New Lefty Ocho and Scalpel-Si lineup now available from Cannondale

Earlier this year Cannondale announced their next generation Lefty, dubbed the Ocho, along with a new Cannondale F-Si hardtail. After that early ignition of an inevitable itch to upgrade, the Ocho-equipped 2019 Cannondale mountain bike range is now available in the South African market.

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In case you missed the news, or just need a refresher, here are the feature highlights for the new Lefty Ocho:

  • Single crown: The most obvious change is the new single crown design. Doing away with the double crown arrangement sees Cannondale employ a standard 1-1/8” tapered steerer for greater compatibility.
  • Weight reductions: The simpler structure reduces the leg length and removes the need for brackets, reducing weight by up to 250 grams.
  • Improved internals: Internally the Lefty has also undergone changes. There is a new Chamber damper and Delta Cage needle bearing assembly said to improve suppleness and reliability.
  • Updated remote lockout: The previous hydraulic dual fork and shock lockout is replaced with a simpler cable operated system.
  • "Stop Lock" brake mount: There is also a convenient new brake release mechanism that requires a single turn of a hex key and a push of a button to release the front wheel.


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From the press release:


Suspension is movement. The smoother it can move, the better it can do its job. Insulating you from impacts. Floating through the chop. Tracking over the things that would throw you off. Delivering you where you want to go. When it comes to smoothness, Ocho stands alone. Fewer friction-causing bushings and seals than any other fork. The supple new Chamber damper. And the new Delta Cage evolution of Lefty’s revolutionary needle bearing telescope assembly. It all adds up to the smoothest fork ever made. No sticking, no binding, no shuddering or hesitation, no matter how hard you push it. Just pure, smooth action always, for ultimate control. Cannondale


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Lefty Ocho has the best overall stiffness of any lightweight XC fork, which is great. But what separates it from the rest is not so much how stiff it is, but rather how it is stiff. Because stiffness, like so many things, is a double-edged sword: Too flexy and you’ve got a noodle that won’t go where it’s told. Too stiff, or stiff in the wrong places, and it wants to ricochet and bounce, instead of float and flow. Ocho’s unique single-crown design, and triangle-in-triangle telescope, give us unprecedented ability to tailor the stiffness of the fork. For the stiffness to go, and the give to flow. Cannondale


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A deeper look at the details.

  • The world’s first single crown, single-sided suspension fork, for singularly impressive performance.
  • Normal tapered 1-1/2” to 1-1/8” steerer. Lighter. Simpler. Standard.
  • Simple, reliable cable remote lever engages lockout on the fork or fork and rear shock.
  • Guide Guard. Simple and Strong. Guiding the brake cable smoothly and quietly in any situation.
  • With just one leg, Ocho has way fewer seals, for way less friction, for way smoother action.
  • SideCar Air Valve. Easier to access. Reduces rotor contamination.
  • Rebound Adjust.



So when can you get one?

The Lefty Ocho is now available on the 2019 Cannondale Scalpel-Si and F-Si range. Below are some highlights from the 2019 Scalpel-Si range which recently arrived on our shores.


cannondale_scalpel_1.jpg2019 Cannondale Scalpel-Si Hi-Mod 1
R 110 000

cannondale_scalpel_2.jpg2019 Cannondale Scalpel-Si Carbon 2
R 99 000

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R 80 000

cannondale_scalpel_4.jpg2019 Cannondale Scalpel-Si Carbon 4
R 69 000

cannondale_scalpel_al.jpg2019 Cannondale Scalpel-Si 5 (Alloy)
R 49 000

cannondale_scalpel_1_lady.jpg2019 Cannondale Scalpel-Si Women's 1
R 110 000

cannondale_scalpel_2_lady.jpg2019 Cannondale Scalpel-Si Women's 2
R 65 000


Those keen on a standalone Ocho will have to wait a bit longer. Market demand means that the Lefty Ocho is unlikely to be available as an aftermarket purchase in the first year of production.



Steven Knoetze (sk27), Nov 06 2018 07:41

The lefty with a single crown just looks flimsy in my opinion, would love to see comparison figures for rigidity because I find it hard to believe it would be as stiff as the predecessor without the double crown support.

I have never been a lefty fan though, but having never tried one it is purely down to the lack of symmetry and it just looks wrong. Must be tiring having to hear the "You left your other stanchion at home" jokes too...........