Sea Otter: Cannondale’s Scalpel 29er

Cannondale has added to its 29er offering with a new Scalpel race/trail bike.


Here’s the quick and dirty on it:

As seen it’s 21.4lb/9.6kg. Frame and shock are 1900g
It comes out in September/October time and will come in Small to XL.
100mm travel front and rear
It’s all carbon
Press Fit 30 BB, 142×12 rear end
Designed for 2×10 and it has an E-type front mech.
Angles are 70/73.5, BB height is 13.2in, chainstays are 17.8in

 

This is the first 29er Cannondale has offered in a small size. On that, there isn't a supporting strut on the top tube, so the suspension mounts are unchanged through the sizes. Just the strut moves up as sizes increase.

 

In order to reduce standover, the lower headset bearing is internal.

 

That's a 100mm Lefty fork there.

 

Slim, flexing seatstays, but Cannondale has put a 15mm diameter pivot on the chainstays, rather than just relying on chainstay flex, like on the 26in Scalpel.

 

There's room for a 2.25in tyre with space to spare.

 

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