Cannondale Announce All-New Scalpel | See The Tech, Geometry, Range, Weights & Local Pricing

Official Release: Cannondale Debuts All-New Scalpel

The next evolution of XC performance, the all-new Scalpel redefines everything you know

The new Cannondale Scalpel cross country mountain bike as featured for Bike Network in South Africa on 21 May 2020.
Cannondale’s latest Scalpel is a ground-up redesign with new features, tech and geometry.

Today Cannondale announced the latest evolution of the legendary Scalpel. Featuring ground-breaking suspension, aggressive geometry and feathery weight, riders can go full gas from the gun with unmatched traction, incredible efficiency and unshakeable control over every part of the mountain. The all-new Scalpel delivers both world-cup level XC mountain bike race performance and all-around fun trail-rocket capability.

The new Cannondale Scalpel cross country mountain bike as featured for Bike Network in South Africa on 21 May 2020.
The head tube angle slackens out to 68‎° and the seat tube angle is 1‎° steeper at 74.5‎°

The new Scalpel is one of the lightest full-suspension mountain bikes on the market, but that’s not even the best feature of the bike. The key to the Scalpel’s incredible performance is Cannondale’s new four-bar FlexPivot suspension. Patented durable carbon fiber flex zones act just like a Horst link pivot without the weight or flex of bolts and bearings. This also allows the bike’s suspension and overall frame-feel to be custom-tuned, by size, via Cannondale’s Proportional Response construction techniques. While others sacrifice performance to save weight, FlexPivot suspension delivers both – providing a ride that is ultra-light, with incredible grip, acceleration and control.

At just over 1900 grams complete with shock, the new Scalpel frame is one of the absolute lightest dual suspension MTB frames ever made. Cannondale’s Ai offset drivetrain delivers clearance for big 2.4” tires while keeping the chainstays short for traction and agility. Scalpel’s progressive geometry has evolved even further to a headtube angle that is a full degree and a half slacker and seat tube angle that is one-degree steeper compared to the outgoing bike. This, combined with Lefty’s extra-long fork offset, creates the latest version of Cannondale’s OutFront geometry giving riders more stability and confidence when things get rough, while keeping the steering responsive everywhere else.

For the ultimate marathon racer and high-speed trail slayer, there is the Scalpel SE version – (no images available). It takes Scalpel’s trail capability and kicks it up a few notches bumping the travel from 100mm (front and rear) to a plush 120mm (front and rear) and slacking out the headtube angle even further. Larger volume 29” tires and a dropper post combine to deliver incredible speed and all-around capability. It’s the perfect machine for riders who prefer a superlight trail bike.

While the suspension is the hero of the Scalpel story, the bikes also get Cannondale’s new STASH Kit. Built into the downtube under the water bottle mount, the STASH kit has everything needed for fast trailside repairs including a Fabric 8-in-1 mini tool in a quick-draw holster, a Dynaplug tubeless plug kit, and a place for a CO2 inflator or small mini pump.

Geometry chart for the 2021 Cannnondale Scalpel mountain bike.
The chain stay length remains unchanged (sizes M through XL) but with around 10mm more reach and a 1.5 degree slacker head angle, the front center and wheelbase numbers are around 30mm longer.

What’s Available in South Africa?

Cannondale says there are three models scheduled for the South African market. Scalpel 3 and Scalpel 2 models will be in stores from this week, whilst the 9.76kg Scalpel Hi-Mod 1 is said to arrive in a few week’s time.

Cannondale Scalpel 3

R74 995

Cannondale Scalpel 2

R99 995

Cannondale Scalpel Hi-MOD 1

R139 995

Scalpels will range in size from S, M, L, XL, and the women’s models will be available in S, M, L. For more information on the all-Scalpel, visit Be sure to also follow Cannondale on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

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