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Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Cannondale Scalpel Mountain Bike
Image: courtesy of Cannondale Bicycle Corporation

Cannondale's Scalpel Team Replica - Carbon Fibre Mountain Bike

Cannondale is headquartered in Bethel Connecticut in the United States and is an international designer and manufacturer of bicycles with the promotion of sustainability as a core value of its business objectives. The Scalpel Team Replica Mountain Bike is their ultimate performance model and comes in the colours of the their Vredestein Racing Team. The Team Replica has a history of competition wins so it is definitely the cycle that exudes performance and conveys the high end of style and image. It can be enjoyed by any level of rider capability, and is is one of the lightest high performance dirt racing mountain bikes available weighing as low as 17.6 lbs (7.98 kg).

The cycles rigidity is derived from Cannondale's Scalpel Frame Carbon System 6, which is constructed from carbon fibre and comes in four sizes: Small: 40.5 cm, Medium 43 cm, Large: 48 cm and X-Large: 50 cm. The front forks on the Team Replica are Lefty Speed Carbon SL with 110 mm of travel.

For rear suspension damping on the Scalpel Team Replica, Cannondale have chosen the DT Swiss Carbon 190 SSD shock. For the rear derailleur and the shifters they chose the SRAM X-0 and for the front derailleur and rear cogs Shimano XTR are used. The crank is a Cannondale Hollowgram BB30 SL and the bottom bracket is also Cannondale Hollowgram BB30.

For braking, the Scalpel Team Replica uses Avid ULTIMATE hydraulic disc brakes 160/140 mm. The handlebars are FSA-K Force Flat and the stem is Cannondale XC3 Si and the headset is Cannondale HeadShok Si. The saddle is a Fi'zi:k Gobi Kuim and the seat post a Thomson Elite. The rims, hubs and spokes are Mavic Crossmax SLR UST. and the tires are Maxxis MONORAIL XC UST 26x2.0". Much like driving an exotic performance car, the Scalpel Team Replica has technology that can be appreciated by recreational or performance cyclists.

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