The Scalpel Si is Cannondale's range-topping XC bike, and the
"World Cup" in the name is no exaggeration, this is essentially the
same bike that gets ridden in World Cup races.
So this is a no-holds-barred build, designed to perform at the
highest level. World Cup XC courses have changed in recent years,
the ups have become faster and more technical and the downs have
become more extreme. Bikes have evolved to suit, and the Scalpel is
no exception, with a slacker front end geometry and shorter stem
giving added stability and precise control, whilst a shorter rear
triangle keeps things responsive and allows more weight to be over
the rear wheel for better power transfer when climbing.
Of course the star here is the Lefty Ocho fork, the distinctive
monostay design is not just for looks. This is an incredibly stiff
fork that remains remarkably light, and is particularly notable for
its small-bump damping, whilst handling the bigger stuff with
There's a useful 100mm of travel front and rear, with Fox
providing the rear suspension from their super slick Kashima-coated
Float Factory series. ENVE carbon rims and bar keep things suitably
lightweight without compromising on strength. Again following the
trend for increased versatility and more technical routes this
build features an internally-routed dropper post.
SRAM XX1 Eagle rounds out the build, the ultimate in light and
precise XC shifting, with that massive range 10-50 cassette
providing a whopping 500% gear range in a 1x system.
photos by Bence Bujaki