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Cannondale Scalpel Carbon SE 2 Mountain Bike

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.

Key Features:

  • 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.
Age Group
Bike frame material
Carbon Fiber
Bike type
Bottom Bracket
Cannondale PF30 MTB
Brake Levers
Shimano MT501 hydraulic disc
Brake type
Hydraulic Disc
Shimano MT500 hydraulic disc, 180/160mm RT54 rotors
Shimano Deore M6100, 10-51, 12-speed
Shimano Deore 6100, 12-speed
Truvativ Stylo 6K DUB, 34T, Ai offset
Cannondale 1, BB30a, OPI SpideRing, 32T, 55mm chainline
RockShox SID Select, 120mm, Debonair, 15x110mm thru-axle, tapered steerer, 44mm offset
Fork travel (mm.)
120 mm
All-New, 120mm travel, BallisTec Carbon, Proportional Response Tuned, FlexPivot Chainstay, PF30-83, Tapered Headtube,Speed Release 12mm thru axle, Ai Offset, Stash compatible
Front Hub
Shimano Deore 15x110
Men's, Women's, Unisex
Cannondale riser, butted 6061 Alloy, 31.8mm, 5° rise, 9° sweep, 760mm
Integrated Sealed Bearing, Tapered
(F) Shimano MT400, 15x110mm thru-axle / (R) Shimano MT410 12x148mm thru-axle
Intended Use
Model year
Number of gears
Sold separately
Rear Derailleur
Rear Hub
Shimano Deore, 12x148
Rear Suspension
RockShox SIDLuxe Select+, 2-Pos mode adjust, adjustable rebound, 190 x 45
Stan's NoTubes Crest D, 32h, tubeless ready
Fabric Scoop Shallow Sport, steel rails
Cannondale DownLow Dropper, internal routing, 31.6, 100mm (S), 125mm (M-L), 150mm (XL)
SRAM SX Eagle, 12-speed
Stainless Steel, 14g
Cannondale 3, 6061 Alloy, 31.8, 7°
Suspension type
Full suspension
(F) Maxxis Ardent Race, 29 x 2.35", EXO Protection, tubeless ready (R) Maxxis Recon Race, 29 x 2.25", EXO Protection, tubeless ready
Cannondale Scalpel Carbon SE 2 Mountain Bike
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Tyler Nall
Tyler Nall
Verified cycling expert
Reviewed Jul 24, 2022

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.

david lindholm
david lindholm
Verified cycling expert
Reviewed Jul 24, 2022

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

Nathan Silver
Nathan Silver
Verified cycling expert
Reviewed Jul 27, 2022

Lightweight Carbon

Flex-point frame

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

Neal Friesen
Neal Friesen
Verified cycling expert
Reviewed Sep 6, 2022

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)

Joe K.
Joe K.
Verified cycling expert
Reviewed Jul 24, 2022

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.