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Cannondale Scalpel Carbon SE 2 Mountain Bike 2021

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Scalpel Carbon SE 2 Mountain Bike 2021

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Product Highlights


The BallisTec carbon frame is light, stiff and compliant for a lively but composed ride.


Lighter than bearings and requiring no maintenance, these carbon plates create a virtual horst link.


Aggressive and fast, this modern geometry is lightning fast and confidence inspiring.


An offset design increases mud clearance, all whilst keeping the chainstays short and nimble.

Cannondale Scalpel Carbon SE 2 Mountain Bike 2021

Fast, precise, stable, the Cannondale Scalpel Carbon SE 2 Mountain Bike will excel, be that on fast technical singletrack or in marathon races. The incredibly light frame has been engineered with innovative FlexPivot suspension for the best possible traction and control, and both this and the RockShox fork, offer 120mm of plush travel so you'll roll faster and smoother over the harshest and rockiest of terrain. Using Proportional Response in the design, each frame size is fine-tuned to cater for every rider in the same way, so whether you're on the biggest or the smallest size, you'll reap the same benefits. The progressive XC geometry, with a slacker headtube angle and a unique offset Ai (Asymmetric Integration) drivetrain and shorter chainstays brings stability, improved traction and an agile ride feel, and there's more clearance for wider tyres.

The technology-packed frameset is paired with a mix of SRAM's Eagle SX and Shimano components. The 1x12-speed SRAM drivetrain features a wide-ranging 11-50-tooth cassette that offers the small gears you need for steep climbs but won't hold you back when it comes to those high-speed descents. The braking is powerful and modulated and comes courtesy of Shimano MT500 hydraulic discs. With 29" wheels, you get faster rolling over larger obstacles, and the bike has a dropper seatpost so you can quickly move it out of the way for better manoeuvrability on tricky drops and steep descents.


  • FlexPivot — The key to Scalpel SE’s incredible suspension performance and light weight. These patented carbon fibre flex zones act just like a Horst link pivot, but are lighter, stiffer and more durable than any bearing setup
  • Ai (Asymmetric Integration) - The unique offset drivetrain delivers big tyre/mud clearance while keeping the chainstays short for traction and agility. It also creates a stiffer, stronger rear wheel
  • Proportional Response — Unlike the competition, who use the same suspension kinematic across all sizes, Cannondale customise the layout of suspension for each one, so that every rider, from the smallest to the tallest, experiences the same brilliant suspension performance
  • Big Trail Capability. Scalpel’s progressive XC attitude has evolved even further with a slack and stable 67˚ headtube angle – combined with shorter stems, bigger tyres, dropper posts and bigger travel: if you love riding trails fast, precise and in full control, then this is the bike for you
  • Stiff. Light. Fast - The Scalpel SE is one of the lightest and stiffest full-suspension mountain bikes available. Built light to go fast
  • Two water bottle mounts
  • DirectLine Cable Routing — Tube-in-tube internal cable routing in the frame and swingarm makes installing cables quick and easy
  • SRAM SX Eagle, 1x12-speed drivetrain and Shimano MT500 hydraulic disc brakes

Technical Specification

Frame Cannondale all-new, 120mm travel, BallisTec carbon, Proportional Response Tuned, FlexPivot chainstay, PF30-83, tapered headtube, Speed Release 12mm thru-axle, Ai Offset, Stash compatible
Rear Shock RockShox SIDLuxe Select+, 2-position mode adjust, adjustable rebound
Fork RockShox SID Select, 120mm, Debonair, 15x110mm thru-axle, tapered steerer, 44mm offset
Headset Integrated Sealed Bearing, tapered
Bottom Bracket SRAM DUB PF30 MTB83
Stem Cannondale 3, 6061 Alloy, 31.8, 7°
Handlebar Cannondale riser, butted 6061 Alloy, 31.8mm, 5° rise, 9° sweep, 760mm
Grips ESI Silicone 32mm
Front Brake Shimano MT500 hydraulic disc, 180mm RT54 rotor
Rear Brake Shimano MT500 hydraulic disc, 160mm RT54 rotor
Brake Levers Shimano MT500 hydraulic disc
Rear Derailleur SRAM SX Eagle
Shift Levers SRAM SX Eagle, 12-speed
Cassette SRAM PG-1230, NX Eagle, 11-50, 12-speed
Crankset Truvativ Stylo 6K DUB, 34T, Ai offset
Chain SRAM SX Eagle, 12-speed
Front wheel Shimano Deore 15x110 hub / Stan's NoTubes Crest S1, 32h, tubeless-ready rim / stainless steel, 14g spokes
Rear wheel Shimano Deore, 12x148 hub / Stan's NoTubes Crest S1, 32h, tubeless-ready rim / stainless steel, 14g spokes
Front Tyre Maxxis Ardent Race, 29 x 2.35", EXO Protection, tubeless-ready clincher
Rear Tyre Maxxis Recon Race, 29 x 2.25", EXO Protection, tubeless-ready clincher
Saddle Fabric Scoop Radius Sport, steel rails
Seatpost Cannondale DownLow Dropper, internal routing, 31.6, 125mm (M-L), 150mm (XL)
Pedals Available to be purchased separately

Built, Checked, Tuned and Tested

All our bikes are fully built, checked, tuned and tested by our Cytech qualified mechanics and then securely packaged, ready for delivery. All you have to do is add the pedals (if specified), attach the handlebars to the stem and tighten them following the included detailed instructions or by watching our video and using the provided FREE tools. Visit our Bike Assembly page to see how you assemble your new bike once you receive it.

All bikes collected from our shop, are built, tested and ready to ride.

Please note, occasionally, manufacturers may change the specification without notice. Bicycles do not come with pedals unless otherwise specified. We do not install accessories to bikes, including mudguards.

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