The NEW Cannondale Scalpel?

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Eliflap shared a picture of this from a German forum that got the picture from a Czech website.

The news I can see is that it’s made for the new Lefty 2.0, the rear damper is more tucked in to the frame (like a Specialized Epic) and the rear part is a bit different than on todays Scalpel and it got internal wiring. Will be interesting to see if they can make it as good as the transition from Flash to F-Si seems to be. Still haven’t tried an F-Si but would love to if I can sometime, seems like they got things right with that one.

You know anything more about the new Scalpel?

Bike of the week, Lapierre

Long time since last bike now but here comes a cool one. Erik Jonsson who owns Tune Sweden built this years racebike:

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A Lefty Carbon XLR fork, Bike Ahead Composites wheels with Dugast 45mm tires. Shimano XTR Di2 but with a Sram X01 cassette and KMC X11SL chain. Tune Smartfoot crankset with Sram XX1 chainring. Tune Geiles Teil stem, Tune Türnstange handlebar, Tune Starkes Stück seatpost, Tune Komm-Vor saddle. And so on. A lot of Tune and really cool bike. 9kg at the moment:

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Sram Rise XX wheelset and Rock Shox RS-1 fork

Sram got a new 29er wheelset. Carbon fibre tubular rims at 325g and their new hubs with the option so use their new 27mm Predictive Steering axle:

And then the biggest news from the Sram group. Rock Shox RS-1 inverted fork is now released:

Only for 29″ at the moment

80/100/120mm damping

New Accelerator damper

1666g

1685€

Predictive Steering axle.

So to explain it easy it’s a Lefty with two legs and without needle bearings. Cost over 300€ more and is over 400g heavier. I don’t really understand. It also needs a new special hub with the 27mm Predictive Steering axle to stiffen things up. Much more choices for Lefty 😉 Here is a video about it:

And more info: Bikeradar

60mm 980g Leaf spring fork

From Iceland we soon can get this pretty non standard fork. 60mm suspension with 12 carbon blades:

Lighter than a normal fork so maybe the solution for everyone getting a stiff fork for their carbon 29er for gravel marathons.

The brand is Lauf Forks and you can see how it works on this video:

And read more about it here: Bikerumor

Pretty cool and fun to see people thinking new and make it real instead of just an idea.

Funk ti-bike and some action from Cape Epic

That is a pretty cool bike. sub 20lbs (9kg). More pictures, spec and comments on it here: Weightweenies

And then the real highlights from this years Absa Cape Epic stage 2 ridden yesterday, hard action:

Save 100g on your Rock Shox SID

If you have on of the newer Rock Shox SID forks you can save around 100g. With an Ultralight cartridge like this:

 

From Dulight.fr. Used by Jean-Christoph Peraud in La Brasse for example. Made in France. Pre-set Rebound but Lock-out on the go. Be a real weight weenie and tune your bike 🙂