Triathlon Magazine Canada - - SWIM BIKE RUN TRANSITION -

Why would a triath­lete want or need a moun­tain bike? Well, with the bur­geon­ing pop­u­lar­ity of cross and Xterra rac­ing here in Canada, many mul­tisport ath­letes are look­ing for bikes they can train and race on. Oth­ers might sim­ply be look­ing for a bike they can hit the trails on as a fun way to switch up their bike train­ing. We have a look at two great op­tions for mul­tisport ath­letes to con­sider when it comes time to find a new moun­tain bike. The Can­non­dale Scalpel has long been a cross-coun­try race ma­chine pre­ferred by elite ath­letes as well as am­a­teurs look­ing for a dual sus­pen­sion bike that doesn’t sac­ri­fice ped­alling ef­fi­ciency. The Scalpel has seen many de­sign changes over the years, but, thanks to its ra­zor-sharp feel and ef­fi­cient sus­pen­sion de­sign, it is at the top of the list of sus­pen­sion bikes that are a vi­able al­ter­na­tive to hard­tail (bikes with­out rear sus­pen­sion) mod­els.

One look at the Scalpel and it’s hard to miss the unique look and de­sign of the Can­non­dale Lefty fork. Uti­liz­ing a sin­gle leg in­stead of two, Can­non­dale was think­ing out­side the box when dream­ing up this fork. How­ever odd it may look, there is no deny­ing that the Lefty is one of the best front sus­pen­sion sys­tems on the mar­ket. The Scalpel Car­bon 3 comes with the 100 mm Lefty 2.0 equipped with the Xloc full spring hy­draulic re­mote. Can­non­dale matches the Lefty with a Rock Shox Monarch XX 100 mm shock also equipped with the full sprint re­mote lock out. The lock out is a great fea­ture, al­low­ing you to si­mul­ta­ne­ously stiffen both the front and rear sus­pen­sion with the push of a but­ton.

The Scalpel Car­bon 3 doesn’t have a front de­railleur

Can­non­dale Scalpel

– there’s a sin­gle 32-tooth di­rect mount chain­ring at­tached to the im­mensely stiff Can­non­dale Si crank. If you pre­fer to have two front chain­rings, Can­non­dale does have op­tions for you as well. A Shi­mano XTR rear de­railleur and XT shifter en­sure you are al­ways in the right gear, while the XT brakes bring every­thing to a stop quickly. The build, which also in­cludes Stans fa­mous ZTR Crest rims, keep the Scalpel Car­bon 3 light and nim­ble, which you re­ally no­tice when climb­ing.

Can­non­dale says the 2018 Scalpel is de­signed for XXC, adding an ex­tra “X” to in­di­cate the bike is more ca­pa­ble than ever. Can­non­dale changed the ge­om­e­try in 2017 to make the Scalpel more suit­able for descend­ing tech­ni­cal trails. When you point the front wheel down­hill the Scalpel re­ally in­spires con­fi­dence com­pared to many other cross-coun­try race bikes. Can­non­dale also in­cludes a wider han­dle­bar (mea­sur­ing in at 760 mm), which adds to the bike’s abil­ity to nav­i­gate dif­fi­cult trail sec­tions. Can­non­dale made all th­ese changes, but still man­aged to main­tain ex­cel­lent climb­ing ef­fi­ciency and the ex­cel­lent han­dling the Scalpel is fa­mous for.

Can­non­dale Scalpel-si Car­bon 3 $6,930

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