cannondale 2011 scalpel 300x225   Cannondale 2011 ScalpelFor 2011, Cannondale upgrades its Scalpel XC race bike. The new Scalpel is lighter and stiffer than its predecessor. A new technology dubbed as “HammerTime” carbon fiber was used which was a process involving carbon layup and was first used in Cannondale’s Flash carbon hardtail. The Japanese army used this technology for ballistic armoring. It has been dubbed t be even more tough than that of your average carbon fiber. Another modification on the Scalpel 2011 was the monocoque which was removed and replaced by a better tube-to-tube construction process for its frame.

The XC race bike also gets a new one-piece chainstay and BB30. There is also a new seatstay an upper bridge. As for the dropouts, disc brake tabs and shock lineage, Cannondale went with aluminum instead.

There will be four models offered under Scalpel , all with a zero pivot rear suspension. They also have a new 100mm travel Lefty up front which includes stem/steerer assembly, upper and lowers. Aside from those, the new models will have 2×10 drivetrains with an E-type front derailleur mount.

The Scalpel 2011 from Cannondale has a retail price of $3,950.00 to $9,600.00 which will depend on the model you choose among the four new offered. The large frame size weighs 1365 grams without shock. If you add a 226 gram Fox RP23 shock, total weight is 1591 grams.