Hello Cannondale Scalpel HT, Goodbye F-Si

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The new Cannondale Scalpel HT is revealed: a race hardtail, for riding as fast as you can between the tape. This replaces the Scalpel F-Si, but is a completely new platform. Whereas the head angle on the last F-Si model had been ‘slackened’ over its lifetime to 69o, the Scalpel HT starts its race career at 66.5o.

The seat tube is a steep 74.5° for increased power and efficiency on the climbs. Cannondale’s ‘Proportional Response’ size-specific design increases the chainstay lengths as the frames get bigger, centering the rider between the wheels for handling and traction. It’s a race hardtail engineered around a longer travel fork – a 110mm version of the Lefty Ocho – though some models come with a 100mm fork. Out back, sculpted flex zones in the chainstays work with the dropped seat stays to tame the chatter and take the edge off hits.

The Scalpel HT is a whole new breed of XC race hardtail – one that takes a hammer to the old “fast-climbing, sketchy-descending” formula of traditional hardtail race bikes. By focusing on handling, traction and capability above all else, the new Scalpel HT delivers everything up you love about a hardtail – the lighter-than-air climbing feel and explosive acceleration – plus a whole lot more. More grip at the limit. More bump-absorbing smoothness in the rough. More balanced, intuitive handling. And a whole lot more lay-off-the-brakes-and-let-er-rip confident control on the descents. All designed to give you an edge in those clutch moments, the oh-shit moments, the moments that make the difference between podium and pack-fill. In other words, it’s a hardtail worthy of the Scalpel name.

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Cannondale Scalpel

It’s more, OK? For those of us whose ‘oh-shit’ moments tend to involve an embarrassing low speed topple into a ditch while failing to unclip, all this more might be lost on us. Luckily, Cannondale has had some high speed riders make us a video, so we can see how its supposed to be used.

CFR racer and XC legend Henrique Avancini narrates a story about the purest form of racing and what it means to ride. We follow two up-and-coming riders, Ruby Ryan and Tydeman Newman, around their journey towards a race in Lake Tahoe, Nevada on 17 July 2021.RubyRyanis a 19-year-old mountain bike racer and kinesiology student from New Zealand. She represented New Zealand at the Junior World Mountain Bike Championships. Ruby is passionate about women’s nutrition and listens to Six60, Sticky Fingers and probably some country on Spotify. 19-year-old aspiring racer Tydeman Newman’s sights are set on being the best. Tydeman skates, surfs, and is an all-around bike nut. He is at home on any size wheels and brings to the sport a unique brand of what it means to be a bike racer.

Cannondale Scalpel

Ah, to be young with cool hair. Anyway. We can have cool bikes, whether or not we’re fast enough to make our locks flow in the wind. The new Scalpel HT is available now in four models:

  • Scalpel HT Hi-Mod 1 – £6,200
  • Scalpel HT Carbon 2 – not available in the UK
  • Scalpel HT Carbon 3 – £3,400
  • Scalpel HT Carbon 4 – £2,600

The tippy top of the range Hi-Mod 1 frame weighs just 895g, with the other carbon frames being 1075g. It might surprise you to discover that top of the range price doesn’t include any electronic shifting either – it’s Shimano XTR – although models do get a Cannondale wheel sensor to gather some key ride data, and this top model includes the Lefty Ocho Carbon 110mm fork. The Scalpel HT Carbon 2 comes with a 100mm alloy Ocho fork, while the Carbon 3 and Carbon 4 come with a Rockshox SID.

Head over to Cannondale for more information.

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  • Premier Icon gunz
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    Always liked the look of a Scalpel but the extent to which I would not do it justice is enormous.

    Premier Icon Tom Howard
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    I wonder how much tinkering was involved to make the changes.

    Premier Icon matt_outandabout
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    That is a rather purdy looking thing.
    The line between trail HT and flat out race bike seems more and more about weight & durability than geometry these days.

    Premier Icon footflaps
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    Bit odd calling it a Scalpel as that was always a soft-tail…

    Premier Icon BadlyWiredDog
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    Bit odd calling it a Scalpel rather than Scale as that was always their race HT.

    Maybe Scott were upset with them stealing their bike?

    Edit: I see the lawyers got to you fast 😉

    Premier Icon cheddarchallenged
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    The Cannondale graphic design is awful.

    It’s as if they now have the approach of:

    Cannondale: “please do a graphic design for us”
    Random 16 year old with a computer about 5 seconds later: “here you go – I wrote your company name on it using a block font”
    Cannondale: “whoa, that’s so cool, we love it and will use it everywhere”

    What happened to the edgy / ballsy / exciting colourways and graphics they used to be famous for?

    Premier Icon r8jimbob88
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    I like the look of it. I’ve owned an F-Si in the past and currently own a 2019 Scalpel Si. Not sure i’d own a hardtail again in all fairness. Not sure i’d have another Cannondale either. I’ve cracked 2 Scalpel frames so far and the Cannondale specific parts and overpriced tools needed to maintain it are a pain. I’m sure the WC racers that have to race on them are glad that they don’t have to maintain them themselves!

    Premier Icon gossa
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    @cheddarchallenged these new logos are actually not a million miles off of Cannondales old logo. Its a ‘new old’ if you like and you might be surprised to hear all this new ‘look and feel’ is coming out of the UK under the watchful eye of Nick Larsen who was behind Charge Bikes and Fabric saddles/components.

    Premier Icon matt_outandabout
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    What happened to the edgy / ballsy / exciting colourways and graphics they used to be famous for?

    They have regularly done quite calm as well – this is mrs_oab’s old F900SL

    Premier Icon Name
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    I don’t mind the aesthetic, there’s a slight splatter in the white paint that reminds of early Kona Explosif paint jobs in an understated way, and thats ok. Seeing a head angle that slack on a race hardtail is radical for sure if you’ve come all the way back from a ‘proper’ pin sharp Norba race geometry.

    I’m sure its no coincidence that the riders shorts in the promo shots closely mimic the design and logos from their early 90’s wear. Had some just like that. “Golden’ days are coming back in…

    Premier Icon Brendan Meehan
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    gossa
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    @cheddarchallenged
    these new logos are actually not a million miles off of Cannondales old logo. Its a ‘new old’ if you like …

    Yeap This

    https://d1mo5ln9tjltxq.cloudfront.net/-/media/images/my20/bikes/mountain/cross-country/f-si/collection_02.ashx?mh=1920&mw=2560&hash=B49146FE7BB1DD7981B6AFF44E6165B7A507FA3C

    Premier Icon vinnyeh
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    I wonder how much tinkering was involved to make the changes.

    Post deserved more recognition.

    Premier Icon gossa
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    YEP!

    Premier Icon James
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    One of the best looking of the new Cannondale branded mtbs imo. I’m biased because I loved the look of the 88-90 SM series bikes. A lot of bike graphics were pretty crazy back then, Cannondale’s big tubes and light lower case logo looked great.

    90s dale

    Premier Icon Brendan Meehan
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    Thumb-shifters & Toe Clips Cool. My first Cannondale had that frame with Pepperoni forks, probably a year or two later an M800. Then another year or so I upgraded to a M2000

    Premier Icon Brendan Meehan
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    Got to say though the Cannondale wheel sensor (and closed software) is a waste of time. Got one with My Gravel bike, use it on My old turbo-trainer bike linked to Garmin now. Would rather the price of it was knocked of the bike.

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