I've been riding & racing SS exclusively for over a year now, but Iíve learned that some courses & trails are just more fun when you can relax a little and open up & enjoy a rocky & rough descent. Plus, Iím trying my hand at stage race this season, so I thought a geared FS would be a good fit (SS is fun but it makes me WORK so the gears should be less punishing day after day). I did a ton of research and came back to the Cannondale fold with a Scalpel 29er. I set it up 1x10 along with the following mods:
X0 type 2 RD
EC70 685mm bar (to match my SS rigs)
ESI Chunky grips
Project 321 front & rear hubs laced to Stanís Crestís
It's a large and the weight as pictured is 22.95lbs, but itíll be a gram or two lighter when I get a better bottle cage
I took it out for a few hours yesterday and after a brief learning curve getting reacquainted with gears, it was a blast. Technical stuff so much easier to clear when I can gear down for it and the just unloading on rocky & rough descents was as fun as Iíd hoped!
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