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Cannondale says XC is dead, long live XXC. With cross country courses getting gnarlier and gnarlier, they seem to be planning something capable of tackling the aggressive climbs and rough descents that are pushing. Check their website and you’ll get the chance to sign up for their email list and a date of April 29, 2016. Stay tuned, and check a still after the break…

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This is from a short video posted on Cannondale’s Instagram. Stay tuned, we’ll be at the launch of the new bike next week and have the full story here on Bikerumor!

Check out the new bike below!

All-new Cannondale Scalpel puts another X in XC w/ lighter, faster & more capable frame

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Gabe
Gabe
6 years ago

Is this how the plan to introduce a heavier Scalpel frame that won’t crack after 1 season of regular XC use?………….

Klaster_1
Klaster_1
6 years ago

Sounds like a trail bike.

Michael
Michael
6 years ago

Sounds like Cannondale is just as wrong as the rest. Bring back 80mm front and rear xc bikes.

Fred Vitale
Fred Vitale
5 years ago
Reply to  Michael

Salsa Spearfish?

OneLegDuck
OneLegDuck
6 years ago

I would say that XC racing is at an all time low… but there is this new category called “Mountain Biking.” It’s a hard tail or low travel fun bike w/ relax geometry 66~68º HT angle… maybe we’ll just call it “Trail.”

Graeme
Graeme
6 years ago

Finally a successor to the Scalpel…?

anonymous
anonymous
6 years ago

The real problem is XC racers want front derailers, but front derailers are dead, so they killed of XC and made XXC which is 1x.

Necromancer
6 years ago
Reply to  anonymous

Actually most xc racers are using 1x these days, I would think it would be the average joe that wants more gear range because they are less fit.

Dirty Sanchez
Dirty Sanchez
6 years ago
Reply to  Necromancer

I think you missed anonymous joke there..

Eminem
Eminem
6 years ago

If I can’t XC and my old Giant XTC with Suntour XCE is X-ing me then I want to XXC.

Antipodean_eleven
6 years ago

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Tomi
Tomi
6 years ago

29plus ?

Manufacturers keep making bike more and more “all mountain” / “trail” capable yet appart from specific enduro races the courses are duller every year and local officials are always trying to ban MTBs from singletracks put them on boring 4×4 gravel roads to separate them from hikes.

In a few years we will have fantastic off roads bikes that we will only be able to use in urban environments or artificial bike parks.

David
David
6 years ago

I had to check the date! I guess it’s still April, so that counts.

the_contrarian
the_contrarian
6 years ago
Reply to  David

Ha! My first thought as well. XXC. Really? This has to be a joke right? Or has S#!T really got this out of control? Then again, maybe it is meant for really angry people (like those of us who fall for click-bait C&@P like this) so that we can go ‘cross’ cross-country riding?

Antoine Martin
Antoine Martin
6 years ago

Lol and while XXC is developing (according to dale) gravel bike is developing too. One day gravel biker will see the drop-bar thing is just dangerous and useless, and put a simple flat bar on their gravel bike. Then the XC bike will be the new thing (again). You know, light and responsive while being able to tackle the mountain.

Duster13
Duster13
5 years ago
Reply to  Antoine Martin

Nope. Drop bars are about hand positioning that you just can not get with a flat bar. And if you consider them “dangerous” you might as well consider crossing the street dangerous. LOL

Tracy
Tracy
5 years ago
Reply to  Duster13

Crossing the street is dangerous …have you seen who can get a drivers license?

Tersicore
Tersicore
6 years ago

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don
don
6 years ago

relaunch of the habit which landed with a big thud

Rapha
Rapha
6 years ago

Real question… Why is everything dying recently. First FD’s and Now XC bikes. Does anyone share my concerns about this?

kilowatt
kilowatt
5 years ago
Reply to  Rapha

It’s the only way the industry can continue to grow. Yay, capitalism!!

Double ZZ
Double ZZ
5 years ago
Reply to  kilowatt

I just pictured a beard and pom poms. What is wrong with me!!!!!!

Rich Lather
Rich Lather
6 years ago
Longbeard
6 years ago

This will probably be as successful as that 650b gravel bike they released. I still have yet to see the first one…

Colin M
Colin M
6 years ago

Well Cannondale isn’t wrong. XC as we knew it is pretty much dead. The new breed of XC incorporate trials, tricks, whips, and skids into their racing. They look at DH, BMX and Enduro as the coolest. I’m enjoying the change. Thank you Nino Schuter for being a huge part of this.

ed
ed
6 years ago

I don’t need to be told how or what to ride. I just built a 3×10 29er, light as hell and I smile big time when I ride it. Call it xc, xxc doesn’t matter, it ain’t dead it is awesome! and the more people are infront of their computers argueing about 1x and xxc the less crowded the trails will be when I’m out there.

spike
spike
6 years ago
Reply to  ed

Nevermind, it was probably just a scalpel I saw.

spike
spike
6 years ago

There were photos of this new bike on IG, from the Sea Otter Classic. I can’t find them right now, but I think it was from one of their Australian Pro team riders??

Bazz
Bazz
6 years ago

Its the new Scalpel, plenty of photos at the Cape Epic of it.

Tom
Tom
6 years ago

Can’t wait for the new XXC, 26+ with 12 speed

M
M
6 years ago

So they’ve gone back to the flexing seat stays of the 26″ Scalpel? Wow, it’s a revolution. A super light XC bike with a mediocre rear suspension.

John
John
6 years ago

Fit old guys who don’t like to crash or be injured still like XC.

TimB
TimB
6 years ago

scalpel replacement. Fondled it many times at the Cape Epic in March

Gregory
Gregory
5 years ago

XC Racing at an all-time low? Not even here in the States, but thanks to RedBull TV, I’d say XC racing is at it’s most popular, worldwide!