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2013 Cannondale Scalpel 29 4 Bike (discontinued)

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2013 Cannondale Scalpel 29er 4
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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.


Product Cannondale Scalpel 29 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
Wheel Size
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
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
Rims SUNringlé 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
Seatpost 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
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