I can get either bike for ~$2,000. Right now I ride mostly AM but would like to get into XC for more exercise. I'm concered with bike weight, and would like to keep the rig to 25#s.
Click the pictures for the Cannondale specifications page:
'06 Scalpel 1000
'07 Caffeine F1
So far, with my limited experience, climbing seems to be my strong suit. I'm concerned with wether or not a rear suspension would lessen my climbing ability. Also, would a rear suspension put less power down for speed? I don't believe this rear shock has a lock-out? In reading the reviews on this bike there are quite a few mentions of the rear end wobbling or fish-tailing in the corners and it being "twitchy" on downhills.
Does anyone have a weight on a stock Scalpel 1000?
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