The Cannondale Scalpel was a pretty radical concept when it first appeared well over a decade now. Since then things have changed quite a bit and we’ve all become accustomed to more travel on our cross country bikes, so the Scalpel changed with the times.
Beyond some fundamental frame changes a few years ago the newest Scalpel iterations include the SE versions that incorporate even more travel (and an accompanying slight change in frame geometry) compared to the also available SI versions.
The SE2 pictured above is also a bit of a departure from the ‘traditional’ Scalpel, and indeed a departure from many high end Cannondale mountain bikes in general, because it ditches the proprietary HeadShok in favour of a Fox fork. We don’t really consider this to be better or worse than the HeadShok, just different. One advantage to the Fox fork is that it’s easy to swap out front wheels. With a HeadShok you usually have to custom build a wheel to accommodate the uniqueness of the single sided suspension design.
This model has great component choices throughout, including a Sram 1×12 drivetrain and an integrated dropper post. We have a medium built up and ready to go. $6000 plus taxes and it’s yours!