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Cannondale Cyclocross Scalpel(9 posts)

Cannondale Cyclocross ScalpelShanks23
Jul 8, 2003 9:45 AM
Offers remote on the fly lockout for the rear and front suspension to keep your bike rigid when climbing hills or for speeding away in streches, or use your full suspension when you hit rough terrain and rough downhill conditions. Uses disc brakes, Fox Float L rear suspension, Ultra Fatty X front suspension.

Receipe: Buy a black Cannondale Scalpel frame, a Cannondale Ultra Fatty X front suspension with lockout, buy some 700 disc brake compatible wheels, add your favorite groupo and disc brakes, and voila. You just need a bit of money, but it makes one heck of a bike.
re: Cannondale Cyclocross Scalpelsnwbdrhoon
Jul 8, 2003 11:09 AM
Cool. Is this what you did?
re: Cannondale Cyclocross ScalpelShanks23
Jul 8, 2003 12:08 PM

It's what I'm planning on doing soon... Unless Cannondale beats me to it. (hint, hint) :-)
Rear tiresMTJ
Jul 8, 2003 12:03 PM
My question is how big a rear tire can you fit? It looks pretty tight with the 26" on there, I can't imagine what would happen with a 700x38 or 42 on there.
Wheels & tires to use...Shanks23
Jul 8, 2003 12:32 PM
Your right. The Cannondale Scalpel bike frame is currently designed to fit 26" wheels.

Unless Cannondale actually makes a Cyclocross Scalpel frame, I won't have a choice to use 26" cross tires for back and front. I guess I would have to use Hutchinson Cross Comp 26x1.3 tires, or something similar, which should be acceptable enough.
re: Cannondale Cyclocross Scalpeldpb
Jul 9, 2003 8:27 AM
Nice frankenbike. But:

The MTB crowd will laugh; the roadies won't talk to you; the CX'ers will be curtious but sceptical, ultimately dismissing the bike as unsuitable for CX; the tourers will be too busy lugging gear around to chat; the SS'ers won't understand why your bike is so heavy and complicated; you'll only see the rear end of the TRI and TT riders so don't worry; recumbant folks will be too comfy to care; people on mopeds will go buzzing past...but commuters might give you the time of day if you ask real nice-like.

Okay, so we know you can talk the talk. Now Build it, Ride it, enjoy it. Feel free to share your ideas....but don't get caught up on what other people think.

re: Cannondale Cyclocross ScalpelShanks23
Jul 9, 2003 3:58 PM
You're a funny man Damian. But be assured that I'll walk the walk, slowly but surely...

Anybody intersted in donating money to the Bikenstein Foundation for building the Cyclocross Scalpel quicker, please email me for a mailing address.

I've created a monster by taking bits and pieces from all sorts of bikes (MTB, Road, Cyclocross)... Put together, Bikenstein will be able to ride all possible conditions with the strenghts that each of them offer.

re: Cannondale Cyclocross Scalpelskinl19
Jul 11, 2003 4:43 AM
Nice concept but what would it be like to shoulder the bike with that toptube?
That was my biggest misgiving about it tooGlowBoy
Jul 14, 2003 6:11 PM
With the bend in the top tube and bottom-of-the-tube routing, seems like it would be painful to portage it.

Some (including me, if it was my bike) would complain about the extra weight and complexity of the rear suspension, but OTOH you will gain control and speed over bumpy terrain. If it works for YOU and your riding style, I say go for it. I think Damian nailed it as far as what others will say, but don't let that stop you.