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    Pivot less Stays on Carbon scalpel

    Can someone give me a ride review of how the rear end of a scalpel rides with no pivots? Looking at getting a 2014 Team and wanted some feedback to how it rides, please elaborate the pro and cons.

    Thanks!

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    Been riding my 2014 Team for about 2 months now.

    The Team Scalpel is First and foremost a " race bike " , Lean and mean. The rear is stiff laterally and by no means a plush pig. It rides like the best XC bike should ride.....confidently efficient.

    I get full use of the 100mm of rear travel and never wanted more. The RS lock-out completely locks the front and rear turning the Scalpel rigid.

    If your riding preference is XC......You've reached the pinnacle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bird View Post
    Been riding my 2014 Team for about 2 months now.

    The Team Scalpel is First and foremost a " race bike " , Lean and mean. The rear is stiff laterally and by no means a plush pig. It rides like the best XC bike should ride.....confidently efficient.

    I get full use of the 100mm of rear travel and never wanted more. The RS lock-out completely locks the front and rear turning the Scalpel rigid.

    If your riding preference is XC......You've reached the pinnacle.
    No after plush at all but don't want a hard tail either. I've been on 3 Epics and ready to look outside for other options before I invest.

    How about pedal bob when not locked out?
    I assume the lockouts and fork work well and don't nose dive on the descents.

    I actually want a nice ride and never touch lockout except when I know it will be a long hill or fire road.

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    I actually use the lock-out quite a bit and depending on where I'm riding, may even run the rear sag at 30%.

    I really like the simplicity of the Team.....air volume and rebound adjustments then ride.

    I had a Flash carbon 1 which I loved, The Team behaves similar but allows me to sit and spin which I prefer.

    I'm a light rider "160" and can't feel pedal bob with the recommended sag 25%.

    Dial it in.....you won't feel like your on a HT.

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    Pros: Stiff, 100mm travel, hardly a weight penalty, stiff, lockout is effective, pedal bob is negligible, you will be faster compared to a 26" Scalpel, stiff for a 29 FS, good resale, a pure bred race machine.

    Cons: Only room for one bottle, Monarch will blow out during the season, expensive, a pure bred race machine that does not settle down for easier rides, requires constant attention.

    If/when Cannondale comes out with a 27.5 Scalpel, I'll be the first one signed up. Until then, the Scalpel 29 has to be in the top 3 if not THE top when it comes to XC race full suspension 29er course killers. You will not be disappointed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by natehack View Post
    Pros: Stiff, 100mm travel, hardly a weight penalty, stiff, lockout is effective, pedal bob is negligible, you will be faster compared to a 26" Scalpel, stiff for a 29 FS, good resale, a pure bred race machine.

    Cons: Only room for one bottle, Monarch will blow out during the season, expensive, a pure bred race machine that does not settle down for easier rides, requires constant attention.

    If/when Cannondale comes out with a 27.5 Scalpel, I'll be the first one signed up. Until then, the Scalpel 29 has to be in the top 3 if not THE top when it comes to XC race full suspension 29er course killers. You will not be disappointed.
    I think you guys should do a you tube video of the rear suspension and make it compress. I'd love to see how those stays flex etc..

    I'd ask less questions if I could find one around in the area..

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