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    2012 Scalple C1 29 er - what would you change ?

    I am looking into getting a new 29er Scalpel Carbon 1 2012
    What would I absolutely MUST replace before leaving the LBS ?

    I am thinking about switching the X0 brakes with Race XTR.
    (What would you think is the difference in price ?)
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    Brakes. Done!

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    get rid of the stem before you go nuts after the first week of riding. I opted for the lefty steerer tube with a lefty/headshock stem. Problem solved!! no more creaks. OPI stem won't even make a good paper weight, 'cause every time I look at it I get mad.
    put some 3M on the downtube
    Get some Yeti cable guides to run both shifter housings and rear brake hose all under neath the downtube. (gotta drill out the Yeti cable guides a bit for the M4 bolt to fit).
    Regarding the brakes, I've got XO trails- the new 2013's and they are great
    When I my '13 scalpel arrives and before leaving the shop I will get them to swap the headset bearing from the top to the bottom to get a bit slacker head angle. I find she's a bit twitchy out of the box.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikesinmud View Post
    Get some Yeti cable guides to run both shifter housings and rear brake hose all under neath the downtube. (gotta drill out the Yeti cable guides a bit for the M4 bolt to fit).
    The Ragley guides will fit without modding...they ship pretty quickly, but look like they're out of stock right now

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    How much do you think the LBS should charge for the Brakes upgrade from the X0 (Side-grade ?)
    Also any specific model # ?
    Does it makes sense to go with XT to save some $$$ ?
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    I changed out the brakes to XX World Cup before I took it out of the LBS. That was a mistake for me, I could not stand those brakes. I ended up changing them to the new XTR and have been extremely happy with those.
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    Got the 29er Scalplel 1 carbon Yesterday. wow....
    For the XTR breakesI had to Shell another $500.00 so I kept the XOs...
    I am already very familiar with the Avid brakes from my other bikes and it is an pretty good brake.
    Only thing I changed out the door was converting to Tubeless.

    The Saddle seems pretty stiff compared to the Flash's Prologo X10, does one get used to it after a while or should I replace it ? What saddles are recommended ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bikesinmud View Post
    get rid of the stem before you go nuts after the first week of riding. I opted for the lefty steerer tube with a lefty/headshock stem. Problem solved!! no more creaks. OPI stem won't even make a good paper weight, 'cause every time I look at it I get mad.
    put some 3M on the downtube
    Get some Yeti cable guides to run both shifter housings and rear brake hose all under neath the downtube. (gotta drill out the Yeti cable guides a bit for the M4 bolt to fit).
    Regarding the brakes, I've got XO trails- the new 2013's and they are great
    When I my '13 scalpel arrives and before leaving the shop I will get them to swap the headset bearing from the top to the bottom to get a bit slacker head angle. I find she's a bit twitchy out of the box.
    Thanks.
    I have the same OPI stem on my Flash C2 and it works just great. I also think it a great looking stem.
    Hopefully I won't have any problems with the Scalpel Stem.
    Can you provide a link for the 3m and Yeti parts ?
    Regarding the bearing location, I will give it a try as is and see how it goes.
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    Get the xtr trail, not race. Only 40 grams and they have contact and reach adjustment.
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    What are you guys using for Chain-stay protector ?
    The Lizard skin 29 doesn't work on this beefy CS.
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    Quote Originally Posted by StumpyElite2010 View Post
    What are you guys using for Chain-stay protector ?
    The Lizard skin 29 doesn't work on this beefy CS.
    jumbo fits fine

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikesinmud View Post
    jumbo fits fine
    My Lizard skins 29er dimensions are 3.5" wide x 11.25" long - that doesn't work for the Scalpel 29 CS..

    What are the dimensions of the Jumbo you are suggesting ?
    Is that a 29 Jumbo ?

    Looks like the Super Jumbo is 5"x9 5/8" that may work.
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    Try Frame Wrap !

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    yuuuup mine is the jumbo, gotta stretch it like crazy.

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    the price. way to high for some of us...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cormac View Post
    the price. way to high for some of us...
    I know...
    But, It's the time of the year to get the best deal on a 2012 model.
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    What bottle cage are you guys using for the Scalpel ?
    A side loading probably be a good way to go...
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    aren't you selling yours?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nathanbal View Post
    aren't you selling yours?

    The eBay listing is NOT mine.
    I just got mine last weekend.
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    Good move to go XTR for the brakes IMO.

    For the saddle, it's hard to make recommendations as we all have different butts, size, shape... Personally, I think the shape of a saddle has a lot more to do with it's comfort than the amount of padding. It doesn't need much padding, the quest is finding a saddle that fits you. The hardeness of the saddle becomes more irrelevant the more you ride as the butt muscles get stronger anyway.

    Personally, over the years I figured out I prefer flatter saddles than the more curved ones (top of saddle, looking from the side but also the rear section side to side). They allow me to sit in different spots on the saddle without sliding back toward the bottom of the curve. The side to side curve of the rear section, when it's flatter, support mostly my sit bones, it doesn't put as much pressure everywhere else... Favorite saddle so far is the Fizik Antares, hated the original Gobi and not too fond of the Aliante. I can spend days on the Antares, even the harder and stiffer carbon shelled and railed 00 version but that's just me. It can take a while to find the perfect saddle, shops could help by measuring your sit bones and all but the real true test is just trying them. Fizik has a demo program (I suspect other brands might have similar programs) where the shop would have all their saddles (in demo orange if I recall) and allow you to take home some to try, once you found one you like, you can buy the model...

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    Quote Originally Posted by StumpyElite2010 View Post
    What bottle cage are you guys using for the Scalpel ?
    A side loading probably be a good way to go...
    Alloy Side Cage - Hydration - Gear

    Works perfectly!

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    Quote Originally Posted by StumpyElite2010 View Post

    The eBay listing is NOT mine.
    I just got mine last weekend.
    good to hear!

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    Quote Originally Posted by trauma-md View Post
    i use this one - Specialized Bicycle Components

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    Get your saddle from competitive cyclist and if it doesn't fit... return it. No questions asked
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    Quote Originally Posted by StumpyElite2010 View Post

    Looks like the Super Jumbo is 5"x9 5/8" that may work.
    Got the Super Jumbo - it does work
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