Erin Huck's Cannondale Scalpel Si - Mont-Sainte-Anne XC World Cup 2017

Aug 3, 2017
by Vernon Felton  



Erin Huck had a great 2016 season—finishing the year as the women’s U.S. national champion. Huck’s 2017 season has included six trips to the podium to date, including a gold-medal finish at the 2017 Pan American Continental Mountain Bike Championships and a third-place finish at the American National Championships a few weeks back.

Last season, Huck just missed a top 10 finish here at Mont Sainte Anne by the narrowest of margins. She hopes to change that this time around. Photographer Matthew Delorme caught up with Huck.


bigquotesI’m loving the dualie on this course.... It definitely helps with some of those bigger hits as well as the higher-speed descents, plus there’s some fun stuff in the woods that having a full-suspension bike really helps with.
Pro women s short track xc
Erin Huck rolls to a first-place finish in the Short Track XC event at the National Champs in July.


It looks like you're definitely running the full-suspension bike here?


Absolutely. I’m loving the dualie on this course.

Erin Huck Cannondale Scalpel Si bike check Mont Sainte Anne
Huck's Cannondale Scalpel Si 29 features 100mm of front and rear travel. Suspension duties are handled by Cannondale's Lefty Carbon XLR fork and a RockShox Monarch rear shock. Note the handlebar-mounted, suspension "lock out". The frame and rear triangle are a full carbon fiber affair and, per nearly two decades of tradition, the Scalpel features Cannondale's Zero Pivot seatstays.

It gives you a little relief on all the root mats and all the chattery stuff. It has to come in handy for stuff like Beatrice [Beatrice is a notoriously brutal descent] and the other big, rocky descents over there.


Yeah, it definitely helps with some of those bigger hits as well as the higher-speed descents. There’s some fun stuff in the woods that having a dualie really helps with.


Erin Huck Cannondale Scalpel Si bike check Mont Sainte Anne
SRAM Level ULTs get the nod.
Erin Huck Cannondale Scalpel Si bike check Mont Sainte Anne
Time ATAC XC pedals--always a solid choice in harsh, muddy conditions.


Let’s talk about tire choice. Are you going to stick with those Aspens?


Yeah, these are the Maxxis Aspen 2.25, so they are a little bit wider than the Aspens of yore. I like the higher volume. I’ve actually been riding them in most of our races this year. Our national championships were super, super muddy and I still stuck with the Aspens.


Erin Huck Cannondale Scalpel Si bike check Mont Sainte Anne
Prototype Maxxis 2.25 Aspens with a 170 TPI casing...
Erin Huck Cannondale Scalpel Si bike check Mont Sainte Anne
...mated to Stan's NoTubes Valor wheels.


Erin Huck Cannondale Scalpel Si bike check Mont Sainte Anne
Cannondale's Scalpel Si relies on the same "Lockr" carbon-fiber, suspension linkage that debuted on the Habit model.


Erin Huck Cannondale Scalpel Si bike check Mont Sainte Anne
Remember when rear end spacing didn't need to be explained? Oh, those were the days. The Scalpel Si features Cannondale's Asymmetric Integration (Ai) offset. It's like Boost, er, without being Boost at all. Let's just leave it at that, eh?


It looks like you've got a SRAM Eagle drivetrain here. What size chainring are you running?


So, I’ve been going back and forth between the 32 and 34. I’ve got the 32 on for today and we’ll have to see how it feels—I’m supposed to be taking it easy at this point in the week and these climbs are pretty dang steep. And there’s not any super flat sections where I’m going to want to be putting out big, flat power, so I think the 32 is probably going to be the right choice.

Erin Huck Cannondale Scalpel Si bike check Mont Sainte Anne
Huck is pedaling a a SRAM Eagle XX1-based drivetrain that's paired to Cannondale Si cranks. At the moment, a 32-tooth ring is taking the sting out of MSA's steep climbs.



27 Comments

  • 54 0
 With a name like that she should be riding DH
  • 4 0
 Beat me to it, damn!
  • 3 0
 She should marry someone with the last name "Flat"

Huck to Flat
  • 28 2
 Who installed her tires? Logos are not lined up at all, tsk tsk....very sloppy work for a WC event! Same guy who did'nt use an exacto knife to remove the SCOTT logo from her non-sponsor correct chainguide I suppose.
  • 1 0
 @the-gringo good eye, and exactly what I thought. tsk tsk, mr. mechanic
  • 2 0
 That chain guide is made by Leonardi.
  • 1 0
 Never mind. Very similar designs.
  • 1 0
 Double props to you @the-gringo
  • 13 0
 Nice Scott chainguide!
  • 8 0
 This bike would be perfect for where I live, no doubt. 700km XC loops everywhere, somehow they always start up, and finish still going up.... how is that even possible?

Stoopid Melbourne
  • 13 0
 Designed by M.C. Escher?
  • 1 0
 Having ridden in Hobart for 20 years, I feel your pain.
  • 5 0
 Maxxis Aspens are suddenly a thing, even though they're been around for years... #nino
  • 4 0
 We always need more Erin Huck coverage. #moar
  • 3 0
 I want some of those Pro only 170 TPI Aspens...but us mortals aren't worthy at this time.
  • 2 0
 Nino wins on them, and suddenly Aspens are back in game—
  • 4 1
 Dualie? I guess i learned a new term today.
  • 1 0
 Or is he referring to a large truck with 4 wheels on the rear axle?
  • 3 0
 That's what most of my buddies up here refer to them as. Erin's got a lot of Canadian teammates this year (Zandstra, Gagne et al). Maybe it's rubbing off. I suppose it is possible that phobospwns is correct too and she's really been enjoying driving a large truck with 4 wheels on the rear axle around the course. I mean, who wouldn't? Smile
  • 3 0
 @jimmythegeek: You can tow a boat plus a camper and a trailer full of bikes with a good diesel dually!
  • 2 0
 I continually see 32 vs 34 on tooth count. Why isn't there a 33 to split the difference?
  • 14 0
 cause then it wouldn't be a narrow-wide
  • 2 0
 what happened to lefty?only for xC?
  • 1 0
 they didn't sell well at the Jekyll and Trigger levels, so they dropped them for 2017
  • 1 0
 Sweet lookin" bike!
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