2013 Cannondale Scalpel 29er 4 Bike

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    A Great Budget-Friendly XC Bike

    The Good:

    Compact XC geometry results in very snappy acceleration and handling. On smooth, flowy trails this bike really shines with its sharp handling. 29" wheels means the bike keeps its momentum going over the rough stuff and its lightning fast! 685mm handlebar and 90mm stem proved ideal for XC, although not too much for more aggro riding.

    The Bad:

    Avid Elixir 3 brakes are not too great. Swapping to Shimano SLX brakes has greatly increased power and modulation. Stock tires are too slick for proper trai riding, but most people will swap the tires out anyways.

    Overall Review:

    Budget-friendly XC bike with fast acceleration, lightning speed, snappy handling and an ideal cockpit. Big wheels steamroller over over trail obstacle and it retains speed very well. Stock tires and brakes are not very spotlight worthy, but it can be swapped out quickly. Overall, it is a great XC bike for beginners.

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    Product Cannondale Scalpel 29er 4 Bike
    Model Year 2013
    Riding Type Cross Country
    Rider Unisex
    Sizes and Geometry
    S / 16.2", M / 16.9", L / 19.1", XL / 21.1" View Geometry
    Size S / 16.2" M / 16.9" L / 19.1" XL / 21.1"
    Top Tube Length 22.4 23.3 24.3 25.2
    Head Tube Angle 70.5° 71° 71.2° 71.4°
    Head Tube Length 4.8 4.8 4.8 4.8
    Seat Tube Angle 73.9° 73.7° 73.5° 73.3°
    Seat Tube Length 16.2 16.9 19.1 21.1
    Bottom Bracket Height 13.1 13.1 13.1 13.1
    Chainstay Length 17.5 17.5 17.5 17.5
    Wheelbase 42.6 43.3 44.2 45
    Standover 28.9 28.9 29.6 30.1
    Reach 15.3 16.2 17.2 18.1
    Stack 24 24.1 24.1 24.2
    Frame Material Aluminum
    Frame Material Details SmartFormed Alloy
    Rear Travel 100mm
    Rear Shock X-FusionE1 RL
    Fork RockShox Recon Gold TK 29, Solo Air, Lockout, Rebound, 1.5"
    Fork Travel 80mm
    Head Tube Diameter 1.5" SI
    Headset Tange 1.5" SI
    Handlebar Cannondale C3 Riser, 680mm x 15mm, 6061
    Stem Cannondale C3, 1.5", 31.8mm
    Grips Cannondale Dual Density
    Brakes Avid Elixir 3, 180mm/160mm
    Brake Levers
    Shifters Shimano SLX, E-Type
    Front Derailleur Shimano SLX, E-Type
    Rear Derailleur Shimano XT
    ISCG Tabs
    Cranks FSA Comet
    Chainrings 42/32/24 Tooth
    Bottom Bracket FSA BB30
    Pedals N/A
    Chain KMC X10
    Cassette Shimano HG-62, 11-36 Tooth, 10-Speed
    Wheel Size
    Rims Sun Ringle Inferno25, Welded, with Eyelet, 32 Hole
    Hubs Formula 15mm Front
    Spokes DT Swiss
    Tires Kenda Small Block K 8, 2.1" Folding
    Saddle Cannondale Stage 3 Cromo
    Seatpost Cannondale C3, 400mm
    Seat Post Diameter 31.6mm
    Seatpost Clamp
    Rear Dropout / Hub Dimensions 142mm x 12mm
    Max. Tire Size
    Bottle Cage Mounts
    Colors Black
    Weight N/A
    Price $2,660
    More Info Cannondale website