Cannondale Scalpel LAB71

Cannondale Scalpel LAB71

  • Model: Scalpel LAB71
  • Type: Cross Country Bikes
  • Frame Material: Ultralight 100mm travel Hi-MOD carbon FlexPivot frame
  • Drivetrain: SRAM wireless XX SL Eagle AXS Transmission drivetrain
  • Brakes: Level Ultimate disc brakes

Our Verdict: The Cannondale Scalpel LAB71 cross-country bike pushes the boundaries of performance with its ultralight Hi-MOD carbon frame, SRAM wireless drivetrain and Level Ultimate disc brakes. This next-level engineering masterpiece is built for chasing podiums and delivers in terms of speed, control and durability.

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Welcome to the world of the Cannondale Scalpel LAB71 - a towering force in the realm of cross country (XC) biking. Designed for the discerning rider with a penchant for performance, this XC race bike is a feast for the eyes and a beast on the tracks. Created with the ambition to be top dog on the podium, it checks all boxes when it comes to performance, speed, and control.

No stone is left unturned with this high-spec contender; it’s packed with cutting-edge technology and precision engineering for top-tier performance. Aimed squarely at the dedicated xc riders, professional racetrack enthusiasts, and adrenaline seekers, this bike is the embodiment of Cannondale's commitment to innovation, functionality and superior riding experience.

Cannondale Scalpel LAB71: A Detailed Breakdown

The Scalpel LAB71 sports an ultra-light Hi-MOD carbon FlexPivot frame, offering remarkable resilience and unrivaled maneuverability. This patented carbon plates design results in stiffer and lighter than bearings creation, offering impressive durability, flexibility and requires minimal maintenance.

The Lab71 Edition Hi-MOD Carbon frame offers 100mm travel and comes equipped with PF30-83, Tapered Headtube and Speed Release 12mm thru axle, all for the perfect mash-up between functionality and pure aesthetic appeal.

Adding to its list of successes, the LAB71 features a SRAM wireless XX SL Eagle AXS Transmission drivetrain, offering hiccups-free and ultra-smooth gear shifting. The SRAM Level Ultimate disc brakes provide absolute control and steadfast braking performance in all conditions.

Experience the LAB71 Real-Time Experience

A ride on the Scalpel LAB71 can only be described one way: exhilarating. The 100mm travel Hi-MOD carbon FlexPivot frame provides exceptional responsiveness on every track, offering a smooth and stress-free ride. To top it all off, the SRAM drivetrain offers efficient power transfer under any riding condition.

The bike’s Lefty Ocho Carbon 120 fork delivers a massive 110mm travel, ensuring smooth sailing on even the roughest terrains. Its one-of-a-kind design allows riders to float through uneven landscapes and slice through complex trails with unparalleled precision.

Regardless of the weather condition, be it on a damp morning after a drizzle or on a dusty trail in broad daylight, the performance delivered by the Scalpel LAB71 is consistent, reliable, and incredibly satisfying. Round it all off with its ultralight HollowGram XC-27 SL carbon tubeless-ready wheels that make for controlled, accurate, and rapid rides, this bike is the quintessential ride for arduous terrains.

The Technical Make-up of the Cannondale Scalpel LAB71

  • Frame: Lab71 Edition Hi-MOD Carbon, 100mm travel, Proportional Response Tuned, FlexPivot Chainstay, PF30-83, Tapered Headtube, Speed Release 12mm thru axle, SRAM UDH, Stash compatible.
  • Fork: Lefty Ocho Carbon 120, 110mm, Chamber Damper with remote lockout, OppO Spring System, tapered steerer, 50mm offset.
  • Drivetrain: Features a combination of SRAM XX-SL Eagle AXS T-Type Rear Derailleur and Shifters, a SRAM XX-SL Eagle T-Type, X-Sync, 34t Chain and SRAM XX T-Type EAGLE AXS, 10-52, 12-speed Rear Cogs. The Bottom Bracket is a SRAM DUB PF30 MTB83.
  • Brakes: SRAM Level Ultimate hydraulic disc, 180/160mm CenterLine rotors.
  • Rims: HollowGram XC-SL 27, Superlight Hi-Impact Carbon, 27mm inner width, 28h, tubeless ready.
  • Wheel Size: Comes with a standard 29in wheel size.
  • Tire Size: Fitted with a Maxxis Rekon Race WT 29x2.4", EXO Protection, tubeless ready / (R) Maxxis Aspen WT 29x2.4", EXO Protection, tubeless ready.
  • Handlebar: Cannondale 1 Flat, Carbon, 31.8mm, 9° backsweep, 760mm.
  • Saddle: Prologo Dimension NDR, Tirox rails.
  • Seatpost: Cannondale C1 Carbon, 31.6x400mm.


The Scalpel LAB71 from Cannondale signifies the perfect combination of support, comfort, speed, and control, with its progressive geometry and top-notch components. It is perfect for riders needing a high-performing bike that's ready for the off-road thrill. Riders have praised its stellar suspension system and its light yet sturdy ride character. The bike's design and features showcase Cannondale's commitment to innovation and performance, setting new standards in cross-country riding.