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New CANNONDALE Scalpel: what a fireball for the Cross Country!

Today marks the launch of the brand new Scalpel, the iconic bike cross country (XC) by Cannondale.

The Scalpel offers generous travel (120mm), without sacrificing too much weight, thanks to Cannondale's FlexPivot technology which uses a flexible carbon section instead of the traditional Horst-type link.

Source: press release

The result is a 4-bar system, summarized in the strength and simplicity offered by a single pivot, thus forgetting the additional weight and maintenance needs required by a bearing system on the chainstays.

Trailer CANNONDALE Scalpel 🙂

The FlexPivot remains a de facto 4-bar system, preserving the specific anti-rise/anti-squat characteristics that mountain bikers know and love, typical of the design. Fewer moving parts also guarantee greater durability, each frame is also covered by our usual Lifetime Warranty.

The geometry of the new Scalpel is an expression of how quickly and radically XC bikes can evolve. An open head tube of 66.6 degrees combined with a 75.5 degree seat tube and the length of the chainstays specific for each size, determines a riding position designed to guarantee maximum efficiency both uphill and downhill and at any point in between .
To handle the front load we find the latest 120mm Lefty Ocho.

Needle bearings minimize friction, internal rotation and wear, ensuring smooth response and longer maintenance intervals. Lightweight, strong and customized for precise and consistent response – this is the fork for a riding aggressive in XC.

At the top is the new SystemBar XC-One handlebar and stem assembly, made of one-piece carbon and lighter and stiffer than almost any two-piece setup. It has a width of 760 mm for perfect control and its laminate has been designed to ensure comfort. The SystemBar XC-One is completed by the steering with internal cable routing, which allows for a clean interior and facilitates maintenance.

The icing on the cake is our SystemBar XC-One, a one-piece carbon cockpit that is both lighter and stiffer than most two-piece systems on the market. Designed to ensure comfort, the SystemBar

To complete the package we find substantial 2.4 inch tires and a telescopic seat post.


Scalpel LAB7112.999,00 €
Scalpel Carbon 1 Leftynd
Scalpel Carbon 19.499,00 €
Scalpel Carbon 2 Lefty7.499,00 €
Scalpel Carbon 26.799,00 €
Scalpel Carbon 34.999,00 €
Scalpel Carbon 44.299,00 €


The Scalpel is available in five models, in sizes S to XL. In all 5 models we find Standard fork (not lefty). The Lefty Ocho 120 is only equipped on the Scalpel Carbon Lab 71, Scalpel Carbon 1 and Scalpel Carbon 2 models. The SystemBar XC-One set is equipped on the Scalpel Carbon Lab 71 and Scalpel Carbon 1 models. Both the Lefty Ocho 120 suspension and the combination SystemBar XC-One Bar will be available for sale as accessories. The retail price ranges from 4.299 euros to – 12.999 euros.


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