Using their System Integration (Si) design, Cannondale has ensured that each part of the Cannondale Scalpel-Si Carbon 2 works together seamlessly to offer one of the best rides a XC bike has to offer. The bike’s BallisTec Carbon frame sets the tone for the entire bike, being lightweight and stiff while offering a comfortable feel on the trails. The bike achieves optimal traction and precise handling for unbelievable speeds while smoothing out the trail. Its Asymmetric Integration Offset Drivetrain (Ai) enhances the stiffness and the strength of the rear wheel, giving it tons of traction for quick acceleration . The Ai design is possible by shorter chainstays, accomplished by moving the chainrings and front derailleur 6mm outside and shifting the rear triangle over to match. You get better traction and handling this way and you don’t lose any tire clearance.
The Cannondale Scalpel-Si Carbon 2 uses an expanding thru-axle to lock the two sides of the swingarm together giving it a more stable feel while also saving on weight, no special tools required. Shimano hydro discs with Zero Pivot Flexstays at the rear triangle eliminate further weight by eliminating the need for bearings. For customization, the bike features interchangeable cable guide inserts for different cable set-ups with housing locks to keep things clean and secured. It also has a System Integrated Di2 battery compartment that fits into the top tube so you can run a dropper post and a Di2 battery in unison.
Perhaps the biggest news related to the 2019 Scalpel-Si mountain bike is the all-new Cannondale Lefty Ocho suspension fork. Gone is the dual-crown for setup for a single crown fork and a standard tapered headset. Added in is a move from three to four roller bearings, which Cannondale say dynamic friction (during movement) is reduced by 75%, and static friction is cut by a whopping 141% compared to a Rockshox SID or a Fox 32 Stepcast fork, while making the fork lighter than a comparable Rockshox SID fork. As always the fork is smooth over small bumps, but feels surprisingly progressive in firmness as it goes deeper into the travel. The fork is lighter, more adjustable, and higher-performing than ever, and offers very direct steering.
The 2019 Cannondale Scalpel-Si Carbon 2 is available in four sizes (S-XL). The carbon fiber frameset pairs to a Cannondale Lefty Ocho 100mm suspension fork, Fox Float DPS Performance Elite EVOL rear shock, a X01/GX Eagle drivetrain, and Shimano Deore XT brakes. A Cannondale Hollowgram/DT Swiss carbon wheelset is highlighted by a Cannondale carbon seatpost and carbon/alloy cockpit.
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