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    2013 Cannondale Scalpel 29er Carbon 1 changes

    I was able to get some info yesterday as Cannondale released the 2013 lineup info to their dealers. I'm interested in this years Scalpel 29er Carbon 1, they have changed the paint scheme to the World Cup colors. Other notable spec changes are 1) Wheelset changed to Reynolds Carbon 29er , 2) Crank changed to Sram X.O , 3) Rear shock changed to Sram XX with X-Loc remote Lockout (not pictured), 4) New Lefty (not Pictured). What do you guys think about the 2013 version ??? They didn't make any changes to the other Scalpel 29er's, the Ultimate, Carbon 2, Alloy 3, & Alloy 4 all stay the same except they will be getting the new Lefty, paint schemes and specs remain the same as 2012 models.
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    Come on guys, 264 views and not one opinion on this new 2013 version.....whats your thoughts???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lenny7 View Post
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    Boogitty, boogitty, boogitty!!!!

    I would love to pimp that bike. Very sweet rig.
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    I rode a alloy 4 this weekend and it's a smooooooth bike. The new lefty is going to be very good.

    Scapel is a very nice lineup for sure.

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    Holy hell that thing is fugly. The NASCAR comment is spot-on. Hopefully it rides better than it looks.
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    Ditch the blue.

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    About painting, Carbon 2 in green color is better.

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    Whatt is the price? I think that bike competes well against the Epic S-Works. Holy cow .... If this is the dash-1.... What is the spec on the Ultimate? I like the graphics, but then again I'm a triathlete. (Please dont let that get out).

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    Hey Lion, can you get the 411 on the F1?

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    ugly paint job! looks like a kids nascar themed bike....

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    Red, black and blue....Ugh! I prefer the 2012 simple (matte) B/W scheme of the carbon 1 or even the B/W and green on the Carbon 2. Wtf, no more Sl crank??
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    Fugly frame color selection but I like the addition of the Reynolds wheels.

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    Incredible bike but I agree with the others paint job looks like something from Wally World

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    rear derailer change to x0? shifter change?

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    That bike will look sweet as soon as you protect the down tube with a layer of gorilla tape

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    Quote Originally Posted by OO7 View Post
    Holy hell that thing is fugly. The NASCAR comment is spot-on. Hopefully it rides better than it looks.

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    Might have a 2012 Scalpel#1 for sale...medium..
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    Im still laughing about the Nascar thing, but is a fs 29er needed? Im just speaking of what I know in FL and a ht feels fine to me. Maybe im missing something.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rowe925 View Post
    Im still laughing about the Nascar thing, but is a fs 29er needed? Im just speaking of what I know in FL and a ht feels fine to me. Maybe im missing something.
    FL hmmm you are missing rocks, gnarly climbs and the concept of flying down hill on blown out trails

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    Thank god I bought a 2012 carbon 1.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WhiskersOfDeath View Post
    Thank god I bought a 2012 carbon 1.
    This.

    They've taken this color scheme onto one of the supersix road bikes and it actually looks awesome, but this is tragic. The wheelset change... meh. The shock change... meh. The crank change... lame.

    Only positive to me is the new lefty - while I resent the use of a bushing in a lefty, I think the hybrid setup and no more boot / greasing will potentially be awesome as a mechanic and user for simplified maintenance. Anxious to ride one to see how the bushing does.
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    Well, what ever this thing looks like, I can tell you this, it rides AMAZING! I rode a 2012 29er Carbon 1 extensively over some pretty technical stuff (Preston trail @ Tiger Mt.WA) and the bike performed flawlessly. Ridiculously fast, nimble, great climber, precise and the new LEFTY will only make things better.

    I really wish they had stuck w/the matte finish and simple color scheme though. Or even something similar to the new Trigger graphics. Let's wait and see what the actual bikes that the dealers look like though.

    IMO, it's the best FS 29er on the market.....if you can afford one, buy one!!

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    The look is bold, colorful, but not for me. However I bet it performs better than it looks.

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    Perfect for the weekly grocery store run!

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    The NASCAR stuff is over done by the third post.

    Got to ride the bike today at a Cannondale demo at Ben Hawes. Fast, fun, flowy trails with a couple smallish rock gardens thrown in.

    The paint actually looks cool in person. Not a single person didn't like it.

    The bike is insane. The new lefty is so smooth its scary. You literally point and go with it. It took me a couple minutes to get used to how quick the bike reacts to your command. It's also insanely light and stuff. The only issue I had was the rear shock took forever to dial in and that gave some pedal bob if you stood up.

    This bike is an insane steal at the price IMHO. I knew it would be a fun ride but it surpassed what I expected.

    In fact I'm probably pulling the trigger on a '13 Alloy 3 tomorrow depending on the price quote I get for the other bike I'm looking at.

    Picture to come when I get home.

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    Keep in mind this is a XL. I think the guy said it weighed in at 24.6lbs without pedals and running tubes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bballr4567 View Post


    Keep in mind this is a XL. I think the guy said it weighed in at 24.6lbs without pedals and running tubes.
    do you have more photos? what shifters and brakes have? they change the rear shock fox rp 23 for a rock shock? that comes in 2012 with the carbon 2?

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    This was a Carbon 1. I dont have anymore pics. It was a spec bike for 2013. It has XO brakes, shifters, derailers and crankset.

    I believe the shock was a Monarch RT3. Im not too sure honestly as I think the XL and L had different shocks than the M and S.


    The new Trigger was there as well. I wish they would of had one in my size as that looked like a very fun bike!

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    Any idea what the price will be?
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    It's approximately $7k. The LBS had them in sale for 6700. The alloy 3 is 3200 Iirc.

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    Any idea what the price will be?
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    I think it looks awesome with that paint and its prob a hell of a ride too
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    Are you sure thats a Carbon 1 ? Usually the top models have matt finish... and X0 parts fit to carbon 2 models...

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    Quote Originally Posted by otze2000 View Post
    Are you sure thats a Carbon 1 ? Usually the top models have matt finish... and X0 parts fit to carbon 2 models...
    The ultimate is the top model. The carbon two is a flat black color.

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    Nice bike! Pretty special colors, but I like them!

    Any idea which is the XX Shock? Just the Monarch RT3 or a new, unannounced one?

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    2013 Cannondale Scalpel 29er Carbon 1 changes

    Those who got the 2012 29er 1 got a steal. The new carbon 1 isnt as nicely spec'd - dropped the XX to X0 across the board shifters, rear-D, front D stays X0, and crank goes X0 - you opted for the new wheels on the 2013 and the new model lefty.

    The Ultimate gets the XX/XTR drive train ( I know because I just ordered one after seeing the drop in specs and fugly paint scheme).

    Will the performance be different with the X0 vs the XX/XTR - for serious racer types you may notice difference for the normal trail rat - I highly doubt you'll see a noticeable difference.

    It is what it is...and its not what its not.

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    In case anyone wants a nearly new 2012 Scalpel 29er Carbon 1 for way less than retail:

    2012 Cannondale Scalpel 29'er Carbon 1 - Buy and Sell and Review Mountain Bikes and Accessories

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    I like it

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    Does a Scalpel not have a chainstay pivot at the bottom bracket? I looks that way to me, anyways. I guess the design relies on the carbon fiber to flex? Anyone know abou this? Thanks.

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    Sorry, but the paint is just plain ugly

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott In MD View Post
    Does a Scalpel not have a chainstay pivot at the bottom bracket? I looks that way to me, anyways. I guess the design relies on the carbon fiber to flex? Anyone know abou this? Thanks.
    The 29ers have a BB pivot, although 26ers did not. It does not have a seat/chainstay pivot however.

    Also, I am still very happy about getting the 2012.

    Anxious to try out the new triggers in 29 - but there aren't even real photos for dealers yet, so who knows when that'll exist...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pariah-X View Post
    Those who got the 2012 29er 1 got a steal. The new carbon 1 isnt as nicely spec'd - dropped the XX to X0 across the board shifters, rear-D, front D stays X0, and crank goes X0 - you opted for the new wheels on the 2013 and the new model lefty.

    The Ultimate gets the XX/XTR drive train ( I know because I just ordered one after seeing the drop in specs and fugly paint scheme).

    Will the performance be different with the X0 vs the XX/XTR - for serious racer types you may notice difference for the normal trail rat - I highly doubt you'll see a noticeable difference.

    It is what it is...and its not what its not.
    In the end I couldn't get past the new color scheme and ordered a 2012 Scalpel 29er Carbon 1, it arrives in 2 days !!! Feeling very good about my choice !!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lionspride View Post
    In the end I couldn't get past the new color scheme and ordered a 2012 Scalpel 29er Carbon 1, it arrives in 2 days !!! Feeling very good about my choice !!!
    Same here, I got a special price on the 2012 Scalpel 29ER Carbon 1, specs and looks are far better than the 2013 , Next week i'm riding this beauty!

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    My 2012 came in today....

    Quote Originally Posted by Pariah-X View Post
    Those who got the 2012 29er 1 got a steal. The new carbon 1 isnt as nicely spec'd - dropped the XX to X0 across the board shifters, rear-D, front D stays X0, and crank goes X0 - you opted for the new wheels on the 2013 and the new model lefty.

    The Ultimate gets the XX/XTR drive train ( I know because I just ordered one after seeing the drop in specs and fugly paint scheme).

    Will the performance be different with the X0 vs the XX/XTR - for serious racer types you may notice difference for the normal trail rat - I highly doubt you'll see a noticeable difference.

    It is what it is...and its not what its not.
    Glad I was able to get one this late in the year still
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    There is a 2012 Scalpel#1 for sale in the classifieds.....
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    Cannondale a year behind , 2013 bikes ready for 2014 .
    They need to get with the program .

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    Supa ugly except ultimate And was thinking about to start new project for next season on one of those cheaper dales

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    Mmmm I guess a minority here, but I really LOVE these colours. Something different again compared to the competition, Cannondale style....

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