice long climbs. Since I'm not a racer, is the Scalpel still a good choice? The Jekyll is nice too but I thought the longer travel would be wasted on everything except the single tracks (roughly 25% of my time). Then the Prophet is even more a step in the wrong direction with the increased travel, I think.

Anything else I should consider for a 'trail bike'?

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thanks for all of the responses
 

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mbakercad said:
I have no aspirations of racing. I do enjoy moderately technical single tracks, fire roads, rail trails, and a nice long climbs. Since I'm not a racer, is the Scalpel still a good choice? The Jekyll is nice too but I thought the longer travel would be wasted on everything except the single tracks (roughly 25% of my time). Then the Prophet is even more a step in the wrong direction with the increased travel, I think.

Anything else I should consider for a 'trail bike'?

BTW,
thanks for all of the responses
A moderately equipped Scalpel would work well if your not racing. I like my Jekyll for fun all-around riding, set up its about 27 lbs. great climber with the rear Manitou SPV three-way and the front Lefty MAX TPC+ there is very little pedal bob. It is the funnest bike I have ever rode. Jumping, technical, mild down hill, mild urban, single track, fire roads...its just a great all-around bike.
 
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