Cannondale 2009 Mtn Bike Line Highlights

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After a complete redesign in 2008 the Scalpel is a serious racer that stood on top of the podium at races around the world. Engineered with Cannondale’s “Zero Pivot Technology” the rear suspension moves through 100mm of travel via flexing carbon fiber chain/seat stays. This chain/seat stay combination offers explosive power as they working in unison without relying of heavy bearings. The full carbon monocoque front triangle excels in steering precision with an oversized head/down tube while saving weight with SI head tube bearing and SI BB 30.

With five Scalpel models available racers are sure to find just what their looking for. Weighting in at just over 21 lbs is the Scalpel Team built with SRAM X-O trigger shifters and rear derailleur, Lefty Carbon Speed SL fork, Mavic Crossmax SL wheels and Avid Juicy Ultimate disc brakes at $7400.00 The Scalpel 1 will offer a Shimano XTR drive, Lefty Carbon Speed fork, and Shimano XTR wheels/brakes at $6800.00 The Scalpel 3 is built with SRAM Shifters and rear derailleur, Lefty Speed DLR fork, DT Swiss XCR wheels and Avid Elixir CR disc brakes at $3600.00 and the Scalpel 5 with SRAM X-5 trigger shifters, X-7 rear derailleur, RockShox Sid Race fork, Jalco disc X320 wheels and Avid Juicy 3 disc brakes at $2450.00

Scalpel 3 shown below

Fad or function…maybe a bit of both! Either way 29’ers have created quite a buzz in the cycling world and Cannondale 29’er hardtails are a serious high roller with four models in 2009. A solid platform is critical to handling and power transfer on any 29’er so for 2009 Cannondale introduces a SI bottom bracket and integrated head tube in the 29’er 1&2 models. Saving weight while stepping up performance every Cannondale 29’er model utilizes a T-C 6061 alloy frame where every tube is optimized with oversized and butted tubes. Tasteful hot rod yet retro graphics complete the package.

29’er 1 models will be built with a Shimano XTR/XT drive, FSA Afterburner BB30 crank, 80mm Lefty Speed carbon SL fork, Stan’s ZTR Arch wheels and Shimano XT disc brakes at $3200.00 The 29’er 2 will offer a SRAM X-7/X-5 drive, Lefty Speed DLR fork, Jalco Disc X320 wheels and Avid Juicy 3 disc brakes at $1800.00. For the core rider a single speed 29’er 3 will feature a Lefty Speed DLR fork, Jalco Disc X320 wheels and Avid Juicy 3 disc brakes at $1700.00. Rounding out the line is the 29’er 4 with SRAM X-5 drive, RockShox Dart 329 fork, Jalco disc X320 wheels and Avid Juicy disc brakes at $1100.00

29’er 1 image shown below

Racers beware…the newly designed Scalpel is ready to take you to the podium. Zero pivot technology removes heavy bearings from the swing arm allowing bumps to be absorbed via flexing carbon fiber chain/seat stays. Keeping you on coarse up front is a Lefty Speed DLR fork. The result is a lightweight racer with 100 mm of race tuned suspension travel.

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  • Will Pidsley says:

    Hi, I have the Carbon Rush 03 2009, although its a great bike be very careful of rub between the Gear Cable and the frame point just above the crank. After three rides the cable was into the carbon of the bike! I`m now getting a new frame from Cannondale.

  • Will Pidsley says:

    You now how I said it was a great bike!!! Well it`s not.. I have had no end of trouble with this bike. From the frame to the rear swing arm, to the chain, to the gears and now the rear mech. It must of been back to the shop 9 times in six months. Wondering now if I could get my money back. I feel very let down by Cannondale, and will never bye Cannondale again. Stay well clear, unless you plan to ride a full sus around town.

  • Steve says:

    Sounds like you had more trouble with the shop than the bike itself,
    you should have installed the cable rub patches that came with the bike, or asked that the 9 year old who built the bike at the shop redo the cable routing!
    i’ve not come across a good bike mechanic yet…

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