Evolution of the venerable Scalpel

It was well known that Cannondale was working on a replacement for the raciest and fastest XC full suspension bike, the Scalpel. In the first round of the mountain bike World Cup in Houffalize, Belgium, a prototype of the company's next rocket was spotted in the Vredestein-Cannondale Team pit. The shock moves to the underside of the top tube and is now activated by a small swing-link attached to the seat tube. The seatstays look very tiny and the chainstays retain the flexing carbon design... You may have noticed the front triangle looks pretty close to the current Scalpel frame but with a more Rush looking top tube. On the production version that should be out as a 2008 model, the front should be made of carbon... it's just quicker and cheaper to make testing prototypes out of alloy.

Can't wait to see a better view of the rear end to see if there are still pivots at the dropouts and what those seatstays are about. Supposedly, the team will race the new bike at the next round of the World Cup in Offenburg, Germany on May 26th/27th so keep your eyes open and für die Deutschen, bring your camera to the race...

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