Limited Production Cannondale Scalpel 29’er ULTIMATE! Weighs just 21.6 pounds

Cannondale announced just this morning that they will be making a limited production Scalpel 29’er Carbon ULTIMATE! Only 125 will be available in the United States. They will be taking preorders and as you can imagine, they will sell out fast. With an anticipated out-of-the-box weight of 21.6 pounds for a fully capable full-suspension 29’er w/ matched 100mm travel, this is the lightest production bike in its class. This is truly the Ultimate mountain bike.

Price tag: $10,000

If you’re serious about ordering one of these rare bikes, you’ll need to make up your mind quickly and come down with a deposit as soon as possible.


The majority of Cannondale’s official brochure on the Scalpel 29’er Ultimate is quoted below:

In order to achieve this exceptional weight, product manager Johs Huseby selected the following components; Cannondale’s own Lefty Carbon 29’er XLR matched with the unique adjustable OPI stem/steerer and our Si Hollowgram SL crank. To complement this selection and following components were chosen; Enve Composite rims and handlebars, the flawless Shimano XTR drive train as well as XTR brakes, a Fizik Tundra 2 00 seat paired with the Cyrano carbon seat post and the brand new Schwalbe Racing Ralph 29×2.1 offering lighter weight and improved treade.

Lastly the new Fox RP23 with Adaptive Logic was chosen due to its excellent responsiveness and pedaling efficiency. The subtle lightweight paint scheme shed some extra grams and underlines our focus to reduce weight as much as possible on the frame.

We will offer this bike with two chain ring options. The Scalpel 29’er Ultimate will be equipped with a 39/26T double chain ring, and a 36T single ring plus MRP guide will be supplied additionally for those willing to go for a single chain ring.

The Scalpel 29’er Ultimate was presented to the public during the last Eurobike show and consequently raised significant interest from visitors.

Here are the specs of each Scalpel Carbon 29’er for comparison with published weights. We will be weighing our own models to verify published weights soon.

Model 2012 Scalpel 29’er Carbon ULTIMATE 2012 Scalpel 29’er Carbon 1 2012 Scalpel 29’er Carbon 2
Price  $10,000  $6900  $4800
Frame Scalpel 29’er 100mm Ballistec Hi-Mod Full Carbon w/ Zero Pivot Seatstay and BB30
Fork Lefty 29’er Carbon XLR 100mm w/ OPI and Solo Air Lefty 29’er XLR 100mm w/ OPI and Solo Air
Rear Shock Fox RP23 RockShox Monarch RT3
Front Hub Lefty SL DT Swiss Tricon 1550 29’er Lefty Tubeless Ready Lefty SL
Rear Hub DT 240S 142×12 SunRingle Dirty Flea 142×12
Spokes DT Swiss Aerolite DT Swiss Competition
Rim ENVE Composites WX29’ER 32H Stan’s ZTR Arch 29’er 32H
Tires Schwalbe Racing Ralph Pace Star Tubeless Ready 29×2.1″ Schwalbe Racing Ralph Evo Tubeless Ready 29×2.25″
Crank Cannondale Hollowgram SL BB30 w/ XX 39/26T Chainrings SRAM S2210 Carbon BB30 39/26T
BB SRAM Pressfit BB30
Chain KMC X10SL
Cassette Shimano XTR CS-M980 11-36 SRAM PG-1070 11-36
Front Derailleur SRAM XX Direct Mount SRAM X0 Direct Mount SRAM X9 Direct Mount
Rear Derailleur Shimano XTR SRAM XX Shimano XTR
Shifters Shimano XT
Handlebar ENVE Composites Flat 700mm TruVativ Noir Carbon 700x10mm Flat
Stem Cannondale OPI Adjustable, -15 Degree
Headset Cannondale Headshok
Brakes Shimano XTR XC Race w/ 160mm Rotors Avid Elixir X0 w/ 180/160mm Rotors Avid Elixir 9 Carbon w/ 180/160mm Rotors
Saddle Fizik Tundra2 00 Carbon Fizik Tundra 2 K:IUM Rail Fizik Tundra 2 OE
Seatpost Fizik Cyrano Carbon Fizik Cyrano Alloy
Sizes S, M, L, X
Color Full Exposed Carbon (Matte) Exposed Carbon w/ Magnesium White and Charcoal Grey (Matte) Exposed Carbon w/ Magnesium White and Berserker Green (Gloss)
Weight 21.6 pounds (published) 23.2 pounds (published) 24.4 pounds (published)

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