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Cannondale's New Sub 22-pound Scalpel HT

The Purest Form of Racing.

A whole new breed of XC Hardtail, purpose built to hurt ‘em on the ups, drop ‘em on the downs and propel you straight to the top step. Say hello to the new Cannondale Scalpel HT.


Key Benefits


Confidence on edge No hesitant, fistful-of-brakes descending here. The ultra slack, 66.5-degree front end gives you the stability and control you need to really open it up on the downhills. Brake later. Corner harder. Pass on the descents.


Stay Centered Scalpel HT’s Proportional Response size- specific chainstays and steep seat angle keep you balanced between the wheels for better traction and power on the ups, and more confident control on the downs.


Drop the chatter Sculpted flex zones in the chainstays partner with dropped seatstays to eat up the chatter from rowdy terrain, boosting control, smoothing the ride, minimizing fatigue. Go harder. Go faster. Go farther.

Lead with Lefty 110 or 100mm of the smoothest, most precise-handling ultralight front suspension out there. Extra- long fork offset brings extra agility to the super stable front end. Better control, more speed.


1. Lefty Ocho Simply the most advanced, smoothest, most precise-handling ultralight XC fork ever made. 110mm travel on the 1 and 100mm on the 2. Friction-free needle bearing internals. Unmatched control.

2. Proportional Response Geometry Full size-specific frame geometry, right down to the chainstay lengths. Keeps the rider centered between the wheels for incredible traction and handling.

3. Slack Head Tube Angle Super slack 66.5° head angle delivers confidence and speed on steep descents that other XC bikes just can't match.

4. Connected An integrated wheel sensor delivers hyper accurate speed, route and distance info, registers your bike, reminds you of service needs and more, all through the free Cannondale App.




110mm Travel Fork
100mm Travel Fork


Convertible Cable Stops - Internal cable routing system lets you run full housing for weather-proof reliability, or interrupted housing for maximum weight savings.


Feel the Light - With a frame weight of just 895 grams, this rig loves to climb. And climb. And climb.

The Lineup


Scalpel HT Hi-Mod 1: $5,000 USD/$6,500 CAN


Scalpel HT Carbon 2: $4,000 USD/$5,200 CAN

29 U Scalpel HT Crb 3 - HLT

Scalpel HT Carbon 3: $3,000 USD/$3,900 CAN

29 U Scalpel HT Crb 4 - ARD

Scalpel HT Carbon 4: $2,200 USD/$2,900 CAN

To learn more about the new Cannondale Scalpel HT line, head to


View key specs, compare bikes, and rate the Scalpel HT in the Vital MTB Product Guide.

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