The 2017 Cannondale Scalpel Si Carbon Women’s 2 takes an all-out cross-country machine and adds female specific geometry and touchpoints for greater comfort. More than just cross-country bike, though, it can handle some seriously rough terrain thanks to its System Integration (Si) design. Starting with its BallisTec Carbon frame, this bike is super light and super stiff and gives you the traction and agility you need to aggressively hit the trails. By using an Asymmetric Integration Offset Drivetrain (Ai), the Cannondale Scalpel-Si Women’s Carbon 2 gives you a stiffer, stronger rear wheel for killer traction. Shorter chainstays make this Ai possible, moving the chainrings and the front derailleur 6mm outside, then shifting the rear triangle over to match, all without losing tire clearance.
A signature of Cannondale mountain bikes, the Cannondale Scalpel-Si Women’s Carbon 2 uses the Lefty fork design, offering tight cornering and precise control. The Lefty uses a dual-crown, single-leg design that offers greater stiffness than a two-leg fork. It also uses no friction, internal needle bearings that can handle more force and load than a standard two-leg fork, so you can ride more aggressively without worry. The Lefty also allows for custom fork rakes, an important element of the Scalpel-Si Women’s Carbon 2’s OutFront Steering geometry. Along with the fork rake the geometry uses a slack head angle to give you better control on descents and more agility at slow speeds. The geometry also uses a short stem for better control at high speeds and a seat angle helping you transfer as much power to your pedals as possible.
New on the Cannondale Scalpel-Si Women’s Carbon 2 is the LOCKR Pivot System. It is specifically designed to simplify, lighten, and strengthen the bike. It uses an expanding thru-axle to locks the two sides of the swingarm together giving it a more stable feel while also saving on weight, no special tools required. Further weight savings come from the bike’s FlatMount discs with Zero Pivot Flexstays at the rear triangle, eliminating the need for bearings. The bike also features Cannondale’s new interchangeable cable guide inserts for different cable set-ups with housing locks to keep the cables in place. Plus it 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.
This 2017 Cannondale Scalpel Si Carbon Women’s 2 is available in a 27.5” wheel size and a size MD Frame. It is only available in the color Anthracite w/ Acid Green and Nearly Black, Gloss.