Henrique Avancini's New Cannondale - Cairns XC World Cup 2016

Apr 25, 2016 at 5:17
by Paul Aston  
Henrique Avancini s New Cannondale - Cairns XC World Cup 2016

Henrique Avancini's New Cannondale

The Cannondale Factory Racing Team brought a new weapon to the rumble in the jungle in Cairns. I wanted to brandish the bike with the word prototype but taking a closer look shows a bike that could well be ready for production line, if not something ready to land on the shop floor.

Henrique Avancini s New Cannondale - Cairns XC World Cup 2016

We can only assume this bike will continue to be badged with the 'Scalpel' moniker and shares a similar look to its predecessor. Likely 100mm travel at the rear with a Commencal-esque shock mount that partially covers the RockShox damper under the top-tube. We can't see from Irmo's sneaky shots whether or not the bike uses some kind of travel adjust system like on the longer travel Jekyll, Trigger or Habit chassis, but if there was a cable or hose concealed in the top-tube I wouldn't be surprised. I also wouldn't be surprised to see this bike sporting a slightly slacker head angle and Cannondale's Lefty fork with a huge 55mm offset as found on their F-SI hardtail.

Henrique Avancini s New Cannondale - Cairns XC World Cup 2016

SRAM's new Level brake is neatly tucked away behind the end of the pivot-less carbon swingarm. Like the old Scalpel, there will be an amount of flex in this area to allow the suspension to compress. Engineering flex into the frame means losing a pivot and the maintenance and weight that goes along with it.

Henrique Avancini s New Cannondale - Cairns XC World Cup 2016

Cannondale's F-SI hardtail XC-racer uses their 'Asymmetric Innovation' offset rear end. The brand claims that using an off-set swingarm which moves the hub across by 6mm means they can gain the chainline, tire clearance and spoke angle benefits of a boost hub, while sticking with the 142mm width hub standard, it's likely that this new frame will feature the same offset.

Henrique Avancini s New Cannondale - Cairns XC World Cup 2016

XC racers love to shave as many grams as possible, but Avancini still chooses a small top guide to keep the chain in place. Dropping a chain during a race will cost more time than any weight saving could ever cut down.

Henrique Avancini s New Cannondale - Cairns XC World Cup 2016

MENTIONS: @Cannondale / @SramMedia / @schwalbe


  • 232 5
 I thought the fork leg is on the other side in Australia?
  • 12 7
 Hahahaha, great one man! Big Grin
  • 9 4
 You won the Internet for today
  • 58 24
 One day I will appreciate the lefty...but that day is not today my friends.
  • 34 7
 Just curious, ever ridden one?
  • 12 8
 **Ever ridden a lefty that's tuned to your riding for more than the length of a single ride?**
  • 21 1
 One day you will weight more than 200lbs. On that day you will appreciate the stiffness of the Lefty. It lags behind the industry a few years in damper tech, but the Lefty is the stiffness to weight champ.
  • 15 1
 What I meant by that first comment is that most people ride leftys for one ride at a bike demo then draw conclusions as to whether or not they liked it. When you take the time to set it up and tune it perfectly then it's one of the best options around.
  • 2 3
 @Telemahn: agreed but damping is rock Shox solo air if I am not mistaken?
  • 5 1
 @ekho: solo air is the air spring not the damper. The damper is also made by rockshox specifically for the lefty but only has rebound adjustment and lockout.
  • 15 2
 @brusmaster: I'm not really into fashion when it comes to mountain biking....
  • 1 0
 @Twenty9Hardtail: don't know why but I always thought that Lefty's has Fox internals. lol
  • 5 1
 my impression about the lefty is that its very unreliable.
ive been to a 3 day desert stage rage (marathon) on hard terrain and several guys had the lefty lock up on them and had to be serviced in the end of the race, and pretty much everyone with a scalpel told me its a great fork but unreliable and has to be serviced often
  • 7 6
 The reason the lefty is a "lefty" is because Cannondale has always gone the proprietary route. If the single leg/stanchion design was actually superior why doesn't any (and I mean any...) bike, motorcycle, scooter company use it? (Especially in a copycat industry like the one they are in?)
  • 1 0
 @grim007: Yep I think the same. Maybe it was one of the best options in performance but I see various lefty forks going to repair,one of them I remember,the black cover(dlc coating) of the bar was totally worm out...Maybe was fault of his owner to ride that fork in bad conditions. All Cad bikes has is own peculiarities, you love or hate them. I love my jekyll and his own character compared to more regular bikes.
  • 27 1
 on leftys can we stop calling it a fork and start calling it a knife??
  • 2 0
 More like a toothpick
  • 21 0
 another good thing about the new scalpel is the ability to carry 2 water bottles inside the frame, it can be seen from pictures from cape epic
  • 4 0
 Such an incredible upside. Not just for time on the bike, also in transport: underside bottle cages have to be removed in order to fit on most roof racks.
  • 1 0
 double response
  • 17 1
 You know the bike industry's screwed up when Cannondale's proprietary offset rear end makes more sense than Boost 148.
  • 17 4
 Commencal Meta V4 ladies and gentlemen?
  • 2 0
 Good eye Wink
  • 1 2
 Except the commencal is butt ugly and this one isn't
  • 10 3
 I've been riding a lefty supermax for about 2 years now. The fork is incredible. I've never had a single issue. The fork is very stiff. I have bent my front wheel many times but the fork remains perfect. I do a lot of DH and enduro. that being said i cracked my carbon Trigger two times in one year. Cannandale carbon frames are not very strong. Maybe because these frames are so light. Also, the chain stays are not designed for a 1x11 drive trains systems so the chain alignment is not perfect. cannondale pivot designs need much improvement. There pivots are behind the times.
  • 1 0
 two times!
  • 1 0
 A college cracked 3 times an alu claymore, now he is selling the new one from the guaranty.
  • 1 0

yeah...i can't believe how cheap cannondale frames are. like i said i cracked it twice already in a little over one year. getting rid of bike.
  • 22 13
 you squids just love to hate on lefties don't you. Regurgitate some more horseshit for us.
  • 1 0
 'I heard that Leftys aren't reliable' etc. just kidding
  • 9 0
 Just how many people are doing maintenance work on their horst link pivots and how often?
  • 3 0
 Not many and not often. Which is why most people have seized bearing in their horst link pivots.
  • 8 5
 I ride as an Ambassador for Cannondale. The forks are better than anything I have ever ridden. This includes the Pike. The setup is important, Setting up the correct sag for your weight (20%).will make all the difference in the world. Check the pressure often. For some reason it can lose air based on weather (colder). Regarding the frame (I own a Jekyll) it is tough as nails. The person riding the trigger may have been doing too much with a bike not intended for the type of riding he is engaging in. I've been to Whistler and put that bike to the test.
  • 16 1

unacceptable for a standard fork

even moreso with a lefty
  • 2 1
 I ride a Jekyll and have spent time on the Lefty Supermax and the Pike and in my opinion, even the RC Pike out rides the Lefty for that application. The damping and trail feel are just better in my opinion. On my hardtail, I love my Lefty. But I think the Pike is a better fork.
  • 1 0
 How's the durability for the lefty? I've heard it's abysmal but never owned one.
Also ive run into the cold weather psi change on a pike and dorado. Could be wrong but I think it might have to do with the air condensing inside, so whenever I change elevation or temperature I cycle the air and it seems to be much better
  • 1 0
 No idea why that posted twice
  • 1 0
 @Jimmy0: If you are concerned about the air condensing inside, which is a very real possibility, just use nitrogen. It is more and more available now-in-days.
  • 3 1
 @jaycubzz: If he rides as an ambassador for Cannondale I would imagine that he has ridden more than 1 Lefty fork, therefore he can speak to the quality of the forks plural that he has ridden, right? Wink

Anyway - changes in ambient air pressure will affect the spring pressure of any air fork or shock, but the smaller the working sag range of the unit the greater the change in feel for the rider.
  • 3 3
 @hellanorcal: most of regular air is nitrogen, why would pure nitrogen not condense?
  • 1 1
 thanx for the reply. I ride a carbon 2, 29er model 2015. I don't agree with you that the cannondale frames are tough. My Trigger is 130mm travel. I push is hard on some downhills over some rock gardens and small drops about 3 to 5 feet. I never really bottom out on my rear suspension. And i have cracked the frames two times. I have also seen many models of cannondale frames crack especially in the chain stay area. The simple reason for the cracking is the grade of fiber is too light unlike intense which uses a heaver fiber but much stronger. Also, the main pivot has a bad design.
  • 2 1
 own a supermax for two years. The durability is incredible. Do a lot of DH and enduro and never do anything to the fork and it's perfect.
  • 2 0
 @wingguy: i would say "the lefty fork is better than anything I have ever ridden" just like i would say "the 36 is better" or "the pike is better", or, in this case, since we already know the subject is the lefty, i would say "this fork is better than anything I've ever ridden"

but really I'm just being douchey

  • 3 0
 @Jimmy0: Other stuff in air, like water vapor, can and will condense under the right conditions. Nitrogen also leaks from seals slower than air does
  • 3 3
 @Jimmy0: Because "regular air" contains water vapor, and pure nitrogen does not. Was this actually a real question?
  • 2 0
 @LeDuke: ya it was, the air we breathe is made up of mostly nitrogen, I was unaware of the different properties of nitrogen and water vapor in regards to fork pressure. Thank you @thumsup
  • 2 0
 @jaycubzz: But there is not just one Lefty fork, there are several Lefty forks. The Lefty, the 2.0, the Supermax, the Oliver, the Olaf... Plural Lefties Smile

Also guys - regardless of condensation the simple change in air pressure also changes your fork pressure. The pressure of your fork spring is the difference between what is inside and what is outside - and what is outside can change by several PSI depending on weather, temperature and altitude.
  • 4 4
 Cannondale should start naming their lefties after lefty world leaders. The Stalin. the Mao. The Tom Muclair. All great in theory but all poor performers in comparison to their centered counterparts....

(yes I've ridden several, used to mech for a dealer)
  • 8 3
 The worst part about cannondale is terrible customer service. You can't even call up cannonadle with technical questions unless you are a dealer. Who wants this.
  • 6 1
 Bike looks very light. Henrique is a big hope for a Brazilian medal in the XCO of Rio de Janeiro.
  • 6 0
 What chainring is that? It's rad.
  • 3 0
  • 1 1
 Fouriers has one pretty similar
  • 2 0
 My daughter rides my old flash with a carbon lefty. The fork does the strangest thing when left over night. All air seems to leaked out and the fork collapsed to full travel, cycle the fork a few times and the pressure jumps back up. In our bike and bike part collection there are two Leftys in use and two fox forks with worn uppers, so the Leftys are winning the reliability stakes. Mind you I can pull a fox apart and do a service but not the Leftys
  • 7 3
 A good lookin XC bike. A rare thing.
  • 6 3
 Have lefties gotten any better in recent years?
  • 22 4
 Nopen they're making them worse each year.....
  • 13 5
 they were never bad in the first place
  • 6 0
 @Niko182: You missed the sarcasm...of course they're getting better haha!
  • 1 0
 @Twallywilly: I was replying to the first comment. the comment by shredjekyll came after my comment.
  • 2 0
 you can see dual lockout hoses on the bike that is in the background of the leading image.
  • 2 0
 Nice bike,just wish Cannondale would make a dh bike again.currently i ride a perp and love it.i like all dales Smile
  • 3 0
 Can anyone identify this chain guide? I like minimal.
  • 5 4
 Ohhh, I hope your not like that with your Girlfriend. Wink Mr minimal.
  • 1 0
 @BTKMADDOG: with my gf I don't use protection at all
  • 1 0
 @sazaks Let me know if you figure out what it is, I'm interested as well. Is it Cannondale specific? I can't tell how it mounts.
  • 3 1
 You call that a chain guide?
  • 3 0
 It's missing the other side.
  • 14 0
 @micahaalders3: "It's missing the other side"

The fork or the chain guide?
  • 6 0
 @micahaalders3: nope. Chain can only fall off to the side if it leaves the teeth vertically first. This top guide prevents all kinds of chain drop.
  • 2 1
 @mate1998: except of when the chain slides on to the out side of the ring from chain slap. Add a little back pedal and your chain is off.
  • 3 0
 @micahaalders3: Don't worry next year they will only have one crank arm to match the front.
  • 2 1
 It would be nice if more of the pictures were in focus; dreamy bokah isn't very useful when showing details of a cool bike.
  • 1 1
 bokeh helps to make a turd look shiny
  • 2 0
 to be fair this bike should be sporting a dropper post.
  • 2 0
 too heavy. most xc guys around here aren't running any post at all.
  • 2 0
 @corncob: tell that to Jullan Abselon
  • 2 0
 But what a nice camera on that table crazy
  • 1 0
 Is there more to the story about why he finished in 47th place; crash, flat; dropped chain, didn't eat his Wheaties ...?
  • 1 2
 If it comes in black cool. There's no other color a bike could be painted in now that will look more "out of date" (?) in 2-3 years time than lime green imho.
  • 1 0
 these chains don't drop and man thats a lot of enve rims
  • 1 0
 Always tasty, always innovative ! Looks very sweet.
  • 1 0
 I don't need to own it ... but I'd like to ride it!
  • 1 0
 @ripupo #47!!! Making History!!!
  • 2 3
 But it's missing a stanchion he most lost it in the trail
  • 4 7
 This is one ugly thing....
  • 1 3
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