Hey there - first post so go easy on me if this is in the wrong place!
I'm looking into getting a new cannondale and am stuck between the new Trigger 29er 3 vs. the Scalpel 29er 3. They're both around the same price point but want to make sure I'm getting the ride that best suites my needs rather than jumping on the new technology train just for shits and giggles. My gut tells me the scalpel is more of what I need but looking for some advice to support my purchase.
I ride in Northern VT, typically Fellowship of the Wheel trails, some trails in Stowe, with the occasional trip up to the Kingdom Trails. All of my riding involves a fair share of climbing that varies from fire roads, to smooth singletrack, to roots and rocks galore.
I'm riding a 2001 Specialized FSR-XC right now - which old as it sounds - had been treating me great but is on it's last legs. I'm concerned the Trigger is going to feel super heavy in comparison but am also worried I won't get the increased amount of travel and downhill comfort I've been missing on my current bike with the Scalpel. Thoughts?