NCAA - DUAL CHAMPIONS!
Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: From Sarasota, FL sitting in front of a computer spewing random thoughts!
Bikes: Intense Uzzi SL, Masi Speciale, Trek 3700 Nashbar Single Speed, Old Cilo Road frame
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The Scapel is designed (as you know) as a short travel XC race bike. It's intended purpose is racing and XC riding. It's not designed to be a Freeride bike, DUH!
So to answer your question, nothing will happen to the bike that wouldn't happen to any other bike if you ride it in a manner other than intended. If you abuse it it'll break. If you're careful, it'll be fine. Cannondale makes a fine product and stands behind it with an exceptional warranty. There are however, limits to that warranty (as well as any other manufacturer).
Either way, I think the Scapel sounds like a great bike for you! It'll handle the occasional abuse w/o complaint. If something does go wrong, your dealer (and Cannondale) should back you up regarding any legitimate warranty work.
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