First Look: Cannondale Scalpel-Si

After hearing many mumblings about a new Cannondale and then spotting an unbranded prototype at the Absa Cape Epic, it was clear that there was a new bike coming soon. And here it is, introducing the all-new Cannondale Scalpel-Si.

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An all-round nip and tuck with super slick cable routing


Cannondale have applied what they call System Integration (Si) to the Scalpel range to create a complete package that works seamlessly. This means that each bike is now race ready out of the box, no need to change out things like flimsy tyres. They’ve also tailored the set up across the size curve including 650b wheels on the XS and S and women’s sizes.

 


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While plainly a Scalpel, the Scalpel-Si has brought the design up-to-date with straighter lines and a refined look. Most obvious is the new suspension design which tucks part of the rear shock into the top tube resulting in an elegant lining-up of the seatstay, shock and toptube. There is also now space for two bottle cages in the front triangle. It’s not just all looks either, Cannondale claim the new Scalpel-Si carbon frame is one of the lightest dual suspension mountain bike frames in the world.

 

The new internal cable routing system plays its part in keeping the Scalpel-Si looking neat. The ports on the redesigned head tube provide an easy way for the cable to enter the frame while also holding the cable neatly in position with a “lockable system” to keep your cockpit neat while riding. Should you desire to run a Shimano Di2 drivetrain, Cannondale have designed a system for mounting the battery inside the top tube just above the shock mount. There is also provision for an internally routed dropper post.

 

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Geometry updates to improve handling and performance


While the bike may still look much like the Scalpel of old, the geometry has seen a complete overhaul with a number of changes resembling what we’ve seen happening on trail bikes. The previous Scalpel is a take-no-prisoners race bike geared at covering distance and conquering climbs. While the Scalpel-Si still claims to do the same, it acknowledges the technical challenges of modern cross-country courses with a number of dramatic geometry changes to help riders negotiate the tough stuff.

 

Cannondale Scalpel-Si -28.jpgThe Scalpel-Si Carbon 4.

 

To improve handling and traction, Cannondale shortened the chainstay length by just under a centimeter to 43.5 cm (on the 29er models) in part thanks to the new, straight seat tube. In order to squash the wheel in a small space (and without having to implement Boost 148), Cannondale shifted the chainrings and front derailleur 6 mm outboard to create more space. At the same time they adjusted the rear triangle to match, allowing for a more evenly dished rear wheel - resulting in more strength and stiffness. Cannondale call this Asymmetric Integration Offset Drivetrain (Ai).

 


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The 6 mm offset drivetrain and straight seat tube create space for shorter stays and wider tyres.

 

To complement the handling improvements of shorter stays, the head angle has been slackened to 69.5 degrees from around 71 degrees (depending on frame size) on the previous Scalpel. A slacker head angle generally puts the front wheel further in front of the bike which allows the fork to soak up more of the trail and helps to stop the rider pitching over the handlebars. To counter the sluggish handling a slacker angle might cause at slow speeds, the Cannondale have custom designed the Lefty with a 55 mm fork rake through the use of an off set front axle. Cannondale are calling this combination their OutFront steering geometry. The seat tube angle remains 73.5 degrees, keeping the weight over the pedals for power and traction. The Scalpel-Si also sees a slightly lengthened reach which allows Cannondale to fit a shorter stem for more accurate control.

 


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Cannondale developed a custom off set front axle with a 55 mm rake to avoid sluggish steering at low speeds.

 

No more OPI stem and a sleeker rear triangle configuration


Good news for tinkerers, Cannondale have given up on the proprietary steerer standard in favour of a slightly more standard 1.5” which should improve the aftermarket stem options for the Scalpel-Si. The new steerer sizing means that older Lefty forks are not compatible with the Scalpel-Si. The changes in the Lefty’s rake mean the new Lefty hub has also seen some sizing changes and as a result is not backward compatible, although the older hubs can be used on the Scalpel-Si with an adaptor.

 


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Cannondale have abandoned the OPI stem with the latest Scalpel-Si.

 

The rear suspension on the Scalpel-Si has also gone under the knife. The previous Scalpel had an awkward bolted together collection of parts fixing the seat stay to the rocker. The new LockR system uses an expanding thru-axle connecting both sides like a single piece without the need for special tools. To improve the performance of the flexible seat stays, flat brake mounts are moved from the seat stays to the inside of the chain stay to allow for better flex.

 


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When suspension isn’t what you want, Cannondale worked with RockShox to make an integrated single-push lockout control for the Lefty and shock. The rear lockout travels internally down the top tube which contains the top of the shock.

 

Cannondale have been brave with the Scalpel-Si. While many manufactures remain committed to the traditional cross-country/ marathon bike formula, Cannondale have clearly taken a page from the progressive geometry and packaged it into a serious racing bike. We can only hope that this means fewer queues and more smiles on the single track at our local marathon events.

 

Cannondale Scalpel-Si -1.jpgThe Scalpel-Si Carbon 3.

 

Local availability


The local distributor expects the first full shipment of the new Cannondale Scalpel-Si to land in September. Details about each model in the lineup are available in the official press release. The Scalpel-Si Alloy 6 is a model unique to South Africa which will feature Shimano SLX kit with a RockShox fork.

 

For an early look at the Scalpel-Si, the bikes will be showcased at Sani2c this year for those attending.

 

Estimated pricing


  • Scalpel-Si Black IncR 195,000.00
  • Scalpel-Si TeamR 150,000.00
  • Scalpel-Si RaceR 135,000.00
  • Scalpel-Si 1R 110,000.00
  • Scalpel-Si 2R 100,000.00
  • Scalpel-Si 3R 80,000.00
  • Scalpel-Si 4R 70,000.00
  • Scalpel-Si Alloy 5R 55,000.00
  • Scalpel-Si Alloy 6R 40,000.00
  • Scalpel-Si Ladies 1R 100,000.00
  • Scalpel-Si Ladies 2R 70,000.00




78 Comments

leeubok, Apr 29 2016 03:29

I'll take two please  :clap:

rouxtjie, Apr 29 2016 03:29

Am I correct in that the top of the range does not even have Di2?

 

I'm looking at XT brakes and mechanical XTR RD and shifter.

The black edition has, the team edition doesnt...well thats how i see it

Lefty V, Apr 29 2016 03:30

The top-end bikes (from most of the OEMS) have always been ridiculous especially the past 5 years or so, so yes R200k is stooopid money for a bicycle, but it is sorta irrelevant to me - I don't aspire to own a Cannondale Black or top-end S-works. All it actually says is that you are either a sponsored pro, or someone who is overpaid and underbrained (sorry - I know it is a gross generalization, but it is Friday after all)

 

More importantly - the Carbon 3 and 4 still look like they might just be awesome, and they are just normally-ridiculously expensive :-) not stupidly-ridiculously-expensive.... so hell yes, I will sit and think about it on my rides over the weekend.

RossW, Apr 29 2016 03:30

But the pictures here are of the black aren't they? Well some at least.


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rouxtjie, Apr 29 2016 03:35

But the pictures here are of the black aren't they? Well some at least.


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no no the black edition....translates to KakEnBetaal...team is below that....and then there is another one with a slightly different black paint scheme but its a totally different bike than the black edition.

Lefty V, Apr 29 2016 03:50

But the pictures here are of the black aren't they? Well some at least.


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seems that the 3 is often the sneaky buy - this time it looks like a black. My Flash carbon 3 looks pretty much like a team edition if you don't know what you are looking at :-) So good news is if you like the look and the ride and can handle a few grams extra you can have a "budget black" for a fraction of the moola.

 

I had a look at the Carbon 4 and Alloy 5 on the Cannondale site - seems more than decently specced.

Iwan Kemp, Apr 29 2016 03:50

Fools and their money are soon parted.

R200k for a bicycle, you have to be a special kind of idiot to pay that.

 

How do you justify that expense for a bicycle, where like RocknRolla points out a motorbike that can do 200km/h+ is a similar cost.

 

Theres far more engineering and tech in this than a bicycle.

 

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Maybe Im missing something somewhere, someone please explain the R190k price tag on the bicycle.

 

 

Using the KTM as an example it is actually quite easy.

 

1. It doesn't leak oil

2. It won't cost you a FORTUNE in maintenance

3. You won't have to wait for parts that you then pay through your ears for

4. It doesn't ship with latent defects

5. Buyers in CT won't have to ship their bikes to Bloem or Jhb to have it serviced.

6. It doesn't come with a "KTM aka ATM" heritage

 

See, easy.

Nick, Apr 29 2016 03:56

But the pictures here are of the black aren't they? Well some at least.
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The pictures are of the Carbon 3 and 4.

'Dale, Apr 29 2016 04:15

Beautiful
Great brand

The price tag
Does it make me coffee in the morning before my ride 🙈

Mr X, Apr 29 2016 04:36

Beautiful
Great brand

The price tag
Does it make me coffee in the morning before my ride

 

For that price it will have to do more than just make coffee.

Hennie VR, Apr 29 2016 04:42

Prices are mad. Seems like my 2015 Scalpel race will have to do till I die

 
Brag jy nou?  :ph34r:  :whistling:

Hennie VR, Apr 29 2016 04:52

The local distributor reckons that the Scalpel-Si Carbon 3 and 4 (pictured in the article) as well as the alloy models will be their best sellers.

 

Most likely because that will be the only models the people can afford or get a personal loan for from the bank.

 

That Carbon 4 is an 12th of the value of my house...............

That Carbon Black is 60k more than I paid for my Hilux 8 years ago!

Talk Wrench, Apr 29 2016 05:21

No thanks I`m not sponsored I have to pay for my bike - Silverback Sesta for me. Sesta frame design seems superior at like 50% of the price of a Cannonball.

 

Preach it Mr X

ChUkKy, Apr 29 2016 05:45

Using the KTM as an example it is actually quite easy.

1. It doesn't leak oil
2. It won't cost you a FORTUNE in maintenance
3. You won't have to wait for parts that you then pay through your ears for
4. It doesn't ship with latent defects
5. Buyers in CT won't have to ship their bikes to Bloem or Jhb to have it serviced.
6. It doesn't come with a "KTM aka ATM" heritage

See, easy.


Mine has none of those 1-6 issues [emoji41]

ChUkKy, Apr 29 2016 05:46

The burning question is... Will this scalpel make you faster?

IH8MUD, Apr 29 2016 05:51

Wait till a guy on a steel SS  go past you on your Scalpel Si Black Inc. 

Perhaps then some will realise they crawled up their own ass  and spent R195k on a bicycle . . .

DIPSLICK, Apr 29 2016 06:00

I made the comparison in the week, super duke vs Santa Cruz roughly R120k,,, As said above,,,,,we are the only people to blame, buyers freez for a few months, I don't care what LBS or distributor, manufacturer steps up to the plate to justify prices you are talking through the wrong hole. How the vaaaark can you start justifying prices compared to motor bikes, super duke Ktm not an entry level bike. We will be raped until EVERYONE as a collective tells them to find a batch of pineapples we not getting raped anymore If you tell me the cost is "within line" I got news for you,,,,,you getting shafted on the costings,,,,or you doing the shafting both ways bikes actual costs and "acceptable" margins are nowhere near what we paying,,,,,,or there is option 2 every motor bike is getting sold at a loss Please don't come with the poor Rand issue,,motor bikes and cars are subjected to the same problem

kosmonooit, Apr 29 2016 06:03

The burning question is... Will this scalpel make you faster?

 

Sure will  ..      "I think therefore I am"

 

Although you should probably get some very  expensive audiophile-grade speaker cables at the same time,

amasendeinja, Apr 29 2016 07:07

That is lovely, just lovely, but....bevrug my liggies met 'n PYNappel but that is eyewateringly expensive. 

CleatsnCleavage, Apr 29 2016 07:35

Can you imagine the price of servicing it? If no-one bought the bike they would have to lower the price. Some over paid Sanft on exec will be riding it on the Spruit soon.

Serious Panda, Apr 29 2016 07:39

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Lexx, Apr 29 2016 07:51

no no the black edition....translates to KakEnBetaal...team is below that....and then there is another one with a slightly different black paint scheme but its a totally different bike than the black edition.

So what you want to say is, that the Scalpel 3 isn't black enough so its cheaper and not as "Good" as the Totally Black "Gupta Black" one. :ph34r:

Wonder if the Gupta's have shares in Canondale :whistling:

cadenceblur, May 01 2016 05:58

Stupid money. Don't think it will stop. And we will see those bikes on the trails. I guess it's all relative I guess.

Gen, May 01 2016 06:13

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donovan, May 02 2016 04:17

I am still amazed by the comments about bike prices.If you cannot afford them just be happy for those who can.Calling wealthy people fools is really poor taste.I wish I could afford the new bikes but alas so I will just dream.