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  • DumpTruck
    *****

    Awesome ride. Jump from 26" was night and day

    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

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  • Delmar Voegele
    *****

    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.

    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.

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  • Mike Durden
    *****

    Totally recommend this bike for XC riding/racing.

    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.

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  • arouil1
    *****

    This bike is absolutely amazing. It is like nothing else I have ridden. The handling 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.ProsLightweight, superior handling, fast

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  • *****

    amazing bike

    Pros
    fast, plush, lefty is amazing

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

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  • Bdiggi
    *****

    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!

    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?

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  • tmoney149
    ***

    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

    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.

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  • Fusselman
    *****

    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 off..as I said, for downhill racing, non issue.

    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.

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