Scalpel was named for its light weight, precise handling,
and "cutting-edge" technology. This race machine
will apparently be ridden by all Volvo/Cannondale cross-country
racers. Even Tinker Juarez, who was hesitant at first
about moving from hardtail, now backs the bike enthusiastically.
is a full suspension bike that weighs just 23 lbs /
10.4 kg - even with dual disc brakes and tubeless tires!
It has 2½" / 63 mm of fully useable rear
wheel travel and the now proven Lefty Carbon ELO, with
85mm. Both come with electronic lockout. This means
with the click of a button, you can turn on and off
your shocks. Carbon fiber, fiberglass, and nylon composite
chainstays have a lot of flex as shown.
unsure about the lefty? It's not going away. Look for
other companies to follow. Hold the front tire between
your legs and torque on the handlebars. Stiff, huh?
Now see if you can find any bike in the shop and do
the same thing. You'll have a hard time finding anything
that will come close. Cannondale knows what they are
doing. They've always been innovators and are putting
all the cards on the table with yet another well made