Cannondale Scalpel Carbon SE 1

Cannondale Scalpel Carbon SE 1

At a Glance

  • World Cup fast and high-speed trail slayer
  • Lightweight carbon FlexPivot frame makes it ulta light and stiff
  • New RockShox Sid Select+ RL 120mm fork for high performance suspension
  • Integrated Cannondale App connectivity for accurate ride details and service reminders
  • Shimano XT hydraulic disc 12-speed group for effective gear ratios and effective braking in rough terrains

Our Verdict: With the patented FlexPivot suspension, Scalpel Carbon SE 1 excels in offering superior control, greater speed, and more grip, making it perfect for competitive XC and fun-filled singletrack sessions.

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Meet the Cannondale Scalpel Carbon SE 1, a trail bike that brings a new level of sophistication and finesse to the mountain biking scene. Its combination of speed, toughness, and versatility make it perfect for adventurous trail riders who demand more from their bikes. Its superior design and high-quality components make it a strong contender among cross-country mountain bikes.

A Deep dive into Scalpel Carbon SE 1's Features

The Scalpel Carbon SE 1 is built with a carefully constructed 'lightweight carbon FlexPivot frame', which leverages carbon innovation to provide exceptional strength and flexibility. A key feature is the patented 'FlexPivot' suspension, a breakthrough design that uses carbon plates to mimic 'Horst link pivots'. This sophisticated mechanism offers smoother, more responsive rides without sacrificing the frame's weight or rigidity.

The front suspension includes a 'new RockShox Sid Select+ RL 120mm fork', a high-performance suspension component that provides powerful impact absorption. This new dampening system is combined with large, tread-rich tyres ideal for tearing down gnarly singletracks, sending it on hardcore climbs, and hammering down swift descents.

The Scalpel Carbon SE 1 features an 'Asymmetric Integration' drivetrain, a unique offset drivetrain optimized for 'big tire/mud clearance'. This ingenious structure keeps chainstays short for improved traction and agility. Plus, contributing to a stiffer, stronger rear wheel, making it a winning framework for off-road mountain biking.

Riding Experience with Scalpel Carbon SE 1

The Scalpel Carbon SE 1 redefines what you can expect from a mountain bike and tailors itself perfectly to your preferred off-road style. Whether you are tackling a technical singletrack, powering through a hardcore climb, or testing your limits on rugged terrain, this bike guarantees optimum performance and control.

Equipped with a 120mm travel suspension system, the Scalpel Carbon SE 1 effortlessly absorbs shocks and vibrations, ensuring a silent and smooth ride across various trail conditions and under all types of weather. Its carefully calculated head tube angle, in conjunction with the short stem, big tires, dropper posts and generous travel, provides stability, even at high speeds, translating into confident and exhilarating trail riding moments.

Scalpel Carbon SE1: Technical Specifications

  • Frame: Scalpel SE Carbon, 120mm travel, Proportional Response Tuned, FlexPivot Chainstay, PF30-83, Tapered Headtube.
  • Front Suspension: RockShox SID Select+ RL, 120mm, Debonair, 15x110mm thru-axle.
  • Rear Suspension: RockShox SIDLuxe Select+, 2-Pos mode adjust, adjustable rebound.
  • Rear Derailleur: Shimano XT, 12-speed
  • Chain: Shimano SLX, 12-speed
  • Brakes: Shimano XT hydraulic disc, 180/160mm XT rotors
  • Rims: HollowGram 25, Superlight Hi-Impact Carbon, 28h, tubeless-ready


The Cannondale Scalpel Carbon SE 1 continues to win over rugged trail enthusiasts and competitive mountain bikers alike with its superior build quality, agile handling, and advanced technical features. Riders laud the bike for its ability to enhance their cross-country escapades and the seamless integration of the Cannondale app, which provides hyper-accurate speed, route, and distance data, ensuring you always get the most from your rides. Invest in the Cannondale Scalpel Carbon SE 1, and take your trail adventures to a whole new level!