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Weight as picture is 9,32kg (20,5 lbs) with 2,35" tires. In race spec with lighter rotors and 2,1" tires it's below 9kg (20 lbs)
XX1 drivetrain with Twister
Schmolke TLO 660mm handlebar
Ax-Lightness Sprint saddle
Magura Marta Magnesium brakes
Tune Cannonball/Kong with Light-Bicycle 30mm rims
The build is actually very solid, it is only the handlebar and seat that should be considered ww-parts.
The wheelset is 1410g and the rims are much stiffer than crest.
I could save around 150g going to a hollowgram sl/xx1 spider, but I "need" the 156q crankset for my knees.
I think 9kg is pretty light for a 29fs, considering a Scalpel Ultimate cost a lot more, and is 10,2kg
XX1 rd: 245g
XX1 cs: 265g
XX1 gripshift: 89g without wire
XX1 chain: 232g cut to lenght
XX1 BB30, 156q, 175mm, 32t: 561g w/o BB
Shift housing w/wire: 52g
Cannondale OPI stem/steerer: 241g, tuned
Climax Carbon seatpost: 125g
Schmolke TLO 660mm bar: 82g
Ax-Lightness Sprint seat: 69g
Lizard Skins bartape: 20g
LB 30mm rims, Tune Cannonball, Tune Kong X12 XX1, Sapim CX-Ray: 1410g
Tubeless setup: Yellow tape, Ac valve, Schwalbe Doc Blue: 170g
Schwalbe Racing Ralph 2,35": 1300g
Syntace X12 axle: 36g
Magura Marta Magnesium, tuned: 604g
Look Keo 2 Carbon: 230g
Bike weight: 9320g
Frame, Fork, Headest, BB weight: 3584g
Fork should be ca. 1360g
Headset should be ca. 75g
PF30 BB ca. 85g
Rest is frame....ca. 2064g
While the Merida blurs the line between mtb/cx/gravel racer, the Scalpel blurs the line between mtb/trailbike.
I think I'm faster with the Scalpel on a technical XC course over several laps, but it feels slower than the Merida.
The Merida I can probably ride 1 lap faster, but when you get tired during a race, is harder to ride fast with that setup.
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Im considering bying those rims, what can you tell us about the rims and the suplier ? Are they good to deal with ?
The rims themselves are very stiff, and the finish is really good.
There is a long thread over at mtbr.com regarding these rims. Most people are happy with them, but some of the early ones had some finish issues, like bad spoke drilling etc.
In my experiance they are easy to deal with, and even picked the two lightest rims for me. (of the rims they had with identical spec.)
I was just wondering how you are finding the Scalpel now you must have ridden it a fair bit? Do you like it as an XC racer or has the Scalpel lost a bit of its race DNA since the older flexpivot style Scalpels? I haven't seen any of the Cannondale team race a Scalpel last season on the WOrld Cup circuit (might have missed it though!) and the Flash seems far more popular. I've also seen it described as feeling more of a "trail" bike which got me wondering if people like them for XC racing or what they use this new Scalpel design for mostly?
P.S. Apologies for my earlier comments on weight- I have since come to appreciate the build far more and I think this might well be my dream bike
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