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    New scalpel,any tips?

    Just collected a 2013 Scalpel 2 from LBS and loving it so far.
    I had the head set bearing put on the bottom to slacken the head angle slightly and have set the sag on the rear shock at 30%.
    The fork has about an inch of sag.
    Does anyone have any other tips on set up that I sould look at to get the best from the bike?
    Cheers in advance.

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    Re: New scalpel,any tips?

    You've done everything needed to get the most out of it (other than get the right tires for your trails?). Ride the hell out of it. It's a fantastic bike.

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    Not necessarily a setup tip, but Cannondale released a new steerer tube design midyear. Your new bike may or may not have it installed. If your bike develops creaking from the headset area, it could be related to having the older steerer tube.

    I got a new Scalpel 3 at the beginning of this year, after only starting mountain biking a few months earlier. I kept the standard head angle as delivered, and haven't had any handling issues because of it, even as an off-road noob, so don't be afraid to try the other configuration.

    The only non-obvious setup tip I used on my bike, was to run all three cables underneath the down tube, using a Specialized cable guide rather than the Cannondale one. No problems whatsoever, and it looks a lot cleaner.

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    Thanks for the info so far and yes from first impressions it is a great bike.
    Very fast and super efficient.
    I can see why people move the third cable under the frame and will be looking at doing this also.
    What did you put in the redundant holes in the down tube?

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    I just kept the original bolts in the unused holes.

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    Tips??

    Sure, stop posting here and go ride the crap out of it.
    Lead by my Lefty............... right down the trail, no brakes.

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    Sure will
    My other fork is a ''righty"

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    So,ten days in and done the following;

    Set sag.
    Moved spacer to under head set.
    Changed rotors to reduce noise.
    Moved cable to under down tube.
    Switched to tubeless.
    Fitted computer and lights.

    Big thanks to Matt and Andrew at Velo Esspresso,Hamilton NZ.

    This bike is epic.
    My other fork is a ''righty"

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    Hello, can you post a photo of your cabling?
    Thanks

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    Looks like this.
    Done with cable ties but you can get a threeway from specialized apparently.

    Never mind,cant add the damn pic any more.
    What changed?
    My other fork is a ''righty"

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    I wanted to see the cabling on the Scalpel.

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    I know but I can't add a pic like I used to.
    How do I do it?
    My other fork is a ''righty"

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    Add it with Image Shack.

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    I have been out riding today and a sizeable rock hit the underside of the down tube.
    No damage this time but it got me thinking.
    Maybe Cannondale decided to route the rear brake cable on top to avoid a hydraulic hose getting damaged by impacts.
    Damage to the hose would cause instant loss of braking.
    My other fork is a ''righty"

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    Tips:

    - Convert it to Stans tubeless
    - Protect the frame with helicopter tape - it is transparent and it prevents rocks from chipping your paint.
    - Get good shoes
    - Get a good pair of glove, I suggest Fox Digit
    - Fine tune the suspension
    - Have fun

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