Epic Bike Check: Henrique Avancini's Cannondale Scalpel Si

Despite hopes of taking the overall Cape Epic victory, Henrique Avancini and his race partner Manuel Fumic had a fairly successful race with a stage win and the second spot on the general classification podium. Team Cannondale Factory Racing took on the challenge with a pair of Cannondale's racing dual suspension bike, the Scalpel Si. We took a closer look at Avancini's set up in the race village at Oak Valley.

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Henrique Avancini's Cannondale Scalpel Si


  • FrameCannondale Scalpel Si
  • ForkLefty Ocho
  • ShockFox Float DPS Factory
  • RimsEnve M525
  • Rear HubDT Swiss 240s
  • Front HubLefty
  • Front TyreSchwalbe Racing Ralph
  • Rear TyreSchwalbe Thunder Burt
  • HandlebarEnve M6 730mm
  • StemEnve 90mm 6 degree
  • SeatpostKS Lev Ci
  • SaddleProlog Scratch X8 NACK
  • BrakesShimano XTR M9100
  • RotorsShimano RT 81 160mm
  • ShifterShimano XTR
  • Rear derailleurShimano XTR
  • CassetteShimano XTR 51-10T
  • Crank armsShimano XTR with Stages powermeter
  • ChainShimano XTR
  • ChainringShimano XTR 36T
  • PedalsShimano
  • Bottle cagesCannondale carbon
  • StorageSchwalbe saddle bag
  • Weight11.2 kg

 

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Being a Cannondale cross-country race bike, Avancini's bike boasts the distinctive Lefty Ocho fork. The rear suspension is powered by a golden-brown Fox Float DPS Factory shock with the lockout controlled by a remote lever.

 

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The Cannondale Factory Racing team has been supported by Shimano for a number of years and it's no surprise to see them racing with the company's latest XTR drivetrain and brakes. Avancini paired the 51-10 tooth cassette with a 36 tooth chainring. There is a neat Shimano chain guide to keep the chain in check. The team's riders measure their power outputs via a Stages power meter attached to the non-drive side crankarm. A SahmuraiSword tyre plug end cap is also wedged into the crank axle hollow.

 

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Avancini's wheels feature Enve's M525 carbon cross-country race rim. The rear hub is a lightweight DT Swiss 240s with a Lefty specific hub on the front wheel. The team ride on Schwalbe rubber with the combination of a Racing Ralph on the front and Thunder Burt for the rear wheel.

 

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The handlebar and stem is a carbon pairing from Enve with an M6 730mm bar and a 90mm stem, which appears to come from their road product catalogue. The seat post is a KS Lev Ci with its carbon seat mast (which we also say on Ariane Lüthi's bike). Mounted to the seat post is a Prologo Scratch X8 NACK saddle. An interesting personal touch for Avancini is a cable tie placed around the axle on the inside of the Shimano clipless mechanism to reduce float for the rider.

 

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Avancini's Scalpel weighed 11.2 kilograms which is fairly light for a race-ready Cape Epic bike.




18 Comments

lenzman, Mar 26 2019 12:42

That Cannondale font is awful!

Eddie Stafford, Mar 26 2019 01:28

What is the purpose of the cable tie around the pedal?

JacBrand, Mar 26 2019 01:48

I see they were running cable actuated shifting. Wonder why?

Ysterbeertjie, Mar 26 2019 02:14

Anybody know what saddle bag that might be?

Iwan Kemp, Mar 26 2019 02:18

What is the purpose of the cable tie around the pedal?

 

And I quote...

 

"An interesting personal touch for Avancini is a cable tie placed around the axle on the inside of the Shimano clipless mechanism to reduce float for the rider."

Iwan Kemp, Mar 26 2019 02:18

That Cannondale font is awful!

 

I dig it

'Dale, Mar 26 2019 02:43

I wouldn't mind having this sick puppy in the corner off my office 

Dieter ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°), Mar 26 2019 03:33

I dig it

Yeah and it looks even better on the new Habits! In a world where typefaces are slanted and maximized to fit the whole downtube, this is fresh. 

Wil6, Mar 26 2019 03:34

That Cannondale font is awful!

+1, looks like some fake Chinese replica

HDW, Mar 26 2019 04:09

Saddle bag... what a noob.

TDFN, Mar 26 2019 05:32

Saddle bag... what a noob.

And a hydration pack, what was he thinking?

fusion01, Mar 26 2019 07:28

Really don't understand why you'd want to slam your saddle so far to the rear when you could size the frame up and slam it right to the front, get further over the cranks, and improve your seat tube angle too.

Whatsup!, Mar 27 2019 09:39

Really don't understand why you'd want to slam your saddle so far to the rear when you could size the frame up and slam it right to the front, get further over the cranks, and improve your seat tube angle too.

To make space for the saddle bag of course !!!

Squier, Mar 27 2019 01:35

Those Enve hoops are sick! And I dig the new Cannondale bottle cages. Big improvement on those old two part ones.

 

Would've prefered a bit more colour, but Cannondale clearly going for the understated look.

 

Sick bike! One day...

morneS555, Mar 27 2019 08:27

its not pretty is it. reminds me of that vipa monstrosity somehow

Armand08, Mar 27 2019 11:44

A lot of clever people here that have not even participated at SA marathon champs, never mind won worlds...

Headshot, Mar 28 2019 01:09

Fumic had an issue on one of the stages with a crash resulting in his fork lockout control failing. The default on the lefty and all others I know of is that if the hydro or cable lockout fails the fork goes full rigid. This is a particularly stupid design flaw that should be addressed. Personally I think lock outs are a waste of time up front but many people like them. A friend of  mines race was ruined in the same way when his Sid lockout failed.

JeffK, Mar 31 2019 12:34

Next year's the frame will feature a special holder for UFC type gloves for the days Nino gets on his nerves again. True story