New Cannondale Rush and Scalpel 29 Carbon Black Inc

29er All Mountain Trail Cross Country

Cannondale showed a couple of new mountain bikes at Bike Press Camp today. In this video, Murray Washburn from Cannondale gives us highlights of the new Rush 29 -1 as well as the Scalpel 29 – Black Inc.

Cannondale Rush 29 – 1

The name Rush will be familiar to Cannondale aficionadoes, but this bike is completely different from the old Rush and is actually an evolution of the RZ model. The Rush is now an entry level 29er with 100mm of travel front and rear and is designed to be an agile climber and an affordable price. For $2170, you get a full Shimano drivetrain and brakes, 1.5 steerer/head tube and WTB/Cannondale Nine Line tires.

The Cannondale Rush – 1 comes in 4 sizes (SM, MD, LG, XL). The Rush comes in 2 models, the Rush 1 and also the Rush – 2 ($1840).

Cannondale Scalpel 29 Carbon Black Inc

The Black Inc version of the Scalpel 29 is their top of the line model built up as an XC racer as well as a trail ripper. Black Inc is a crossover from the Cannondale road bike line that features a black on black color scheme. The Black Inc Scalpel 29 has 100mm of travel front and rear and is built up with a full XTR component group, Enve Carbon wheels with Chris King hubs, Fox Kashima Float CTD, Cannondale Lefty Carbon XLR and comes in just a touch over 21.5 lbs. Also new for 2014 is the full carbon linkage and will come with a dropper post and features Cannondale’s SISL-2 crankset.

The Scalpel 29 Carbon Black Inc is available in 4 sizes (SM, MD, LG, XL).

As you might expect from such a top of the line model, price isn’t cheap. At north of $10k ($10,830 to be exact) you are getting the ultimate world class mountain biker racer. The Scalpel 29 is also available in 4 other models including 2 with aluminum frames. These range from the Scalpel 29 Carbon Team ($7000) to the Scalpel 29 4 ($3250)

Stay tuned for info on the all new 2014 Cannondale Trigger.

About the author: Gregg Kato

Gregg Kato studied journalism and broadcasting in college while working many different jobs including deejaying, driving a forklift and building web sites (not all at the same time). Kato enjoys riding local Santa Cruz trails. Besides being an avid mountain biker, he is also a motorcycle fanatic. Two wheels, one Passion.

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  • pmiddlebrook says:

    My son raced in Montana in XC and we rented the Cannondale Scalpel. He noticed huge weight challenges in the rear from seat post to back wheel. All decent components but we put the bike on the scale and at 30 pounds a beast. He had to climb seated due to weight issues. He rides a Niner RIP 29er and leagues apart. A cannondale fan but not a race entry bike by any means. Very smooth suspension with longer chainstays decents are excellent but on flats and climbs this bike is way to heavy. Put on the scale those 3-4 extra pounds adds up on steep climbs, racing, or long days in the saddle.

  • aminnow says:

    I ride and race a Scalpel 2….24.5 lbs as set up.
    My wife rides a Niner Jet 9 RDO…. a smaller bike then mine, and just a touch heavier.
    …it’s not the Niner RIP, but still a Niner ‘race ready’ bike. My impressions from being on both, the Scalpel is the better climber, and the Jet is better on descents.
    Both great bikes, with subtle differences, with the Scalpel feeling like a more snappy bike, and a more race ready bike underneath me.

  • James Miller says:

    I own the Scalpel Black Inc. It’s under 22 lbs. I replaced the Scalpel 2 which weighed in at 25 lbs. which is certainly not bad for a 29er. If you’re going to seriously race then you need to get off the 30 lb. aluminum bike and buy a carbon bike. Don’t complain about weight when you aren’t even riding carbon. That first post is just misleading.

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