Bike Check: Fumic and Marotte's Cannondale Scalpel-Si

Manuel Fumic is no stranger to South African audiences with memorable performances in the Absa Cape Epic while Maxime Marotte has been a solid podium performer on the international XCO circuit for a number of years. We tracked down their race bikes at the team house ahead of the Stellenbosch World Cup.

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Manuel Fumic's Cannondale Scalpel-Si.

 

Manuel Fumic and Maxime Marotte are the national champions of Germany and France respectively. To celebrate this success, Cannondale has custom painted their Scalpel-Si frames with each rider's national colours over a black base.

 

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Maxime Marotte's Cannondale Scalpel-Si.

 

The Cannondale team is sponsored by Shimano so, as you would expect, the drivetrain is a full Shimano affair. The shifters, cassettes, derailleurs, and cranks all coming from the XTR stable with the chain being borrowed from the Dura-Ace road catalogue. The brake set and rotors (180 mm front; 160 mm rear) are also Shimano's range-topping XTR.

 

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MTB World Cup Stellenbosch-157.jpgMaxime Marotte prefers Look pedals.

MTB World Cup Stellenbosch-144.jpgThe team uses One Components chainguides.


The one anomaly is Fumic's unbranded 38 tooth chainring where Marotte has a standard Shimano XTR chainring. The team explained that Shimano does not currently make a compatible single chainring bigger than 36 teeth, so they've had to make a plan for Fumic's preferred 38T gearing.

 

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Fumic's blacked out 38 tooth chainring.

 

The Shimano XTR cranks have undergone the Stages treatment with a power meter embedded in the left crank arm. This data is supplied to a Stages Dash computer mounted on the handlebar.

 


MTB World Cup Stellenbosch-122.jpgFumic's left Stages XTR crank and XTR pedal.

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In the cockpit, personal preference sees some variation. Most notably the seat posts with Marotte electing a KS LEV CI with carbon body and lever providing 65 mm of vertical travel while Fumic choosing a lighter rigid carbon post from Enve. Both riders sit on a Prologo Dimension Nack saddle with a 143 mm width.

 

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Maxime's KS Lev CI dropper seatpost and lever.
Fumic's handlebar and stem configuration is slightly bigger with a 730 mm Enve bar and 90 mm stem versus Marotte's 720 Enve bar and 80 mm stem. There is also a difference in pedal preference with Fumic clipping into a pair of Shimano XTR pedals and Marotte using Look's X-Track pedals.

 


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The front suspension is uniquely Cannondale with a Lefty 2.0 Carbon. The rear travel is controlled by an unlabelled RockShox shock. The team take their suspension set up seriously, sending the forks to the specialist Lefty tuning company Eighty-Aid in Europe for servicing after each World Cup race.

 

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Enve M50 carbon rims are laced to a DT Swiss 240 rear hub with a Lefty hub doing duty in the front. The team use Schwalbe tyres, choosing the Thunder Burt 2.25" for the Stellenbosch course. Fumic uses Enve's rim strip to further protect the tyres from damaging snake bites.

 

Specification List:

  • FrameCannondale Scalpel-Si (Size medium)
  • ForkLefty 2.0 carbon
  • ShockRockShox
  • RimsEnve M50
  • HubsFront: Lefty / Rear: DT Swiss 240
  • TyresSchwalbe Thunder Burt 2.25
  • HandlebarEnve carbon (Fumic: 730mm / Marotte: 720mm)
  • GripsFumic: ESI Grips / Marotte: Prologo
  • StemExtraLite (Fumic: 90mm / Marotte: 80mm)
  • HeadsetLefty
  • SeatpostFumic: Enve carbon / Marotte: KS Lev CI
  • SaddlePrologo Dimension Nack
  • BrakesShimano XTR
  • Brake RotorsShimano XTR (180mm / 160mm)
  • ShiftersShimano XTR
  • Rear DerailleurShimano XTR
  • CassetteShimano XTR (Fumic 11-42 / Marotte 11-40)
  • CranksShimano XTR with Stages powermeter
  • ChainringFumic: Unbranded / Marotte: Shimano XTR
  • ChainShimano Dura-Ace
  • PedalsFumic: Shimano XTR / Marotte: Look X-Track Race Carbon
  • Bike ComputerStages Dash
  • WeightFumic: 10.1 kg / Marotte: 10.2 kg




13 Comments

bobby, Mar 15 2018 09:33

Looks super fast !! 

Shebeen, Mar 15 2018 10:31

those bikes are HOT.

Titleist, Mar 15 2018 10:36

For the premium you pay for these bikes I would expect it to weigh at least less by the same ratio as the price premium compared to others.

koukie, Mar 15 2018 03:18

For the premium you pay for these bikes I would expect it to weigh at least less by the same ratio as the price premium compared to others.

Yes agree and everything on those bikes are pretty much as light as can be but the weight penalty comes from the Lefty. The carbon version I think weigh 1765g. They are super stiff and by far the nicest suspension I ever used but they are not that light compared to other conventional forks that are in the region of 1.4kg.  

solty, Mar 15 2018 08:02

So Fumic did the XCO "Puffadder" climb on a 38 tooth chainring!

otoko, Mar 15 2018 09:12

Next time please ask them about Q-factor. Conventional XTR can't be fitted to Scalpel Si asymmetric frame, only Cannondale cranks or Custom (Ai) version of SRAM Eagle.

Nick, Mar 15 2018 09:31

Next time please ask them about Q-factor. Conventional XTR can't be fitted to Scalpel Si asymmetric frame, only Cannondale cranks or Custom (Ai) version of SRAM Eagle.

 

Sure thing. I'll try to catch up with them again at Epic next week.

myth125, Mar 16 2018 07:41

Nice steeds!

LONE TWO, Mar 16 2018 09:44

I thought he was riding with the Brazilian guy. What happened? 

Admin, Mar 16 2018 10:08

I thought he was riding with the Brazilian guy. What happened? 

These bikes are from the Stellenbosch World Cup. We featured them together because both sport a custom paint job to match their rider's National Champ jerseys.

Fumic is still riding Epic with his other team mate, Avancini (the Brazilian).

LONE TWO, Mar 16 2018 11:00

These bikes are from the Stellenbosch World Cup. We featured them together because both sport a custom paint job to match their rider's National Champ jerseys.

Fumic is still riding Epic with his other team mate, Avancini (the Brazilian).

Thank Admins appreciate it

Nick, Mar 20 2018 12:48

Next time please ask them about Q-factor. Conventional XTR can't be fitted to Scalpel Si asymmetric frame, only Cannondale cranks or Custom (Ai) version of SRAM Eagle.

 

I chatted to the mechanic yesterday. He says the team use a special adaptor and spacers.

Chain-L, Mar 23 2018 09:11

Are those actual weights?