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    2014 Scalpel Carbon 2 - Just Ordered!

    I pulled the trigger and ordered a Scalpel. I've been wanting one for a couple years and finally decided to get one. I'm currently riding an Epic. Estimated delivery is the first of Feb. so I have some time to wait. I'm planning to upgrade the wheels, but besides that will likely keep everything stock. Any must do upgrades besides the wheels?

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    What wheels are you planning to upgrade??

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    Your doing the only upgrade I'd do on that bike "wheels" , XT is good stuff.
    If you have a fat wallet go with Carbon wheels

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    I haven't decided yet what wheels I'm going to upgrade to. I don't think it will be carbon, but I'm still researching my options.

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    Buy the Enve's the Team model has from me! That way I can afford the team bike!
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    Sure - will you price them similar to what a set of Stan's cost?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ttusomeone View Post
    Sure - will you price them similar to what a set of Stan's cost?
    2nd in line

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    I will be not gettin the carbon team but the scalpel 2 as well. Anyone interested in the Enve's should think twice. The rims are the same weight as a Notubes Crest..... I am sure the ENVE is stiffer and handles better though...
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    My opinion - don't try the Enve's if your plan is to sell them. If you ride them, you'll never want to get rid of them. They are not much lighter than Crests, but in this case weight is misleading. The Enve's are a much better wheelset - stiffness to weight is much higher. Somehow the Enve's manage to be very stiff where you need them to be, and yet still offer a fair amount of compliance. I had a pair on my Flash Carbon Ultimate a couple of years ago - still miss the wheels.

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    I should add - for the money the Crests are a great wheelset. It's just not fair to compare them to Enve's. When the Valor (Stan's carbon) comes out, then the real tests will begin.

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    Hi, could you tell me about the brakes? I see cannondale advertise them as XT race
    XT are great breaks
    What's the difrence between XT and XT race

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bay1 View Post
    Hi, could you tell me about the brakes? I see cannondale advertise them as XT race
    XT are great breaks
    What's the difrence between XT and XT race
    Shimano makes two types of XT brakes - trail and race. The only differences are the race is lighter because it doesn't have the built in free stroke adjustment.

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    well I guess I was wrong.... Trail and race.. hmmmmmmm
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    Tks ah
    I sold my motorbike just so I could afford XT brakes and ENVE xc rims on my 2013scalpel c2
    They are great, so solid
    Defiantly notice the difference
    The stans crests that came of the scalpel are also great, so great in fact my plan was to build a f29 around them, but I changed my mind and just bought a new f29c2 and will fit the Stans crests which should make it a XT powered rocket
    Upgrading the 2013 scalpel to XT ice tech brakes was also a great move, great your bike came with them
    The other mod I did to my scalpel was to fit a ks lev seat post, I'm long in the legs and do a fair bit of downhill on my scalpel and I'm not worried about the weight as I'm not a serious racer
    I'd post a photo but I don't know how from the iPad

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    Just ordered my 2014 Scalpel 29 Carbon 2! Can't wait. Well, actually it is winter around here, and Cannondale being Cannondale these days, I WILL wait, but I don't mind waiting. I've got a (alloy) Scalpel from 2013 that the wife / son ride... so i am happy to have another one coming. I don't think I'll do much upgrades - except I did upgrade the fork to the Carbon Lefty (yeah). I am thinking about a dropper, but I might 'endro-ise' my Turner Sultan - put on a riser handlebar, dropper and use that for slow 'tractor' riding, and leave the scalpel as light as possible.

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    I'm interested in the '14 Scalpel Carbon 2 also. Anyone have a weight on the bike stock? I'd bet it's low 24's?

    I too see the wheels as the biggest weakness in spec, and I'd go 1x as well to save weight as I don't need a granny here. How heavy are those Crossrocs though?

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    I saw the crossroc rim only is around 1920 per pair... Kind of a bummer to have a $499 wheel set on a $5,000 bike. I am 210 lbs, and I don't see too many options for a light carbon wheel for my weight... Still looking. Now sure I want to spend another couple of grand on wheels.

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    2014 Scalpel Carbon 2 - Just Ordered!

    Yeah it is a bummer to have wheels like that on an otherwise well specced bike. That said, for sub 1k you can do tons better, albeit not carbon. I might see what a dealer would upgrade me for out of the box.

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    2014 Scalpel Carbon 2 - Just Ordered!

    I'm planning to try some Stan's crest on mine when it finally comes in.


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    Two weeks ago I ordered the scalpel team version in XL. Super excited, after test riding a large an xl the xl felt way more comfy. The price difference is pretty big but I am hoping to sell the ENVE wheelset and build up a set of 355's I have laying around to kick on it. I will post some weights when I get it.

    As for the scalpel carbon 2, I found a pic of someone weighing a small or medium one (the large and xl have a hole above the shock that almost looks like a handle to carry the bike, thats how I know this one is a small or medium). Posted at 11.11kg, that is 24.5lbs. Not bad considering those wheels are HEAVY! Throwing on a set of crest's on decent hubs should drop you half a pound, those tires are reported as heavy as shit too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by need4gforce View Post
    Two weeks ago I ordered the scalpel team version in XL. Super excited, after test riding a large an xl the xl felt way more comfy. The price difference is pretty big but I am hoping to sell the ENVE wheelset and build up a set of 355's I have laying around to kick on it. I will post some weights when I get it.

    As for the scalpel carbon 2, I found a pic of someone weighing a small or medium one (the large and xl have a hole above the shock that almost looks like a handle to carry the bike, thats how I know this one is a small or medium). Posted at 11.11kg, that is 24.5lbs. Not bad considering those wheels are HEAVY! Throwing on a set of crest's on decent hubs should drop you half a pound, those tires are reported as heavy as shit too.

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    Just about everything on the carbon 2 is heavier. If you wheel and deal and carbon team that is the way to go.

    Why do you want to ditch the Enve wheelset?

    Also did they give you a timeframe when your bike will ship? I hope these things don't get on back order as I also have one on order and need it by march 10 for a ride down south.

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    Quote Originally Posted by need4gforce View Post
    Two weeks ago I ordered the scalpel team version in XL. Super excited, after test riding a large an xl the xl felt way more comfy. The price difference is pretty big but I am hoping to sell the ENVE wheelset and build up a set of 355's I have laying around to kick on it. I will post some weights when I get it.

    As for the scalpel carbon 2, I found a pic of someone weighing a small or medium one (the large and xl have a hole above the shock that almost looks like a handle to carry the bike, thats how I know this one is a small or medium). Posted at 11.11kg, that is 24.5lbs. Not bad considering those wheels are HEAVY! Throwing on a set of crest's on decent hubs should drop you half a pound, those tires are reported as heavy as shit too.

    http://www.bikescale.com/images/foto...p_img_7844.jpg
    Good info, thank you! Looks like it might be a small, but still not bad weight considering the wheel/tire combo. It would be easy to go lighter, and with a 1x10 setup and some lighter wheels/tires tubeless the thing would be a very good weight. Aside from that it's a good spec. Yeah it doesn't have the carbon lefty, but for me this carbon 2 is the only attainable carbon model, the Team would be the ultimate solution though if it was in the budget!

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    Dont get me wrong the enves are sick and I am sure they ride like different animals since they are waay stiffer than any alloy in the same weight. I would just call the shop and have them double check on the date of arrrival. I sure hope mine does not get pushed back. I am over riding my cross bike at the moment!

    Edit ( I am selling the enve's or will try to in order to help pay for the bike!)
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    Quote Originally Posted by need4gforce View Post
    Dont get me wrong the enves are sick and I am sure they ride like different animals since they are waay stiffer than any alloy in the same weight. I would just call the shop and have them double check on the date of arrrival. I sure hope mine does not get pushed back. I am over riding my cross bike at the moment!

    Edit ( I am selling the enve's or will try to in order to help pay for the bike!)
    I think the Envy wheels should be bombproof for normal XC riding. They are strong and have the DT Hubs. Which from what I hear are extremely reliable. They compromised and used 350's and not 240's and for me I am plenty ok with that.

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    Got the Scalpel yesterday. Only had a chance to ride it on the road. I'm going to spend all weekend on the trails though. It weighed in at 24.5 pounds with pedals, bottle cage, and speed/cadence sensor. That's also swapping the stock wheels with Stan's Crest setup tubeless. I'm hoping to be able to knock off another half a pound or so eventually, just don't know how yet without having to spend a lot of money.

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    2014 Scalpel Carbon 2 - Just Ordered!

    Here is a quick shot of the new Scalpel!


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    From Epic to Scalpel

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    Hi,

    I have the epic 29 comp carbon 12' and I was thinking about buying a scalpel carbon 2 just as well. Are you liking the scalpel's ride? What epic did you have?
    Congrats for the scalpel, it looks awsome!

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    Looks great!!! I wish the scalpel team had something other than green but owell! That blue matches our crosshairscycling kits so well!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by WalPP3 View Post
    Hi,

    I have the epic 29 comp carbon 12' and I was thinking about buying a scalpel carbon 2 just as well. Are you liking the scalpel's ride? What epic did you have?
    Congrats for the scalpel, it looks awsome!
    I had an Sworks Epic. I'm taking it to the trail tomorrow so will have a report afterwards. i've only been able to do road rides on it so far but I'm liking it.

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    ALso, if anyone has a NEW XL Carbon 2 version they want to trade for a New Green XL Team frameset! LET ME KNOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    2014 Scalpel Carbon 2 - Just Ordered!

    Let us know the comparison of the epic vs scalpel. Make sure it's in biased..lol

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    My scalpel 29 carbon 2 just arrived last week. I picked it up 2 days ago. Going to ride today. Post pictures soon, though it looks just like yours, except I upgraded to the carbon lefty.

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    2014 Scalpel Carbon 2 - Just Ordered!

    So after the first trail ride I can say overall I like it better than the epic. I can tell there's more pedal bob than with the brain shocks on the epic, but it also feels much better going over technical or rough sections at speed. For what I lose on the stiffness with no brain I more than make up for in other areas. And if you adjust the climb trail descend on the shock it makes it closer to the epic when climbing.


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    2014 Scalpel Carbon 2 - Just Ordered!

    Good to hear, what version of epic did you have?

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    2014 Scalpel Carbon 2 - Just Ordered!

    Sworks but with xt components. I have it for sale if anyone is interested.


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    2014 Scalpel Carbon 2 - Just Ordered!

    Ha, I ended up buying a scalpel team 14' cause I didn't want another epic and I got a heck of a deal. Just waiting for it to come in.

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    Do you have to go to the Team to get the carbon lefty? I wanted a scalpel but the price of the model with carbon lefty and wheels vs the epic expert pushed me away.
    Epic Flash Boris F65X + road bikes

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    2014 Scalpel Carbon 2 - Just Ordered!

    I'm assuming he bought the carbon lefty separately and added it. Any idea on the weight savings in the carbon and the xlr? Is weight savings the only differences?


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    I ordered the carbon 2 and the carbon fork at the same time from the shop... they got the bike with the original fork, and also the carbon fork and did the swap before I picked it up. With the bike on sale (10% off) and the trade-in / trade-up... the bike ended up pretty much at the MRSP. It was a sweet ride yesterday, but I think I had a little too much air in the Lefty. (I did 160lbs, and I am 210 + gear...)

    I don't have the weight difference. Nor have I weighed my bike yet.

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    The lefty will take some riding in, they get smoother as the roller bearings bed in
    I also run mine softer(less air) while new

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    Nice photos Hoodriverlife! Xl? So my scalpel team ship date just got pushed back. Slightly sad so I checked the board to see some pics and there they were!

    I hear the carbon vs alloy Xl is roughly 100g difference. I'd like to upgrade to the black Inc carbon shake or link if they are priced decent and even an option to buy.

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    Loving mine too. Only gripe is I keep changing suspension settings when using the bottle cage. Do you think I can put a ctd remote on the rear shock?

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    2014 Scalpel Carbon 2 - Just Ordered!

    I was doing the same thing so I just flipped the CTD lever over so it now points forward. All you have to do is loosen the Allen screw and then flip it around. It's actually easier to change the settings while you are riding anyways.


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    Wow. Why didn't I think of that.

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    I just put cannondale side entry cage and 500ml bottle on my scalpel
    As recommended by cannondale
    Will try it out tomorrow on the trail
    Seems great
    Will use small 1.5 lt camelbac as well for longer rides, giving 2lts which is plenty

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    Works well

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    Still think a suspension remote would be cool. Idk about comparability though

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    2014 Scalpel Carbon 2 - Just Ordered!

    I've asked fox about compatibility on their CTD shocks before and they said they weren't unless they came with one already. I didn't ask about this specific model but I assume it's still true. I'm getting pretty good at just reaching down and flipping the switch.


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