Habit we were impressed with the feel and
ease of use. Cannondale also developed a
special battery holder that goes in the top
tube in front of the shock to keep all the
cable-routing options clean.
A couple of our test riders have spent
quite a bit of time on the previous Scalpel
over the last few seasons and were eager
to get their hands on the new Si model.
The lines are clean, and there’s no doubt
that as complicated as Cannondale’s
engineering can be, the overall look and
execution of the Scalpel-Si make it look
inviting. Our stance on the bike felt much
different from what we were used to but
gave us a certain level of confidence that
Our test bike was stock with 740-milli-
meter-wide bars and felt more trail-worthy
than we expected from a cross-country
racer. But once we locked out the suspension and hit the first climb, we were
quickly reminded of what the Scalpel was
made for. While the descents weren’t the
most technical we have faced, the Scalpel
felt balanced and capable. Even though we
only spent a little time on the Si, we were
impressed with the new geometry and how
easy it was to point the bike downhill.
Cannondale is hoping these bikes will
be available in August, and, of course, we
will be getting one to put through its paces.
Keep an eye out for a full review and write-up on the new Scalpel-Si. ❏
Keep it flat: Flat mount brakes are becoming more of a standard on the mountain, and
the Scalpel-Si comes equipped. The rear triangle also uses FlexStay technology opposed
to extra pivots or bearings.
They know best:
of the Scalpel-Si. When they
desire for a
was suited for
terrain of modern
A cable for every occasion: The Scalpel-Si can run any combination of mechanical or
electronic drivetrains while having enough room for a dropper post. Cannondale designed
a custom battery holder that mounts inside the top tube in front of the shock.
Ride it how you want it: The frame designers didn’t want riders to feel limited with setup
options and engineered the Scalpel-Si to be run with 1x or 2x drivetrains. Riders will have
options to run wider tires as well for more aggressive trails.