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Hardtail XC bike purchase advice: Cannondale Scalpel HT vs BMC Twostroke 01

Old 12-23-22, 06:30 AM
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Hardtail XC bike purchase advice: Cannondale Scalpel HT vs BMC Twostroke 01

Considering a Cannondale Scalpel HT Carbon 2 versus a BMC Twostroke 01 Two. Both are modern geo XC hardtails with pretty similar geometries. The Cannondale has a Lefty Ocho fork, Stan's Crest MK4 wheelset, and XT components, whereas the Twostroke has a SID Select, DT Swiss XR 1700, and GX components. Can order either at ~15% off list, with Twostroke ~$400 more expensive. I'll be riding on mix of gravel and flowy trails. Which one would you go for and why? Thanks!
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Cannondale because they have lifetime warranty on frame
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Have you test ridden them both? Find which one you liked better in your test ride! I would say BeerCannnondale only because it is Shimano but I am personally not a fan of the Lefty. I just don't like having a single sided fork. We know it is a fine fork and works as they have been around awhile and many people have ridden them but I just don't care for them.

The warranty bit that Conman_ mentioned is a big thing. I don't know either of their warranty structures but yes lifetime is handy on a new bike. Specialized replaced my Langster after a crack in the B.B. after 11-12 years so it was a pretty good deal.

However it really comes down to ride on each and sure maybe a 10-20 minute test ride may not really give you the full picture it will give you enough to say I like this one or this one better or maybe none of the above.
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Between the two with that kind of price difference I’d probably go Cannondale

I would rate an XT build kit as a huge plus over anything SRAM, However the Sid On the other bike is a seriously nice piece of kit compared to the peg leg
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Mountain Biking UK loved the Cannondale in their recent review.

BMC is often called "break my carbon", so that is part of respecting warranty also. I do not know anyone who has bought a second BMC. One and done.
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If you can tolerate the look of the Lefty, the C-dale is a better spec'd bike, especially at a cheaper price. That said, my personal thoughts about the Lefty would have me buying the BMC (which I almost did before I picked up a Trek Procaliber on the used market).
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