Cannondale Scalpel Carbon SE 2 Mountain Bike
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The Cannondale Scalpel Carbon SE 2 is a high-performance cross-country, cross-country marathon, and down-country, full-suspension mountain bike. It is ideal for anyone looking to maximize their speed and distance on challenging terrain.
- Full-Suspension – It provides front- and rear-suspension with short-travel, adjustable suspension balances efficiency and capability on rough and rowdy trails.
- FlexPivot Frame – The bike uses flexible carbon in the rear triangle to provide suspension travel. This minimizes weight compared to a linkage design and reduces the number of parts needed.
- 29-Inch Wheels – Fast-rolling wheels provide maximum efficiency on XC courses.
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The Scalpel has been one of the top cross country bikes for years. Its really light and stiff with excellent pedal efficiency and speed on the trail, and climbs really well. The Rockshox SID suspension is the best for cross country riding and nice to see on a bike at this price. The SX is Sram's lowest end drivetrain, but still 1x12 with a wide gear range, but just not as durable and smooth as the higher end drivetrains. Really nice set of wheels/tires and has dropper. Comes in at right about 27lbs.
If your finding yourself wanting to be more XC oriented the scapel SE is great choice. Paired with a RockSox SID (120mm front suspension) and 120mm in the rear, paired with a carbon frame this bike is fast on the uphill climb and capable enough to make the descent speedy
Rock Shox SID 120mm fork
Shimano Deore XT 1x12 speed drivetrain
Shimano MT501 hydraulic disc brakes
Stan's No Tubes Crest D tubeless ready rims
Cannondale Downlow dropper post
This bike is LIGHT. Manufacturers don't list weights on their websites, but a review from CyclingTips clocked this bike in at 27.2lbs!! (for comparison the Stumpjumper you're looking at weighs in at 31.09lbs)
The Scalpel is legend for a reason. The bike rides better than bikes with 40 more mm in suspension, and it's lightness helps it to positively dance down the trail. Climbing has never been easier.