Cannondale Scalpel Mountain Bike Review

4.71 out of 5
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Cannondale Scalpel 1
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Cannondale Scalpel 29 Carbon Black Inc.
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Cannondale Scalpel Carbon 1 29er

August 7, 2016
Pros: Light. Stiff. Smooth I feel like it effortlessly rolls over everything. I'm 5'11" and have medium Fran perfect for my build.

Cons: Factory tires seem to wear fast but had good traction I also run the higher pressure since I'm 250#s

Recommendation: Awesome ride. Jump from 26" was night and day

June 4, 2015
Model/Year: 2014

Pros: Light, easy to ride, durable, very balanced, very firm, good components. The brakes are great. I love the modulation control I have with these.

Cons: Bottom bracket creeks a little. Slight shift lag between 3 and 4 while on the small front ring. Seems to go away as I put more miles on it. The seat is like sitting on a board with leather glued to it.

Recommendation: Highly recommend. I changed the handle bars to a 1 inch riser bar. Better feel and control. I changed the seat to an open center to help with the man junk. I would definitely get this bike all over again. It's a great riding bike. I've done a few road rides on it to, but in the dirt it really shines.

June 3, 2014
Model/Year: 2013

Pros: Climbs very nice as well as handles like it's name, like a "Scalpel" Love this bike for XC riding.

Cons: Could use a little more travel if you like to jump or ride big drops.

Recommendation: Totally recommend this bike for XC riding/racing.

April 23, 2014
Model/Year: 2014 Scalpel 29 Carbon Team

Pros: Lightweight, superior handling, fast

Recommendation: This bike is absolutely amazing. It is like nothing else I have ridden. The hand keying is astounding. So quick and responsive. I have been riding a lefty for severally years and the new hybrid lefty is very nice. The bike rides very smoothly and is like a rocket. It even climbs like a goat. Do yourself a favor and at the very least check this bike out if you are in the market.

February 21, 2014
Model/Year: 2012

Pros: light, stiff, dependable, nimble, Beautiful

Cons: proprietary Parts and Tech.
remote lefty lock out,Why it just clutters up the cock pit.
expensive(not more than its peers, you gotta spent for this kinda of cool)

Recommendation: I like my bikes with a nod toward toward XC handling and geometry but can still handle long down hill screamers with drops, and a little sketch factor.
This is that bike. Equally at home at PISGAH as it is tearing through flow trails at FATS. Climbs like a goat!! super short chain stays. 17.5 for a full suspension DANG.
Aggressive rider position. This bike begs to ridden hard.
And thats exactly what Ive done to it for more than a year. It can take it!
Love this bike.

December 12, 2013
Pros: fast, plush, lefty is amazing

Cons: lefty is a bit of a mental obstacle at first, but you get used to it

Recommendation: amazing bike

May 17, 2013
Model/Year: 2012

Pros: This bike does everything well, period. It does exactly what a XC full suspension bike should do. It climbs great with control and takes the downs fairly well. At first the Scalpel was not as plush as I thought it would be until I found the air pressure "sweet spot". The bottom line is, this thing is a way better bike than I am rider!

Cons: Maybe the weight?

Recommendation: I've had this bike for 6 months and the only changes I have made have been switching out the 110mm stem for a 90mm and a carbon bar. Play around with the Lefty to find out what works for you, it took me a little while to get it the way I like it. Treat yourself and buy one!

December 30, 2012
Model/Year: 2012

Pros: Fast, stiff, xc racing machine. Carbon, nice and light.

Cons: not a lot of movement out of the lefty fork, great race bike but not a fun bike to ride everyday.

Recommendation: Awesome bike if your looking for a light xc race bike. If you are looking for something you can ride everyday on any trail look elsewhere

July 24, 2008
Pros: This bike is LIGHTNING fast, very light, extremely responsive, and silent while on the move. The suspension is EXCELLENT! It rolls over rocks, and the rear end bob is way controlled.It is a total masterpiece of workmanship for extreme downhill racing.

Cons: I bought this to replace my old Scalpel 2000 which was a XC bike. I was a little disappointed, since it has it's shortcomings as such. I have finally learned that when doing the really killer downhills, these factors are not important and the bike performs flawlessly.

Recommendation: I would absolutely buy this bike if you want to race hard, or ride a lot of level singletrack, this bike will rock for you. This is my backup, and second bike so I can choose when to ride it. If it will be your only bike, I suggest the Rize , which is another totally insane ride..I review that too. It is very fast on the take off, but seems sluggish when you are going at a clip, and want to really take I said, for downhill racing, non issue.

Cannondale Scalpel 4.71 out of 5 based on 9 ratings. 9 user reviews.