For brand fans, these new Cannondale Scalpel colourways are a wild departure from the currently available colour combinations. Cannondale’s Scalpel range of cross-country mountain bikes features subtle colourways, primarily black or various fades incorporating white, grey and deep red.
Pro teams usually commit to a pre-season bike and kit colourway, which remains unchanged from the first event to the last. The only exception might be custom-painted bikes and national colour-themed kits for World Champs. Why has Cannondale made a distinct change to the appearance of its pro-riders bikes at such an advanced point of the season?
2023 Cannondale Scalpel LAB71 custom colour3.jpg, by Cannondale
The official rationale from Cannondale is that these new pro bikes were commissioned and painted to be more harmonised with the Cannondale Factory Racing (CFR) team’s riding jerseys, which are bright and intricately patterned.
"The CFR Remixed frames celebrate the team and their accomplishments from the season. Since the athletes finish the World Cup season in North America, we wanted to design a unique frameset highlighting how CFR stands out from the rest, and as they say, 'Look good, Feel good, Do good'! We hope these bikes give the team the extra boost to finish the season with a few more wins!" Ryan Chung, Cannondale’s director of global creative, production colour and trend, explained.
Rob Nicolas, Cannondale’s custom paint expert, applied his design interpretation and finishing skills to create the four Lab71 Scalpels ridden by CFR team members. Cannondale refers to these new Scalpel Lab71 colourways as “CFR: Remixed.”
2023 Cannondale Scalpel LAB71 custom colour1.jpg, by Cannondale
Although the colour spectrum is similar for these Lab71 Scalpels, balancing four dominant hues, each frame has a unique pattern. Unlike Cannondale’s consumer Scalpels, which feature black Lefty Ocho forks and stanchion guards, these new Lab71 pro bikes feature a brilliantly vivid and colourful version of Cannondale’s iconic inverted suspension fork.
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