Cannondale Scalpel 3 29er Full Suspension Mountain Bike 2014

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The Cannondale Scalpel 3 29er Full Suspension Mountain Bike 2014 has 29er Race geometry for a fast, nimble ride with ultra-sharp, responsive handling.

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The Cannondale Scalpel 3 29er Full Suspension Mountain Bike 2014 has a SmartFormed alloy frame to maximise stiffness and strength, while shaving every last extraneous gram from the structure. The frame has 29er Race geometry with a steeper-than-average head angle and super short chainstays for responsive handling. The frame has an oversized, press-fit BB30 system and a 1.5” headtube for confident handling and precision steering.

This full suspension XC mountain bike has a Lefty PBR 29” fork which offers 100mm travel and features Cannondale’s hybrid needle bearing technology. The Fox Performance Series CTD rear shock offers 100mm travel and features Fox Forx CTD technology for optimal suspension settings when you’re climbing, trailing, or descending.

Cannondale Scalpel 3 29er Mountain Bike 2014 Features

  • SmartFormed alloy frame has a BB30 system and 1.5” headtube
  • Lefty PBR 29” 100mm fork is extremely lightweight, stiff and smooth
  • Fox Performance Series CTD rear shock offers 100mm travel
  • 29er Race geometry offers precise, responsive handling
  • Magura MT2 hydraulic disc brakes offer high quality braking performance

Cannondale Scalpel 2014

“Rock Solid” isn’t usually a term used to describe a nimble, featherweight XC Race bike; but it’s perfectly fitting for the Scalpel 29er. The Scalpel is the most efficient pedalling and precise handling XC weapon out there. The ultra-stiff and smooth Lefty fork handles like a dream and reduces the overall weight of the bike. This is the most refined full suspension XC bike out there and it’s been engineered to slice tight switchbacks with its 29er Race Geometry

FrameScalpel 29, 100mm, SmartFormed Alloy, BB30, 1.5 Si head tube
ForkLefty XLR 100 29 w/ Hybrid Needle Bearing Tech
Rear ShockFox Performance CTD, 100mm
ChainsetSRAM S1400
CassetteSRAM PG-1030, 11-36, 10-speed
Chain DeviceKMC X10, 10-speed
Bottom BracketSRAM BB30
ChainKMC X10
Front HubLefty SL
Rear HubSRAM X9 142x12, 32 hole
Front DerailleurSRAM X7, direct mount
Rear DerailleurSRAM X9 Type 2 RBC
Front BrakeMagura MT2 w/ Storm SL rotors, 180mm
Rear BrakeMagura MT2 w/ Storm SL rotors, 160mm
Brake LeversMagura MT2
PedalsNot Included
HandlebarsCannondale C2 flat, 2014 double-butted alloy, 700mm
StemCannondale OPI Adjustable Stem/Steerer V2, 31.8, -15 deg.
HeadsetCannondale HeadShok
GripsCannondale Foam Locking Grips
SaddlePrologo X8 STN
SeatpostCannondale C2, 31.6x350mm (S, M) 400mm (L, X)
RimsStan's ZTR Rapid 29'er, 32 hole, tubeless ready
Front TyreSchwalbe Racing Ralph Performance, 29x2.1", folding, tubeless ready
Rear TyreSchwalbe Racing Ralph Performance, 29x2.1", folding, tubeless ready
ShiftersSRAM X7
ExtrasSpokes: DT Swiss Competition

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Professional Review for Cannondale Scalpel 3 29er Full Suspension Mountain Bike 2014

"The uniquely quirky concept and design work surprisingly well, offering low weight and great grip"

Pivotless suspension isn’t new, but Cannondale’s Scalpel was for a long time the sole survivor – only for Lapierre to launch one for 2013. Originally built with an aluminium chassis and flexy carbon inserts, the new Scalpel is carbon all over – and there’s no alu option. But clever material or not, is the whole pivotless idea just a dead end?

Ride & handling: A precision instrument for dissecting trail sections at silly speed

No two ways about it – the Scalpel is a fast bike. But there’s much more to building an effective mile-muncher than just shedding weight. Where it scores is in offering lower weight than any full-sus rival, plus better comfort and traction than any hardtail.

The lack of pivots and the taut chassis contribute to a feeling that the pedals are directly connected to the rear wheel. The Scalpel surges forward with each stroke. On climbs we found ourselves delaying – or even skipping – downshifts, feeling the rear wheel hugging the trail as we left heavier, longer-travel rivals in our wake. It gives the best of both worlds: hardtail liveliness with a hint of full suss comfort and control.

What it very definitely isn’t is an 80mm full-susser; ride this bike like one and you’ll likely be disappointed. Say what? Well, the way the chainstays flex means there are effectively two springs at work: the stays themselves and the shock. Plus the stays flex midway along, a place you’d never put a pivot.

So it’s a compromise, and one that struggles to deliver the 80mm of promised travel. The shock fidgets around under normal pedalling loads, while the fork is a little stuttery. But funnily enough, each end complements the other. Throw in perfectly balanced weight distribution and a front that simply won’t be thrown off line, and it just works.

Frame & equipment: Fork and shock aren't class-leading, but no full-susser is lighter

Cannondale claim a frame-and-shock weight of less than 1.6kg. That’s seriously light for a frame offering 80mm of travel.

In part it’s down to the pared-to-the-bone rear end, which relies on the chainstays’ flat mid-sections for vertical movement without lateral flex. Cannondale’s BallisTec carbon construction probably also plays a role – it uses extra fibres in areas that need additional strength. The Scalpel 3’s all-up weight of a hair over 10kg (22.3lb) puts it well ahead of any price-equivalent full susser; you simply can’t buy a lighter bike.

Kit isn’t class-leading, but an SLX and XT-based transmission is great and the Lefty fork is in keeping with the Scalpel’s quirky design; a RockShox Monarch shock holds up the rear. Neither shock nor fork are exceptional, but the Lefty is noticeably stiffer and better-steering than conventional rivals – it can pull to one side when locked out, mind. Wheel removal requires a 5mm Allen key and for the brake calliper to be pivoted out of the way, which is awkward, but the pay-off is limitless mud clearance.

A few years ago Cannondale unwisely tried a 100mm travel Scalpel. In its 80mm form it makes a lot more sense, delivering blistering pace in the hands of skilled riders – though clumsier ones may feel short-changed.

Verdict: 4/5

2/2/2014 11:50:41 AM | BikeRadar

Professional Review for Cannondale Scalpel 3 29er Full Suspension Mountain Bike 2014

"As an ultra light, carbon softtail the Scalpel made sense. In this alu form it’s too heavy and too average"

Last year’s Cannondale Scalpel 3 was a carbon framed, 80mm (3.1in) travel, lightweight whippet with 26in wheels, a sub-11kg (23lb) weight and a £3,000/US$4,100 price tag. 

It’s all change this year, with a move to big wheels and 100mm (3.9in) travel for the entire Scalpel range – and you’ll need to cough up a hefty £4,500/US$5,550 to score the carbon-framed Scalpel 29er Carbon 2. The new 3 gets an alu chassis instead, but retains Cannondale’s proprietary single-sided Lefty fork. Is it still a worthy racing snake?

Ride & handling: Plush rear but heavy for a race weapon

The classic zero pivot, carbon-stayed Scalpel has a ride quality all of its own. Less full-blown full-susser than hardtail with added traction and comfort, the suspension’s unique geometry works with the bike’s low weight to deliver a fast, comfortable and ground-hugging ride. It’s an acquired taste. It’s also in a class of one. No other production bike offers quite the same combination of pace, weight and comfort.

Replacing the carbon rear end with a conventional alu suspension setup has changed all that. The Scalpel 3’s suspension does everything that it ought to do without fuss, delivering 100mm of rear wheel travel with no nasty surprises.

The Lefty fork combines odd looks with a rather mixed performance. Despite appearances, it actually tracks more accurately than most similarly specced conventional forks – and the mud clearance is effectively limitless. 

Cannondale’s spring and damper design has always lagged though, and 2013’s Lefty is no exception. Our sample felt particularly sluggish whatever we did to it, packing up on successive hits and limiting our willingness to take the Scalpel down lines it should have shrugged off.

A flat bar and a 2x10 SRAM X9-based transmission make perfect sense for a race-focused bike, while light wheels help mitigate a little of the Scalpel 29er 3’s middle-aged spread.

Verdict: 2.5/5

Check out the full review on Bike Radar's website!

1/30/2014 12:39:35 PM | BikeRadar

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