2017 Cannondale Scalpel Si


Now it’s out.

100g lighter

9mm shorter chainstays

4 different heights on the front like F-Si

Asymmetric Integration that moves the drivetrain out 6mm with changing the center of the hub. stiffer but without having to use Boost. So 12×142 like it should be.

83mm BB30 (no Q-factor change with Hollowgram)

27,5″ in XS, S and M

29″ in M, L and XL

69,5° head angle


Modern geo, 1,5° slacker head angle than on a Specialized Epic World Cup which seems a lot but Cannondale like their slack angles.

An interesting thing is that if you use Di2 you have the battery inside the toptube attached to the rear damper. All possibilities to use a dropper post.

More info about it here: Bikerumor

My first thoughts about it is that it’s a great upgrade and it was really time for it. But compared to Specialized it doesn’t seem as tight and racy as an Epic but I may have wrong. Would be nice to try it and compare.

news: Cannondale Scalpel 2017

Tomorrow is the day Cannondale’s: Built for XXC will be released. Everyone knows already that is it about the new Cannondale Scalpel Si. Cannondale has some to catch up on FS XC racebikes and will they manage it? Will they use Ai6 for 12x142mm? What’s in front of the rear damper inside the frame? How low stack will it have? Is it fast? Light?


Black Inc, nothing for me or my style but have to be available for those who want’s the latest tech and fallen for the Enve hype.


Berserker Green for teamriders like Manuel Fumic and wannabes like all of us 😉


And the bike for all Cannondale lovers. The quality of XX1, the stiffness and pure beauty of Hollowgram with an OPI ring. It got it all except a flashy seatpost. Probably for a price not even Canyon can compete with.


My expectations are high, will it be even close to as tight and racy as a Specialized Epic WC? How short will the chainstays be? More info tomorrow after I’ve tried the fastest gravelmtb in Stockholm (more on that too).

Cannondale Scalpel Si 2017

It was rumors about a new Scalpel this year as the last one lacks some things. And now at Cape Epic it’s being raced on for the first time:


Space for 2 bottles:


Not the best picture but lowered in front to work with new Leftys:


A redesigned rear triangle with a new shocklink and a more tucked in rear damper. Also got internal routing


Curious on the official news and geometry. Will it be as good as the upgrade from Flash to F-Si?

Le Peloton #62


2 green bikes, 2 Jonas. Fridays Peloton was really wet and we only were 3 guys, Christian came a little later.

Jonas and Christian are fast and I’m not, but they are kind and waited for me. I got a really great training and my POC rainjacket really did it’s job.

Me and Christian at Le Mond, wasn’t so clean 😉


Let’s hope more people come and ride with us on wednesday. It’s epic 😉

It’s getting closer 26″ vs 29″

Biggest complain about 29ers have been weight but now it’s getting closer to the older 26″. A 26″ full suspension that where used in races was Cannondale Scalpel, I had one at 7,98kg:

Eliflap who built the role model built this one at just 7,59kg:

Now there is riders using the new 29er Scalpel, Scott spark BMC fs… but no other bike has been as successful as Specialized Epic.

So here we have a really light Specialized Epic World Cup 2015:


8,5kg with paint 😉 but without bottle cage.

When are we getting 29er full suspensionbikes under 8kg?

Giant Cup 1 2014: Horten

Best training after I moved to Tønsberg today. Rode 18km to the race, a testlap and some warm up, rode the race, or 3 laps, and ending with riding back home.

The course was brutal, it was either steep climb or technical descend. Some flat in the middle on top and in the end but never any rest. Or time to drink. 170 in average heart rate and with a speed of 9km/h the testlap. At the start it came some drops of water but soon changed.

So starting with men elite that included the Norwegian national XC team. Was 4 riders in the first long climb, two rode ahead and I think I dropped one. Not sure if he passed me later or not. Was just to ride as hard as possible and let people by when the other categories came. Didn’t expect so technical XC course but they got skills here. Hard, technical and sometimes very funny too. No gravel racing 😀

On the last descend there was two lines, one A and one B. On the testlap I took the B-line but was steep with loose gravel and some roots so crashed in the end. In the race I took the A-line with was just a steep drop and no problems 🙂 Strange with an easier A-line than B-line.

After that descend on the third lap out of four in the last forrest section I came all wrong on a rock and punctured. First real puncture since summer 2011!

Walked to the finish and hoped it was fine as the winner already lapped me twice.

Ola Kjøren won Men Elite

Lene Byberg won Women Elite

Rune also got me a new tube so I could ride home because this is not fun to ride on:


My bike that worked flawless except tire issue without grip and the puncture:


And as I said the weather changed so started snowing a bit, warm snow made the course very slippery. Here is a big part of it, climbing sections but can’t see it all. And can’t see the great rocky descends I liked:


Stats from the race: Movescount

If you want to race on this course with fast riders I can recommend the Norwegian XC Cup 16-17 augusti. An UCI race so UCIpoints too. Super course if you’re fast and not like me 😉