With its colour co-ordinated tall carbon rims, huge mainframe front end and massive single carbon leg Lefty fork double clamped onto an oversized single piece stem/steerer the Scalpel is outstanding both aesthetically and in terms of tracking accuracy.

Frame and equipment: race-bred repertoire

Add a steep steering angle and narrow handlebar to skinny, minimal tread Schwalbe tyres and you’re definitely riding a razor sharp race bike.

It’s pro honed speed credentials are further underlined with Cannondale’s own super stiff HollowGram Si crank in the BB30 oversized axle standard the firm pioneered. Together with the tough front end this gives an inspiringly solid feel underfoot when you brace yourself between bars and pedals for maximum torque.

The remote control suspension is set up for uncompromised power delivery too. The Rock Shox Monarch XX rear shock and Lefty are linked together hydraulically so a single press of the ‘Full Sprint’ plunger

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