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    New question here. Scalpel 900. What to upgrade ?...

    I started riding this year. I have bought a Scalpel 900. The higher models were beyond my budget at that moment. I would really appreciate your comments and point of views about any component that would be worth upgrading ?. I was thinking about upgrading the crankset to XT. Any other suggestion would be greatly appreciated.
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    Scalpel 900 Specs

    Fork HeadShok Lefty DLR
    Rear Shock Fox Float L Pro-Pedal w/remote lockout
    Rims Mavic XM117 disc, 32 hole
    Hubs Cannondale Lefty front, Cannondale Fire disc rear
    Spokes DT Champion
    Tires Continental Explorer foldable, 26 x 2.1"
    Pedals Shimano PD-M520
    Crank Shimano M510, 22/32/44
    Chain Shimano 9-speed
    Rear Cogs SRAM PG-970, 11-34
    Bottom Bracket Shimano splined
    Front Derailleur Shimano LX
    Rear Derailleur Shimano XT
    Shifters Shimano LX
    Handlebars Cannondale Fire
    Stem Cannondale HeadShok Si
    Headset Cannondale HeadShok Si
    Brakeset Shimano M-525
    Brakelevers Shimano M-525
    Saddle Fi'zi:k Plateau
    Seat Post 6061 alloy one-piece

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    Quote Originally Posted by vizcaino
    I started riding this year. I have bought a Scalpel 900. The higher models were beyond my budget at that moment. I would really appreciate your comments and point of views about any component that would be worth upgrading ?. I was thinking about upgrading the crankset to XT. Any other suggestion would be greatly appreciated.
    Many Thanks.
    Same here, I bought the Scalpel 900 and didn't go for the higher models because they were out of my price range. Im still waiting to get the Scalpel because they didn't have any in stock at the LBS and canondale will not have any ready until june 14. I was also considering swaping some parts and I was thinking of upgrading the Rear Cogs and maybe the chain.

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    If you don't want to wait for it to wear out then I would say just go ahead and get the new cranks. Should have a small but nice weight savings.
    Also while your at it, upgrade the cassette and get a nicer chain.
    If your into racing then you might want to consider getting new wheels, you would have to keep your front hub but the rest changed.
    Cheaper option is to go no-tubes setup, which isn't too pricey and will add alot of benefiets.
    Might I just add I think you have an awesome bike, wish I had one

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    [what did you guys pay for a scalpel 900? what is the rear travel and how does it compare to the jeckyl with same components? $$ wise and rear wheel travel wise thanks

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    got the 04 scalpel 900. i didn't intend on upgrading anything until it broke but the front hub dosen't roll very well. compared to the rear wheel, it gets about 1/3 the number of revolutions when i spin it freely. the lbs says that is normal for the c'dale si hub. i went and ordered an oddsandendos lefty wheel yesterday with woodman hub and vxc rims. otherwise it's fine. i'll change the crankset to xt when it or the bb wears out.

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    Sweet!

    Let us know what you think of that Woodman hub for the Lefty.
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    My changes

    I have a Scalpel 800 I have been riding for 1 1/2 years. I recommend these changes.

    Wheelset would be the priciest upgrade. If you do it might as well go for a tubeless.
    Like other posters I eventually got a XT crank, cassette, shifters. The SRAM chain with the quick link is worth it. Other changes I have made were a Easton handlebar, and I won a Thompson seatpost and Selle Italia seat at a 24 hour race. Have never used those Shimano brakes. If they are no problem replace the pads when they wear down, but if you don't like them maybe look at some Hayes or Avid mechanicals.

    Have fun. I love mine!

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    Quote Originally Posted by vizcaino
    Fork HeadShok Lefty DLR
    Rear Shock Fox Float L Pro-Pedal w/remote lockout
    Rims Mavic XM117 disc, 32 hole
    Hubs Cannondale Lefty front, Cannondale Fire disc rear
    Spokes DT Champion
    Tires Continental Explorer foldable, 26 x 2.1"
    Pedals Shimano PD-M520
    Crank Shimano M510, 22/32/44
    Chain Shimano 9-speed
    Rear Cogs SRAM PG-970, 11-34
    Bottom Bracket Shimano splined
    Front Derailleur Shimano LX
    Rear Derailleur Shimano XT
    Shifters Shimano LX
    Handlebars Cannondale Fire
    Stem Cannondale HeadShok Si
    Headset Cannondale HeadShok Si
    Brakeset Shimano M-525
    Brakelevers Shimano M-525
    Saddle Fi'zi:k Plateau
    Seat Post 6061 alloy one-piece
    If you are looking to save weight, I'd get rid of the crank/BB combo first off. OEM BB's are ususally close to 400g. Swapping to the new 2 piece XT might save over half a pound. I'd also look into a carbon bar, for about a quarter of a pound, and a new post at about the same. The cassette is probably a little heavy, you might lose 100g going to XT. Those brakes are heavy too. A set of Martas would save a ton of weight, but are pricey. A lighter rear hub could save 150-200g, but again, expensive.

    Your best weight savings for your dollar are going to come from the crank/BB, the bar/post, and a nice light set of tires.

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