Helen Grobert's Cannondale Scalpel Si – XC World Cup Round 1, Nove Mesto

May 19, 2017
by Richard Cunningham  
Helen Grobert Cannondale Scalpel Si 2017


PB photographer Matthew Delorme photographed German Olympian Helen Grebert's Scalpel Si in the Cannondale pits. Grobert, who is an excellent bike-handler, joins the ever-growing number of cross-country professionals who opt for dual-suspension as an equalizer on the World Cup circuit's tougher venues.

Helen Grobert
Cannondale photo
The Cannondale Scalpel Si sports 100 millimeters of suspension travel, with a Carbon Lefty strut up front. Grobert's SRAM XX1 Eagle transmission frees up the left side of the handlebar for a RockShox "Full Sprint" dual-lockout button that operates the Scalpel's Lefty strut and Monarch Shock simultaneously. Grobert opts out of the dropper seatpost club, presumably, to save the extra pound. She is one of the taller riders on the Women's circuit and appears to have little trouble high-posting jumps and drops.


Helen Grobert Cannondale Scalpel Si 2017
Enve cockpit, and a RockShox XLoc Full Sprint remote lockout button near the lightweight foam grip.
Helen Grobert Cannondale Scalpel Si 2017
Carbon rocker link and a RockShox damper, with its hydraulic remote tucked into the carbon top tube.

Helen Grobert Cannondale Scalpel Si 2017
What's that sticker? Eighty-Aid.com was founded by Larry Westney and Markus Dellinger, who have developed special dampers and performance mods for Cannondale Lefty suspension.

Helen Grobert Cannondale Scalpel Si 2017
Cut-away upper guide and a conservative, 32-tooth chainring that warns of the climbing ahead.
Helen Grobert Cannondale Scalpel Si 2017
The Scalpel's pivotless chainstays frame the sport's most influential drivetrain.

Helen Grobert Scapel si
Eggbeaters: the second most famous product in the history of Crankbrothers.
Helen Grobert Cannondale Scalpel Si 2017
SRAM Level Ultimate brakes, Enve M50 wheels and Schwalbe Racing Ralph tires


Helen Grobert Cannondale Scalpel Si 2017
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43 Comments

  • + 63
 "Most influential drivetrain"...You guys are really pushing eagle hard.
  • + 45
 One might say they're being quite bald.
  • + 3
 No kidding.
  • + 0
 Seems a little xtreme to me
  • + 7
 With ads you buy more than a bunch of pixels...
  • + 19
 Ok, now I'm curious, what's product does crankbrothers have that is more famous than eggbeaters?
  • + 7
 Mallets?
  • + 27
 Kronolog dropper (more infamous than famous)
  • + 2
 Dropper was the first thing on my mind too!
  • + 0
 Famous or infamous?
  • + 2
 I'd say the speed lever from back in the day.
  • + 4
 Multi tool would be my guess
  • + 6
 Spare parts.
  • + 2
 @TyranT21: That things still going strong, absolutely love it!
  • + 1
 Their Iodine wheels? They're pretty distinctive
  • + 13
 I demoed the new Scalpel last week. I was shocked by how well it descended, even without a dropper post. It was also a much funner bike than I expected. I was popping off little rollers and roots, even with the saddle way up my crack.
  • + 11
 @pinkbike Note the custom carbon fiber steerer tube attached to an Extralite Hyperstem... at least 200 grams shaved in two simple modifications.
  • + 1
 Classic German weight-weenieism. Perfect.
  • + 11
 This coverage is amazing! Keep churning these out please pinkbike tup Salute
  • + 10
 That's gotta be the lightest seatpost clamp going lol
  • + 8
 Is there a weight for this bike???
  • + 5
 I am surely not the only one who is stoked to see more XC oriented articles. Keep up the good work RC because most of us ride more than just whistler bike park runs.
  • + 5
 If weight is the number one topic here, then might as well give it.....
  • + 1
 Glad they showed a female racers bike after showing Nino's. I want Absalon to win, but it seems pointless for other companies to try to make a bike that is seen to ride faster than his. He could race a Pogo stick and win.
  • + 4
 Where can I get that seatpost clamp?
  • + 3
 POP (Passion of Products) from switzerland. Have mine for 6 years without any issue...
  • + 2
 You can get a decent replica from AliExpress from 7€ that weighs 9g. I've got two, one for my road bike and another one for the mtb and no issues at all. Just search for carbon seat post collar and you'll get it.
  • + 1
 Don't buy the cheap Chinese replica. Firstly, they are often complete and utter junk irrespective of what Pitchy says. Also, buy it off the company that actually designed it. That way they stick around and maybe design something else amazing. Reward innovation, not replication.
  • + 1
 A really special and very beautiful bike! If I was a CC racer I would love to run sth. like that. Well made, Cannondale and Helen!
  • + 2
 I think the 32 ring is more to do with the fact a 34 will not fit than anything else
  • + 2
 Larger will fit if you run a 3mm offset chainring. They're using the 6mm offset for better chainline.
  • + 1
 I know a guy with a 36t ring on his Scalpel Si. Don't know which ring, but he rides XTR Di2 - it's possible.
  • + 2
 Gorgeous bike. Super clean lines.
  • + 2
 sick !!!
  • + 1
 I ride a lefty max. It works very nicely.
  • + 0
 had a lefty supermax for a while. solid fork but no progression. I guess you don't need progression for XC.
  • + 1
 Does Grobert ride Grebert's bike?
  • + 1
 Thanks for the article!
  • + 1
 Rocket!
  • + 1
 Missle; meant to destroy!
  • - 1
 No dropper? Not fast enough.
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