Cannondale Shows the Scalpel 29er You Really Want

2012 Cannondale Scalpel Ultimate 29er full suspension mountain bike

2012 Cannondale Scalpel Ultimate 29er full suspension mountain bike

We got an early look at the 2012 Cannondale Scalpel in its prototype form at Sea Otter, and then we weighed the production carbon models and showed off the specs for those and their alloy underlings.

Now, we’ve got a glimpse of the Scalpel 29r Ultimate. Will it be a production offering? Maybe. Probably not as spec’d here…but it gives you an idea of just how freakin’ BA this thing can get. The matte black frame on ENVE rims and black carbon cockpit are completely stealth and really accentuate the frame’s curves much better than the painted models do.

2012 Cannondale Scalpel Ultimate 29er full suspension mountain bike

2012 Cannondale Scalpel Ultimate 29er full suspension mountain bike

2012 Cannondale Scalpel Ultimate 29er full suspension mountain bike

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12 thoughts on “Cannondale Shows the Scalpel 29er You Really Want

  1. The stem looks steeper than on my 26inch Scalpel. Is that just the angle of the photo, or is it to compensate for the 29er + travel putting the top of the head tube higher? Either way, I want it!

  2. The stem is a new -15 degree to help even out cockpit height on 29’ers…particularly with the increased travel to 100 mm for the big wheel – this helps a lot.

  3. Info from twintynineinches.com coverage of Eurobike, where they had a Scapel 29 Carbon 1 (1 level under ultimate 6k euros vs 9k euro for ultimate).

    1850g frame

    10.7kg complete on demo bike

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