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    My Winter Scalpel Build.

    After riding/racing my 2001 Schwinn Moab 1 for the last 12 years I finally have my dream bike.
    The story: I bought this used after only seeing pictures. Turns out, it was owned by an avid racer in Quebec. It looked fine until it showed up at the door. Took it out of the box and I put the bike together only to find out it was a crash-replaced 2011 frame from an original 2009 Scalpel. So, 2009 parts on a new 2011 frame. Lefty had never been maintained, and was SHOT TO HELL. Bearings were finished and lockout did not work. Both brakes were mismatched and a lot of the parts had a lot of wear & tear. The bike was still a good deal and I decided to salvage it.
    Here's what I fixed/replaced:
    -Lefty was resurrected by Mendon Cycle Smith. (It's flawless now.)
    -Replaced Grips, Bar, Seatpost, Saddle, Stem, Shifters, Brakes/Levers, Rotors, Pedals, Skewer, Cables/Hoses,
    -Converted to tubeless.
    -Replaced 3 spd crank to 2 spd.
    -Replaced most bolts with Ti/Alu.

    I sold the old stuff to pay for the new stuff and had to pay an additional $1200 in parts. I received A LOT of advice from MTBR and the Cdale forum.

    Allthough I've been riding a long time, this is my first carbon/disc brake/high-end bike. Can't wait for the snow to melt.
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    "We will call you Cygnus, the god of balance you shall be."

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    Looks Awsome! Liking the Attention to detail, red matching parts!!

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    Thanks. Forgot to mention it's 22.2lbs.
    4lbs lighter than my Hardtail.
    "We will call you Cygnus, the god of balance you shall be."

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    That thar is some serious eye candy.

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    Nice job man! Always nice seeing a bike resurrected! Enjoy it! She'll love you for the TLC you've put in!
    and no, I am not missing the other half of my fork....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bird View Post
    That thar is some serious eye candy.
    Thanks. I took it to Joyride 150, an indoor bike park here in the GTA this weekend.
    I was getting a lot of funny looks from the Dirt-jumping/BMX crowd. LOL
    "We will call you Cygnus, the god of balance you shall be."

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    Nice bike!!!

    Looks like your rear caliper might be sitting a bit high on the rotor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by machine4321 View Post
    Nice bike!!!

    Looks like your rear caliper might be sitting a bit high on the rotor.
    Thanks. You're right, I'll have to fix that.
    "We will call you Cygnus, the god of balance you shall be."

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    Nice bike!
    Did you get a partial refund or something from the guy you bought it from?

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    Quote Originally Posted by machine4321 View Post
    Nice bike!!!

    Looks like your rear caliper might be sitting a bit high on the rotor.
    I checked the space between the outer diameter of the rotor and the deepest part of the caliper. There's only 2 mm of clearance there before they hit each-other. Can't bring them any closer.

    Quote Originally Posted by Vegard View Post
    Nice bike!
    Did you get a partial refund or something from the guy you bought it from?
    I was pissed, but the seller lives in Quebec and I'm 6 hours away in Ontario. Too much trouble. The part that upset me the most were the effed-up Lefty and the grinding bottom-bracket. The seller, who is an accomplished racer, would surely have noticed this.
    Glass half-full, I had a great time re-building it.
    "We will call you Cygnus, the god of balance you shall be."

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    That is one sweet machine! Nice Work!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thatshowiroll View Post
    I was pissed, but the seller lives in Quebec and I'm 6 hours away in Ontario. Too much trouble. The part that upset me the most were the effed-up Lefty and the grinding bottom-bracket. The seller, who is an accomplished racer, would surely have noticed this.
    Glass half-full, I had a great time re-building it.
    I would have been too, bought mine from a sponsored team, it was built as a backup bike, but never used.

    Good that you took it well when it was all said and done

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    Quote Originally Posted by machine4321 View Post
    Nice bike!!!

    Looks like your rear caliper might be sitting a bit high on the rotor.
    I fixed it now. I removed the brake adapter which was there for the old Avid set.
    "We will call you Cygnus, the god of balance you shall be."

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    Regarding the stripes at the bottom of the seat tube, what do they represent?
    "We will call you Cygnus, the god of balance you shall be."

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    Same colours as the Olympic logo, though what appears to be in an odd order.

    What they really are though I don't know, the above is just a guess

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    My Winter Scalpel Build.

    Quote Originally Posted by Thatshowiroll View Post
    Regarding the stripes at the bottom of the seat tube, what do they represent?
    World Champion; typically used on a bike model a racer won a world Championship on (not necessarily that specific bike, but the Carbon Scalpel in general).


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    They are the UCI World Champion stripes, although no one on the Cannondale team had won a World Championship at that timeůso it is still an odd addition.

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    It wouldnt hurt to contact the seller about some sort of reimbursement
    for the Lefty / BB .
    I bought a Lefty from a guy online who said he serviced it himself .
    I sent it to Mendon as well (Great Guy !!) and he said it was one of
    the most messed up one he ever opened up (there is a thread about it in the CDale
    forum ) .
    Couple hundred $ need to right it .
    When I email him , he reimbursed me most of it and it had a happy ending .
    All your guy can say is no , so go for it .

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    Here's my 2011 Cannondale Scalpel with all-new mods.
    Replaced the drivetrain with 1x10.
    34t front and 11-40 in the rear, via Leonardi Factory General Lee cassette adapter.
    Switched from weight-weenie Windcutters to larger XT Icetech rotors.

    My baby
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    General Lee
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    XT Integrated Shifter
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    "We will call you Cygnus, the god of balance you shall be."

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    Like the black wheels much better then the white. lol

    Tell ya' that Scalpel is getting some love.

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