Ok, so this bicycle is built out of carbon. While that's neat and all, there is more to the HT than meets the eye. Part of the story has to do with the shaping of said carbon. By "sculpting" the frame with specific "flex zones," Cannondale created a two-wheeler that absorbs trail chatter like a champ, in the process, helping the rider experience less fatigue and helping offer a smoother adventure.
Then there's the way this bike sits or the geometry. To help cyclists stay in control and centered on the bike, the manufacturer has the seat tube angle set between 73 degrees and 75, depending on the bike's size. Then there's the head tube, which sits at 67 degrees, so rather slack. What does this mean for riders? Smooth fluid, almost surf-like descents, and hard-hitting ascensions.
Personally, I've been covering bicycles for some time, and with the sort of carbon frame and fork you find as standard equipment, the value of this machine should already be near the price that Cannondale is asking. However, the rest of this bugger brings some added value too.
For example, the drivetrain is a Shimano Deore tuned to a 1x12-speed gearing. To offer an adequate shifting range, a 10-51T cassette is used. Word of advice, if you end up grabbing an HT from a local dealership, check the drivetrain as some shops change some of these components without warning, incurring extra costs and, sometimes, less value. Hydraulic brakes and Schwalbe tires complete this budget-friendly bike.
this one. The only added features you should vouch for are a couple of water bottle cages.
If you're to consider Cannondale's history, what this bike is for is even more evident. Since 1971, this manufacturer has been shaping the cycling world through innovation, "creativity," and a will to change the norm. Today, they continue to do so and are seen carrying athletes across finish lines no matter the race style and all that's poured into the Scalpel HT Carbon 4. Just a little something-something to consider if you're looking to get your hands on a rocking XC bike for low bucks.