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    Scalpel 100 sizing

    I'm interested in an '08 scalpel and have a question about sizing. it's been a while since i've ridden a cannondale and last i remembered they seemed to measure the tt a little differently. is that still the case? i'm currently riding a large scott spark (24" tt) with a 100mm stem. ignoring the steeper seat tube angle on the scalpel, that puts me in on a medium (23.6" tt) with a 110 stem. unfortunately it doesn't appear that them make a 110mm stem for that, only 90, 100, 120. i'm afraid a 100mm stem would be too short. that leaves a large (24.6" tt) with a 90 or medium with a 120. thoughts? nobody seems to carry cannondale mountain bikes in the Boulder area, so i can't just jump on one. They will gladly order me one though.

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    They measure the top tube on a horizontal line from center of head tube to center of seat tube. This is the best way to measure bikes these days with all the different size tubes.

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    It looks like Scott measures the same way. If you are between 2 sizes, I recommend going with the larger of the 2. It seems to me that the bigger bikes seem to climb steep sections better and are a bit more stable on technical descents. Just my 2 cents.

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