Bike Check: Alan Hatherly's Cannondale Scalpel

It’s no secret that COVID-19 has decimated the racing calendar over the last 12 months but it is great to see Factory Racing Teams making moves to strengthen their squads ahead of what will hopefully be a fierce 2021 World Cup season. The Cannondale Factory Racing Team recently announced the signing of Alan Hatherly, winner of the 2018 U23 Cross Country World Championships and the 2019 e-MTB XCO UCI World Championships, among many other accolades.

We caught up with Alan between training camps to get the low down on his new race machine, the 2021 Cannondale Scalpel Hi-Mod 1.


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Alan Hatherly's Cannondale 2021 Scalpel Hi-Mod 1

  • FrameCannondale 2021 Scalpel Hi-Mod 1
  • ForkLefty Ocho Carbon 100mm
  • ShockFox Float DPS Factory EVOL, 100mm
  • RimsEnve M525 Carbon
  • Rear HubDT Swiss 240s
  • Front HubLefty
  • Front TyreSchwalbe Racing Ralph 29 x 2.25
  • Rear TyreSchwalbe Racing Ralph 29 x 2.25
  • HandlebarEnve M5 720mm
  • StemEnve 90mm
  • SeatpostCannondale Dropper Post
  • SaddlePrologo Scratch M5 Space
  • BrakesShimano XTR M9100
  • RotorsShimano RT 81 160mm
  • ShifterShimano XTR
  • Rear derailleurShimano XTR
  • CassetteShimano XTR 10 - 51T 12-Speed
  • Crank armsShimano XTR with Stages powermeter
  • ChainShimano XTR
  • ChainringShimano XTR 36T
  • PedalsShimano XTR
  • Bottle cagesCannondale carbon
  • Weight9.76kg (without pedals)


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Cannondale has significantly updated the Scalpel range, a frame that has become famous from winning races all over the world since 2001 and garnering an almost cult-like following. Alan’s Scalpel features Cannondale’s iconic Ocho Lefty carbon fork with a significant practical update, the StopLock release system which quickly frees the brake and mount for easy removal of the front wheel.


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The rear shock is the industry-leading Fox Float DPS Factory EVOL 100mm but the most interesting part of the rear suspension technology is the updated rear triangle. It features what Cannondale call their “FlexPivot” chainstays. Basically, the chainstays flatten out at the rear to add more flex. This also means the rear triangle has fewer pivots and bearings, significantly reducing frame weight and maintenance requirements.


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The geometry on the 2021 Scalpel frame has been updated to feature Cannondale's “OutFront” steering geometry. This means that the head tube angle is slightly slacker than previous Scalpels, among other tweaks. In conjunction with the longer Lefty fork offset, Cannondale claims that the new geometry has significantly increased traction and rider confidence.


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It is no surprise to find Shimano’s race-focussed XTR 12-speed groupset fitted with a 10-51t rear cassette and 36t front chainring. The matted XTR shifters share space on the handlebars with remote suspension lockouts and a lever for the Cannondale dropper post. Interestingly, the chain guide has been reduced from a closed cage to just a block which appears to act more like a limiter. The XTR cranks are also matted with a Stages crank arm for power readings, and lightweight XTR cross-country pedals.


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The front hub is the Lefty 60 and the rear hub is the highly regarded DT Swiss 240s. Both hubs are laced to Enve's M525 carbon rim via Hologram spokes. Schwalbe Racing Ralph 29 x 2.25 tan walls finish off this lightweight wheelset.


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The cockpit features the Enve M Series carbon handlebar and stem that is found on across the Factory Racing Team bikes. No need to change a good thing right?


With all the race team updates, the claimed weight (excluding pedals) on this 2021 Scalpel is 9.76 kg.


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