Product Description

The 2021 Cannondale Scalpel Carbon 3 will put you closer to the podium the moment you slip onto the saddle. With an incredibly durable and flexible ride, the progressive geometry and new FlexPivot suspension provide unbeatable traction, reliable control and breathtaking efficiency to let you master the mountain.

Based on the Lightweight BallisTec carbon FlexPivot frame, the 2021 Cannondale Scalpel Carbon 3 weighs less than 2000 grams including the rear shock and hardware. More weight is saved with the Lefty Ocho fork to make the bike a race ready rig capable of carrying you to the podium.

A Shimano XT 12-speed drivetrain provides the go, while a Shimano Deore Hydraulic Disc brake system handles the stop - both with the trust and confidence you’d expect from Shimano and the Cannondale Scalpel Carbon 3.

Stan’s Crest S1 tubeless ready rims and Schwalbe Racing Performance ties lock in a solid connection to the trail with reliable traction going up or down the trails.

Understandably, cross country marathon racing calls for as much comfort and endurance as it does technical capability. The 2021 Cannondale Scalpel Carbon 3 delivers each with aplomb.

Adding to the lightweight and functionality options is Cannondale’s STASH system. The built in STASH holds a Fabric mini tool, CO2 inflator and a tire plug kit all conveniently hidden beneath a water bottle. Remove STASH and replace with a cover to save even more weight if that’s your thing.

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Cannondale Scalpel Geometry Image

A Seat Tube Length 43 44 48 52
B Top Tube Hoizontal 57.6 59.9 62.2 64.4
C Top Tube Actual 53.1 55.3 47.7 60.3
D Head Tube Angle 68 68 68 68
E Seat Tube Angle N/A N/A N/A N/A
E1 Seat Tube Angle Effective 74.5 74.5 74.5 74.5
F Standover 74.3 74.5 74.5 74.5
G Head Tube Length 9.5 10.5 11.5 12.5
H Wheelbase 112.8 115.1 117.5 119.9
I Front Center 69.5 71.8 74.2 76.6
J Chain Stay Length 43.6 43.6 43.6 43.6
K Bottom Bracket Drop 4 4 4 4
L Bottom Bracket Height 33.1 33.1 33.1 33.1
M Fork Rake 5.5 5.5 5.5 5.5
N Trail 9 9 9 9
O Stack 58.2 59.1 60.1 61
P Reach 41.5 43.5 45.5 47.5


Frame All-New, 100mm travel, BallisTec Carbon, Proportional Response Tuned, FlexPivot Chainstay, PF30-83, Tapered Headtube,Speed Release 12mm thru axle, Ai Offset, Stash compatible
Fork Lefty Ocho, 100mm, Chamber Damper with remote lockout, OppO Spring System, tapered steerer, 55mm offset
Rear Shock Fox Float DPS Performance Elite EVOL, remote lockout, adjustable rebound
Rims Stan's NoTubes Crest S1, 28h, tubeless ready
Hubs (F) Lefty 60 / (R) Shimano MT510 12x148mm thru-axle
Spokes DT Swiss Champion
Tires (F) Schwalbe Racing Ray Performance, 29 x 2.25", Addix Compound, tubeless ready, (R) Schwalbe Racing Ralph Performance, 29 x 2.25", Addix Compound, tubeless ready
Pedals Not included
Crank HollowGram, BB30a, OPI SpideRing, 34T, Ai offset
Bottom Bracket Cannondale Alloy PressFit30
Chain Shimano SLX, 12-speed
Rear Cogs Shimano SLX, 10-51, 12-speed
Front Derailleur N/A
Rear Derailleur Shimano XT
Shifters Shimano SLX, 12-speed
Handlebar Cannondale 2 Flat, butted 2014 Alloy, 31.8mm, 3° rise, 8° sweep, 760mm
Grips ESI Silicone 32mm Grips
Stem Cannondale 3, 6061 Alloy, 31.8, 7°
Headset Integrated, 1-1/8 to 1.5", sealed angular contact bearings
Brakes Shimano Deore M6000 hydraulic disc, 160/160mm RT54 rotors
Saddle Prologo Dimension NRD, STN rails
Seatpost Cannondale 2, 7075 Alloy, 31.6 x 400mm
Sizes SM, MD, LG, XL
Extra(s) Null

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