First Look – 2018 Cannondale Scalpel SE 2

The Scalpel-Si was one of the best XC race bikes we threw a leg over in 2017, and for 2018, Cannondale took the bones of the platform and released the trail worthy Scalpel SE. This beauty just showed up in the mail, and we are anxious to get it dirty.

Quick Tech

  • 120mm travel Fox 34 fork
  • 115mm travel Fox Float shock
  • SRAM Eagle GX drivetrain
  • SRAM Level TL brakes
  • 12×142 rear spacing with Ai offset
  • RaceFace Aeffect dropper
  • Maxxis 2.4 Ardent tires
  • Carbon fiber frame and rear triangle
  • 2 water bottle cage mounts in the main frame
  • $4,500

Cannondale currently offers two levels of the SE with the top end SE 1 getting a Lefty for all you Lefty Lovers out there. Compared to the Si, the SE does have an updated geometry with a slightly loner front center and chainstays.

We will be putting in plenty of miles on this machine. Keep an eye out for a First Ride write up in the near future.

 

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