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Finally, the wait is over. Cannondale has finally updated their flagship XC bike that originally debuted nearly 20 years ago. And from what we’ve seen so far, it’s worth the wait. While we haven’t been able to get in any extended test rides yet (we’ve had to keep this bike a secret), we’ve had a couple in the stand and are thrilled with the new tech and details sprinkled throughout the new design. 


First and foremost, the new Scalpel is available in two different models. Those looking to stay at the pointy end of the races will go for the Lefty equipped Scalpel with it’s 100mm travel (front and rear), while those looking for more of a “do anything” bike that excels in marathon and light trail riding will go for the the 120mm Scalpel SE

Both models bring out Cannondale’s forward thinking with this being the lightest Scalpel yet. Based on the Horst Link style of suspension design, this version features the FlexPivot – a flexible “pivot point” placed in the center of the chain stays. This design requires zero maintenance, is laterally stiff, and keeps the frame around 1,900g for frame and shock.

We also know that suspension performance is engineered to be size specific. Not purely by rider weight, but more so by rider position. We look forward to finding out more about this as we receive more sizes in our inventory. 

Other details include a new tool stash system integrated into the frame that can carry a multi tool, CO2, and a tire plug.

Oh, and room for TWO water bottles. 

We had the chance to build one of the first Scalpel SE’s and gave it the full Stage 21 custom build treatment!

Stay tuned for more in-depth ride reviews as we get to know the new Scalpel.