The month of March saw a reduction of the bike fleet from 6 to just 3. The stable was feeling a bit empty . With race season heating up something had to give. No Superfly 100′s available till July, no Epics available till June.
The odometer just hit 1k since the start of the year. Every single dirt mile has been done up to now on my awesome El Mariachi Rigid single speed. Maybe I’ll just be known as one of those crazy single speed guys. Screw gears and all that technology.
I’ve been thinking for some time now that a bike fleet should be as diverse as possible. Road bike, Cross bike, Rigid Single Speed, Geared suspended Mountain bike, and a fat bike. That covers just about everything but dirt jumping, BMX and large gravity applications.
So with the proceeds of the bike sales and a little extra I ended up with this. 2013 Cannondale Scalpel 1 Carbon. Special thanks to the folks at Riverside Cycles in Newburyport, who hooked me up. This is a professional shop that knows their stuff. Bike came fully loaded with Sram XO, Carbon Lefty, and the XX rear shock. Both the front and rear have remote hydraulic lock outs.
Lots of money buys you a lot of plastic. Frame, Fork (is the Lefty a fork), wheels, crank, handlebar, and the other little pieces. I ended up opting for the alternate color that isn’t advertised on the Cannondale site.
So, the bike is a medium weight at the shop came in around 22 lbs without pedals. This is about 5 lbs less than my 2010 Gary Fisher Hi-Fi Pro with XT/XO build with Crests. Pretty impressive I thought.
First impressions; With about 80 miles on the drivetrain I can honestly say this bike is built for one thing. Going fast! The carbon hoops accelerate faster than any mountain wheel set I’ve owned. The wheels also come with the Reynolds Assurance program, a 2 year warranty which was an added bonus for sure. Bike is full XO as well. For the last four years strictly by chance the bikes I’ve purchased have all come standard with SRAM. There’s much debate about SRAM vs Shimano. I don’t really care. I just ride the bike. I haven’t had a problem with anything component related. The Lock out feature for the front and rear shock works great for any sustained climbs or if you’ve got a strip of pavement and you don’t want that pedal induced bob. The new Lefty fork just works. The folks at Cannondale have had plenty of time to perfect the design. Some people have commented that it feels weird when looking down. I don’t even notice it, it doesn’t feel weird or anything to me. It is smooth though, the needle bearings it slides on probably has something to do with that.
The one item that I will say certainly makes a difference is tires. The bike comes with Racing Ralph Evo tires. I’m running them at about 25 psi. not that much more than other race tires I’ve used in the past. There is noticeable tire wash out when cornering hard. Most likely, this is due to me needing to find the center of the bike when hard cornering and getting used to the tires. It’s been since late September that I’ve ridden a fully suspended bike or a bike with gears so I figure I’ll need to give it a little more time to dial myself in.