For powerful performance on the XC course and all-mountain riding, the 2020 Cannondale Scalpel-Si Hi-Mod 1 uses Cannondale’s System Integration (Si) design, ensuring each piece of the bike is optimized to work together for an unbeatable feel on the trails. Starting with the bike’s Hi-Mod BallisTec Carbon frame, the bike is lightweight while offering a stiff yet compliant ride. The bike simultaneously smooths out the trial while obtaining optimal traction to help you gain speed quickly and efficiently. Its Asymmetric Integration Offset Drivetrain (Ai) enhances the stiffness and the strength of the rear wheel, responding immediately to an increase in pedal power. 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.
Let’s talk about the new fork in the room, the Cannondale Lefty Ocho. In a move that run counter to the “everything stiffer always” movement of the cycling industry, the Lefty Ocho is 14 percent less stiff torsionally than the old Lefty. They say it’s to improve the bike’s tracking ability in rough terrain, we like that the fork now works with standard tapered headtubes. We also like that the new Ocho is much more sensitive to small bumps than before, which is no small feat considering the already-high performance of the previous Lefty fork. By moving to four sets of roller bearing assemblies, 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. Translation? The bike is as smooth as ever 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.
Cannondales LOCKR Pivot System is used to add strength and lightness to the bike. It 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. FlatMount 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.
The 2020 Cannondale Scalpel-Si Hi-Mod 1 is available in five sizes (XS-XL), with XS offered in 27.5” wheel size. The ultralight Hi-mod frameset pairs to a Cannondale Lefty Ocho Carbon 100mm suspension fork, a XT/XTR drivetrain, and Shimano XTR Race brakes. A Cannondale Hollowgram/DT Swiss carbon wheelset is highlighted by a Cannondale carbon seatpost and carbon/alloy cockpit.
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