Cannondale Scalpel Ultimate Mountain Bike Review


The Cannondale Scalpel is an amazing bike if you have the money for it. At a whopping $9,599 retail, it carries a hefty price tag. However, many riders insist that the price is worth every cent- especially when considering the advantages over the nearest competitors. Rear-wheel travel has been improved by 80mm over earlier models, which gives it a twenty-four percent advantage over the Merida Ninety-six (the nearest competitor) and a forty percent advantage over the Scott Spark RC and the Trek Top Fuel.

Another amazing feature of the Scalpel is the weight- which is reported to be about eighteen and a half pounds or eight-point four kilos. The way they keep the weight so low is the same as previous-generation models; the bike consists almost entirely of carbon, aside from parts such as the dropouts and post-mount discs are still aluminum. The company explains this by explaining that the weight is nearly the same and the aluminum holds up to heat stress better.

In short, the two features listed are only a couple of the traits that make this bike so attractive to those with the money to pay for it. The Cannondale Scalpel Ultimate Mountain Bike certainly lives up to Cannondale’s boasts about it- and the price tag agrees. This bike is one of the lightest and fastest on the market, and is a great choice for any off-road enthusiast. For a full list of the mountain bike’s differences from the last-gen model and advantages over other competitors, see Cannondale’s site for the full schematics.