Bike of the week 12: 2010 Cannondale Scalpel 3

Scalpel is a long time name in the Cannondale family. With many national and world championships under it’s belt, the Scalpel is the winningest full suspension bicycle in history. This year’s Scalpels featured 100mm of pivotless travel on the rear, resulting in very efficient climbing, but has plenty of plush travel for the fast descents. Those that have ridden a Scalpel will agree that it feels like a road bike on the dirt. The power transfer and handling characteristics are unmatched due to the unique suspension design.

The 2010 Scalpel 3 features an aluminum front triangle to keep the budget in check, but like all Scalpels, it has the suspension’s fundamental carbon seat- and chainstays. Matched with a Fox RPL, you are in control of how the rear end reacts. On the front you get Cannondale’s Lefty Carbon DLR with 110mm of plush travel. SRAM handles the shifting with a great performing X.9 derailleur and the Avid Elixir brakes will bring you to a controlled stop in all conditions. An FSA BB30 crankset integrates better with the frame than traditional outboard bearing configuration boosting stiffness without contributing extra weight.

At $3,500, the Scalpel 3 delivers top level performance without breaking the bank like the upper level Scalpels. This one weighs in at under 24 1/2 pounds.

Check out the video below of a quick lap with European Cannondale pro mountain biker Marco Fontana on his Scalpel.


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